Chris Kissel is a freelance music and culture writer and DJ based in Los Angeles. His work has also appeared on KCET.org, Consequence of Sound, Noisey, and Paste, among others. He also hosts the Contact Wave radio program on dublab. He lives in Echo Park and loves cats, bicycles, and music that drones.
12 days ago | Latin Music
Forced to close in 2013, Discos Barba Azul now lives on with a 13-track compilation, "¡Un Saludo! Mexican Soundsystem Cumbia in LA."
22 days ago | People 2017
Since receiving an eviction notice last year, Smith's fight to save his nearly 20-year-old all-ages venue has come to symbolize a greater struggle to preserve underground music spaces all over L.A.
Curated by Rene Contreras of Viva! Pomona, the new stage featured art by Sean Solomon and Peggy Noland and such bands as Guided by Voices, Allah-Las and Thee Commons.
With all the rap and electronic music at this year's Coachella, the guitar seemed like an endangered species. But a handful of artists proved it still has a vital place at America's biggest festival.
From luxury yurts to private jets to ridiculous festival couture, this is how the high rollers burn through their money at Coachella.
2 months ago | Los Angeles Concerts
The Williamsburg venue, which closed in 2012, will be resurrected by its original owners, with help from local artists including Mia Doi Todd, in Frogtown this April.