John Payne

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  • 24 days ago

    “A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat”: If nothing else, San Diego metal extremists Cattle Decapitation can boast some of the best song titles in the grindcore business. This band needs titles like that to convey its outrage and disgust at...

  • 29 days ago

    Get more New Year’s bang for your buck with a zip-zappin’, toe-tappin’ party hosted by retro-kitsch “little orchestra” Pink Martini, whose classy cornucopia of ’30s Cuban mambo, Brazilian samba, French chansons and Japanese gangster-flick sounds i...

  • 29 days ago

    There’s a dang good reason that Dustbowl Revival was declared L.A. Weekly’s 2013 Best Live Band, a critical nod for a raging stage act from Venice that features a super-tasty mash of bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and hot, hot swing of New Orlea...

  • 1 month ago

    Chi-Town DJ duo Flosstradamus is all over the map right about now, including recent top spots at Coachella, HARD and Lollapalooza. Their madly mashed-up style jumps straight outta trap into the mosh pit, with an ultra-tweaked hodgepodge of hip-hop...

  • 1 month ago

    A protégé of jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie, the Havana, Cuba–born Arturo Sandoval gained renown for his athletic trumpet-blowing as a member of Irakere, an innovative jazz/classical/rock/traditional Cuban ensemble. A fine pianist and singer as well, ...

  • 1 month ago

    You don’t have to be Jewish to feel the joyful sound of the Klezmatics’ hotpot of ye olde klezmer peppered with Eastern European, Latin, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and other influences. The New York–based ensemble’s punked-up variations on trad klezme...