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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella Cabbies and Their Amazing Stories

Coachella Cabbies and Their Amazing Stories

After the music shuts down each night, thousands flock toward Coachella's taxi-stands, located at the end of the long, winding "yellow path" - a 20 minute walk from the polo fields. (As Jeff Weiss called it: The molly trail of tears.) Once you arrive, the wait can be almost two hours...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella Attendee Dies After Apparent Drug or Alcohol Overdose

Coachella Attendee Dies After Apparent Drug or Alcohol Overdose

A Coachella attendee overdosed and died last weekend, L.A. Weekly has learned. Goldenvoice released the following statement: Last weekend, a festival attendee suffered an apparent drug overdose. The individual was seen by on-site medical staff and later transferred to JFK Memorial Hospital and later to Desert Regional Medical Center. We...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Neil Young Is Coming! This Is His Best Album Ever

Neil Young Is Coming! This Is His Best Album Ever

  When we were good and drunk, we would put Neil Young's American Stars 'n Bars on the record player. It was the fall of 2011 and I was living with two of my best friends in a dilapidated cottage with a huge ranch-style yard in the middle of Los Angeles. Most...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Six Best Narcocorrido Albums in History

Six Best Narcocorrido Albums in History

Narcocorridos, or "drug ballads", are songs that soundtrack the world of narcoculutra. Since the Mexican drug war began in 2006, the genre has exploded in popularity and the lyrics have kept pace with the brutal violence unfolding in the streets. While the accordion and horn driven music may be inaccessible...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Melody of the Mexican Drug War

The Melody of the Mexican Drug War

Narco Cultura opens with three young boys sitting outside the yellow police tape of a drug-related murder scene in Juarez, Mexico. The boys relate how they watched hooded killers unload their pistols before finishing the job with an AK-47. "They shoot randomly and liquidate everyone," one of boys says, in...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Story of Buck Owens, Told By Buck Owens

The Story of Buck Owens, Told By Buck Owens

The recently-published Buck Em'!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens feels like sharing a pint of whiskey with rascal charmer, who had 21 #1 hits and his song "Act Naturally" covered by The Beatles. Owens died in 2006 of a heart attack, but since the 1990s he had been meticulously talking...…
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The '60s Were East L.A.'s Golden Era of Rock & Roll

"Let's take a trip down Whittier Boulevard," shrieks the record player. Standing over the needle, storied Chicano record collector Gene Aguilera shakes his shoulders as East L.A. rockers Thee Midniters boogie their way through the 1965 hit named after the famous street there. Aguilera adjusts the volume, and sound fills...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Bob Marley's <em>Legend</em> Let Me Know My Mom Loved Me

Bob Marley's Legend Let Me Know My Mom Loved Me

When I was in fourth grade my family lived in a small apartment a block from the ocean in Hermosa Beach. At night we kept the windows open and I would often fall asleep to the sound of the ocean crashing softly onshore. One night, however, some music from the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound A Guy Got a Giant Tattoo of Avicii Lyrics

A Guy Got a Giant Tattoo of Avicii Lyrics

A UK club promoter named Joe Forsyth recently had the lyrics to the Swedish megastar Avicii's latest megahit "Wake Me Up" tattooed down the entire side of his body. You can make a case that "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" are the songs of the summer, but short of someone...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Whole Foods Has a Record Store. Oh No?

Whole Foods Has a Record Store. Oh No?

"Pile on that kale salad," sings Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes from the Whole Foods parking lot. The ad-libbed riff on his song "It's A Little Bit of Everything" draws a mannered whoop from the weekend afternoon crowd, who have come to politely welcome Whole Foods into the music curation business...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Kitten's Chloe Chaidez Is Already A Pro

Kitten's Chloe Chaidez Is Already A Pro

Kitten is not a cutesy YouTube rapper or a bedroom pop project, but rather an L.A. dance-rock five-piece fronted by 18 year-old Chloe Chaidez. Her massive pipes and commanding stage presence are more reminiscent of Pat Benatar or Karen O than Jenna Marbles. Everyone in the band is fresh out...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Echo Park Scenester Blaque Chris Breaks It Down

Echo Park Scenester Blaque Chris Breaks It Down

Blaque Chris isn't in a band, but seems to know them all, and is a ubiquitous presence on the L.A. music scene. He's always at shows, and describes himself as a "motherfukin party animal" in his Twitter bio. But that might be understatement. The 28-year-old Echo Park-ian is constantly dancing...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Top 10 Bars in Echo Park

Top 10 Bars in Echo Park

It's sometimes said that Echo Park is where people who live in Silver Lake come to drink. While we recognize that Silver Lake has plenty of watering holes of its own, we like to think of Echo Park as a particularly booze-drenched part of town. Doubtless, the scene has spiffed...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Sublime Is 25! Fans Reflect on What the Band Means to Them

Sublime Is 25! Fans Reflect on What the Band Means to Them

Sublime played their first gig in Long Beach on July 4, 1988, and this year the group would have been 25. A new live album, 3 Ring Circus: Live at the Palace - October 21, 1995, marks the occasion, growing the reggae-punk act's posthumous catalogue to Pac-like proportions. Though the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound How Marc Maron Picks Music For His Show

How Marc Maron Picks Music For His Show

Marc Maron, the salt and pepper podcaster and personality behind the fledgling IFC comedy Maron, knows his way around a guitar. In loose-fitting jeans and a patchwork flannel, the comedian looks a lot like your run-of-the-mill guitar dad. Except he jams with icons like The Blasters' Dave Alvin on his...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Jubilee - Arts District - June 7 and 8, 2013

Jubilee - Arts District - June 7 and 8, 2013

Jubilee Music and Arts Festival Arts District 6/7/13 & 6/8/13 This year the Jubilee festival departed Silver Lake and set up camp under the 6th Street bridge in the arts district. The new digs gave welcome respite from the previous bottleneck at Sunset Junction and offered beautiful views of Downtown's...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Thundercat Haunted By Austin Peralta's Death

Thundercat Haunted By Austin Peralta's Death

Stephen Bruner Jr., known as bassist Thundercat, isn't afraid to wear whatever the fuck he deems appropriate. Tonight, he's in a colorful poncho over what appears to be a chain-mail jumpsuit -- King Arthur meets The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It's the sold-out release show for Bruner's new...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Coachella's Apocalyptic Finish

Coachella's Apocalyptic Finish

The lights on the main stage went dark and Coachella was over. As folks headed toward their cars (and their demolished tents) I went in the opposite direction, to the press tent. A high wind had caused its imitation canvas flaps to buck in the wind. The tent was empty...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What Music Do Immigrant Janitors Listen To? And Other Questions at L.A.'s EMP Conference

What Music Do Immigrant Janitors Listen To? And Other Questions at L.A.'s EMP Conference

The Seattle-based EMP Pop Conference -- Shangri-La for music nerds -- has this year split into five regional ones, and the Los Angeles incarnation starts tonight. Musicians, scholars, and music writers from all over Southern California will discuss and debate, with specific focus on everything from Kendrick Lamar's good kid,...…
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It's Chaos at the Coachella Campsites

Kai FlandersThe Coachella campgrounds are the Wild West of the festival. They are the sort of place you can imagine Hunter S. Thompson running around with his pants around his ankles. Drugs are more plentiful than food and going to bed before 4 a.m. is considered an early night. Campers...…
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