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Music, West Coast Sound 10 More Country Artists You Need to Listen To

10 More Country Artists You Need to Listen To

Apparently there are a lot of real country fans out there. So many, in fact, that we decided to do another list of ten contemporary artists with that timeless country sound. It’s not all Jason Aldean and songs that sound like Nickelback with an overproduced lap steel solo. For those...…
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Music, West Coast Sound 10 Country Artists You Should Be Listening To

10 Country Artists You Should Be Listening To

This blog recently ran down the "10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music." That's all well and good, but it only tells half the story - country is far from a moribund, cheesed-out genre.  In fact, there are countless up-and-coming country craftsmen and women who are worthy of your attention. So...…
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Music, West Coast Sound R.I.P. Power House, Hollywood's Last Dive Bar

R.I.P. Power House, Hollywood's Last Dive Bar

"Reach in my pocket." "Huh?" "I'm not a pervert, dude. Just reach in my pocket." I'm talking with a self-described "cripple" named Wheels, in a motorized wheelchair. He can't get his own weed, so I extract it for him, along with a pipe. Wheels is the king of Power House's back...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Heavy Rock Lives at EasyRider Records

Heavy Rock Lives at EasyRider Records

Is rock dead? Not at EasyRider Records, Hermosa Beach resident Daniel Hall's paean to heavy metal's golden formative days. The label began pretty inauspiciously. A friend sent him a link to some heavy psych from Salem's Pot, EasyRider's first band. "I loved it," he says, "I wanted to know when...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Rio Warner and Mani Vasquez: High School Sweethearts Who Mix Light and Dark

Rio Warner and Mani Vasquez: High School Sweethearts Who Mix Light and Dark

See our entire Couples Issue 2014 here. L.A. Weekly's nightlife columnist recently named fashion designer Rio Warner one of the city's most colorful people. And as Warner sits in the gallery loft over her Hollywood shop, which for years doubled as the bedroom she shared with boyfriend Mani Vasquez, it's...…
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Music, Youth Code: Industrial Music Duo Are an Unlikely Breakout Success

Youth Code: Industrial Music Duo Are an Unlikely Breakout Success

Ryan William George and Sara Taylor gather beats for their music from the noise surrounding them. It helps that the couple lives on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. "It's loud as fuck outside our window," George says. They'll record hydraulic noises from a bus or, in the case of the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound How to Piss Off the Sound Guy in Five Easy Steps

How to Piss Off the Sound Guy in Five Easy Steps

Recently we profiled some of the best live sound engineers in Los Angeles. These dudes, with their deft hands and sharp ears, make concerts a joy to take in. Seven of the Best Live Sound Engineers in L.A. If you're a musician, they hold your fate in their hands. As…
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Music, West Coast Sound Seven of the Best Live Sound Engineers in L.A.

Seven of the Best Live Sound Engineers in L.A.

When you see a show, you're not just hearing the band. You're hearing the hard work of the live sound engineers. It's a thankless job, done often in anonymity. Top 20 Musicians of All Time, In Any Genre And it's not just about learning how to operate the sound board:…
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Music, West Coast Sound Wild Records Keeps Rockabilly Fresh

Wild Records Keeps Rockabilly Fresh

Since 2001, Dublin-by-way-of-San Francisco transplant Reb Kennedy has released some of the highest energy rock and roll this side of Little Richard. Under the auspices of Wild Records, he's discovered and developed new, predominantly Latino talent. The "Wild sound," as it's known abroad, isn't rote worship of a bygone age…
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Music, West Coast Sound Death In June - The Vex Arts - September 12, 2013

Death In June - The Vex Arts - September 12, 2013

Death In June The Vex Arts September 12, 2013 Better Than: The actual death of the west. Death In June kicked off their Death of the West American tour last night at Vex Arts. The arrangements were sparse, emphasizing founding member, driving force, and native Brit Douglas P. with his…
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Music, West Coast Sound Pixies - El Rey - September 9, 2013

Pixies - El Rey - September 9, 2013

Pixies The El Rey September 9, 2013 Better than: Slicing up eyeballs. It's hard to say anything about Pixies without devolving into hero worship or jaded and unwarranted dismissal. Not grunge, they played John the Baptist to the movement, famously being Kurt Cobain's favorite group. Their long stable lineup was…
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Music, West Coast Sound Crom: Too Busy With Hardcore Performance Art to Get Famous

Crom: Too Busy With Hardcore Performance Art to Get Famous

Metal group Crom are defined by their intense live performances and their peculiar metal mash-ups. Oh, and their breathtaking lack of ambition. Sure, they count members of famous groups like Mastodon, High on Fire and Slipknot among their fans, and their drummer has been lauded as one of the best…
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Music, West Coast Sound Miguel Joya R.I.P.: Benefit Show For His Family On Saturday

Miguel Joya R.I.P.: Benefit Show For His Family On Saturday

Though he'd never met Miguel Joya, Al De La Riva was often mistaken for him. Random women would come up and hug De La Riva -- a 28-year-old veteran of the East Los Angeles backyard scene -- and guys would put him in headlocks, thinking he was Joya, who sang…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Haji, Star of <em>Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!</em> Dead at 67

Haji, Star of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Dead at 67

Haji, the Quebec-born actress who most famously starred in iconic cult film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! passed away last night, according to longtime friend Kitten Natividad's Facebook page. She was 67. Haji was born with the equally exotic name Barbarella Catton in Quebec, Canada in 1946. At 14 she began…
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Music, West Coast Sound Hardcore Bands ACxDC and Nomads Performed With a Porn Star Last Night

Hardcore Bands ACxDC and Nomads Performed With a Porn Star Last Night

ACxDC and Nomads The Viper Room 8-7-13 Better than... the last season of The Walking Dead. Last night DIY hardcore heroes ACxDC and Nomads performed at the Viper Room, part of a release party for The Walking Dead: A Hardcore Parody, which is probably what you think it is. It…
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Music, West Coast Sound <em>Appetite For Destruction</em> Is the White Man's <em>Straight Outta Compton</em>

Appetite For Destruction Is the White Man's Straight Outta Compton

Guns 'N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction and N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton arrived in the summers of 1987 and 1988, respectively. Titanic records, they foreshadowed the more confrontational music of the '90s. Both tell parallel tales of Los Angeles as the Reagan era turned to the Bush 41 era; Compton, the…
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Music, West Coast Sound Hardcore Show Cancelled Amid Arson Threats

Hardcore Show Cancelled Amid Arson Threats

L.A. hardcore group ACxDC was on the cover of the Weekly recently, and they got a kick out of that. But not all publicity is good publicity. After a local publication in Bend, Oregon spotlighted the powerviolence provocateurs (who practice what might be called a tongue-in-cheek Satanism) ahead of their…
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Music, West Coast Sound The 5 Best Pre-<em>Dookie</em> Pop-Punk Records

The 5 Best Pre-Dookie Pop-Punk Records

Pop punk is enjoying some nostalgic attention these days. Lists crop up here and there, delineating the gems of the genre. However, they all share one subtle flaw: A focus on the major label feeding frenzy that followed Green Day's seminal 1994 word Dookie. (It's on our survey of best…
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Hardcore Group ACxDC Are Dead Serious About Their Satanism. Except When They're Not

Sergio Amalfitano sings for ACxDC, short for Antichrist Demoncore and unrelated to the Australian hard-rock band. The group plays an underground strain of hardcore punk called powerviolence, and he's crafted their aesthetic and ethos: a strange blend of veganism, straight-edge and Satanism, if you can believe that, rounded out with...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Five More '70s Metal Bands Better Than Sabbath

Five More '70s Metal Bands Better Than Sabbath

Our last article on metal bands better than Sabbath got quite a response. Some people were angry that we would even suggest that there are better bands than Sabbath. Other people tripped over themselves to offer their own list. There are literally dozens of '70s bands that get overlooked in…
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