18 days ago | People 2015
One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. Talk to Franklin Bell, and there are three things he'll gladly tell you: "I'm 80 years old, I'm legally blind, and I love to play the blues. I like all music — don't ...
18 days ago | Crafting
One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. Julie Peasley lives in a small Silver Lake apartment above a bicycle shop, with five cats and the most prevalent subatomic particles in the universe. Protons, neutron...
3 months ago | Film and TV
If you think — and want to continue to think — that Brian Wilson played that signature roller-rink organ on "California Girls," read no further. If you've labored under the illusion that Karen Carpenter tapped out that delicate drum part on "Close...
4 months ago | Indie Rock and Stuff
Dengue Fever vocalist Chhom Nimol sings mainly in her native tongue of Khmer. So unless you speak the language or are a snap with Rosetta Stone, you’re not going to know what she’s saying. Now, the band’s guitarist and co-songwriter Zac Holtzman r...
4 months ago | L.A. Stories
You are a beautiful Cambodian woman. You are a gifted vocalist, a star in your homeland. You have been in the United States for only a matter of months. You speak no English. You are singing in your native tongue for fellow Cambodians at the Drago...
6 months ago | Latin Alternative
For two decades Los Straitjackets have donned the Lucha Libre masks, the snazzy dark suits and the sparkling, space-age DiPinto guitars. For 20 albums — their 21st came out last month — they have blazed a path through lyric-free music, dipping int...