Monday, April 8 Thao & the Get Down Stay Down THE TROUBADOUR Usually, when songwriters are as wickedly intelligent as Thao Nguyen, they tend to write morbidly gloomy and/or overly serious anthems of great meaning and purpose. That's not to say the Virginia native doesn't have her grand and heavy mo ... More >>
Abby Travis, Tony Clifton, Alain Johannes The Dragonfly 2-27-12 Better Than . . . going to the circus. Abby Travis sure knows how to throw a party. She's seemingly ubiquitous as an in-demand bassist, backing everyone from Masters of Reality, KMFDM and Vanessa Paradis to Beck, Eagles of Death Meta ... More >>
Also, Kendrick Lamar, the Punk Rock BBQ, Katy B and others
First Listen: Alain Johannes' Solo Debut, 'Spark'
Jack JohnsonSurf's up, and so is Jack Johnson's domination of the saleable-sappy-soft-surf singer-songwriter market. The 35-year-old Hawaiian feel-gooder's new album is called "To the Sea" (perhaps you've heard the cloying single "You and Your Heart"), out next week, and that's where Johnson ... More >>
Them Crooked Vultures Rain Rockness Upon the Wiltern
Also, Darker My Love, X, Legal Weapon, and others
Photograph by Kii Arens. A few months back I had the pleasure of premiering Spinnerette's first single "Valium Knights" on Indie 103.1 FM during my stay as producer of SuicideGirls Radio, and let me tell you, cueing singer Brody Dalle's vocals fresh and loud over the airwaves felt powerful, like d ... More >>
Also, Kaki King, The Notwist and more
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L.A. WEEKLY DETOUR FEST, FEATURING QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, BECK, PEEPING TOM, BASEMENT JAXX, RED KROSS and others in the streets of downtown L.A., October 7
Everybody knows they are insane . . .
Forty days and forty nights with Queens of the Stone Age
Mark Lanegan uncovered