[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] "All profoundly original art looks ugly at first," opined art critic Clement Greenberg. He was alluding to the abstract expressionism that he helped to p ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Monday, October 29 The Monolators, et al. THE ECHO In a week already oozing with Halloween events, this particular Monday oozes very competitively with four decades of alt-classics via five much-loved local bands. Most intriguing is the warhorse indie-pop band Monolators' Bee Gees set. Will they do ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Fuck Guilty Pleasures celebrates the over-produced, commercial, artless, lowbrow music that we believe is genuinely worthwhile. Like, among the best music ever.] Huey Lewis is a dick. It's not hip to be square -- it's square to be square, the thing that the hip will always fight aga ... More >>
Grizzly Bear Greek Theatre 10-10-12 See also: Our review of Animal Collective and Flying Lotus at Hollywood Bowl, 9/23/12 Grizzly Bear, the musical emblems of Williamsburg, played a solid, nearly two hour set at the Greek Theater last night. The quartet, boosted by a Phantom of the Opera-esque key ... More >>
Animal Collective & Flying Lotus Hollywood Bowl 9-23-12 Better than... shrooming while watching the Emmys. See also: *The Time Flying Lotus Pretended To Be A UCLA Physics Major *Flying Lotus - Coachella - 4-14-12 The Hollywood Bowl is not the venue for working out new shit, that is if you don't c ... More >>
Fans of the streaming music site Boiler Room have seen performances from folks like James Murphy, Thom Yorke, A-Trak, Animal Collective and Sun Araw. Founded in 2010 by promoter Blaise Belville, the site first started in London, but this month Boiler Room arrived in Los Angeles.
Initially a place where music executives could check out a bunch of emerging bands in the span of a few days, SXSW has become the spring break of the music biz. Bands from all over the globe descend on Austin hoping to convince the masses they're the next big thing. While megastars like Bruce Spring ... More >>
"I grew up collecting and listening to cassette tapes and records," said Phil Shaheen, drummer for Los Angeles indie band Tijuana Panthers. "I like the fact that cassettes are in again and that cool little labels are putting them out." The band released its album, Max Baker, as a limited-edition tap ... More >>
What makes a terrible band? Is it being prepared to do the wrong thing, whatever the price? That and a pair of testicles. Only, some of the below groups possess testicles only in the symbolic sense. Because, even if you're composed of ladies, it takes balls to make music that is simultaneousl ... More >>
See also: *Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time: #20-16 *Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time, #15-11 *Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time, #10-6 5. Animal Collective I really wanted to like Merriweather Post Pavilion, even going far out of my way to appreciate the record as it was surely intended: super-stoned, mi ... More >>
Courtesy of Simon ReynoldsThe cover of Retromania, released in May Isn't it ridiculous that it's now fair game to recycle the nineties and call your product retro? We've entered a phase where mashing up the sixties and the seventies is overdone -- now, the recent decades are up for grabs in t ... More >>
Timothy Norris We came, we saw, we sweated off four pounds of water. Kudos to the Coachella organizers for turning the Empire Polo Grounds into a people-organizing machine. Lines were long, but everything kept moving. Let's look at Sunday's GOODs, BADs and UGLYs...
Without road trips lingering or looming, and with just the right amount of hangover, the Coachella crowd attacked the grounds on Saturday, and the bands fought along heroically. The only real loser was the grass, which is starting to get sticky, but more on that in a little bit. Let's take a look a ... More >>
dublab has been an internet radio station for over ten years now, pioneering the format and introducing L.A.--and the world--to up-and-coming acts from all genres of music. Hip hop, psyche, jazz, funk, punk, beat--you name it, and it's streamed on dublab.com. Flying Lotus, the Gaslamp Kille ... More >>
We're in the money! We're in the money! We're in the money and we got what it takes to get to Indiooooo!While for you, me, and everyone we know Coachella has been sold-out for months, for members of an exclusive VIP website called GiltCity, this might not be the case. A tipster pointed us to ... More >>
There is an old-wives/Farmer's Almanac weather adage that says March "comes in like a lion, out like a lamb." As residents of Southern California, we are pretty much disqualified from every saying about weather ever, although a few days ago we actually experienced gusting winds that fittingly ... More >>
Fort Lowell presents Dead Western Plains reworked by Jacob SafariWe like Fort Lowell Records. They aren't based in L.A., but we don't hold that against 'em. The year-old Tuscon seven-inch label has a commitment to both purty packaging and top tuneage, and they've tapped local scene star Jacob ... More >>
Being a selective selection of some of today's new releases--this week, we'll look at a modern lover, a man you think you really know, a new take on Congotronics and soul songs with the spirit of the Beach Boys' SMiLE.
Jimmy Eat WorldJimmy Eat World shouldn't get dinged for the ostensibly presumptuous title of their new album and first in three years, Invented. In the minds of the many, the Arizona quartet did pioneer its brand of radio-friendly emo-rock -- taut and anthemic guitar music with an honesty th ... More >>
Home of the West Valley, Greco-American french fry
A first look at No Age's new album
Deakin communes with natureThe good folks behind FYF Fest, which promotes events year-round, have just announced that Animal Collective's Deakin will be adding a second early show to his long since sold-out Sunday gig at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. The 6 p.m. performance will surely ... More >>
Musicians, wannabe musicians, unemployable "lead singers," drummers, "producers," flautists, cello players: 2010 IS YOUR YEAR TO SHINE. Dude, you can do it. You just need to find the right situation. West Coast Sound is here to help. We've scoured Craigslist over the past few weeks looking for g ... More >>
Tonight Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater will host the Los Angeles premiere of what looks to be a pretty amazing movie on the All Tomorrow's Parties festival -- at least judging by the trailer below. Those featured in the film, in case your eyes can't register all that stuff so quickly, in ... More >>
Ariel goes Juggalo?Local freak-folk ambassadors Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti only just returned from touring Europe, and they're looking to head back across the pond on Friday. Consider this trip a victory lap, however, as the psychedelic five-piece has just been announced as the latest sign ... More >>
Long Beach's 60 Watt Kid is a band on the rise. Since moving to Southern California from San Francisco, the trio has become a regular fixture at art-oriented, all-ages venues like The Smell and Echo Curio. Both live and on record, the group maintains an odd but enticing duality, vacillating between ... More >>
Also, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, The Dodos, Buddy Guy and others
"Your least favorite rapper/With a haircut like a pineapple/Wearing khakis torn/With a voice like a high soprano."
While some might argue that the most exciting thing that happened this weekend was Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno" sitting bare-assed on Eminem's face at the MTV Movie Awards, there was more to take in (and take off) in Los Angeles this weekend that didn't involve well-played publicity stunts. Friday ni ... More >>
At approximately 5:32 p.m. on Sunday, stuck in traffic on the 101 South, the exhaustion hit me. You've been there -- the weekend comes to a close and you realize you're more wiped out than you were on Friday going into it. Plans to "do laundry," "call the fam" or "go to bed early" get to ... More >>
FROM FRIDAY: Seriously. Take John Payne's advice below. Go to this. First of all, Animal Collective is sold out, and all your friends who will be there will be bragging in tomorrow about the AMAZING SHOW they saw at the Troubadour. You, however, will have a trump card. Background: Mike Watt, Ray ... More >>
First it was Animal Collective out sick and now this (someone add Emergen-C to their tour riders, stat). Word just came in via Buzzbands.la that Nico Vega has postponed tonight's appearance at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip due to illness. The bad news is that the show was the local trio's record rele ... More >>
(Photos by Timothy Norris. View more photos in the Department of Eagles slideshow.) This was supposed to be the weekend that New York took over da clubs with its uniquely American sounds. The Animal Collective was gigging two sold out shows on Friday and Saturday, and Department of Eagles and th ... More >>
(Michel Gondry's video for the Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be.") Here's a list of "confirmed" (so far) acts to appear at Coachella 2009, according to the very reliable Monklish blog. His guarantee: "I've been told that these have been making arrangements to attend the festival as contractuall ... More >>
You're going to be seeing a lot of lists in the next few weeks. Lists of bests and worsts of year, lists of disappointments, lists of dance mixes and YouTube clips. We figured we'd begin our weeks of lists with one that captures not the year in music, but one aspect of the decade in music: new wei ... More >>
This should be fantastic tonight: installment five of Dublab After Dark, an ongoing visual extension of the aurally amazing Dublab collective. They explain what will happen tonight better than we could: "The web radio super station your ears love also loves your eyes. This fifth in dublab’s scre ... More >>
This post RIYL: Damien Hirst, Amerindie record labels, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Islington's Union Chapel, pretentious statements about life.
Yeasayer are a jam band, they just aren't aware of it yet. At one point during the Brooklyn four-piece's set Saturday night at the Echoplex, lead singer Chris Keating even paused to extemporaneously inform the crowd that "people call us hippies, but that's just not true. We're from Baltimore." Thi ... More >>
Animal Collective-Strawberry Jam Sounds Like Bad Acid Trip At arcade in New Jersey Let Panda roam solo. Arcade Fire-Neon Bible Right now in heaven Toole Composes Lengthy Indictment Against Neon Bible.
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