Philip Glass isn't for everyone. To the uninitiated, his atonal soundscapes can come off as cold, uncomfortable or, as critic Michael White once put it, "as rewarding as chewing gum that's lost its flavor." And some might expect audiences to write off the 76-year-old composer's Einstein on the Beach ... More >>
We recently published a piece on the history of L.A. bass music, which despite some good information neglected a few years. We'd like to fill in the gaps. See also: A History of Bass Music in Los Angeles First, let's take it way back. This will be a little controversial, but seeing that the likes ... 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 >>
When experimental electronic producer Amon Tobin takes the stage at the Greek Theatre tomorrow, his audience will barely be able to see him. He'll be ensconced inside a massive, 2.5-ton structure made up of white, interlocking cubes, stacked Tetris-like atop one another. A sci-fi kaleidoscope of 3 ... More >>
Once believing himself destined to fail, the DJ-producer returns triumphant on his new album
Nero's eclectic, electronic sound has always been a bit obsessed with sci-fi and spaceships. So it seems fitting that their profile has blasted off in the last year following the release of their 2011 debut, Welcome Reality. Their ability to build on the ferocity of dubstep for the last several year ... More >>
See also: Crazy Town's Shifty Shellshock Is Out of His Coma! Here's Everything You Need To Know About Him Rap-rock remains the coolest idea ever. You've just been scared off of it by the mountain of terrible rap-rock in existence. Here are ten songs that prove the Woodstock '99-tainted genre could ... More >>
Also, Dengue Fever, Jessie Baylin, Reigning Sound, Black Bananas and others
Also, Art Lande, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Gilad Hekselman, The Stitches, The Villains and others
L.A.'s own techno hero, John Tejada, now has the world's most renowned techno label to call home. Germany's Kompakt announced this week that it has signed the spinner and producer from Sherman Oaks, with a single, "Unstable Condition" (a label press release compares it to Aphex Twin's class ... More >>
This Kid's a Total Freak
STEREOLAB, NOT MUSIC (DRAG CITY) Twenty years and 12 albums in Stereolab gives us Not Music, a record derived from the same sessions that produced 2008's Chemical Chords and released during their self-imposed hiatus. This mix of "new" songs and remixes of "old" ones is fantastic, but if you ... More >>
More Manimalian--Manimalien?--news today: L.A. band Hecuba has been laying a little low since the release a memorable EP and a very sophisticated full-length since 2008. If you've never met them, allow John Payne to introduce you to producer/singer Jon Beasley and singer/daner Isabelle Albuquerque ... More >>
Valley boredom inspires electronic musician to unforeseen heights
Also, Ane Brun, the Melodians, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ian Whitcomb and others
iPad Music: 5 Musicians who need pro bono iPads
Show features L.A. Philharmonic and Alarm Will Sound
Whether it's IDM, minimal, electro, acid or whatever other name you want use to pinpoint a sound, we love techno. We love the way it forces us to dance, even when we're sitting in front of a computer in an office trying to finish a story. We love the way it affects our walk when we enter a party. W ... More >>
Simian Mobile Disco plays tonight at the Mayan and last week WCS caught up with James Ford, one half of the UK DJ duo. Ford and his mate Jas Shaw hooked up as electronic music bedroom experimentalists at Manchester University, but were eventually drafted as the rhythm section for indie also- ... More >>
Prowling cobblestone streets, telling tales of murder with bloodcurdling screams
Last week as we were sorting through our piles of CDs and accumulated MP3 files, we started to notice how big the stack of recent excellent LA music was. It became apparent that we're in the middle of a pretty great year for Los Angeles releases, and decided to give mid-year props to our fave ... More >>
Almost 25 years have elapsed since the Rick Rubin-helmed, Licensed to Ill found the Beasties staking their claim as the first major rap group to incorporate guitar-hero rawk ("Rock Box" aside). Such juxtaposition seems prosaic today, but it's almost impossible to grasp how revolutionary sampling L ... More >>
Ten to watch: The next Ford jingle?
Hecuba, transforming the visual into the musical
The Coachella mainstage on Saturday night was a glory to behold, a spirit-lifting evening celebrating joy through technology, through contemplation and through celebration. In a single four hour chunk of time, the lucky masses at Coachella witnessed two-and-a-half humongous performances, two of whic ... More >>
At last night's cool Filter party at the Corona Yacht Club, I ran into sculptor Christopher Janney, whose Sonic Forest installation will once again appear as part of Coachella's art offerings. Janney has been working for the past week to install his work at the Empire Polo Field, where the 2008 Coac ... More >>
Why we love Antony and why we hate Coachella.
The English duo mine their past for advice on how to go forward
Ordinarily announcing a SoCal date for Aphex Twin would be pretty damn cool. In fact, I was just wondering recently if the guy was ever going to come out of his shell, or if he was going to get all Chinese Democracy on us. In fairness, Aphex Twin hasn't been exactly unproductive since his last pr ... More >>
At least not yet. New releases save the dying art of the mix CD.
What might the classical music establishment learn from pop?
Tralala, Jim Noir, Annuals at Spaceland
You and me and Richard Thompson
All Tomorrow's Parties feeds back to the future
You can’t dance to everything
Freeways’ hot fahren in the summertime
My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has to go.
Radiohead opts in/out
Jay-Z beyond reasonable doubt
Brad Laner’s wired for sound