During its formative years, rock n' roll was attacked by critics who thought it was the devil's music. We suspect that to not, actually be the case, and that those among the genre's pioneers who have passed on are, in fact, jamming with the man upstairs instead. See also: Here's Where Five Jazz L ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] Rheteric Ramirez raps like a welterweight prizefighter. His flow bobs and weaves. Double-timed uppercuts of words follow methodical chants. Rhyme schemes ... More >>
Gone for nearly four decades, the celebrated singer-songwriter is back. But where has he been?
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] See also: Top 5 L.A. Garage Rock Bands Not everything needs to sound like the future. Not everyone wants to dwell in the present. In fact, some aim to a ... More >>
Also, Das Racist, Gonjasufi, Roky Erickson and others
Arthur Lee's long-lost Love album re-emerges, live
Also Whitechapel, Motorhead, Juanes and others
There's always that someone in your family or group of friends or entourage (this is LA we're talking about after all) who is a little intimidating come Holidays gift season. They're way into music, but they're into music in an obsessive way that seems to say "you'll never be able to find a m ... More >>
After conquering Broadway, "little Silver Lake band" the Negro Problem returns to L.A.
Considering Arthur Lee's deep impact on modern music -- he fronted one of the first multiracial rock bands, recorded with Jimi Hendrix, was a prime influence on the Doors, had lyrics lifted by the Rolling Stones, and inspired stellar fans ranging from Robert Plant and Eric Clapton to Syd Barr ... More >>
Also, Jimmy Cliff, Suzy Williams, Funeral Party and others
Also, Dam-Funk, the Outline, CocoRosie and others
Also, Tim Eriksen, Spaceland on Ice With Twilight Sleep, and others
Also, Jarvis Cocker, Regina Spektor, Ida Maria, Themselves and others.
Almost lost amongst the lurid media tumult over Jacko and Farrah's passing, the death on Thursday morning of Seeds frontman Sky Sunlight Saxon was the day's genuine stop-the-presses newsflash, a gloomy finale that closed the book on one of rock & roll's most influential and misunderstood figures. W ... More >>
No. No. No. Love minus Arthur Lee is like, well, The Doors without Jim Morrison. Or that time "The Byrds" toured with Gene Clark and long-ago fired drummer Mike Clarke as the only band members. We understand, everyone needs money right now. But there are some things that are sacred, and Love is ... More >>
Cramps singer Lux Interior, 62, died at 4:30 am yesterday at Glendale Memorial Hospital. Lux was a giant -- thee key voice in the 1977 post-rock & roll meltdown, a psychedelic-rockabilly avatar whose bizarro vision dynamically placed the music itself in a bold new context -- one where Charlie Feat ... More >>
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The more things change . . .
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