When jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek first arrived in Los Angeles from Seattle slightly more than a decade ago, she had a tight sense of swing and a demure set of pipes. She was a little unprepared for the expectations of a formal jazz education at USC.
"I remember being really embarrassed when I didn't ... More >>
Family of the Year, a bubbling four-piece Silver Lake indie pop group that's as tight-knit as their name suggests, make songs that are ludicrously, preposterously catchy.
The familial camaraderie of their name comes from guitarist Joe Keefe and drummer Sebastian Keefe, brothers who left both Bosto ... More >>
Trio Lady Danville formed in 2007 by two former UCLA a cappella boys and a musical theater major. Capturing the yearning harmonies and earnestness of college scene bands like Guster and Fleet Foxes, they've ridden that wave around the country, opening for Ben Folds, pop-punk band Jack's Mannequin an ... More >>
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William Shatner's first foray into music was 1968's The Transformed Man, a novelty of Shakespeare and Cyrano de Bergerac passages paired with a couple of pop tunes, "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Lucy in the ... More >>
The Besnard LakesLoudest husband-and-wife team in music today? My vote would go to Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek of Montreal quartet the Besnard Lakes. The foursome crafts the kind of sprawling art-rock epics that you'd think could change weather patterns, warm and inviting in one passage, icy a ... More >>
Ben FoldsThere's no Five with Ben Folds on his current tour -- it's just the 43-year-old singer-songwriter, his musical weapon of choice and his current fascination with Chatroulette. His "Ben Folds and a Piano" tour has featured stripped-down versions of songs from his deep catalog (yes, he' ... More >>
Just because we seem to be constantly listening to music and hitting up concerts here at West Coast Sound doesn't mean that we aren't also reading comic books or taking nights off to re-watch Star Wars Episodes IV-VI. So, when our interests collide, be it in song or on the small screen, we get a lit ... More >>