It's the last day of Coachella. Your last chance to smuggle in drugs, possibly get caught, possibly make things easier on yourself in court later, and possibly be out on bail in time to see some more good shows.
But which stages are the best? The sound quality varies widely, so much so that where ... More >>
While over at the main stage the bulk of the Coachella crowd was enduring Phoenix with the hope that Daft Punk would come out -- they instead got R. Kelly -- a smaller but perhaps-more-enthusiastic crowd got a first-rate greatest hits set from New Order last night. ... More >>
The fans at Coachella tend to wear things no humans should. (Except for the bros, of course.) But the artists on stage can commit some cringe-worthy fashion faux pas as well. (Here's hoping they take some of those hard earned Coachella dollars from this weekend and hire a better stylist for weekend ... More >>
The Greek Theatre
A lot has changed for New Order since they last played Los Angeles in 2001. Longtime bassist Peter Hook criticized and subsequently left the band, and in 2009 after their second break-up singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner vowed to never make music again with them. I ... More >>
East Village West; see Sat.Get ready for a host of arty parties in the coming days, as Pacific Standard Time and Fashion Week events take over town. There's also a sure-to-be ferocious fun tribute night pitting two '80s faves against each other on the dance floor, as well as two pop-in worthy ... More >>
Mark McNultyPeter HookPeter Hook, the potent bassist of Joy Division and New Order, who had just returned from sunny Spain, sat in the comforts of rain and gloom in his native England home while we talked over a crackly phone connection last Thursday morning.
Hook and his backing band The Li ... More >>
After a Joy Division U.S. tour was thwarted 30 years ago, the opportunity for most Americans to hear the band's 1979 debut album live was, much like its title, an unknown pleasure. For the past several months, Peter Hook -- without fellow Joy Division/New Order members Bernard Sumner and Step ... More >>
Timothy NorrisWine, cheese and blockrockin' beats: The Chemical Brothers at the Hollywood Bowl
LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Klaxons and all other dance-rockers currently carving a profitable niche owe a debt of gratitude to electronica's "Born Slippy"-era--namely the holy trinity of stadium DJs ... More >>
By Chris Gray
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again.
As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionall ... More >>