The Rolling Stones Staples Center 5-20-13 If last night's concert at Staples Center really was the Rolling Stones' final show in Los Angeles after nearly 50 years of faithful pilgrimages to the Southland, it revealed that the British warhorses are still capable of major gasp-inducing surprises. Whe ... More >>
I once dreamed of being a transportation planner: fast-roping into jungles, skirting ancient booby traps to snag gilded idols, natives and Nazi occultists in hot pursuit. Sadly, urban planners do none of those things. The most daring thing most of them will ever do is Sharpie "Fuck you, Robert Moses ... More >>
Monday, December 17 The Moonbeams HEMINGWAY'S LOUNGE The Moonbeams' upcoming single might be titled "Life's a Circus," but the song is more mournful and foreboding than cheery or escapist. Lead singer Beck Black howls her bloody imprecations with a solemn, sullen intensity as drummer Adam Alt and g ... More >>
In August Sunset Junction was denied a permit by the Board of Public Works, due to unpaid fees. This left everyone scrambling to get money they were owed, including ticket buyers, vendors, and bands themselves. Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance proceeded to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protec ... More >>
Also, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tinie Tempah, Arctic Monkeys, Woodsman and others
Timothy NorrisGorillaz: an unprecedented revue Say you dreamed up a virtual band with a friend of yours who's a comic book artist. Say a bunch of instruments were lying around waiting for you to pick and pluck at them, and a bunch of friends kept dropping by to play. You'd act like a kid. No, ... More >>
GorillazThe festival-closing Coachella set by Gorillaz back in April was as memorable for what it wasn't as what it was. The Damian Albarn-fronted collective went it without its typical big-screen animations and played unmasked -- with the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon joining for a se ... More >>
Jackie Brown and its worried-man blues
Gustavo TurnerThe Great Thom Yorke in the Sky Sunday was the hottest day of the Coachella weekend and it felt like the most crowded, a change from previous years when (thanks to the one-day passes) the last day had shown a welcome self-weeding-out of the masses. In terms of festival logisti ... More >>
Also, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, Magda, Hedgehog, Mos Def and others
Don't know Bobby Womack? The Rolling Stones stole a lot of their mid-1970s balladeering from Womack.
Sure, the papers are full of stories of gas prices shooting up and housing prices plummeting, but those are new phenomena compared to the steady declines in the fortunes of the record industry. The latest sales numbers show a decrease of 11% over last year - and that includes legal digital downloads ... More >>
For the week of October 20-26
A conversation and an appreciation
The gospel according to Bobby Womack
What ever happened to R&B?