Last week, the center of the rock & roll universe was located in an industrial part of Burbank. In one room at CenterStaging studios, Paul McCartney was rehearsing with his band for their upcoming world tour. Next door, his old pals and supposed rivals the Rolling Stones were preparing for their fir ... More >>
The Beach Boys
The Hollywood Bowl
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Better Than: Your average Carnie Wilson show.
This year in the UK, Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee is bringing together millions of her subjects (and pl ... More >>
For some, Los Angeles' musical history fits nicely into categories; there was bouncing beach pop, Laurel Canyon folk, West Coast rap and Sunset Strip rock. But behind this shroud of notable names and iconic acts, there is a richer, more diverse portrait of music in Los Angeles.
Th ... More >>
Tim and Eric's new movieWatch any 11-minute episode of Adult Swim's warped, experimental sketch series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and then try to explain what Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim -- the show's stars and creative engine -- do for a living.
"'Comedians' never seems the ... More >>
[Editor's note: Deathmatch pairs two artists who have something in common, and determines who is better. It's a concept we sort-of ripped off from MTV, except that instead of claymation it's the printed word!]
Every couple of years, garage rock rears its head again, whack-a-mole-style. Garage per s ... More >>
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Etta James passed away today at the age of 73 at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside. James, born Jamesetta Hawkins, suffered a number of health problems at the time of her death, including leukemia an ... More >>
Sean J. O'ConnellToday Capitol Records releases one of the greatest lost albums of all time -- the Beach Boys' Smile. Brian Wilson intended this "teenage symphony to God" as a follow-up to Pet Sounds and countless tapes were recorded. But owing to a hazy blitz of paranoia and group in-fightin ... More >>
You'll be seeing a lot in the blogosphere and beyond about Neil Strauss' revealing new book, Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, (out this week). The tome reveals shocking things about -and intimate moments with- the author's vast array of interview subjects over the years: Lady Gaga bawling ... More >>
John Lennon's favorite musicianI wrote this column for this week's print edition of the LA Weekly about this weekend's very special, star-studded concert celebrating Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band:
Listening to Yoko
Do it, without prejudice
Circa 1970, John Lennon was savagely mocked whe ... More >>
View more photos in the Justice Tour slideshow.
Timothy NorrisTom Morello backstage at the Henry Fonda for the Justice TourDo-gooders are easy to pick on, especially rock 'n' roll martyrs like Tom Morello who are damned if they don't and even more damned if they do. But rock's most incendiary axem ... More >>
Like many people my age, I learned about Bo Diddley not from any unremembered nostalgia for British Invasion swipes of the ancient bluesman's slippery guitar technique, but from the myth-making "Bo Knows" Nike commercials of the late 80s. See the above YouTube clip and marinate on the '88 cameos f ... More >>