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 >>
If he had to pick a number, guitarist Phil Upchurch estimates he has played on over 2000 recordings. Based on the frequency with which his name arises, he's probably right. Asking him to recall some of those dates can be like asking a fisherman about a particular fish he caught 40 years ago. "I'll ... More >>
The Beach Boys The Hollywood Bowl 6/2/12 See also: A Tour Of Beach Boys' Haunts In Their Hometown Of Hawthorne, California - With Pictures 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 >>
Elvis Costello The Wiltern 4/17/12 Better than...a show with a standard set list For the past year, Elvis Costello has been challenging himself and fans with his Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour. With his extensive catalog that includes over 30 studio albums, multiple live albums and appearances ... More >>
Becky Sapp 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 >>
See also: R&B Legend Etta James Has Dementia, Reveals Sordid Riverside County Money Lawsuit 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 >>
Also, Leon Russell, Chris Brown, Azar Lawrence Quintet and others
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 >>
Also, Lizz Wright, Wanda Jackson, Iron and Wine, Wallpaper. and others
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 >>
Do it, without prejudice
Revived band gives the Chess songbook the L.A. punk treatment
Also, No Age, Sheila E & the Escovedo Family, Greg Laswell and others
Also, Letters to God, The Joneses, Who Do You Love and more
How Sandy West was lost
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 >>
Also, the Ettes, the Dogs, George Jones and others
Hours of travel, fund-raising and PR leave little time for his job
Also, Carrie Rodriguez, Dolly Parton, Buddy Guy, and 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 >>
And other May 29-June 5 shows
Plus other Feb. 14-21 shows
It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To
An intermittently inspired Ray falls short of its subject.
Terry Allen and his chicken-fried Gesamtkunstwerk
The New York Times new editor, Bill Keller, is more at ease talking about Shakespeare than pop culture. What does it mean for Hollywood?
A semi-comic fantasy about an aspect of the future that may prove pertinent to L.A.
Tony Wilson on the city of Manchester, the Sex Pistols, Joy Division, Factory Records, New Order, the Hacienda Club, Happy Mondays . . . had enough yet?
Muddy Waters was a rollin' stone
Gillian Grisman’s documentary of life with Dad and Jerry
Funked up, bumming you out and completely down: Electric Miles still charged for days
Why Randy Newman’s new musical goes limp
A brief history of one of the thousands of DIY singles released in 1979
Merle Haggard's Twin Oracles
Dewey Terry's rock & roll party
Bobby Fuller, beyond "I Fought the Law"