Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman comes out today.
It's an amazing account of the four-decades-old genre -- more than 700 pages long, with hundreds of interviews, many of them with essential players.
It gets into everything from the mu ... More >>
NBCLet's hope these video dancers don't show up.The L.A. hipster is in a bad place right now. Does she join Occupy L.A. and get dirty on the lawn of City Hall or continue to base her activism on the fact that she only wears American Apparel underwear?
It's only going to get tougher, because ... More >>
Parisian rapper RohffIn the States, it's easy to be stuck in the bubble of our domestic music. Sadly, many European artists have a difficult time breaking into the North American market. Often, this stems from the language barrier, but it can also be due to the straight-up oddball nature of t ... More >>
photos by Siran Babayan
Konichiwa Austin! In addition to showcasing six of the best Japanese artists playing everything from soul to punk to metal, SXSW's annual Japan Nite at Elysium had a bigger cause this year. All proceeds from ticket sales benefitted the Red Cross, making up the nearly ... More >>
Tijuana might be better known right now for its crooked cops and affordable prescription drugs, but Ceci Bastida has been sounding off for the border city's next generation since she was a feisty 15 year-old fronting politically-minded Mexican ska band Tijuana No! (famous for th ... More >>
Pitchfork reports that Dark Night of the Soul, the seemingly cursed collaboration between Danger Muse, David Lynch, and the late Sparklehorse will finally be officially released this Summer:
Parlophone/EMI will release Dark Night of the Soul July 12 in the UK and July 13 in the U.S. via Capitol.
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View more photos of OK Go's LACMA Muse video release party in "CuriousJosh: Burnal Equinox, X Fundraiser, OK Go."
Last Wednesday, OK Go announced both their departure from EMI and the creation of their own label, Paracadute.
Given that this move comes only two months after the release of their lat ... More >>
OK Go it alone.Call 'em OK Go For Dolo. The formerly Chicago-based band, now relocated to Los Angeles, who rose to fame on the strength of its superb, Gondry-esque DIY music videos has just announced that it's splitting from EMI. OK Go has founded its own label, Paracadutes. Fittingly, that's ... More >>
Plugged-in music headz know that the Specials have reformed and are playing Coachella this year. That's old -- but incredibly exciting -- news. What's surprising is that the band has been allowed to circumvent Goldenvoice's dictate that prohibits a band from playing the Los Angeles market in the mon ... More >>
On Monday, rock band OK Go issued a statement through its fan forums regarding the release of its latest album as well as the music video for "This Too Shall Pass." Specifically, it's the video that has fans riled. You see, OK Go is affiliated with EMI and, like all bands who are part of that major ... More >>
Timothy NorrisMoby behind the decks at Giant Maximus 2009It's a strange time to be a musician, to be working on the creative end when the business model that has sustained your industry for so long has spent the past several years in the midst of a nosedive. What do you do when people continuously p ... More >>
Alan Livingston is said to have come up with the initial idea for the design of the iconic Capitol Building
The legendary longtime Capitol Records president Alan Livingston died yesterday, and with the loss comes the end to a remarkable Los Angeles story. Among his other accomplishments, Livingston ... More >>
Van Morrison's early November performances of his 1968 masterwork Astral Weeks were supposed to be ready on CD for Christmas, at least in theory, but nobody rushes an expert. It took a few months longer, but the result, Astral
Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, will arrive Feb. 10. Morrison perform ... More >>
A few weeks ago after a visit to the Mac repair shop for my ailing MacBook, one of my favorite albums of the year, the soundtrack to Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, stopped working on my iTunes because I apparently had used the music on too many computers. Which was a load of crap, of course. I had ... More >>
New EMI VP to bank on the awesome power of Rush to revitalize the music industry in the 21st century
Once upon a time the people who ran record labels were quite simply music freaks. They were producers like Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic, tastemakers like Tony Wilson at Factory, or musicians like Ian M ... More >>
Ok they weren't really flip-flops, more like comfy black slides with rubber soles, and they were hidden under an entirely appropriate long and billowy 70s halter dress. But still I felt pretty earthy and under-dressed sauntering amidst all the Manolos and Choos that flooded the Staples Center last n ... More >>