[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
Almost everyone has once wanted to dress like a rock star, but most people realize how absurd they look in leather pants and sequins. Wisely, then, Holly ... More >>
Monday, January 21
Baron von Luxxury, Yellow Alex, Yung Skeeter
Electro-pop comes in splendiferous shapes and sizes. And Baron von Luxxury brings the wicked-wit version, in which DeBarge, ELO, Hall & Oates and other formerly uncool '80s soul stylists float through the disco in super-s ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 o ... More >>
There's no shortage of toys and merchandise based on celebrities floating around the Internet, but some are a bit more unusual than others. In the designer toy and art toy world, artists turn recognizable figures into vinyl characters and mash them up with other pop culture references into amazing s ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.]
I spoke recently at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. I was mercifully brief ... More >>
The long-dormant space in the courtyard of Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre is finally seeing some life. The space that several years ago housed the short-lived but fantastic frozen custard shop Lickity Split, will re-open as the beach-themed Maui & Sons bar on January 8th.
Think grass-hut decor, wai ... More >>
â€‹You want to see a wicked IMDB entry, look up Tony Curtis. His first work shows up in 1949, and he was rumored to be working on a project that would be released next year. He died of a heart attack at age 85 Wednesday in his Las Vegas area home.
The handsome actor never faded but was perhaps best ... More >>
Tonight the Quentin Tarantino-owned-and-operated New Beverly Cinema will be showing David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, one of his most misunderstood masterpieces about the strangeness of everyday American culture (even the ubiquitous power lines are kind of malevolent!).
You should go see ... More >>
Last week, several of your Facebook friends and the people who usually IM and email you odd links most likely pointed you in the direction of a Youtube video featuring a sorta grotesque looking middle-aged Italian dude who goes from a classroom skit in a variety show into the most amazing beat-heavy ... More >>
Tonight at Book Soup legendary LA born songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller will sign copies of their new book, Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography. In this week's print edition, writer David Cotner runs down the deal:
Responsible for some of the truly great pop songs of the 20th ce ... More >>
View more photos in the "MusiCares: Anthony Kiedis, Iggy Pop, Ronnie Wood, Steve Jones @ Club Nokia" slideshow.
Colin Young-WolffAnthony Kiedis at the fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit"I'm not crying, that's just Iggy Pop's sweat in my eye," joked Anthony Kiedis at the MusiCares fifth annual ... More >>
Elvis Costello and the Imposters,
El Rey, 5/28
By Randall Roberts
Photos by Timothy Norris
Elvis Costello performed a jumbo show at the Hollywood Bowl with the Police earlier on Wednesday night, but apparently he was itching for more, because he and his Imposters headed up La Brea to the El Rey o ... More >>