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 >>
Friday, December 21
"Christmas 101" with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, Emmylou Harris, Carrie Fisher
UCLA ROYCE HALL
Rufus and Martha Wainwright's late mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, created the annual "Christmas 101" holiday event, which features carols from around th ... More >>
Tuesday, October 2
When they formed in 1994, future chart fixtures Garbage had the makings of a sterile vanity project. Created by veteran studio rats (including Butch Vig, producer of Nirvana's Nevermind), with a grafted-on unknown vocalist, their formula appeared better suited to ... More >>
See also: Our complete Coachella coverage
By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.
Falling JamesHaroula Rose and Nicole Eva EmeryThis unusual, three-headed bill had a familial, down-home vibe, as members of each band sat in on one another's sets or stood supportively in front of the stage and -- in a modern rarity -- actually listened to the other musicians.
Even with this ... More >>
WHO: The L.A. Bluegrass Situation with the Watkins Family Hour
The sounds of old-time Appalachian music were audible even before the audience entered Largo's sold-out Coronet Theater, as a crew of bluegrass musicians strummed, plucked and fiddled an impromptu aco ... More >>
Falling JamesEmmylou HarrisThere were rumors that a surprise special guest would open Emmylou Harris' show Thursday night at El Rey Theatre. Beforehand, fans tried to guess who the secret performer might be -- no easy task since Harris has collaborated with so many pop celebrities, including ... More >>
Marianne WilliamsFool's GoldYou almost wonder what Fool's Gold can do for an encore.
The L.A.-based purveyors of pop and world-beat jambalaya have now toured the globe with their songs for a multinational, friending (in the true sense) the likes of Malian musical rebels Tinariwen and challen ... More >>
Hot off the press. Seattle mega-indie Sub Pop has just announced the signing of Long Beach's Avi Buffalo, which might be our favorite band that still has a member in high school. A 7-inch, "What's In It For" b/w "Jessica," is scheduled for release on December 8 (pre-order here), BUT, as an email fro ... More >>
The great Southern California based art director, designer and photographer Tom Wilkes, who died on June 28, left a lasting impact on the Los Angeles music scene. His covers, some of the most iconic of the LP era, presented the area's music with striking images presented in vivid color . He took ful ... More >>
Well, no. Not really. But I just heard that Golden Voice is adding a first ever COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL (it hasn't been given an official name yet) to their Coachella festivities! They are also adding another day to the Indie rock fest, that's right 3 days (Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 and ... More >>