Friday, January 18
EL REY THEATRE
In 2009, the Nigerian government forcefully shut down the Shrine, the home base of Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti. By now, however, not only is the Shrine back, it's a government-endorsed museum -- a sign, Femi Kuti told one reporter, that the revolutionar ... More >>
timothy norrismassive attack
See more of Timothy Norris' photos in 'LA 101 with Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack and more.'
By any metric, last night's LA 101 at the Gibson Amphitheatre was a success--save for maybe the fact that the headliners didn't hail from LA. Of course, Massive At ... More >>
Femi KutiNeed some positive force? Yeah, so do we.
Olafela Olafemi Anikulapo Kuti (known as Femi), the son of Nigerian Afro-beat legend Fela Kuti, is renowned for live performances that feature exultant saxophone and even more celebratory dancing adding up to a sweaty spectacle of funk.
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On Saturday the "organizers" got some of their act together -- plus most people already had their wristbands after the clusterfuck of Day 1 -- so it was relatively painless to access the festival grounds. People were noticeably more chill throughout the day, which is what happens when you haven't ha ... More >>
Is it that time already?
Yes, for the 89th time, it is. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association just announced the line-up for the 2010 Hollywood Bowl season, and despite its age, the outdoor beauty will stage a few firsts: Gustavo Dudamel's first Bowl subscription concerts as music direct ... More >>
Timothy NorrisEmily Kokel of Warpaint endured ear-piercing feedback to open the show, but utlimately prevailed
Thursday nights at the Hammer: cheap (free), relaxed (lots of art), and perfectly programmed to highlight some of LA's most intriguing bands. This year's season, which kicked off at the be ... More >>
Organized dancing maneuvers, such as choreographed butt shimmies, hand-waving body spins, and foot stomps on beats #2 and #4, are an under-utilized weapon in 21st century music performance arsenal. Considering that group ass wagging is perhaps one of humanity's great inventions -- especially when t ... More >>
This has absolutely nothing to do with West Coast Sound's mission: to provide up to date info on all things L.A. music. It happened at Sasquatch outside of Seattle. But this clip is such a great moment in music appreciation and joy that we feel obliged to pass it on.
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Timothy NorrisAirborne Toxic Event backstage at their show at the Wiltern in the fall
By Jeff Miller
Awkward homecomings can be harrowing for anyone, but for the Airborne Toxic Event -- whose spiral to rock stardom on the heels of their fantastic, ubiquitous, Arcade-Fire-biting single "Sometime Ar ... More >>
Half-way through Femi Kuti’s first song of the night, the powerful “Truth Don Die,” a strange realization hit me -- Femi’s wearing Tevas. For some reason, seeing the heir to a revolutionary musical legacy, and a virtual legend himself, in Tevas struck me as eminently amusing and I spent the ... More >>