Tuesday, Apr 2
House of Blues Sunset Strip
The annual Paganfest tour has become one of our favorite regular metal tours. Finland's Ensiferum is grounded heavily in orchestral folk metal, but maintains a galloping pace that keeps headbangers moving in the pit. Denmark's Tyr has more in ... More >>
Monday, April 1
Rhye, Nosaj Thing
Love hurts! On the one hand, Rhye does offer more of that sort of nu-quiet-fire sexy pop that blows through cocktail bars from here to Ouagadougou. You know, the kind that, if your timing is off in the hearing of it, might just encourage you to go ahe ... More >>
Sat. Sept 8
Devin Townsend, Katatonia, and Paradise Lost
El Rey Theatre
Talk about a stacked lineup. Devin Townsend has calmed down since his days fronting angry industrial thrash titans Strapping Young Lad, but he still fucking rocks in the live solo setting. Swedish melodic doomsters Katatonia we ... More >>
In Sweden, Norway and Finland, "Midsommar" -- celebrated the weekend closest to June 24 -- is an especially important holiday that's steeped in tradition and rivals Christmas in popularity. It marks the start of the summer season and celebrates joy and romance with maypole dancing, girls wearing bri ... More >>
We love Dave Hill. Funny man, musician, writer, friend of the gays, and author of the new book, Tasteful Nudes. It's a collection of his hilarious essays about everything from rock 'n' roll to stolen meat to irritable Canadians.
Hill also happens to be a longtime friend of ours, going back to our ... More >>
Courtesy 1301PE GalleryA still from Modern Times, Forever, which might be the longest film ever made
Pacific Standard Time's performance-art festival continues through this weekend, but there are a few great exhibitions to see as well. One in Chinatown is almost therapeutic, while another, o ... More >>
flickr user thomitheosAn Apple-Filled BackyardMost farmers market discoveries tend to involve a new way cook those black trumpet mushrooms or choose a Crenshaw melon. But some days, you just get lucky. Or perhaps it was our discussion with a few farmers about spaders (a device that tills the ... More >>
Audio Visual PhotographyAgalloch In the world of heavy metal, the most critical component for long-term success is a killer live show. Even back in the era before the record industry imploded, the bands that got the most devoted fan bases were the ones that could fucking bring it live. All of ... More >>
[Editor's note: Why This Song Sucks determines why particular tracks blow using science. It appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday.]
Song: Jennifer Lopez's "Papi"
Background: "Papi" is from Lopez's seventh album, Love? It's was released through a promotion on her Facebook page, and was supp ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshLiquor bottles behind the bar at 1886 in Pasadena.Candy may be dandy but liquor is quicker, especially when it comes to increasing your risk of pancreatitis. Drinking just 4 cl. (centilitre) of hard liquor, the equivalent of 1.35 US fluid ounces (or a little more than a typical 1 ... More >>
The last time I saw Children of Bodom perform live ended up being one of the strangest nights of my life. That night saw a chain of events that included meeting Rob Lowe, inadvertently being recruited to spend the night caring for a reality-TV star whose drink had been drugged, and spending a 24-hou ... More >>
Flickr/tomazstolfaone very angry bird
If weather girls can become television food megastars, then why can't massively addictive Finnish game apps become cookbooks? That was a rhetorical question; of course they can. And what better game to make the transition to cookbook than Angry Birds, a g ... More >>
Jonagold apple, portions removedPoetry is walled up in graduate school. Painting is in permanent decline. But the creative hot dog garnish seems to be in its golden age at the moment, and whether your taste runs toward organic Parsi pickles, fluorescent Chicago relish or cheese-stuffed, bacon ... More >>
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April really is the cruelest month. At least for the 11-week old fetus.
The Independent reports on a Finnish study that found that babies who celebrate their eleventh week of gestation in springtime have a higher likelihood of developing allergies to milk and eggs tha ... More >>
Arcade FireNot much we can say here is going to change your mind about Arcade Fire.
You're either a believer, or not. You've either dropped some paycheck/worked an angle/called in a favor to get a ticket to one of the next two nights' sold-out shows, or not. (Or, you'll wait for Coachella, w ... More >>
The L.A. Public Library has a great online feature that allows you to view city directories for a select number of eras, along with many more telephone books. A search through the 1936 city directory, under the heading "Publications -- Periodical, Professional, Scientific, Technical, Trade, Etc.," r ... More >>