Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Friday, June 7 Ink-N-Iron Festival THE QUEEN MARY This three-day veneration of art, cars, music, burlesque and all things tattooed boasts some impressively wild, certified legends scattered among the horde of rockabilly huck ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] Beware any tutorial about the "right way" to do Coachella. Stay sentient, steer clear of phosphorescent forms in spirit hoodies, drink water, and never m ... More >>
Also, Agalloch, Antibalas, Power of the Riff and others
Sometimes the artist who authored a song does a bang-up job in the recording and you never need hear from the song again, except to hear it over and over and enjoy its overwhelming awesomeness. And sometimes an artist writes an incredible song and does an amazing job, and later on, some oth ... More >>
Boys in bands are cute but some of them are extremely cute. It almost doesn't matter that they're playing any music (although we're glad they are!). What follows is the five hottest boys in some of the best bands in L.A. Courtesy FutureSoundsthe Fling. Flinging it. 5. the Fling Long Bea ... More >>
The FutureheadsThe Futureheads streaked out of Sunderland, England, in 2004 in jetstream of U.K. post-punk bands such as Franz Ferdinand (the respective quartets' debut albums came out only months apart) who looked to the likes of Wire, Gang of Four and XTC for inspiration. The difference-ma ... More >>
Jane's Addiction, thenLate last week, Dave Navarro let slip via the Jane's Addiction website that the band will be playing an intimate show "for the fans" at an undisclosed Hollywood venue. Well, that venue's been disclosed. On Twitter about an hour ago, Navarro announced, "I'll be giving aw ... More >>
Foot Village, a "drum-n-shout" ensemble.Can't say we saw this one coming. It's just come to West Coast Sound's attention that FactĂłide!, a blog in Brazil, is asking this searing question of Scottish indie-rock megastars Franz Ferdinand: "It would be an inspiration in the soil, Foot Village ... More >>
James Freeman via FlickrHave You Had Your Break Today?Stereogum and Rolling Stone report that Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos, "a noted foodie who compiled his eating adventures into a travelogue called Sound Bites," is really upset at the band's US label Epic Records for licensing one o ... More >>
Cover songs are a massive gray area for music fans. If a band sticks too close to the original, they might be perceived as a cheap knock-off, but if the band makes a drastic diversion, the results might only be amusing for a moment. When a cover works, though, the payoff can be massive. Fans can be ... More >>
Franz Ferdinand is my uncle's favorite band. They might be your uncle's favorite band. About five years ago, they were my sister's favorite band -- probably yours too. That was when Franz Ferdinand released "the song." You know -- "THE SONG." That moment of leyden jar lightning when circumstance and ... More >>
Patrick O'DellFatbeats' DJ Rhettmatic Celebrating record stores as part of the second annual National Record Store Day, which is tomorrow, should be a no-brainer for Southern Californians. After all, the region is the undisputed center of the vinyl industry, with RTI, Rainbo and Erika all pressing ... More >>
Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk. The Coachella message board lit up this morning when someone posted a pretty convincing list of Friday set times, one of the last big secrets the festival reveals. For those of us going, the set times are obviously important because they dictate what we'll be missing, w ... More >>
Exactly. In our ongoing effort to educate Coachella-goers on the underbill, and sway others that there's more to this year's roster than Girl Talk, Franz Ferdinand and Paul McCartney, we're offering mp3s.
Ten to watch: The next Ford jingle?
Franz Ferdinand live at Amoeba Music.There were 800 people inside Amoeba Music on Friday evening, maximum capacity for the Sunset Boulevard record store. The smell of rock 'n' roll sweat was pungent and immediate, a humid cloud lingering above crowds of anxious, half-asleep people waiting through a ... More >>
Yeah, so all the silly speculation probably isn't done yet, as Goldenvoice always adds a few heavy-hitters after the initial announcement, but the initial line-up is up. Click through to see it in all it's glory. We'll start analyzing it soon, but for now: Throbbing Gristle! No Pavement? Let the ... More >>
The band has been in LA a lot lately (word is they were spotted filming a video on an off-day at the Echoplex a few weeks back), and now comes word that Franz Ferdinand will perform a free gig at Amoeba Records next Friday, January 30. Expect a madhouse, for sure, especially after they dropped Uly ... More >>
(Michel Gondry's video for the Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be.") Here's a list of "confirmed" (so far) acts to appear at Coachella 2009, according to the very reliable Monklish blog. His guarantee: "I've been told that these have been making arrangements to attend the festival as contractuall ... More >>
Hey, Aren't You Juliette Lewis? Walking down 6th street yesterday, you had to wonder if everyone in the world somehow heard that Art Brut song, "Formed a Band" and decided that if Eddie Argos could do it, how hard could it really be? I've seen telephone directories thinner than the official SXSW ... More >>
A few choice slots amid the abundance of the Sunset Junction Street Festival
The Cribs look to extend their family
If you have a MySpace page, then lucky you. You can diddle away hours at work, perp for dates, check up on exs, plug your band, and now...you can attend their secret shows. Well, they've been going on for a year, whether you knew you were invited or not. Last February, MySpace launched "Secret Show ... More >>
Franz Ferdinand’s tour-food diary... yum!
Meet Sweden’s newest black-metallers-turned-pop-tarts!
Do you enjoy crowds, music and exhaustion?
A buncha beloved Brit post-punk finds its day in the (reissue) sun
The Style Council’s New Year’s Eve party mixes
Pundits can’t stop calling Brokeback Mountain a “breakthrough.” The question is: Why?
L.A.’s fave band-you-love-to-hate ask: What’s wrong with rockin’ like high school?
The Futureheads take over, one listener at a time
The Arcade Fire tap into all the bliss running wild underneath
ALEC HANLEY BEMIS on the casualties and survivors in the war between the Cynics and the True Believers