Gibson Amphitheatre, the mainstay mid-size concert venue at Universal City, will close its doors in September, according to its operator Live Nation Entertainment.
As announced in December 2011, the 6,200-capacity amphitheatre is expected to be demolished to make way for The Wizarding World of Har ... 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.]
Two nights ago, I was sitting in front of my speakers listening to a very clean pressing of Led ... More >>
There's a famous George Carlin routine where the late comic mocks our obsession with stuff -- clothing and cars and accessories that we buy in an effort to fit in, to make ourselves feel better, to feed the American nature of consumerism until these items rule our lives.
Now, four years after Carli ... More >>
Southwest Airlines may agree with the "fat" part of Kevin Smith's new book Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good from Gotham Books, but Silent Bob is far from lazy. He's an author, comic book store owner, professional stage farceur and podcaster who runs a network of podcasts fo ... More >>
What makes a terrible band? Is it being prepared to do the wrong thing, whatever the price? That and a pair of testicles. Only, some of the below groups possess testicles only in the symbolic sense. Because, even if you're composed of ladies, it takes balls to make music that is simultaneousl ... More >>
*Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time: #20-16
*Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time, #15-11
*Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time: #5-1
10. Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls may seem like an easy target, but they're actually a quite difficult one, considering they're less band than brand. There's their rea ... 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 >>
A heavenly George Carlin, which he might have found amusing.
One of my favorite lines of Carlin's:
"You can't fight City Hall, but you can goddamn sure blow it up."
(Most likely said before September, 2001.)
Photo by Mark Mauer