I first encountered The Orwells last year, not in their native state of Illinois, but on the rooftop of a CMJ show in New York. Los Angeles rockers Francisco the Man had just finished downstairs and everyone had retreated skyward for a view of the city and lungfulls of tobacco smoke. The five piece ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
Justin Gage's business card for Aquarium Drunkard bears a simple mantra: "Just the good shit." This might seem self-evident for the proprietor of a music ... More >>
A big congratulations to LA-based music blog Aquarium Drunkard, which beat all other music blogs in the country (including some high-profile ones from Brooklyn that like to proclaim their dietary restrictions) on an nationwide Internet vote for MTV's first "O Award."
According to MTV,
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"Madame" Esther Wong, founder of the former restaurant and eventual punk venue in ChinatownUPDATE: L.A.-based noise-pop artist Wavves, a.k.a. Nathan Williams, will be playing one of Madame Wong's' final shows on Wednesday, August 3.
Commenters have pointed out that the venue never officially ... More >>
Score one for the blogosphere.
On Saturday, L.A. music blog Aquarium Drunkard invaded Echo Park to throw its first ever festival. Waved Out drew hundreds of kids out to the East Side, and they spent the day running up and down the stairs that adjoin the Echo to its larger, sub-Sunset cousin ... More >>
As one whose love of music was cultivated on cassette tapes and who began writing about it on a typewriter (and who admittedly was once averse to social networking and the web in general as a medium on par with print), we weren't sure we were the right person to be on a panel about music blo ... More >>
In the unpredictable wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many (with delicious irony) as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES seeks not only to review the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community (one populate ... More >>
Tonight at the ever-inspiring 826LA East in Echo Park, directly behind the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a bunch of music writers will be discussing their, er, craft, no doubt addressing hot button issues in the ever-exciting world of music journalism, a profession that is growing by leaps and bound ... More >>
The best cover version we've heard this year is, by far, the Radar Bros.' version of Paul McCartney's "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," which you'll soon be able to hear courtesy of Autumn Tone Records, home to both Le Switch (who continue their residency at Spaceland tonight) and the Henry Clay Peop ... More >>