This was Los Angeles four-piece Hand's third trek to the festival in the past three years and by far the grandest. With a new van and a new album Synesthesia due to come out in April on Kill Rock Stars, the guys were feeling really good about this year. So good that they foolishly agreed to let me e ... More >>
Also, Dengue Fever, Jessie Baylin, Reigning Sound, Black Bananas and others
Also, Monopoly, David Bazan, Gravespawn and others
Also Red Cortez, Troy Walker, Bun B and others
Also, Marnie Stern, Kristian Hoffman, Elton John & Leon Russell
John ClarkCorin Tucker BandCorin Tucker calls her debut album "more of a middle-aged mom record." Oh, that many middle-aged moms could rock like this. The founding member of seminal riot grrls Sleater-Kinney and mother of two last week launched her first tour as the Corin Tucker Band, the tr ... More >>
Kill Rock Stars to Release 'An Introduction to... Elliott Smith"
Also, Compton Metal Night, Health, Thao and Mirah
Based in Olympia, Washington, Nikki McClure is an artist with roots in the Pacific Northwest indie music scene of the 1990s, having worked with both K Records and Kill Rock Stars. Her medium of choice is cut-paper illustration, which she creates using an X-acto knife. McClure's latest project is Mam ... More >>
Timothy NorrisYes, that's UK pop singer Kate Nash last night at the El Rey (sitting down due to one of her oddly not-infrequent foot-related accidents). Yes, the banner says "A CUNT IS A USEFUL THING." Yes, you know her mostly through some cutesy (kawaiiiiiiiiii) pop ditties and accolades f ... More >>
Kill Rock Stars gives away 21 free MP3's ALFSTRAVAGANZA!
Also, Holly Miranda, Les Blanks, Mumiy Troll and others
Earlier this week, Kill Rock Stars announced that it'd acquired the rights to Elliott Smith's first and last records -- 1994's Roman Candle, originally on Cavity Search, and 2004's posthumous ANTI- release, From A Basement On A Hill -- and that reissues are scheduled for April 6, 2010. Whil ... More >>
In the strange wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES reviews the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community (artists and labels, indie or other), believing that good m ... More >>
Over the weekend, Space 15 Twenty debuted a film project sure to be close to music lovers' hearts. "Main Street," described as "an exhibition of new video art and animation," runs through December 6 and features brief displays of visual sweetness by auteurs from L.A. and beyond. Among those who've c ... More >>
Part Time Punks Festival Weekend: Raincoats, Gang of Four, and more.
Also, Torche, Alejandro Escovedo, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and others
Also, Franz Nicolay, Sweet, Tinted Windows and others
The German duo Stereo Total return to town with more of their curiously infectious electro-punk anthems. They haven't released a full-length album since 2007's Paris-Berlin, although a new single, "Anti Love Song," is supposed to come out soon on Kill Rock Stars.
By Noah W. Bailey Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>
By Michael Roberts In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They'r ... More >>
Plus other music shows for April 10-17
Eleven handcrafted gems
For the week of August 2 - 9
For the week of July 26 – August 2
For the week of Feb. 8 - 15
The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy likes Under Milk Wood and a nice Zinfandel, thanks much
For Sept. 28 Oct. 5
For September 21–28
For the week of September 1-7
For the week of April 21-27
For the week of March 10 - 16
For March 3 - 9
A buncha beloved Brit post-punk finds its day in the (reissue) sun
Sleater-Kinney on the frontlines
“Hyped to Death”: DIY’s cutout classics
The Napster museum of cultural heritage
Neil Young, beyond the fringe and back again
Can Elliott Smith save pop music?