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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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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 >>
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 >>