Friday, April 13
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
EMPIRE POLO CLUB
Although it's unlikely that the Rolling Stones and their sprawling entourage will descend on this sun-baked music festival for a surprise set, as was rumored earlier this year, there are still many intriguing storylines scatte ... More >>
See also: Top Five Greatest Female Rock Bands From L.A.
The author of Kurt Cobain bio Never Fade Away Dave Thompson just released Bad Reputation: The Unauthorized Biography of Joan Jett. The book claims to tell her complete and uncensored story, from her days as a 14-year-old berated by Runaways p ... More >>
Lina Lecaro "This town is our town. It is so glamorous. Bet you'd live here if you could and be one of us..."
-The Go-Gos, "This Town"
Yesterday, the Go-Go's were recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What made the fan-packed induction ceremony particularly sweet was the star ... More >>
Lina LecaroClub Alchemy
Characters. Personalities. Genuises. This week, we couldn't help but think about the people in LA who always seem to stand out, even in the most audacious of crowds. It's not just how they dress or who they know or even what they do. It's a combination of these and so ... More >>
courtesy chad brown
Chad Brown is an L.A.-based DJ and the singer/guitarist in CB Brand, and he may well know more about country music than anyone you're likely to encounter in this city. He is a true historian who recalls the backstories of each record in immense detail--from how he found i ... More >>
Yes, *that* Jonathan GoldThe Hollywood Reporter (via MTV) has details of an announcement about an upcoming N.W.A. biopic currently in development at New Line.
The film has the working title Straight Outta Compton and "will follow N.W.A (short for N---az With Attitude) from their early days i ... More >>
MTV.com has unveiled the last teaser trailer for the upcoming Runaways movie and we can finally get a look at this biopic/cautionary tale/True Hollywood Story.
Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie as jailbaitThe Runaways saga has been told many times in books (the out-of-print Neon Angel: The Che ... More >>
You cannot write a history of LA music without mentioning Bob Keane, who died at 87 this past weekend. Though he was a young prodigy clarinetist and bandleader in the pre-rock era, Keane was not destined to make his contribution as a performer--as a discoverer, nurturer, and marketer of talent, howe ... More >>
Taking LSD over seven times may or may not make you legally insane (if the myth were true, some of us here at West Coast Sound might have just missed the loony bin), but we can assure you, watching the psycho-delic circus known as The Threee Geniuses as many times is likely to drive you nuts, at lea ... More >>
Shannon CottrellLenora Claire and Luke Nero at mr. BLACK
When Luke Nero moved to Los Angeles, he brought the hippest gay club in New York City with him. But as the doors opened last night at Bardot for the first installment of the Tuesday night party mr. BLACK LA, one had to wonder if a club ... More >>
Times are tight, for sure. A box set is a luxury that few can afford these days. Given the choice between a 4 cd collection and paying the phone bill or buying a bottle of Scotch, well, let's just say you can't download a bottle of Scotch.
But if you're at all curious about the history of th ... More >>
Almost lost amongst the lurid media tumult over Jacko and Farrah's passing, the death on Thursday morning of Seeds frontman Sky Sunlight Saxon was the day's genuine stop-the-presses newsflash, a gloomy finale that closed the book on one of rock & roll's most influential and misunderstood figures. W ... More >>
By far, the Official Most Anticipated L.A. Reissue of the Year has officially become the just-announced Los Angeles Nuggets Box that Rhino Records has announced. It's a four CD-box of garage and weird rock classics of the 1960s, a wild ride through an LA long since vanished.
While April was a great month for events in Los Angeles (see our April '09 Month in Photos slideshow for proof), we have to admit we're pretty exhausted. After Coachella, exploring Michael Jackson's Neverland, two non-stop days at the L.A. Weekly L.A. Weekend festival and more, we decided to take it ... More >>
Documented in both the Rodney Bingenheimer bio-pic Mayor of the Sunset Strip and former Runaways bassist Vicky Tischler-Blueâ€™s rock doc about the seminal LA punkettes called Edgeplay (not to mention countless print interviews over the years) the feud between the man who helped create them, Kim Fow ... More >>
Artists giving away their music for free, a chronology.
1906, Brant Rock, Massachusetts. Sailors off the coast of the Atlantic hear an eerie, otherworldly sound emanate from a box given to them by inventor Reginald Fessenden. On shore, Fessenden stands in front of a microphone attached to a sync ... More >>