Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman comes out today.
It's an amazing account of the four-decades-old genre -- more than 700 pages long, with hundreds of interviews, many of them with essential players.
It gets into everything from the mu ... More >>
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Story by Clay Marshall
Steel Panther guitarist Russ Parrish sports leopard-print Spandex and a tiger-striped ax when the group plays in concert. If all goes well, he'll climb atop the drum riser and stomp on the kick-drum pedal, ac ... More >>
Andrea DomanickTracii GunsSaturday marked the first Venice Beach Spring Fling Festival, a new seasonal counterpart to its Summer Music Festival showcasing local bands and artists. The locally sponsored Fling is only the most recent effort from the community to prove that there's more to the b ... More >>
Al GreenYou've perhaps debated the lineup, read Nightranger's survival guide, gotten the reasoned perspective from Falling James, seen a certain local blog's mixtape and even tried to gauge the hippie traffic patterns.
You either have the compunction for Sunset Junction, or you don't.
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Jack ButlerChris ShiflettFoo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has taken a detour off the radio rock superhighway and found himself on a country road. His side project Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants -- inspired by a trip a couple years ago to rockabilly's answer to Coachella, the Hootenan ... More >>
Though it only lasted for a couple of months, the rock n' roll revelry of Diamond Dogs at H' Wood is already the stuff of LA club-land legend, both for its fabulously mixed crowd (Bryan Ferry, Keith Richards' daughters, Marilyn Manson exes Dita Von Teese and Rose MacGowan, the Gossip's Beth Ditto, A ... More >>