Quitapenas is a nine-piece group from Riverside whose name means, we're told, "take away your worries." They've got afro-Cuban influences and are putting a new spin on cumbia. Which, if you ask us, is something that could use a new spin! Below, we've got the premiere of their single "Mas Tropical, ... More >>
According to the Mayan calendar, the I-Ching and a range of biblical and secular prophecies, the world is supposed to come to an end on Friday. It's probably not true but what if it is? You're going to feel pretty dumb if you didn't spend your last evening dancing, eating, drinking and being merry. ... More >>
In an exclusive to West Coast Sound, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena and MacArthur Park have revealed the lineups to their massive, free summer concert series -- almost 100 shows between the two venues. This year features everything from Latin alternative to folk, indie and world music. Highlights ... More >>
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Swaters at Spaceland Sweaters Spaceland December 13, 2010 Another packed house for Sweaters, who were joined by fellow White Iris artists El Sportivo and The Dead Trees for the second night of their Spaceland residency. Sweaters brought a few special guests this time, and even had their pro ... More >>
Also, Hilary Hahn, People Under the Stairs, KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas and others
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A few songs about her crazy, lazy, hazy L.A. world turned Bethany Cosentino into a global icon of cool. Yeah, she's as surprised as you are
Marianne WilliamsFool's GoldYou almost wonder what Fool's Gold can do for an encore. The L.A.-based purveyors of pop and world-beat jambalaya have now toured the globe with their songs for a multinational, friending (in the true sense) the likes of Malian musical rebels Tinariwen and challen ... More >>
Best Coast Announces Details of Debut Album,'Crazy for You'
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 >>
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Chris Martins Flannel shirts and friendly faces packed Vacation Vinyl on a balmy June afternoon in order to celebrate Foreign Born's Person To Person, released yesterday on Secretly Canadian. The band was to go on at 7 p.m. (despite what the sign said), and the narrow space was brimming by a quar ... More >>
Also, Michael Gira, The Pretenders, Foreign Born, and others
Also, the Ettes, the Dogs, George Jones and others