Also, Aloe Blacc, Maren Parusel, the Greenhornes and others
Matt Popieluch (Big Search, Foreign Born, Fool's Gold) writes on his favorite solo projects.Guest blogger Matt Popieluch is not only the lead singer in Foreign Born and riddim guitarist for Fool's Gold, but an "artist gone rogue" in his own right. He's celebrating the release of the debut alb ... More >>
The Scenesters screens at the Downtown Independent, live music from Big Search, Sweaters, Franks and Lord HuronFull disclosure: I, L.A. Weekly writer Chris Martins, served as music supervisor on this film, and booked the bands for this event. But that doesn't make 14 free songs any less sweet ... More >>
Big Search in a big fieldYou may think you haven't heard Big Search, but chances are, you're already quite familiar with the artist's work. He sings in Foreign Born. He slings ax for Fool's Gold. He's one of Cass McCombs' trusted sidemen, a business adviser to Frank Fairfield, and the utilit ... More >>
Also, Lilith 2010, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Smokey Robinson, Antibalas and others
Daiana FeuerBanjos and fiddles and washboards, oh my! The Old Time Social and Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest proved it's hip to be square-dancing. Taking over some of the most unique dusty locales around, these two events brought together promising practitioners of old-time music and colorful h ... More >>
Live review: Sweden's Peter, Bjorn, and John Get Icy at Club Nokia
His country blues draws more from rural Appalachia than urban California
The self-titled debut album by a polyglot L.A. 10-piece: Hebrew vocals and West African rhythms?
It's hard to argue with the kind of talent that Frank Fairfield has at his fingertips. His virtuosity on the banjo is clear enough when you listen to any one of his out-of-time Appalachian-tinged tunes, but until you see the former L.A. busker play with your own two eyes, you can't possibly grasp th ... More >>
Also, Destroy L.A., Sunset Strip Music Festival, the Drones and others
Timothy NorrisEmily Kokel of Warpaint endured ear-piercing feedback to open the show, but utlimately prevailed Thursday nights at the Hammer: cheap (free), relaxed (lots of art), and perfectly programmed to highlight some of LA's most intriguing bands. This year's season, which kicked off at the be ... More >>
Why his band's not pop, or rock, or anything predictable
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 >>
Name-dropped in this article: Mike Kelley, Foreign Born, Blue Man Group, Tauba Auerbach, Human Sexual Response
Ten to watch: The next Ford jingle?
Also, Michael Gira, The Pretenders, Foreign Born, and others
The Rapture, Foreign Born The Mayan, July 25
If you haven’t yet experienced the phenomenon of people walk-dancing, apparently the best place to witness this is at a Rapture show. Here’s how it goes down: guy in awfully tight pants and girl in white one-piece from the ‘80s enter bar area, dancing while they walk.