[Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hit the town with drummer Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses, the Cult, Velvet Revolver and Camp Freddy.]
10:10 p.m.: Sugar Ray singer Mark McGra ... More >>
"I threw my drum kit down the steps outside. All the drums landed in a heap on the driveway and I said, 'I don't want to do this.' I was almost fifteen and that was it. I was giving up my career," says Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, rolling his eyes at the bratty fifteen-year-old-version of himself ... More >>
Matt Sorum drums some sense into LAUSD.Updated at the bottom with video of Sorum's inspiring speech. Reporting by Tessa Stuart.
Of all the crucial LAUSD programs on the chopping block at today's board meeting -- like the entire adult-education department and after-school tutoring -- perhaps ... More >>
Lina Lecaro Dave Gahan feels it at Nokia.Happy Birthday Dave Gahan! The Depeche Mode singer turns 49 today, but he came frighteningly close to never seeing this milestone. Fifteen years ago, he in fact died from an overdose at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood and was brought back to life ... More >>
Lina Lecaro Kevin Llewellyn, Kat Von D and Jesse James in Wonderland
Tabloid culture met tattoo culture in an over the top, somewhat curious (and curiouser!) fashion last night at the grand opening of Wonderland, the new art gallery from LA Ink's Kat Von D (adjacent to her shop) featuring the ... More >>
"Axl is a ginger, so he doesn't tan very well": Steven Adler, unmuzzledNo man's danced with "Mr. Brownstone" and dodged death as many times as original Guns n' Roses drummer Steven Adler, one of the architects of the greatest '80s hard rock album.
After surviving "twenty-eight ODs, three bot ... 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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Lina Lecaro Cherie Currie and son Jake Hays with The Runaways guitar by artist Sonia Lopez-Chavez. A drive down the Sunset Strip always promises a few things: flashy billboards, rockin' (usually studded) get-ups, beckoning marquees and maddeningly slow-moving cars. Now there's something fun ... More >>
"I love you all, but I'm too old for this shit." These were the last words uttered by Billy Corgan at the close of Smashing Pumpkins' intimate warm-up gig at the Viper Room last night, but the smoldering set his band dished out before leaving the stage proved the last part of that statement couldn't ... More >>
The rock community's struggle with substance abuse is no secret, but the glamorization of sex, drugs and rock n' roll means that some sad stats often get buried. For example, new studies show that only 8% of women with drug and alcohol problems ever seek help. The Grammy Foundation's Musicares MAP F ... More >>
Historic (i.e., pre-Chinese Democracy debacle) Guns'n'Roses bassist Duff McKagan debuted last night holding the low-end for Jane's Addiction in a small gig at Hollywood club Bardot. The band, dubbed by the fans Jane's Addiction 6.0 or Jane's'n'Roses, sounded hap ... More >>
Billy MorrisonEditor's Note: For Angelenos, guitarist Billy Morrison is perhaps best known for his work with all-star cover band Camp Freddy, which also features core members Dave Navarro (guitar), Matt Sorum (drums), Donovan Leitch, Jr. (vocals), Chris Chaney (bass). Indie 103.1 fans no doub ... More >>
The clock is ticking, and even if you don't have a (clever) costume yet, it's time to brave your social fear and figure out what the Hell you're gonna do this Halloween weekend. As far as dance dens go, pretty much everything bubbling this weekend will have a creep factor (more than usual in ... More >>
Other than the term "swine flu," we learned several very important things over the weekend: Bea Arthur (RIP) made a damn good leg of roast lamb, there is definitely a limit to how much grilled cheese one can consume, and that the Belvedere vodka served at our L.A. Weekend festival -- yeah, that stuf ... More >>
Though they're mostly associated with the trendy '80s workout wear resurgence of a couple years ago, the return of the legging â€“or rather legging(s)- looks to be more than a passing fad. Now that the temps are dipping in LA, we're seeing the booty-hugging Lycra-blend confections everywhere, and af ... More >>