Friday, December 21
"Christmas 101" with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, Emmylou Harris, Carrie Fisher
UCLA ROYCE HALL
Rufus and Martha Wainwright's late mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, created the annual "Christmas 101" holiday event, which features carols from around th ... More >>
Falling JamesHaroula Rose and Nicole Eva EmeryThis unusual, three-headed bill had a familial, down-home vibe, as members of each band sat in on one another's sets or stood supportively in front of the stage and -- in a modern rarity -- actually listened to the other musicians.
Even with this ... More >>
Sam BlochBest Coast, Assembled Multitudes
STORY BY SAM BLOCH
At the dawn of the Napster age, sociologist Tia DeMora wrote eloquently of the relationship between commerce and pop music. "Consumption behavior can be understood as a kind of dance," she wrote. And in a retail environment, it's ... More >>
OK so it rained a teeny bit this weekend. But before that, it got up to a gorgeous 75 degrees and spring was here. The spring makes us feel all outdoorsy and infused with a certain get-up-and-go that we lack in the winter. Also, for most people, 70 degrees is a sartorial high point: too war ... More >>
timothy norrismassive attack
See more of Timothy Norris' photos in 'LA 101 with Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack and more.'
By any metric, last night's LA 101 at the Gibson Amphitheatre was a success--save for maybe the fact that the headliners didn't hail from LA. Of course, Massive At ... More >>
Considering Arthur Lee's deep impact on modern music -- he fronted one of the first multiracial rock bands, recorded with Jimi Hendrix, was a prime influence on the Doors, had lyrics lifted by the Rolling Stones, and inspired stellar fans ranging from Robert Plant and Eric Clapton to Syd Barr ... More >>
Brian Jonestown Massacre, making friends in AustraliaThe Brian Jonestown Massacre got a little bit of that dance-music religion on its latest album, and why not? You can only drone for so long, right?
BJM's latest album Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? (recorded last year in Iceland and Berlin, relea ... More >>
Joseph LlanesPeople love Greg Laswell, and it's not just the music supervisors who've funneled his ballads of heartache into shows such as "Grey's Anatomy," "90210" and "The Hills." The 36-year-old singer-songwriter's deft ability to turn melancholy inside out served him well on his 2006 brea ... More >>
"Fadik" is an eerie techno reworking of L.A. band Mazzy Star's now-classic track "Fade Into You," filled with a weird, clanking beat and lots of little, beautiful noises. Produced by DJ/artist Dinky, the piece has been floating around since we interviewed her last year and was finally released last ... More >>
Here's good news: Hope Sandoval, best known as the seductive voice of Mazzy Star, will celebrate the release of her forthcoming full length, Through the Devil Softly, with an evening performance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Sandoval, who's now signed to Nettwerk Records, will play on release day, ... More >>
The 25th Anniversary of the Summer of LA Post-Punk is upon us. It was a quarter-century ago this month that San Pedro's best, the Minutemen, with a simple, defiant declaration -- "Take That, Huskers!" -- unleashed Double Nickels on the Dime, a double-album response to SST labelmate Husker Du's equal ... More >>