Friday, April 13
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
EMPIRE POLO CLUB
Although it's unlikely that the Rolling Stones and their sprawling entourage will descend on this sun-baked music festival for a surprise set, as was rumored earlier this year, there are still many intriguing storylines scatte ... More >>
Friday, March 15
The Black Ryder
The Black Ryder come from Australia but sound like they're from 13th Floor Elevators' own personal Texas, a land of endless desert where the guitars echo to eternity and where it's too hot to move fast. The Black Ryder concoct psychedelia that bleeds and bo ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 o ... More >>
The San Fernando Valley doesn't come to mind when you think "iconic clubs," but in the 1980s the West Valley was the place to see acts like Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, Metallica and U2.
See also: What Makes the Hollywood Bowl So Perfect?
The Reseda Country Club, located on Sherman Way near Reseda B ... More >>
This week, a painter takes on the weirdness of Bakersfield, an artist sends pictures made to last billions of years into orbit and an artist's biographer talks about why her subject is still being censored two decades after his death.
5. Whited-out activism
The prints from Juan Capistran's new sho ... More >>
Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson
The Greek Theatre
October 7, 2011
Better than...Elton John and Billy Joel.
What does Stetson cologne smell like? I've never actually smelled it, but I'm certain Merle Haggard embodies everything the average man is trying to portray when he sprays it on. Meanwh ... More >>
With the year coming to a close, we're heading off the inevitable barrage of "best" lists coming your way with one that will actually be useful and problem solving (a holiday gift guide for the music lover in your life, that's not actually music... or a t-shirt). Buy 'em a book! iPad and Kin ... More >>
Eazylanish/FlickrWe've seen it over and over on Facebook profiles. Music: "I like just about anything...except COUNTRY, of course!" As if admitting to liking mainstream country music (because, sure, everyone likes Johnny Cash) is like admitting to having a Beanie Babies collection. It's sham ... More >>
Country music outlaw Merle HaggardGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the 2010 inductees of the California Hall of Fame today, with country music outlaw Merle Haggard making the honor roll, which strikes us as kind of funny.
Possibly only in free-wheelin' California would a Republican, ... More >>
Even if the only ink you sweat is your printer cartridge and your idea of iron comes in your vitamin supplements, there's a lot to recommend at this weekend's Ink-N-Iron Festival: the tunes. Among the the tatted masses, meticulously coiffed pompadours, corseted pin-up girls and acres of machi ... More >>
Capitol Records has just announced its next round of 180 gram vinyl reissues, and it's a fantastic list. This next batch will arrive June 16.
The Beach Boys / Sunflower (1 LP, single jacket)
The Beach Boys / Surf's Up (1 LP, single jacket, lyrics sheet insert)
Plastic Ono Band / Live Peace In To ... More >>
Hank III in Devore, California for Side X Side Action Magazine's Battle of the Builders 2008, where he test drove the Kawasaki Teryx. Photo by Aimee Candelaria. Click image for entire slideshow.
When audiences first met Hank Williams III in 1999 he was a Risin' Outlaw. Then he was Lovesick, Broke ... More >>
Blender recently posted a list of John McCain's favorite songs. Sure, you could make fun of him for choosing kinda gay stuff like Perez Hilton did, but the more telling fact is that the most recent song on this list is more than thirty years old.
Think about that. Thirty-one years have come and ... More >>