Mansions on the Moon are not at home.
It's an unusually warm Wednesday afternoon, and I'm camped out on the front porch of their Hollywood home thirty minutes after our scheduled meeting time. Suddenly, my phone rings and Ted Wendler, the band's lead singer and guitarist, breathlessly and profusel ... More >>
Phlo Finister's hair is black and stick-straight. She's wearing Tims and a tight, cropped Tommy Hilfiger tank. Her boxers are puffed out of the approximately size 38 jeans that pool around her ankles. With her gold wire-rimmed sunglasses, she's Aaliyah, circa 1994.
This is not what we expected. Th ... More >>
Roselle ChenJessie And The Toy BoysSteve Aoki, Booka Shade, Jessie and the Toy Boys, Chad Hugo
Sunday, September 4
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The Summer tour co-headlined by Kelis and Robyn is called "All Hearts" but Friday night, when the tempestuous twosome thumped and pumped it up at the Music Box, it was more like, "all boys," the ratio of male to female appearing to be about 90% (gay) male and10% female. The place was a sweatpit of m ... More >>
We caught up with Richie Hawtin, a.k.a. Plastikman, at Coachella over the weekend and asked him a few questions about technology and the state of North American dance music. Hawtin has pioneered the use of Ableton Live software to atomize and reconstruct tracks on-the-fly during DJ performanc ... More >>
Other than freshman Delta Sigma Theta rushes at Cal-State Chico, no substrata of the American population has worse taste in rock than rappers. Sure, your little brother likes Fall Out Boy, but eventually, he's going to grow up and discover The Clash, then weed, then hopefully Junior Murvin and Lee ... More >>
Kanye West with Rihanna and N.E.R.D., April 21, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
If you're going see Kanye West's second of two shows at the Nokia tonight, you should bone up on the narrative, because like all big ticket stage spectacles – Cats, Stomp, “Oh, Streetcar!” – there’s kinda sorta a half ... More >>
Bloggers are every journalist's favorite whipping boy. If a shitty band gets too popular, blame the bloggers. If the standards of professional journalism have eroded too much, blame the bloggers. If by 2010, Vampire Weekend has inspired legions of college freshmen to dress as ironic yachters, bla ... More >>