Also see "Emanuel Pleitez, the Most Amazing Person Who Won't Win the March 5 L.A. Mayoral Primary."
By Amanda Lewis
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel isn't using it, but candidates Eric Garcetti and Emanuel Pleitez are. So are five of 12 candidates vying for City Council District 13, and ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Fuck Guilty Pleasures celebrates the over-produced, commercial, artless, lowbrow music that we believe is genuinely worthwhile. Like, among the best music ever.]
The number one song in the country, as you probably know, is a Seattle-based white independent hip-hop artist's ode to sh ... More >>
The Internet can be a great marketing tool, but it is ruining the likelihood that new acts can create viable music careers. The '90s were the Golden Age for cash advances and record sales, partly because Internet connections were slow and file sharing wasn't rampant. Then Napster happened, and every ... More >>
[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.]
It's hard to pinpoint the date when the music industry stopped speaking like a shell-shocked trench poet, but the sky quietly quit falling. Last year, album sal ... More >>
Additional reporting by Ali Trachta
UPDATE: SOME NEW, MIND-BLOWING SHIT HAS COME TO LIGHT! See the bottom of the post.
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Welcome to our new column, Lyrical Dissections. It's pretty self-explanato ... More >>
[Make sure to read Jeff Weiss' piece on Open Mike Eagle, from the LA Weekly print edition.]
Open Mike Eagle - I Rock from Mush Records on Vimeo.
In the first ten minutes of his acidic and excellent debut, "Unapologetic Art Rap," Open Mike Eagle samples Pavement and sings a portion of TV on the Ra ... More >>
Corridos are narrative ballads in Spanish, a much-loved form in popular song among Mexicans and the Spanish-speaking populations of the Southwestern US. (Note to gringos: If Johnny Cash had been Mexican, he would have sung corridos).
One of the most interesting aspects of corridos is that, since th ... More >>
Melissa Jun RowleySocial Media Rock Stars: Digg's Kevin Rose and Mashable's Pete CashmoreFor more than half a century the Grammy Awards have been the pinnacle institution of American music. (But that doesn't mean the tone of the show and the brand itself have to be institutional.) While the ... More >>
The Internet has the capacity to ruin some and propel others to stardom. The file-sharing site Napster turned the band Metallica into joke fodder, launched Radiohead into the US Top 20 for the first time and uprooted an entire Industry along the way. Nowhere was this more apparent than at Digital Ho ... More >>