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 >>
With the anticipated return of big-name indie bands like Phoenix, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend this year, 2013 is shaping up to be big. But aside from the usual suspects, there are also some newcomers and reunited acts expected to make noise this year. Here are some albums we speculate may end up ... More >>
Friday, December 7
The Black Mambas -- along with The Neumans and The Hurricanes -- are L.A. label Wild Records' newest signees. But instead of building into the label's Sun Records-style sound of '56, the Mambas stagger into 1976 with gutter-glam songs and dawn-of-punk vel ... More >>
Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Omar Souleyman
Better Than: passionless pits, cold chips, obvious puns.
When it comes to intricately grand disco-infused future rock for dance-loving adults, despite our continued sadness and confusion over LCD Soundsystem's breakup, we can take comfort ... More >>
By Reed Fischer
*Ten Things Your Lollapalooza Outfit Says About You
*Lovely Ladies of Lollapalooza
This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The heat, the monsoon-like storm on Saturday, and even the lobster corn dogs all exceeded what the human body can take n ... More >>
This year deserved praise has been heaped upon Frank Ocean's debut Channel Orange, the Flaming Lips' blood vinyl project and Beach House's Bloom. Meanwhile, overrated works like The Shins' Port of Morrow and Passion Pit's Gossamer have been overhyped
Lost in the shuffle have been five superb-but-u ... More >>
You're at Coachella. You love EDM. But what do you do if you really don't feel like dancing to bottle service-party staples like Avicii, Kaskade and Swedish House Mafia? Chances are, if you check out the artists listed in small print, you'll find great DJs and (hopefully) smaller crowds in the tents ... More >>
The line-ups at Austin's Fun Fun Fun often contain acts that other large scale festival wouldn't, but FFF doesn't shy away from the hardcore along with the soft. This year's just-announced line-up includes not just Passion Pit, Girls, and Cold Cave, but also The Damned, Kid Dynamite, and Flyi ... More >>
YouTubeOK, we can get behind thisWe thought flash mobs couldn't get more corporate than that bubblegum stunt last month in which the Disney stars from "Lemonade Mouth" gave Apple Store shoppers at the Grove their most exciting memory since the release of the white iPhone.
But as of yesterday ... More >>
When it comes to the kawaii characters that appear on everything from stationary to kitchen utensils, few are as popular in Japan right now as a little bear called Rilakkuma. The adorable animal, whose name is a portmanteau containing "relax" and the Japanese word for "bear," has, despite success i ... More >>
Leslie KalohiHey Champ
If you're looking for an opening band, 30 Seconds to Mars, look no further. Imagine Dragons are your guys.
Last night the five of them took the Viper Room by storm with their arena-worthy anthems. Dressed up in a button down black shirt and close cropped coif, lead sin ... More >>
Peter EllenbyOptimistic rockers Nada Surf begin a two-night stint at the Troubadour tonight in support of their sixth album, if i had a hi-fi (palindrome alert).
The record, in stores June 8, is actually a covers collection rounding up work by artists as disparate as Kate Bush, Arthur Russel ... More >>
We're tempted to tell you about Jim Morrison and the really interesting remixes of their old catalog featured on the soundtrack to the new documentary People Are Strange. This is because we spent a few hours listening to it trapped in traffic trying to get to the parking lot so we could get to spend ... More >>
The Coachella message board is doing a good job of tracking the upcoming Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Now's the time that bands begin leaking confirmations, revealing their hands on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, and basically spilling the beans one way or another. For example, this f ... More >>
By Rob Harvilla
Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have ten splendid records with an amorphous rock 'n' roll designation, albeit in a perhaps slightl ... More >>