Monday, November 12
In The Valley Below
Looking like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman walk-ons, and with an eye-contact connection to rival Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in their good times, Echo Park hubby-and-wife Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob patchwork together love-in-ready bluesy ro ... More >>
In an eastside indie scene full of emotional tourists and parent-funded upstarts with hilariously expensive equipment, In the Valley Below is a hardworking duo of neither extraordinary means nor manufactured sincerity. Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob are not trustafarian navel-gazing layabouts, and in ... More >>
Back in July, I met Slash for the first time ever. Sure, it's daunting and all to meet the guy whose MTV video solos you imitated on your coffee table with a broom.
But then he was all, "I think we've met before."
Uh, no. We had not. I think I would have remembered.
Then it hits. He thinks I'm ... More >>
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Song: Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight"
History: "In The Air Tonight" was the first single of the solo Phil Collins era. Lots of people know it. You (probably) ... More >>
You'll be seeing a lot in the blogosphere and beyond about Neil Strauss' revealing new book, Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, (out this week). The tome reveals shocking things about -and intimate moments with- the author's vast array of interview subjects over the years: Lady Gaga bawling ... More >>
Last.fmThe last thing we saw before we slit our wristsThis week's issue of Rolling Stone featured an EXCLUSIVE interview with Sting -- er, Phil Collins. (Remember when RS wrote about shit that was relevant, instead of resorting to a loop of Mick Jagger career retrospectives and top-5,000 list ... More >>
The 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival had its typical big-name veterans play - George Benson, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Manhattan Transfer - but it was the lesser known performers who almost stole the show.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. and Naturally 7 made their first appearances and the Pete ... More >>
It's not that Club Nokia is an awful venue. It has its uses--an intimate Usher show, for example, or a Level 42 reunion (coming soon, for reals), or any act who has ever been on a Michael Mann soundtrack (Phil Collins with a surprise appearance by Ian Hammer would be a golden moment at Club Nokia).
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Variety (via Beatcrave) reports that your favorite Huey-Lewis-obsessed-yuppie-serial-killer-novel-turned-arthouse-cult-movie, the one and only American Psycho, is being adapted into a Broadway musical. (Which means we'll get it at the Pantages with Justin Guarini playing Patrick Bateman sometime aro ... More >>
Editor's note: Screenwriter Scott Neustadter struck gold in 2009 with his script for (500) Days of Summer, which he co-wrote with Michael H. Weber. The film, shot in downtown Los Angeles, stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; viewers watch the rise and fall of the pair's relationship throu ... More >>
photo courtesy of The Pantaloonan udated image of Buzz Goldman, Bret Michaels' longtime hairpieceWebsite The Pantaloon has just published what it says is an exclusive interview with Poison lead singer and Rock of Love star Bret Michaels' hairpiece. The wig, whose name is Buzz Goldman, has a l ... 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 >>
By Brandon Perkins
Perhaps if Ben Lyons' movie chops were as obvious as his hip-hop track record, then sites like StopBenLyons.com wouldn't exist. Ever since the E! personality took the helm of the Siskel, Roper and Ebert's beloved At the Movies, Lyons has been berated with more thumbs down than ... More >>
Ah, music. It arrives from out of the mist, or from Hell below, or from passing cars bumping the beats, or from Muzak kicking Phil Collins' "In the Air" at Ralph's. It just keeps coming, and to limit our appreciation of the live scene in LA only to the clubs would be to ignore the plethora of ... More >>
Once upon a time, Elliott Smith and Aimee Mann were nominated for Oscars, and despite the KCRW-ness of it all, it still felt good to watch them up there against the Celines and the Disney movie stuff.
Of course, it was always Celine Dion or Phil Collins or whomever that walked away with the award ... More >>
Yeasayer are a jam band, they just aren't aware of it yet. At one point during the Brooklyn four-piece's set Saturday night at the Echoplex, lead singer Chris Keating even paused to extemporaneously inform the crowd that "people call us hippies, but that's just not true. We're from Baltimore." Thi ... More >>
I'd like to think that I'm way more popular in real life than I am on Myspace. I've only got like 50 friends, but that's probably because I only say yes to requests from peeps who truly are friends. Call me a weirdo.
Anyway, the pals I do have, happen to have thousands of friends and way too much ... More >>