Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against the Machine, and others
When Dave Grohl announced late last year that the Foo Fighters were going on an indefinite hiatus, folks weren't quite sure how to interpret the news. The band had just ... More >>
Between 1988 and 1995, desert-rockers Kyuss made a valiant effort to save rock 'n' roll. The band's mixture of Black Sabbath-style riffs and a laid-back desert attitude helped them establish the genre of stoner rock. Though not a commercial success at the time, their shadow looms large over rock and ... More >>
"Doot doota loot doo!"If Narduwar isn't the best music journalist working, he's definitely the most entertaining.
First of all, the Canadian legally renamed himself "Nardwuar the Human Serviette" in 1986. He unearths so much buried information on his interviewees he should work for the Feds ... More >>
Here we are once again, with our servicey enterprise that's both informative and educational. A mix of genres awaits you at the jump as we go through awesome bands in M-Q playing SXSW official showcases.
You'll be kicking up plenty of gravel waiting to see Cee Lo Green, Queens of the Stone Age and The Kills at this year's SXSW. Chances are, the lines will be much, much shorter for Go Back to the Zoo, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Amusement Parks on Fire or the dozens of other requisite oddly-name ... More >>
EMEKEmek's typically detailed artwork for Erykah Badu
Not all of us are as audacious or as talented to only be known by one name, but there is an LA-born poster maker who gets away with being both. You may recognize EMEK's work from the LA Weekly's political art pages in 2004, but more likel ... More >>
My Morning Jacket, Avi Buffalo at the Greek
"Of late, My Morning Jacket singer Jim James has been devoting the majority of his time to projects sporting his inexplicable Yim Yames moniker, so it's a bit of a relief to find him once again at the helm of the exceptional band that first put the ... More >>
David Yow's poster for the QOTSA benefitDIY Gallery is tucked away on the literal edge of Sunset Blvd in Echo Park, a block with a suspenseful air signifying that really you have no business being there unless that's where you live. The space itself is tight and dry with a grate for a window, ... More >>
The Guggenheim GrottoThe Guggenheim Grotto has been making friends and influencing coffee-drinkers ever since 2008, when their song "Told You So" appeared on Across the Pond, a sampler CD issued by a certain beverage company with a twin-tailed siren as its log.
Now the Irish folk-pop duo are ... More >>
In the strange wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES reviews the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community, believing that good music deserves much more than a handfu ... More >>
We've just received an official announcement that Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor "has been diagnosed with cancer, and is undergoing treatment in Los Angeles. He will undergo surgery today and will begin chemotherapy in three weeks."
O'Connor is one of America's many uninsured ... More >>
Jack JohnsonSurf's up, and so is Jack Johnson's domination of the saleable-sappy-soft-surf singer-songwriter market. The 35-year-old Hawaiian feel-gooder's new album is called "To the Sea" (perhaps you've heard the cloying single "You and Your Heart"), out next week, and that's where Johnson ... More >>
Teren OddoSerrina Sims and Troy Van Leeuwen of SweetheadQueens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen's new project Sweethead, which has the Spaceland residency this month, milks every ounce out the arguable (in this day and age) notion that rock 'n' roll is a dangerous, decadent beast. ... More >>
The LikeAll signs point to yes -- fans seem to be really in love like with the new incarnation of the Like. Original members Z Berg and Tennessee Thomas, now hooked up with bassist Laena Geronimo and keyboardist Annie Monroe, are kicking off a four-Monday stand tonight at the Echo leading up ... More >>
"New Fang," the advance single from supergroup Them Crooked Vultures drops today, whetting the appetite of millions of old-school rawwwwk fans who are still recovering from the shock of learning that their fantasy-baseball team-up of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppeli ... More >>
Photograph by Kii Arens.
A few months back I had the pleasure of premiering Spinnerette's first single "Valium Knights" on Indie 103.1 FM during my stay as producer of SuicideGirls Radio, and let me tell you, cueing singer Brody Dalle's vocals fresh and loud over the airwaves felt powerful, like d ... More >>
What I experienced at the Nokia Theater was simply phenomenal. Scary in good ways as well as bad. A sign of things to come and remembering the way it used to be.
Setting the tone for the evening, Mastodon opened up and played a very heavy and very evil set that had the crowed frothing at the mouth ... More >>
Vegoose Music Festival, Las Vegas, Saturday, October 27.
By Randall Roberts
Back and forth we walk, through fairway-cut grass, soft and padded on practice fields, the kind that feels really good beneath bare feet. Vegoose day one, and everything is neat and tidy near UNLV. We flow in early, a gentl ... More >>
Random observations on dancing at Vegoose and elsewhere:
photographs by Timothy Norris
Shins fans don't dance. I know this because it was at the beginning of this show that I first discovered that my wristband was in fact MAGIC and offered me backstage access. And free food. And free cocktails. A ... More >>