It's summer and yet it's temperate out, so we get to enjoy all the shows and fests that come with the season without melting in 100 degree temperatures. Who said that global climate change had no upside? Not us! Anyway, this weekend there are fests, free shows, cheap shows, all ages shows. ... More >>
Sleigh BellsAs they displayed at Coachella in April and again last week opening for LCD Soundsystem at the Hollywood Bowl, Sleigh Bells have no problem making enough racket to fill a big space.
The Brooklyn noise-pop duo's sharp guitar licks and ironically cheeseball/irresistably thunderous ... More >>
Jason ArthursSuperchunkThe most treacherous territory Superchunk had to negotiate to make Majesty Shredding, the band's first album in nine years, had nothing to do with music. It was -- and you aspiring rockers can relate -- those pesky day jobs.
Frontman Mac McCaughan and bassist Laura Ba ... More >>
The weather may have been breezy, but there was a definite warm-up going on at PacSun's Beach Ballyhoo in Santa Monica this past weekend -- warming up for skimpier fashions, warming up for summer sports like skateboarding and biking, and if the considerable showing of punky, pierced tweens was any i ... More >>
WarpaintPasadena is used to its parades, but on Saturday its denizens will be traipsing around Old Town to get an earful of music rather than an eyeful of rose pedals. What's impressive about the annual Make Music Pasadena is how many constituencies the festival is serving over one day. With ... More >>
By Michael Roberts
In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They'r ... More >>
Okay, so on the surface perhaps a slow Thursday night in LA. No grand slams, it would seem, few hipster throw-downs. But I would like to present a few pieces of evidence that might provide a little nudge out the door tonight.
Item one: BLOWFLY.
Last year, I saw Blowfly open for Bonnie “Prince ... More >>