For dance fans there has been little difference between Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival in recent years, except that the former supplemented its Tiesto-Kaskade-Deadmau5 lineups with alt-rock while EDC did so with dubstep and drum 'n' bass.
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*Van Halen's Babysitter: The band's record label assigned Ted Cohen to go on tour with them in their glory years. Here's what he saw
*The Time David Lee Roth Abandoned His Plymouth Valiant to Rot
Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony apparently don't miss play ... More >>
Forget about the brutality of slam pits, the relentless touring, and the struggle to maintain a viable career in a collapsing music industry. The scariest, most challenging endeavor many punk musicians have is raising a family.
In the new documentary The Other F Word -- premiering tomorrow n ... More >>
It's one thing for a rock musician to get sober (you can't fling a cigarette butt outside a coffee shop without hitting one in Los Angeles), but it's another to devote your life to helping others wrestle those demons. Bob Forrest was once one of the most promising front men in the L.A. music ... More >>
The new compilation Beat L.A. features current artists reimaging tracks by the classic alternative Los Angeles bands that helped shape the sound of the city. More than just punk, it features folks like Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers doing Thelonious Monster's "Anymore" and No A ... More >>
Falling JamesThe Middle ClassSo much of punk rock is centered around nostalgia these days, whether it's played by modern corporate pretenders aping their elders in watered-down, insipid ways or the surviving elders themselves, whose reunions are often too sluggish and self-congratulatory to e ... More >>
Check out more pictures from the show in Timothy Norris' slideshow, Jane's Addicition @ The Roxy.
Jane's Addiction needs to either quit it with last-minute gigs or take up residency in my back yard. For what seemed like the fifth time in less than two years, Perry Farrell and company announced anot ... More >>
Swahili Blonde's mastermind, Nicole TurleyReally. And West Coast Sound has got the exclusive MP3 download to prove it.
Swahili Blonde is a brand new Manimal Vinyl act founded by Nicole Turley, a former drummer and singer in local Afro-punk dub band WEAVE!.
Word is she sat down in a room ful ... More >>
billboard.comJesus Christ Super MeatloafThe Baron of Bombast himself is back (back again, that is--he's back twice a decade)!
A few weeks ago Meat Loaf released a new single, with the unfortunate title "Los Angeloser," which could be the stupidest West Coast song title since the Red Hot Chil ... More >>
ASKA shuns the sweets aisle.Scrappy music blog TwentyFourBit provides this bit of L.A. arts synchronicity. Spike Jonze has got a new 30-minute short circulating in the current Sundance lineup, and the trailer features an original song written by Aska Matsumiya who, as ASKA, has an EP due out ... More >>
Editor's note. This week director Jason Reitman is guest blogging at West Coast Sound. Reitman, whose new film, Up in the Air, was nominated for five Golden Globes this morning (including Best Director and Best Screenplay nominations for Reitman ... congrats!), is also a pretty big music head ... More >>
Busy weekend of music ahead, one of the most action-packed of the season. We, in fact, are being pulled in about six different directions. Tonight, if you're lucky and/or connected, you may be at Thom Yorke and band's first ever show, which is at the Echoplex.
Across town in Pasadena, David Byrn ... More >>
The 25th Anniversary of the Summer of LA Post-Punk is upon us. It was a quarter-century ago this month that San Pedro's best, the Minutemen, with a simple, defiant declaration -- "Take That, Huskers!" -- unleashed Double Nickels on the Dime, a double-album response to SST labelmate Husker Du's equal ... More >>
LCD Soundsystem have been in town the past several weeks recording their latest record, and they're not laying down tracks in any ol' Hollywood abode either. Mutual pals tell us that leader James Murphy has been living in and making new music at the Laurel Canyon estate owned by Rick Rubin called "T ... 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 >>
Metallica / Scars on Broadway: Benefit for Silverlake Conservatory of Music
The Wiltern, May 14.
By Paul Rogers
Metallica, with Flea, at last night's benefit, simultaneously filling their diapers. (Photo by Gary Leonard)
Thereâ€™s an irony to a benefit show for a school that aims to make music ... More >>
The fashion-hangover has finally faded. Please enjoy this weekend wrap-up looking as unstylishly comfortable as we do while writing it (in no makeup, old sweats and a ponytail). Ahhh.
Smashbox, trashbox. The real cutting edge designers were ultimately seen everywhere else. Leading the way, P. Ka Bu ... More >>