News broke this morning that The Echo has cancelled what was to be the first installment of an event called Insta-Fest, to take place March 30. The punk rock festival, sponsored by Insta-Press Clothing, Durty Mick Records and others, was slated to feature a who's who of international punk and oi ban ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
Danny Holloway owns as many stories as vinyl records: 50,000. Before our waiter at El Tepayec takes drink orders, he's already riffing on how he almost s ... More >>
City Hall continues to ream you with parking tickets, rock you with the worst roads in America, and wow you with red ink.
But the most important thing on the plate of the L.A. City Council today was ... Bob Marley.
Yes. Your favorite, overpaid politicians earned their highest-in-the-nation salarie ... More >>
Friday, July 13
EL REY THEATRE
A heavy hitter in the early-aughts' onslaught of brainy indie-rap word-slingers, Aesop Rock now is 15 years into a nearly blemishless career. This New York native and San Fran transplant is celebrated for his nearly unmatched ability to braid colorful verbi ... More >>
[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.]
Reggae was spawned during one broiling Kingston, Jamaica, summer, spread to the world via the mesmerism of Bob Marley, and now serves as a dorm-room rite of pas ... More >>
Better than: Staying in and watching The Harder They Come.
Sonos Studio had an auspicious debut in Los Angeles last night, hosting a evening of music and conversation with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Sonos, which opens to the public on Sunday, is a 4,000 square foot ... More >>
By Craig Hlavaty
Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce".
The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If ... More >>
American soul music and Jamaican reggae are closer kin than you might think. "Basically every '60s ska and reggae band refers to Curtis Mayfield as one of their biggest influences," says Mark Morales, a concert promoter and DJ based out of Los Angeles. Tomorrow, Morales' Hot Shot Sounds will host a ... More >>
Haitian 2pac, a leader of an armed Port-au-Prince gang called Chimères, recruited by Haiti's former president Jean-Bertrand AristideEditor's Note: Tomorrow, September 13, 2011, marks the 15th anniversary of Tupac Shakur's death. To commemorate, West Coast Sound will feature Tupac stories all ... More >>
KCRW BROADCAST #1248 for Saturday, August 20
Fanatics! Beaming in from Edinburgh, Scotland. The weather is great and the streets are full of people. It is time for the annual Edinburgh Festival. You might remember that I wrote you from here last year. This year, I am only here for two shows. ... More >>
We were so excited when we saw the wooden box on our desk with the words "Bob Marley" branded into the top. A CD box set? Possibly--if we are very very lucky--a box set of 7"s? With little booklets that have liner notes full of interesting and amazing facts about one of the word's seminal p ... More >>
Lina Lecaro Doing damage on La Cita's dance floor.
We might have been worried about La Cita in downtown after the announcement last week that our favorite club there, Mustache Mondays, was moving to a new location (more on that below), but after having a smokin' time at the jam-packed, red-l ... More >>
There is an old-wives/Farmer's Almanac weather adage that says March "comes in like a lion, out like a lamb." As residents of Southern California, we are pretty much disqualified from every saying about weather ever, although a few days ago we actually experienced gusting winds that fittingly ... More >>
"Reggae fans, they love their reggae," says Jason "Roy Corduroy" Mason. He sees around 800 loyal fans shuffle into the Echoplex every Wednesday night for the party he puts on with Tom Chasteen and Eddie "Dungeonmaster" Rouche. "If there is a reggae club within twenty miles of their house, the ... More >>
Is it that time already?
Yes, for the 89th time, it is. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association just announced the line-up for the 2010 Hollywood Bowl season, and despite its age, the outdoor beauty will stage a few firsts: Gustavo Dudamel's first Bowl subscription concerts as music direct ... More >>
We've been thinking a lot about the cancellations of gigs by Buju Banton during his recent tour. The latest, according to the Minnesota Independent (via the Daily Swarm), is at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The impetus for this internal conversation is a comment left on our recent post about AEG Live ... More >>
I love LA. Love it love it love it (except when Indie 103 gets tossed off the airwaves). One reason: nights like tonight, when the music offerings are so far-flung and wide-open that my proto-punk gene is being pulled one direction, my turntablist strand is being pulled another, and my disco-house b ... More >>
You may not know the name Sugar Minott, but you've felt his influence. In addition to playing formative rolls in the development of three distinct reggae subgenres -- roots reggae, dancehall and ragga -- the Kingston-born singer and producer was instrumental in bringing reggae to the masses (he di ... More >>