Lou Reed died this past weekend; best known as the founder of The Velvet Underground, he transformed the rock landscape through, among other things, his lyrical deviance. For this he was beloved by other fearless rockers and observers, and we spoke with some particularly influential ones about Reed' ... More >>
If you're one of those shoppers who struts into bookstores, clutching a latte in one hand and wrangling a book off the shelf with the other, Lee Kaplan thinks you should be a little ashamed of yourself. Lee and his wife Whitney own Arcana Books on the Arts, one of the best bookstores around for new ... More >>
Falling JamesThe CrawdaddysIn what one hopes will be an annual tradition, Rhino Records returns again this year with a pop-up version of its beloved Westwood retail store, presenting two weeks of cutout-bin sales and surprise in-store gigs by a stellar lineup of pop-rock veterans. The concert ... More >>
Rhino's back!Once upon a time, there were not one, but two physical Rhino Record stores in Westwood: The first was a 2,000 square foot space that opened in the late '70s and then transitioned into the "Blow-it-Outlet"--selling used and discontinued merchandise--upon the opening of the newer l ... More >>
Jim Morrison at the "La Woman" sessions The Doors' very concise catalog has to be one of the most recycled set of the recordings in the history of rock. After original issues, reissues, compilations, early-era CDs, remasters, remixes, box sets (yes, plural), etc. it's almost miraculous that t ... More >>
Small-time, big-heart local labels reissue classics that never got their chance
To paraphrase Vince Shamwow, "You know Rhino, they make good stuff..."To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Pantera's legendary set at the Foundations Forum metal conference held at the Sheraton Plaza La Reina in Los Angeles on September 15, 1990, the good folk at Rhino Records have made ava ... More >>
Gwyneth Paltrow sings! (see #10). In celebration of this amazing revelation, we've compiled this handy list of Ten Notable Screen Stars Gone Songbird, starting, of course with: 1. William Shatner. Who can forget Shatner's much-parodied musical career, especially after Rhino Records' inclu ... More >>
Remembering the night when the Germs' singer led his band to one final triumph
Also, Svarte Greiner, Miike Snow, School of Seven Bells and others
Go to Rhino Records! The Westwood Music Institution Temporarily Re-Opens Today as Pop-Up Shop
Variety (via LA Observed) reports that local-oddball-hangout-turned-global-reissue-leader Rhino Records will return as one of these newfangled "pop-up stores" for a brief spell from May 17 to May 31, at 1740 Westwood Blvd. The temporary Rhino will be located three doors down from its origina ... More >>
Band's sole album, Mondo Deco, is reissued on vinyl
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 (artists and labels, indie or other), believing that good m ... More >>
Rhino Records landmark volume captures an important moment in L.A. music history. But does it also mark the end of an era?
By far, the Official Most Anticipated L.A. Reissue of the Year has officially become the just-announced Los Angeles Nuggets Box that Rhino Records has announced. It's a four CD-box of garage and weird rock classics of the 1960s, a wild ride through an LA long since vanished.
There are many reasons why this legendary band is not calling itself Black Sabbath even though it could
Patrick O'DellFatbeats' DJ Rhettmatic Celebrating record stores as part of the second annual National Record Store Day, which is tomorrow, should be a no-brainer for Southern Californians. After all, the region is the undisputed center of the vinyl industry, with RTI, Rainbo and Erika all pressing ... More >>
I watched a lot of movies when I was a kid, frequently imagining myself in some of my favorites. In 1977, the movie was Star Wars and I was Han Solo (like most geeks, I was really Luke Skywalker, but he was so whiny and Han was so cool!) In 1982, the movie was Tron, and I was Flynn, using my supreme ... More >>
Viper Room still has bite; the music underground; punk books rock
Ian Curtisí afterlife seems like itís been one big after-party
For the week of June 21Ė28
The voice at 2 a.m.
A love song to the immortal Marc Bolan, and critical guide to the new T. Rex reissues
Rhino Recordsí last parking-lot sale, minus the parking lot
Darwinian days for indie L.A. record stores ó but maybe thatís okay
As persona overtakes person, Love, Angel, Music, Baby shows Gwen Stefani still drives her own ambition
William Shatner on life, love, horses and making a record with Ben Folds
Burt Bacharachís elevator to the stars
The search continues: Set your clocks forward
Go Plastic (Warp)
To the utterly adorable ass-kicking superheroics of the Powerpuff Girls!
Mr. Harrisonís R&B paradise
A largely pointless compilation of recorded Shakespeare excerpts
Captain Beefheart: The Mirror Man as mere man
...Some MTA officials have had the audacity to refer to the new coaches as "clean diesel." There is no such thing as "clean diesel," only dirty diesel and less dirty diesel. Both produce cancer-causing emissions...