No one denies that Los Angeles knows how to party, but dance music fans who aren't interested in bouncers and bottle service or sharing a stadium with a herd of teenagers have had to look harder for their fix.
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See also: Our slideshow from FYF Fest 2011: Death From Above 1979, Explosions in the Sky, Descendents, Simian Mobile Disco and More
FYF Fest is upon us! With a second day added this year -- it's tomorrow, Sept 1 and Sunday, Sept 2 at L.A. State Historic Park -- fans can expect double the reunions, ... More >>
*M83's Anthony Gonzalez Makes Soundtracks, Without the Movie
*The Descendents, Kid Dynamite, and Ty Segall at FYF last year
*Pics from FYF Fest 2011: Death From Above 1979, Explosions in the Sky, Descendents, Simian Mobile Disco and More
*Pics from FYF Fest 2010: The Rapture, Dead Man's B ... More >>
SMD is headed to MIB in L.A.The nu-electro revolution. Boy, that came and went fast. Case in point: British act Simian Mobile Disco, which has moved on to that boom-tss dance-floor sound known as ... techno.
You'd have to drag us kicking and screaming to see Steve Aoki or Shiny Toy Guns. But ... More >>
Lina Lecaro The "final" Check Yo with Erol Alkan at the Echoplex 2 years ago. In our years covering the popular dance party Check Yo' Ponytail (which started at the now-defunct Safari Sam's) we always felt the best thing about it was the mix of patrons: from ironic indie rockers to day-glo-ga ... More >>
It might seem hard to believe, but it's been almost 10 years since somebody in the know hipped you to this amazing electro record called The Teaches of Peaches by some crazy Canadian chick who recorded for German label Kitty-Yo. Since then, of course, Peaches has become recognized as a pop visionary ... More >>
Thanksgiving isn't just about food comas and the countdown to Black Friday. For those who stayed in L.A. during the holiday weekend, there were plenty of parties as well as the opportunity to give back to the community. Keep reading to see what we did.
Gobble Gobble Give
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Simian Mobile Disco plays tonight at the Mayan and last week WCS caught up with James Ford, one half of the UK DJ duo.
Ford and his mate Jas Shaw hooked up as electronic music bedroom experimentalists at Manchester University, but were eventually drafted as the rhythm section for indie also- ... More >>
Larry Tee has floated through contemporary club history like Forrest Gump on ecstasy, seemingly everywhere you'd want to be. Growing up in Atlanta, he hung out with R.E.M. and co-wrote fellow Atlantan Ru Paul's 1992 hit "Supermodel (You Better Work)." In 1990s New York he became a DJ on the club kid ... More >>
Other than freshman Delta Sigma Theta rushes at Cal-State Chico, no substrata of the American population has worse taste in rock than rappers. Sure, your little brother likes Fall Out Boy, but eventually, he's going to grow up and discover The Clash, then weed, then hopefully Junior Murvin and Lee ... More >>
Last year one of the most buzzed about parties at South By Southwest was the big-ass Mess With Texas party at Waterloo park. Organized by Sean Carlson and Keith Morris of the F Yeah Fest, along with Austin promoter Transition Transmission Entertainment (which does the great fall Fun Fun Fun Festiv ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>
He sat at the corner of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue in New York dressed as a Viking, with a long beard and intense eyes, from the late 1940s through the mid 1970s. There, he recited poetry and performed music, and eventually went on to record stunning, rhythmic compositions unlike anything you've e ... More >>
All photos by Timothy Norris
The buzz preceding the HARD Haunted Mansion party on Halloween night was that the surprise special guest was Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk. I was skeptical, but HARDâ€™s sold-out event had grown from a very impressive dance show to a huge mega-dance fest in the past mo ... More >>
Lucky for us, Halloween fell on Friday this year so we could fully indulge without having to worry about crawling into work the next day dressed in the tattered remains of a sexy bee costume. There were too many events and parties this weekend to count and keeping up required more stamina than Red B ... More >>
You'll have to forgive me this one. I know I'm late. Ian Cohen tossed a 7.8 to Crystal Castles' in his Pitchfork review of their eponymous debut back in March and the blogosphere had been incessantly buzzing about the Toronto duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass for well over a year prior. But dance ... More >>
If there was one transformative performance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, I'd say it was Santogold's Friday night statement-of-purpose. The festival, which wrapped up last night with a Pink Floyd flashback courtesy of Roger Waters and a furious day-long Sahara tent throwdo ... More >>
Hey, Aren't You Juliette Lewis?
Walking down 6th street yesterday, you had to wonder if everyone in the world somehow heard that Art Brut song, "Formed a Band" and decided that if Eddie Argos could do it, how hard could it really be? I've seen telephone directories thinner than the official SXSW ... More >>
5. Dungen-Tio Bitar [Kemado]
Dungen did not tour this record in America. This is because the band's mastermind, Gustav Estjes was rumored to be alone in the snowy Swedish hinterlands, ingesting enough hallucinogens to give Hunter S. Thompson pause, and trying to untangle the beautiful mess of sou ... More >>