Monday, March 18
Even though The Specials instigated the massively popular ska revival of the early '80s, they're far from a typical ska band. Whereas many modern groups are happy to employ ska's peppy, jerky rhythms merely for escapist dance fare, the English band preferred ... More >>
East Los Angeles is enjoying a rocksteady renaissance, thanks largely to a group called The Delirians. They formed as teenagers and have made the traditional Jamaican music their own, blending the slower-than-ska-but-faster-than-reggae riffs with signature East L.A. sounds of soul, funk and R&B. The ... More >>
Orange County ska group No Doubt just released their first new single in a decade, "Settle Down." We couldn't help but notice the cover of the record looks like dog shit. So we asked Dann Miller, a renowned graphic designer responsible for one of the year's best album covers, a few questions about ... More >>
In an exclusive to West Coast Sound, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena and MacArthur Park have revealed the lineups to their massive, free summer concert series -- almost 100 shows between the two venues.
This year features everything from Latin alternative to folk, indie and world music. Highlights ... More >>
Viernes 13Local eight-man ska band Viernes 13 started out playing backyard shows in Whittier and South Gate in the mid-90s. It makes sense, since those were the days when Reel Big Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones ruled the airwaves. But as ska faded from top 40 radio, its popularity only ... More >>
The 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival had its typical big-name veterans play - George Benson, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Manhattan Transfer - but it was the lesser known performers who almost stole the show.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. and Naturally 7 made their first appearances and the Pete ... More >>
The small island nation of Jamaica has exported a huge variety of musical styles to the world. Sure, stoners worldwide get baked under Marley posters and are down with reggae, and thanks to ambient and indie crossovers the mighty Dub resonates from Switzerland to Timbuktu. There's also ska, m ... More >>
Plugged-in music headz know that the Specials have reformed and are playing Coachella this year. That's old -- but incredibly exciting -- news. What's surprising is that the band has been allowed to circumvent Goldenvoice's dictate that prohibits a band from playing the Los Angeles market in the mon ... More >>
Vampire Weekend spent much of late 2009 in and around Southern California. The New York four-piece, whose second album, Contra, comes out today, are gigging a sold-out show at the Fonda tonight, the biggest in a series of performances that it has done in Los Angeles since mid '09. For much of the fa ... More >>
Following on the heels of his two previous marathon DJ gigs (eight gigs in a row last year, seven the year before), Peanut Butter Wolf has announced a nine-night tour of the nine area codes stretching from Los Angeles, Orange County to the Inland Empire. Each night the resident Stones Throw DJ will ... More >>
After a seven-year hiatus, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are finally touring again, despite the loss of percussionist Gerardo "Toto" Rotblat, who died of pulmonary edema last year, shortly before rehearsals for the reunion. Their latest CD, La Luz del Ritmo, might seem at first like a tentative return, ... More >>
This just in from the Knitting Factory in Hollywood: This Monday, January 12 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. the Hollywood venue is giving away ten pairs of tickets to each of their upcoming shows. Specific show info below.
JAN 16th - 1969 Tour with Myka Nine / Sole / Ceschi Ramos / Factor
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These are members of the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra (FPDT), during a reggae and ska festival in San Salvador Atenco on Friday. They took the stage with their iconic machetes and read from a declaration calling for the liberation of political prisoners swept up by the government du ... More >>