Friday, December 14
Thrill Jockey 20th-anniversary party with Wooden Shjips, Liturgy, Trans Am, Kid Millions
Back in the '90s, arty Chicago alt/indie warhorse label Thrill Jockey basically drew the map for marginalized music's move into the mainstream, with a roster including Tortoise, ... More >>
Farewell to the 18th Amendment. Seventy-nine years ago today, on Dec. 5, booze in the United States flowed freely again. Celebrate the repeal of Prohibition at the longest continuously running bar in Los Angeles. "We never technically closed during Prohibition," General Manager and Beverage Director ... More >>
By Joseph Lapin
Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper.
Top Ten Jazz Albums for People Who Don't ... More >>
Hooray! Top Chef Masters is back! You know, that souped-up version of the old Bravo staple in which we get to watch alreadyfamous chefs duke it out in the kitchen, not for money (as all their winnings go to charity) but for the prestige of being crowned truly the best of the best.
Right? That must ... More >>
dublab has been an internet radio station for over ten years now, pioneering the format and introducing L.A.--and the world--to up-and-coming acts from all genres of music. Hip hop, psyche, jazz, funk, punk, beat--you name it, and it's streamed on dublab.com. Flying Lotus, the Gaslamp Kille ... More >>
Lina Lecaro(T)hat's All Folks! at Dragstrip 66
What a year. Looking back as we always do around this time, one thing was very clear, LA be crazy after dark!
Was it end-(or beginning?)-of-decade (yup, look it up) dementia, all the mercury in retrograde activity or something else that gave th ... More >>
Gustavo TurnerSly Stone at CoachellaWe were among the first news outlets to report on Sly Stone's disastrous gig at this year's Coachella festival:
Sly would sing a few bars of the classics ("Stand," "Family Affair") but he'd soon stop and start asking what time it was and how long he had to ... More >>
Dennis RomeroFollowing reports of three-hour waits to get in, a bizarre appearance by Sly Stone and a dirt-lot parking situation that had festival-goers walking for up to an hour in desert dust to get to their cars, the Los Angeles Times declared the 11th annual Coachella festival a rousing s ... More >>
Gustavo TurnerSomewhere under that wig and that Halloween cop uniform there's a wonderful, talented human being named Sly Stone. Sadly, he didn't show up at Coachella this year.
Instead, a 1/3 full Mojave tent witnessed the absolutely sad spectacle of a bunch of hanger-ons pretending everyth ... More >>
Gustavo TurnerThe Great Thom Yorke in the Sky
Sunday was the hottest day of the Coachella weekend and it felt like the most crowded, a change from previous years when (thanks to the one-day passes) the last day had shown a welcome self-weeding-out of the masses.
In terms of festival logisti ... More >>
A house may be large or small; as long as the neighboring houses are likewise small, it satisfies all social requirements for a residence. But let there arise next to the little house a palace, and the little house shrinks to a hut. The little house now makes it clear that its inmate has no ... More >>
Dennis RomeroFor those about to rock, we ... ask that you step aside and make room for 50,000 raging fans of the operatic dance sound known as trance. For all of Coachella's claims to being a desert temple of rock-god worship (Muse, Them Crooked Vultures, The Dillinger Escape Plan), the peak- ... More >>
Sly Stone, riding high in LA
Sly Stone was interviewed by Chris Douridas on Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning, and though there were a few missed opportunities -- we want to know about his archives and unreleased stuff, and didn't think it necessary to dwell so much on his early years when that ... More >>
Daniel SiwekSly Stone: A Scotsman on his birthday
By Daniel Siwek
How much funk is enough funk? No, it's not a trick question, the only answer is "there is never enough funk," especially when its been fied up (as in funk-a-fied) by Sly Stone and George Clinton; the Trade and the Mark of the genre. ... More >>
Novena CarmelHoly Funk! Clinton and Stone at Little Temple
This from Weekly correspondent Daniel Siwek, who barely missed Tuesday night's five-minute Sly Stone Variety Show surprise performance at Little Temple. The secret show, one of a few that the legend has done around LA in the past month, was ... More >>