Since 2001, Dublin-by-way-of-San Francisco transplant Reb Kennedy has released some of the highest energy rock and roll this side of Little Richard. Under the auspices of Wild Records, he's discovered and developed new, predominantly Latino talent. The "Wild sound," as it's known abroad, isn't rot ... More >>
"I never intended to come [to Los Angeles]," says Kevin Bradley, founder of the letterpress design and print studio Church of Type, which opened this Sunday on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. "I was going to New Orleans," Bradley continues as his intern works the Vandercook Universal III letterpre ... More >>
L.A. Weekly critic Lovell Estell III found a police melodrama Cops and Friends of Cops to be a refreshingly unpredictable new play, and made it this week's Pick. Good reviews also for Peter Pan, presented by the Blank Theatre at Second Stage, and Falling for Make Believe, a play about the theater at ... More >>
Our critic Deborah Klugman found Tadeusz Slobodzianek's drama, about Polish complicity in the German Nazis' persecution of Polish Jews in the 1940s, and presented by Son of Semele Ensemble at Atwater Village Theatre, to be a model of stagecraft and emotional to watch. For all the lastest new theater ... More >>
Adapter-performer Brian T. Finney has adapted Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in what Paul Birchall describes as "hypnotic." It's this week's pick of the week. Neal Weaver found charm and passion in Actors' Co-op's revival of The Miracle Worker. See below for all the latest new theater reviews. ... More >>
Friday, December 7 Black Mambas THE REDWOOD The Black Mambas -- along with The Neumans and The Hurricanes -- are L.A. label Wild Records' newest signees. But instead of building into the label's Sun Records-style sound of '56, the Mambas stagger into 1976 with gutter-glam songs and dawn-of-punk vel ... More >>
KCRW Broadcast #160 for Saturday, April 14, 2012 See also: Henry Rollins: The Column! Japanese Guitar Freaks From Outer Space Fanatics! I am Australia bound. At this moment, I am in Wellington, New Zealand with show #60 for the year a few hours behind me. I will be in Australia for quite a long sp ... More >>
The Dragtones: the Hives, the Hi-Winders and the guy from the San Fernando Valley
ALT-COUNTRY/FOLK Meet the Folk-ers Noah W. Bailey slices the Americana pie and determines that, yes, Willie Nelson is still a badass. We spent 2009 sorting through piles of folk and Americana releases, revising this list in our heads till the bitter end and failing repeatedly to understand the hyp ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionall ... More >>
From the Hometown Jamboree to the Santa Monica Pier Swing Shift dance party, Glenn has left his mark on L.A.
Jerry Lee Lewis, still on fire
Neuralgia nostalgia at the Queen Mary
John R. Cash, 1932–2003
August 16 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Four and a half months later, on January 2, 1978, the Sex Pistols arrived in America for their brief abortive tour, and the seam of history unraveled. Coincidence?
Elvis, Part II