Given the maturity and insight of White Fence's previous releases and his collaborations with it-boy Ty Segall, it shouldn't shock anyone that the act's newest record, Cyclops Reap, is quite brilliant.
Still, Tim Presley's one-man band reaps a whole host of casual garage-rock casuistry from the laz ... More >>
Friday, April 5
Vum, Esben and the Witch
There's plenty of the spirit of New York synth-punk pioneers Suicide in minimal L.A. synth-wave trio Vum on their new single "I Will Return" -- and is that song title a promise or a threat? This is menacing stuff, built on bare-bones electronic b ... More >>
This year deserved praise has been heaped upon Frank Ocean's debut Channel Orange, the Flaming Lips' blood vinyl project and Beach House's Bloom. Meanwhile, overrated works like The Shins' Port of Morrow and Passion Pit's Gossamer have been overhyped
Lost in the shuffle have been five superb-but-u ... More >>
Better than...standing in 105 degree weather.
After a ten-year absence from the road, songwriter-guitarist Jeff Mangum grew into a mythologized character that tens of thousands of kids pinned their hopes and theories upon. His two '90s era albums as Neutral Milk ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
See also: Top 5 L.A. Garage Rock Bands
Not everything needs to sound like the future. Not everyone wants to dwell in the present. In fact, some aim to a ... More >>
After forty-odd years of revivals and re-imaginings, garage rock isn't much of a clear-cut genre. Here in L.A., though, where garage is a persistent fixture in the venues and living rooms, you start to find a more consistent sound. It's usually something like surf rock with a rough exterior -- a raw ... More >>
While the children of American rock stars wallow in decadence and (repeatedly) try to get their own reality shows, British rock children are trying to become, as Mick Jagger once taught them, "street-fightin' men." Witness the exploits of young man Charlie Gilmour, long-haired son of Pink Flo ... More >>
Mick Rock (c)
Mick Rock has shot some of the most recognizable portraits in rock music history and he's got, hands down, the best name in shutterbugdom. But with a candor and style that's as palpable as any of his subjects, he is also just as cool. In LA this weekend for a couple of events ... More >>
Timothy NorrisFascinating Fascism: Roger Waters at the Staples Center
[For more photos of this show see Timothy Norris' slideshow "Roger Waters Brings 'The Wall' to Staples Center".]
Roger Waters, Syd Barrett's former bass player, brought his anti-war, anti-corporate extravanza "The Wall Liv ... More >>
Considering Arthur Lee's deep impact on modern music -- he fronted one of the first multiracial rock bands, recorded with Jimi Hendrix, was a prime influence on the Doors, had lyrics lifted by the Rolling Stones, and inspired stellar fans ranging from Robert Plant and Eric Clapton to Syd Barr ... More >>
"Hiya. How ya doing?"
Well, hey! Someone's in a talkative mood tonight. In the first five seconds of coming out on stage the Jesus & Mary Chain have already chatted the audience up more than they might have in an entire North American tour in the late-80s.
But why shouldn't they be in a good moo ... More >>