Paris is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. But guitarist/vocalist Thomas Bellier and bassist Antoine Morel-Vulliez -- co-founders of psych-rock outfit Blaak Heat Shujaa -- had no problems high-tailing it out of there for Los Angeles in 2010. "Paris is the most fucking borin ... More >>
HarassorThere was a lot that was great on the metal scene in 2011, from The Big Four's show in April to Prosthetic Records picking up U.S. distribution for Norway's Indie Recordings. (Dear Prosthetic, please get Shining over here for a tour next year). Sure, the closing of The Blvd. Cafe in B ... More >>
From the outside, it looks like Sam James Velde and Rich Jacobs have created an art show that could cause a nasty collision. Everyone from art snobs to metal heads to B9 message board nerds will be at "Twin Infinities" on Friday. But beneath superficialities, people aren't all that different, an ... More >>
Long, slow ... heavy metal songsSlow-crawl stoner metal lovers rejoiced last year when Sleep reunited for their first U.S. tour since breaking up at the end of the '90s. The band's 2010 tour included a stop at last year's FYF Fest, where loyal fans were rewarded with a set exceeding all expec ... More >>
Also, Taj Mahal, Shakira, Sufjan Stevens and others
Also Lady Gaga, Frazey Ford, Whispertown 2000, Ludacris and others
Night Horse rides again.Oh this train is rollin' alright. Back in August, Drew Tewksbury spent a hard-rock morning with L.A.'s Night Horse. This is the band at 11 a.m. on a Saturday: "[Guitarist Justin] Maranga... strokes his long, reddish beard once, straps on his guitar and rips into the ... More >>
Call the number listed for Silver Lake's Territory BBQ Records and all you'll get is a telling, "We're sorry. You have reached a number that has been disconnected..." Yeah, we're sorry too. West Coast Sound was excited when the perfect-on-paper double-sided dream opened up last year at the ... More >>
Also, Franklin Bruno, the Vic Chesnutt Band, the Moore Brothers and others
Because, why not? You like free music and so do we. Neither of us likes Mondays, so let's sweeten the pot, no? Here are five fresh MP3s from L.A. artists, with PR blurbs, a NSFW video (psychedelic boobs!), key release dates and other examples of sheer randomness. First, the boobs, courtesy of Immad ... More >>
In the unpredictable wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many (with delicious irony) as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES seeks not only to review the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community (artists and ... More >>
Riding with Night Horse, Spindrift and Tee Pee Records
Sasha EisenmanThe last time we heard recorded work from Entrance, the project comprised a lone longhaired bluesman with Baltimore roots and a home base in Chicago. Much has changed since the Tee Pee Records release of 2006's heavy, stoned stomper Prayer Of Death. Frontman Guy Blakeslee has up ... More >>
Spindrift's Legend of God's Gun Vinyl Release at Spaceland.
A selection of new releases for beginning of the end of summer 2009. Los Angeles-related releases out this week: The Dub Club, which takes place every Wednesday night at the Echoplex, has brought to LA some of Jamaican music's most important and legendary figures, and has been recording and int ... More >>
Also, Amadou & Mariam,The Pains of Being Pure, Jason Collett, The Smithereens, and others.