The 20 Worst Hipster Bands: 10-1 Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time Top 20 Musicians of All Time, in Any Genre Top 20 Whitest Musicians of All Time Who are these hipsters we see each day in the streets, on our Tumblr feeds, and on the local news? And why are so many in bands? It's not the mere existen ... More >>
Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time Top 20 Musicians of All Time, in Any Genre Top 20 Whitest Musicians of All Time 10. White Rabbits Why do bands need a second drummer? In recent years everyone from Local Natives to Bon Iver to fucking Radiohead has thrown a second kit out there, or at least a floor to ... More >>
Initially a place where music executives could check out a bunch of emerging bands in the span of a few days, SXSW has become the spring break of the music biz. Bands from all over the globe descend on Austin hoping to convince the masses they're the next big thing. While megastars like Bruce Spring ... More >>
Andrea DomanickThe Airborne Toxic Event holds it down at El Gran BurritoSee also: Airborne Toxic Event Want You On the Edge of Their Seat In this week's annual Music Issue, we go on a date catch up with hometown heroes The Airborne Toxic Event, on a motorcycle ride to some of their favorite ... More >>
Andrea DomanickArctic Monkeys stole the showTV On The Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Panda Bear, Warpaint and Smith Westerns The Hollywood Bowl September 25, 2011 See also Warpaint: Back From The Road, Ready For The Bowl Better than... any of these acts sound on record. Not quite a festival, Sun ... More >>
Airborne Toxic EventIt's that time of year again. The headliner for this year's LA Weekly Presents LA 101 is Los Angeles' own Airborne Toxic Event. Held at Gibson Amphitheatre on October 23, 2011, the all-ages festival features music, art, vendors and food trucks. Supporting musical acts ... More >>
Also Red Cortez, Troy Walker, Bun B and others
Also, Hoodoo Gurus, Die Antwoord, Jonsi and others
Rachel CarrParson Red Heads All good things must come to an end. Last night local favorites Parson Red Heads played their second farewell show at the Echo. After five years of playing in Los Angeles, the Red Heads are moving back to their hometown of Portland, OR. Attendees of the show were ... More >>
Timothy NorrisThe xxOur favorite first reaction to the music of The xx came from an obviously hopeless romantic we stood with at a South by Southwest show who deadpanned, "I don't know, I think I like my x's with o's." But that's tangential to the big news of the day -- the black-dressed thr ... More >>
Baths, Captain Ahab, and More Play the Downtown Indie for Seven Nights with 'The Scenesters'
In our upcoming Nightranger column (out Thursday) we joined the mainstream masses in a major way (the American Idol finale at Nokia Theatre, a Sex and the City 2 party at Arclight and Jack Johnson on the Santa Monica Pier) but for Memorial Weekend it was all about a homier locale (as in "what up, ho ... More >>
'Batman' is in his name.This just in. On Friday, May 21, Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij will debut his new Boys Like Us project at The Highlands in Highland Park. No word as to whether or not he'll bring his own band, but Batmanglij will be accompanied by the Calder Quartet, t ... More >>
It's a weekend of firsts, with locals The Airborne Toxic Event taking to the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage and Origami Vinyl hosting an art show. Still, there was more going on this weekend, from concerts to holiday shopping extravaganzas. Keep reading for the details. The Airborne Toxic Event wit ... More >>
Also, Cold Cave, Ceci Bastida, Califone, and others
Timothy Norris Last Thursday we got a note from Andy Siara, he of the Henry Clay People, to inform us of an upcoming HCP show at the Echo and Echoplex that has the potential to be a great event: A Mustache Circus, slated for Friday, August 14. Says Siara: We're callin it the "Rock n Roll Mustache ... More >>
Patrick O'DellFatbeats' DJ Rhettmatic Celebrating record stores as part of the second annual National Record Store Day, which is tomorrow, should be a no-brainer for Southern Californians. After all, the region is the undisputed center of the vinyl industry, with RTI, Rainbo and Erika all pressing ... More >>
Plus, A Place to Bury Strangers, Mexican Institute of Sound, Gui Boratto, MSTRKFT and more
Plus, Hecuba, James Pants, Angus & Julia Stone and others
Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk. The Coachella message board lit up this morning when someone posted a pretty convincing list of Friday set times, one of the last big secrets the festival reveals. For those of us going, the set times are obviously important because they dictate what we'll be missing, w ... More >>
Ten to watch: The next Ford jingle?
Kevin Bronson over at Buzzbands is reporting that polarizing LA band Airborne Toxic Event has signed to Island Def Jam. The band, who in the past year have moved from playing Sunset Junction underbills to becoming one of the most talked about new rock bands of the year, had been signed to indie Ma ... More >>
Kevin Bronson over at Buzzbands has reprinted an email sent from Henry Clay People, who have been touring with the Airborne Toxic Event. Seems ATE kingpin Mikel Jollett is sidelined with laryngitis, and while the two groups are awaiting his recovery, shit's going down with HCP.
Timothy NorrisAirborne Toxic Event backstage at their show at the Wiltern in the fall By Jeff Miller Awkward homecomings can be harrowing for anyone, but for the Airborne Toxic Event -- whose spiral to rock stardom on the heels of their fantastic, ubiquitous, Arcade-Fire-biting single "Sometime Ar ... More >>
Erin Broadley Something really weird is going on with the Airborne Toxic Event, like, next-level kinda stuff. All the sudden the band that many jealous Angelenos love to hate -- and just as many pine to chant along with -- is selling out East Coast venues, is stomping across Europe and making legit ... More >>
Our only hope that Macca gets Ram tough
Yeah, so all the silly speculation probably isn't done yet, as Goldenvoice always adds a few heavy-hitters after the initial announcement, but the initial line-up is up. Click through to see it in all it's glory. We'll start analyzing it soon, but for now: Throbbing Gristle! No Pavement? Let the ... More >>
(Michel Gondry's video for the Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be.") Here's a list of "confirmed" (so far) acts to appear at Coachella 2009, according to the very reliable Monklish blog. His guarantee: "I've been told that these have been making arrangements to attend the festival as contractuall ... More >>
The Henry Clay People Spaceland, Saturday, January 10th (all photos by Timothy Norris) The third of five new songs that the reconfigured Henry Clay People debuted at Spaceland starts with the lyric, "It was the end of an empire," a frighteningly zeitgeist-seizing sentiment made all the more poign ... More >>
No, dummy, we made the Dexy's rumor up. But a few names are starting to trickle out re: Coachella 2009, which runs from April 17 to April 19. The Consequence of Sound blog has a pretty extensive rundown of confirmations it has gathered from culling MySpace pages and band tour dates, and a decent ... More >>
On this side of the table, Ian Cohen, occasional LA Weekly scribe whose philosophy on truth in criticism is spot on and at a welcome remove from the tongue-wagging that often counts as a record review (and we consider ourselves to be among the guilty, overly-wagging, hyperbolic variety). Cohen, wh ... More >>
Last night, September 16, the Wiltern was bursting with excitement for The Fratellis and The Airborne Toxic Event, which became shriekingly clear once the Fratellis hit the stage with an explosive set. The Fratellis' recent release, Here We Stand, has seen tracks included in a few hit TV show ... More >>
Here's a list of LA bands/songwriters to chase down at SXSW in Austin next week. This is a tipsheet for those of you with $$$ in your eyes. Looking for a band to break, license, co-opt, manipulate, convince to sell out? Here are some tips. Abe Vigoda Gender: Four men Their MySpace descriptive: "Tr ... More >>
Want proof that L.A.'s in the middle of an astoundingly fertile period of musical expansion? See the list below. We're going to have our hands full this year. Expect around the clock coverage from Austin.
Concerts Clubs Other Rock & Pop
A few choice slots amid the abundance of the Sunset Junction Street Festival
just drinking and dancing and screaming and practicing...