Forty years after his sensational death, the country-rock pioneer remains beloved in the desert
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Fonda Theatre 6/3/13 Better than: Arena-style Tom Petty When a performer says he's playing deep cuts and rarities, that can cause trepidation. Best case scenario, you get to geek out to songs you never thought you'd hear live. Worst case, you get a bunch of crap tha ... More >>
Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Monday, May 20 Holy Ghost! TROUBADOUR It's been two years since the release of Holy Ghost!'s eponymous debut. Often hailed as LCD Soundsystem's heirs, the NYC-based duo's sound falls somewhere between Phoenix's precocious li ... More >>
Friday, April 26 Medeski Martin & Wood ROYCE HALL More than 20 years ago, keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin formed a trio that quickly became one of the most successful in contemporary jazz. A 1995 performance with Phish established them as a jam band, and subseq ... More >>
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders El Rey Theatre 4/25/13 Jeff Bridges wasn't always The Dude. In fact, we first got into him when he was a fabulous Baker boy. But nowadays he's the Dude through and through, and in concert last night at the El Rey he channeled Jeffrey Lebowski in numerous ways. Of course, ... More >>
The Key Club, a Sunset Strip favorite for decades, is scheduled to close later this month. Though the club's ownership could not be reached for comment, its last show is slated for March 14, and sources behind various events held there confirmed its impending demise.
Monday, February 25 The Residents EL REY THEATRE Somewhere between rock & roll's spiritual mystique and a distinctly unhinged surrealist pathology, you'll find the lair of bizarro-art-imitates-music tribe The Residents. Unprecedented, with no discernible frame of reference save for a magnificently ... More >>
With folk music back in the mainstream consciousness via acts like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, the timing for Beachwood Sparks' reunion is right. "I think we were one of the bands that paved the way for that," founding member and bassist Brent Rademaker tells us. He's excited to talk about their new a ... More >>
We are impeccable thieves, transplanting artists both from burgs bearing but a single Waffle House and metropolises where they measure the cold in Celsius. Biggie credited the centripetal pull of L.A. to the weather, the women and the weed. The ability to work was implied. The city has been a music ... More >>
For all the best of L.A. music, download our free Best Of Mobile app. See Also: Best Hip Hop Jukebox in a Dive Bar An amazing jukebox will tell exactly how connected bartenders and their bosses are to their patrons and the moods they want to create. This list is composed of those heroes that wou ... More >>
Back in February, we broke the news that William Shatner was working on a star-studded new album with some of LA's most prominent metal session musicians (Read "William Shatner Is Recording Star-Studded Metal Album in L.A.: We Got the Details"). Well, now WilliamShatner.com (of course there' ... More >>
Remember Clinton and the sax? Monarchs, political authority figures, and presidents have been inspiring pissed-off punk rock anthems or passionate, pleased glorification--whether subtle or direct--since human beings could pick up an instrument and pluck or pound out a feeling. And given our ... More >>
Times are tight, for sure. A box set is a luxury that few can afford these days. Given the choice between a 4 cd collection and paying the phone bill or buying a bottle of Scotch, well, let's just say you can't download a bottle of Scotch. But if you're at all curious about the history of th ... More >>
By far, the Official Most Anticipated L.A. Reissue of the Year has officially become the just-announced Los Angeles Nuggets Box that Rhino Records has announced. It's a four CD-box of garage and weird rock classics of the 1960s, a wild ride through an LA long since vanished.
No. No. No. Love minus Arthur Lee is like, well, The Doors without Jim Morrison. Or that time "The Byrds" toured with Gene Clark and long-ago fired drummer Mike Clarke as the only band members. We understand, everyone needs money right now. But there are some things that are sacred, and Love is ... More >>
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