Friday, August 31 Mark de Clive-Lowe BLUE WHALE As one might expect from a hapa Japanese-New Zealander who arrived in L.A. via Boston, New York and London, this keyboardist/DJ/music producer is a complex synthesis of musical styles and cultures. Mark de Clive-Lowe honed his craft in the United King ... More >>
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 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 existence of hipster groups that distress ... More >>
[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.] You really haven't heard Kanye West and Jay-Z's "H.A.M." until it plays while you dig into a slab of Animal's balsamic pork ribs, delicata squash, arugula and p ... 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 >>
Timothy NorrisCarson Daly"How do you respond to the claim that most people under 30 have a negative, preconceived notion about you?" Carson Daly, who is 38, visibly winces when I ask this question, as if I've blown cigarette smoke in his eye. It's 11:30 a.m., and we're sitting on a leather ... More >>
Timothy NorrisWhat: The Decemberists With Wye Oak Where: The Greek When: 08/12/2011 If there's one god awful concert tradition that needs to die of a combination of ebola AND bird flu, it's the ridiculous ritual in which the band prematurely ends an excellent set, dishonestly says 'goodnigh ... More >>
Also, J*DaVey, the Decemberists, Dragon Head, Wye Oak and others
Also, Combichrist, Papercranes, Simone White and others
[Make sure to read Jeff Weiss' piece on Open Mike Eagle, from the LA Weekly print edition.] Open Mike Eagle - I Rock from Mush Records on Vimeo. In the first ten minutes of his acidic and excellent debut, "Unapologetic Art Rap," Open Mike Eagle samples Pavement and sings a portion of TV on the Ra ... More >>
How Not to Have Your Tour Van Robbed, or How Psych Rocker Imaad Wasif Lost It All
Kill Rock Stars gives away 21 free MP3's ALFSTRAVAGANZA!
Also, David Scott Stone, Slow Club, Little Boots and others
Also, the Kris Special, Jesse Sykes, Mamak Khadem and others
A singer lets her love flow in a quirky series of Toyota Prius commercials
Despite the auspicious image above, the only green spotted at the Treasure Island Festival this weekend, was that being smoked by the heavy hippie and hipster quotient that swarmed San Francisco's finest former Naval base cum music festival grounds. Indeed, for any wayward Angelenos incubat ... More >>
I walked in and all these wonderful women were singing, and I just went, Whew, Im at home.
Sunday night at Family Bookstore on Fairfax found an assorted bunch of artsy types milling around waiting for the The All Ladies Choir and David Scott Stone and Aska to perform. The event was for a screening of Aska's new music video, which was shot by Spike Jonze and Crystal Moselle (which West Coa ... More >>
Icon's sandpaper vocals sing it like no one else
Graffiti originally spotted on Bedford Ave., Williamsburg in 2002--soon followed by copycat crimes on Silverlake Blvd. and San Francisco's Mission District. Now playing at a Hot Topic near you. For spread-the-wealth reasons, this list was restricted to songs from albums that did not make the Top ... More >>
By Timothy NorrisClick image for entire Decemberists slideshow.Seeing the Decemberists live is like one of those rare equations in which the sum of all its parts is actually greater than what it would look like on paper. It's magic that is unquantifiable and steers the show to great heights.&n ... More >>
What to do this week
Mark Mothersbaugh: "Some counties in this state were won by as little as nine votes"
"You can't judge me on this because it's a reflection of my heart and soul. It's like judging a grandmother's love. Can you judge a grandmother's love by giving it 2.5 mics, or saying that it only sold a million?"--Kanye West, directly after the first unveiling of Heartbreak & 808s So Kanye's ... More >>
Celebrating the 21st century's most interactive band
RIYL, Bruce Springsteen, Scarlett Johansson, Obama, Portland based indie rock bands, catch phrases from feature films and television commercials.
And other May 8-15 shows
10. Spoon-Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Merge] Sasha Frere-Jones is a joke and Spoon can prove it. I mean, if all I had to judge indie rock on was the Arcade Fire and the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens (all acts I like), maybe I might come up with something as hackish as his risible blow-up, but the best R& ... More >>
10. Sea Wolf-Leaves in the River At times, Leaves In the River reads a little predictably quirky, but Alex Church's pop heart salvages this from being the effort of another accordian-toting, maritime metaphor-using copycat. The sound might not be the most original (I can't wait for Colin Meloy' ... More >>
For the week of November 23 - 29
Is laying a ton of L.A. Philharmonic strings and horns on top of Bright Eyes’ insistent beat going to turn it into a big soft pile of adult-oriented mush?
With Deerhunter, The Horrors and Pissed Jeans
For the week of August 2 - 9
For the week of July 5 - 11
“Another goddamn Big Star comparison!”
Shins take a trip to the dark side of the moon
The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy likes Under Milk Wood and a nice Zinfandel, thanks much
What's to do in Los Angeles this week
Do you enjoy crowds, music and exhaustion?
Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem and John Darnielle on the crossbreeding of literature and pop
Petra Haden + The Who = ♥