Friday, April 26
Medeski Martin & Wood
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 >>
If you're over the age of 30, you probably have at least a few songs from Free to Be You and Me engraved in your memory. Conceived by '60s-era TV actress Marlo Thomas and produced as a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the 1972 album jumped on the progressive feminism wave via catchy tunes fo ... More >>
Just when you thought how amazing it is that the original lineup of the Go-Go's is still together after 30-plus years, one of them goes and breaks a hip ... well, a wrist. Kathy Valentine will be temporarily replaced by local bass hero Abby Travis for this tour, but with Travis' experience with Beck ... More >>
Last night's SoCal Journalism Awards -- an annual affair put on by the L.A. Press Club --¬†were more star-spangled than usual. Among the presenters and honorees were Martin Sheen, Ron Perlman (so much shorter in person, but with an even bigger voice), Daniel Pearl's extended family and every journal ... More >>
It's award season again for America's journalists, and LA Weekly is racking up the noms like a fat chick on Pinterest.
On a national scale, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia just released its list of finalists for the annual AltWeeklies Awards, the most coveted alt-plaques around. At that Ju ... More >>
See also: The Five Best East L.A. Backyard Punk Bands
Chicanos have played a defining role in punk rock since its inception. In fact, Michigan's ? and the Mysterians are a strong contender for the first band to be labeled "punk rock." A little closer to home, East Los's Cannibal and the Headhunter ... More >>
Glee's GQ shootYou've got to hand it to Lea Michelle, Matthew Morrison, and the rest of the cast of the TV show Glee -- they certainly have a special talent for taking a once awesome pop song and turning it into an insufferable case of over-singing and unnecessary theatricality. The third sea ... More >>
Photo by Falling JamesLast week ended with the death of hair metal hero Jani Lane and the Go-Go's being honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. The number one L.A. female rock band of all time (according to Lina Lecaro) returned to the Greek Theatre to play their annual show on Wednesday, an ... More >>
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The Greek Theatre
Better Than . . . Falling 20 feet from a cliff while hiking in Northern California.
You've got to hand it to the Go-Go's. At a time in their career when they could be touring with some predictable '80s new-wave ol ... More >>
Lina Lecaro "This town is our town. It is so glamorous. Bet you'd live here if you could and be one of us..."
-The Go-Gos, "This Town"
Yesterday, the Go-Go's were recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What made the fan-packed induction ceremony particularly sweet was the star ... More >>
She Wants Revenge releases Valleyheart today, the band's third full length release, which sees them submerging themselves in blissful nostalgia. Not for dark '80s sounds as they are unremittingly accused of (though, yes there is still some of that), but for the breeding grounds that made the ... More >>
Allied Artists PicturesFreshman year in college, the albatrosses living next door would squawk into the wee hours of the night over their latest conquests or sorority happenings. And while, being night owls, we normally wouldn't take issue with the noise, every so often the ladies would play ... More >>
Girls with homeless-hag hair and pricey designer bags, boys in fugly (desperate for irony) t-shirts, and cartoon characterish cliques grooving geekily (yet self-consciously) to tunes spun by Shepard Fairey (M.I.A., The Go-Gos and The Beastie Boys). Last Tuesday night's grand opening of The Cobrashop ... More >>
Variety reports that the Go-Go's have canceled what was to be their farewell tour due to guitarist Jane Wiedling's hiking injury that resulted in knee-replacement surgery (insert old-age joke here, then please feel terrible about Jane's no-fun pain and the bad luck of the timing).
From Varie ... More >>
Lady Robotika, nekkidBlame KISS.
Billboard reports that Jane Wiedlin, now a NorCal resident but forever associated with the sunny SoCal Go-Go's, will become a sexy comic-book heroine called Lady Robotika.
The namesake comic book, a collaboration with Simpsons' artist Bill "No, I'm not Grant ... More >>
The rock community's struggle with substance abuse is no secret, but the glamorization of sex, drugs and rock n' roll means that some sad stats often get buried. For example, new studies show that only 8% of women with drug and alcohol problems ever seek help. The Grammy Foundation's Musicares MAP F ... More >>
Best Coast has just released their new video for single "When I'm With You." It features Bethany Cosentino (just christened "adorable lo-fi princess" by Spin) cavorting around with Ronald McDonald and pouting that she "hates sleeping alone" (awwwww.....).
If you like the Go-Go's, you'll like it. (A ... More >>
Celebrating 15 years in the publicity business this month, the Mitch Schneider Organization is more than a PR company, it's a bonafide taste maker. It's garnered both the trust of the music world's biggest artists and promoters (Sex Pistols, X, Coachella, Ozzfest) and consistent consideration from u ... More >>