[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] Justin Gage's business card for Aquarium Drunkard bears a simple mantra: "Just the good shit." This might seem self-evident for the proprietor of a music ... More >>
Also, No Age, Crystal Antlers, Imelda May and others
Falling JamesThe Middle ClassSo much of punk rock is centered around nostalgia these days, whether it's played by modern corporate pretenders aping their elders in watered-down, insipid ways or the surviving elders themselves, whose reunions are often too sluggish and self-congratulatory to e ... More >>
Also, Aloe Blacc, Maren Parusel, the Greenhornes and others
Also, Bajofondo, Massive Attack, Minus the Bear and others
When the the canonical history of 20th century romanticists has finally been compiled by our future generations, we'd like to nominate into the official record the name Jonathan Richman, who tonight begins a three-night stint at the Mint. Over nearly 40 years of wildly inspired and archetypal ro ... More >>
Last Night: Mission of Burma Besieges the Echo
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Also, Rodriguez, the Monolators, Nas and more
The prolific singer, whose music defies categorization, creates sounds in his own, Swiftian style
FRIDAY, JUNE 6 There are many immortal words in rock and roll, but one of the great expressions of untethered joy was originally uttered by Jonathan Richman: "Roadrunner once, Roadrunner twice/I'm in love with rock & roll, and I'll be out all night." Covered by everyone from Joan Jett to the Sex ... More >>
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