Sam BlochBest Coast, Assembled Multitudes
STORY BY SAM BLOCH
At the dawn of the Napster age, sociologist Tia DeMora wrote eloquently of the relationship between commerce and pop music. "Consumption behavior can be understood as a kind of dance," she wrote. And in a retail environment, it's ... More >>
This is the official press release:
Coachella 2011. Music. Art. Culture. Community.
With the Coachella line-up announcement serving as the official kick-off to the annual U.S. festival season, festival organizers Goldenvoice can now reveal details for the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Art ... More >>
Jason O'DellShadow Shadow ShadeWhen Shadow Shadow Shade burst onto the L.A. scene about two years ago -- then known as Afternoons -- you'd have thought there wasn't an arena big enough to hold them.
An early song, "Say Yes," hit the radio, and Shepard Fairey designed a poster for it. The sev ... More >>
This year's Lollapalooza brought the city of Chicago their biggest music festival to date. Over three days, 240,000 people browsed the stages along the lake at Grant Park to see 130 performers ranging from Lady Gaga to Blues Traveler.
Check out these photos from the recent festival, brought ... More >>
Timothy NorrisBroken Bells (Mr. Mouse, center and Mr. Mercer, right)
Broken Bells played their second show in LA in only a few months last night at the Music Box (again, per: memo--it's never to be called "the Henry Fonda" ever again. Easy mnemonic: the Fonda didn't have odd, humongous Hiero ... More >>
Rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek are officially back in business as Reflection Eternal -- a full decade after their first album, Train of Thought. The new Revolutions Per Minute (out this week) might not feel as revolutionary as their debut, but it'll put a smile on the face of anybody ... More >>
Caution, a Girls concert induces post-amorous nostalgia. You'll seek the last time someone lovingly said "nothing compares to you" during "Ghostmouth," and if nobody's fought for your honor lately, "Goddam" is a downer. Singer Christopher Owens raises the sensitive romantic bar a little high.
Timo ... 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 >>
We Are Scientists with Morning Benders and The Blood Arm,
El Rey, July 1, 2008
Photos by Timothy Norris
Last night The Blood Arm performed the first truly excellent theme song for the economic recession of 2008. Dedicated to Jay-Z, referencing Wesley Snipes' three-year jail sentence for tax evasi ... More >>
The Kooks, Morning Benders,
The Troubadour, February 7
It's been two years to the day that The Kooks' first (and so far only) album Inside In Inside Out came out in the States. Full of bouncy, fun pop songs, it faded away surprisingly fast, never gaining much traction beyond the people who listen ... More >>