Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Better than... folk songs by the fireplace.
They say go big or go home. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down did both. Playing Los Angeles as the last night of "a very long tour," Thao should have been exhausted, but performed with big energy and big ... More >>
The Rock Bottom Remainders -- that all-star band made
up of the country's most beloved, best-selling literary luminaries,
including Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Matt Groening
and even, yes, Stephen King -- wouldn't exist but for Kathi Kamen
Goldmark.The noted "author schlepper" ... More >>
Donning a sunshine yellow t-shirt with primary-colored balloons saying "laugh," "dance," and "play," six-year-old Alexa Narvaez is just one-half of the devastatingly cute duo (and local heroes) that shot to viral video fame with a tear-jerking rendition of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroe ... More >>
Everything's Archie! MyspaceA cartoonized Don Kirshner presents The Archies with their gold record
Just a word here about the passing of a giant, Mr. Don Kirshner, who died today at the age of 76.
Now, some of us who were around back in "the day" might appreciate a bit of context-putting-in ... More >>
This week's musical word cloud is more festive and positive than last week's stunning explication of N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton -- that is, if you ignore the fact that its creator is currently sitting in prison after having been convicted of murder earlier in the year. If you're new to th ... More >>
What's not to like about Tearist's Yasmine Kittles? She's badass, looks like the lovechild of "Rehab"-era Amy Winehouse and Polly Jean Harvey (in a good way), digs good music (Throbbing Gristle, Can, The Red Crayola, The Ronettes), does her crazy "Patti Smith meets Peaches" act at The Smell, has abs ... More >>
In the strange wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES reviews the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community (artists and labels, indie or other), believing that good m ... More >>
You better believe they serve Pepsi at Medieval Times.
30. Los Campesinos-Hold On Now, Youngster (Wichita/Arts and Crafts)
Gareth Campesinos and Co. clearly grew up not just liking music but being obsessed by bands, and they've done the only honourable thing you can in that position: they've ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>