When Cobalt Cranes caught our ear in 2010 with their In Media Rez EP, they'd conjured an appealingly dirty melange of the Stooges and the Vaselines. Now, after the release of their debut full-length LP, Head in the Clouds, they've stepped out of the garage and into a world of pop that's as sweeping ... More >>
5. The Zeros and The Muffs
Troubadour, July 20
Though the Zeros and the Muffs began their careers at the start of the punk era and in the middle of grunge, respectively, their billing this summer was inspired. Both play the kind of punk -- catchy pop hooks over wham-bam, cranked-up chords -- that, ... More >>
Refused, Warpaint, The Vaselines, and others
Los Angeles State Historic Park
September 1, 2012
See also: F-Yeah! It's the 2012 FYF Quiz!
Better than: Any cookout ever.
Braving choking dust clouds, oppressive sunlight and the inevitable game of PortaJohn Roulette ought to deliver an eart ... More >>
Friday, August 31
Mark de Clive-Lowe
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 >>
Jason ArthursSuperchunkThe most treacherous territory Superchunk had to negotiate to make Majesty Shredding, the band's first album in nine years, had nothing to do with music. It was -- and you aspiring rockers can relate -- those pesky day jobs.
Frontman Mac McCaughan and bassist Laura Ba ... More >>
By Randall Roberts
He’s out there somewhere. I know it. He apparently comes every year. At least that’s what they tell me up in Seattle, where Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, is some sort of minor legend. You know, Bruce Pavitt, the dude with the vision to uncover a few of the gr ... More >>