Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Friday, August 9 The Standells THE SATELLITE Although it's easy to erroneously associate savage, stomping garage-rock innovators The Standells with Boston (thanks to their 1966 hit "Dirty Water"), make no mistake, these guys ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.] See also: Henry Rollins: Joe Cole and American Gun Violence I use music to keep my life in che ... More >>
Given the maturity and insight of White Fence's previous releases and his collaborations with it-boy Ty Segall, it shouldn't shock anyone that the act's newest record, Cyclops Reap, is quite brilliant. Still, Tim Presley's one-man band reaps a whole host of casual garage-rock casuistry from the laz ... More >>
This year deserved praise has been heaped upon Frank Ocean's debut Channel Orange, the Flaming Lips' blood vinyl project and Beach House's Bloom. Meanwhile, overrated works like The Shins' Port of Morrow and Passion Pit's Gossamer have been overhyped Lost in the shuffle have been five superb-but-u ... More >>
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[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] See also: Top 5 L.A. Garage Rock Bands Not everything needs to sound like the future. Not everyone wants to dwell in the present. In fact, some aim to a ... More >>
After forty-odd years of revivals and re-imaginings, garage rock isn't much of a clear-cut genre. Here in L.A., though, where garage is a persistent fixture in the venues and living rooms, you start to find a more consistent sound. It's usually something like surf rock with a rough exterior -- a raw ... More >>
Sandra Vahtel Under the warm glow from the lights of the Bootleg Theater, Darker My Love proudly debuted their brand new album to an adoring hometown crowd last night. Dressed neatly a buttoned down shirt, lead singer Tim Presley looked very serious as he announced to the crowd, "Hello, we're ... 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 >>
By Paul Rogers If an Eastside indie show was portrayed in a mainstream movie it might look like Friday night at Echoplex. Bearded 'n' baseball-capped Brite Spot brunchers politely gathered in the Echo's low-slung basement to witness a psychedelic pop band deftly meld shoegazer staples Jesus and ... More >>
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With a major-label contract and a spot on the Lollapalooza tour, the Distillers are set to become big rock stars. How will Brody Armstrong tolerate the fame?