Ahead of West Coast Sound's 20 Worst Albums of the '90s poll next week, let's talk about the Barenaked Ladies. When I tell people I love Barenaked Ladies, the first thing they usually say is, "I'm sorry." This is because I typically only bring it up after one of my friends has launched into a mini-r ... More >>
See also: Our interview with Portishead's Geoff Barrow
With her faltering deadpan, spare dubby grooves and post-punk clanking, Anika's eponymous debut album on Stones Throw is political, a substance-over-style snub at standard music biz fare and the many who love it.
A former music promoter ... More >>
Keith PlocekYoshitomo Nara's Your DogPulling works from an art collector's private cache and organizing them around a theme is often a tricky affair, where capitalized nouns such as Transgression or Race or Patriarchy wind up applying to just about anything a curator hangs on the wall. Maybe ... More >>
Timothy Norris Yoko "Oh No" Ono
WHO: Big In Japan Featuring Cibo Matto, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Buffalo Daughter
WHERE: The Hollywood Bowl
A show called Big In Japan freely invites you to stare at its Japaneseness, and last night's concert at the Hollywood Bowl wore a risin ... More >>
Earlier this month, Billboard announced that someone had beaten the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and every high-profile DJ you know (yes, even Tiesto!) to the top position on their Dance Music chart.
That someone was a 78-year-old woman.
The track in question was called "Move on Fast, ... More >>
Gustavo TurnerYoko Ono and Lady Gaga frolic on a piano at the Orpheum Theatre in LAWe told you this one was going to be special.
Stay tuned for our full review, but Saturday night's brilliant show/tribute to Yoko Ono at the Orpheum brought some extremely special moments with Tune-Yards, the ... More >>
Yoko OnoJohn Lennon would have turned 70 next week, and among the events celebrating the legendary Beatle are two shows this weekend featuring a reconstituted Plastic Ono Band, the loose collective of musicians Lennon assembled 40 years ago.
His widow Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon (the musica ... More >>
John Lennon's favorite musicianI wrote this column for this week's print edition of the LA Weekly about this weekend's very special, star-studded concert celebrating Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band:
Listening to Yoko
Do it, without prejudice
Circa 1970, John Lennon was savagely mocked whe ... More >>
Terry Richardson for Purple MagazineDoes this pose look familiar? (full NSFW picture below)Sean Lennon has been collaborating with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl on a set of "surrealistic psychedelic pop songs," which they will be unveiling under the collective project name Ghost of a Saber T ... More >>
Autism survivor and animal doctor Temple Grandin (not to be mistaken for Claire Danes playing Temple Grandin) appears in "ITW: Pathway."Color us pleasantly confused.
This morning we received an enigmatic announcement about what looks to be a star-studded reimagining of The Blair Witch Projec ... More >>
Timothy NorrisYes, that's UK pop singer Kate Nash last night at the El Rey (sitting down due to one of her oddly not-infrequent foot-related accidents).
Yes, the banner says "A CUNT IS A USEFUL THING."
Yes, you know her mostly through some cutesy (kawaiiiiiiiiii) pop ditties and accolades f ... More >>
To be honest, I never thought I'd be standing in legendary photographer Bob Gruen's teenage bedroom. The unkempt bed covered by a Led Zeppelin blanket, the shelves of rock memorabilia, the walls plastered with photos and cutout articles from vintage rock magazines like Creem and Rock Scene... it is ... More >>
Kim Jong-Il, North Korean Dictator is straight up gangsta style, he admits to lovin many bitches and he's had way more people killed than Shug Knight. He drives a Benz and has a penchant for extravagances like lobster and Hennessy. He's big fan of the NBA (he even has a signed ball by Michael Jord ... More >>