Better than... the Bee Gees cover band of the same name.
Most musicians nowadays are accessible via Twitter or Facebook, making Portland hardcore/crust punk group Tragedy quite the anomaly. Since their formation in 2000, they have shunned interviews, photo shoots, and other forms of publicity. All of which makes their sold-out show at the Echoplex last night even more impressive.
Henry Wolfe, Leftover Cuties, Adam Arcuragi, Jail Weddings
A Highland Park living room
Better than... spending Saturday night in your own living room, unless you're naked and with someone special, in which case, yeah.
Irony is not dead, but it took a short nap on Saturday night in a living on North Fig, where Henry Wolfe, Leftover Cuties, Adam Arcuragi and Jail Weddings each played four, primarily acoustic songs for a small, quiet crowd.
The pop-up gig was organized by Sofar Sounds, whose mission statement reads: "We have created a movement which brings music lovers together in secret living room locations to hear some of the world's most cutting edge artists." On any other night this kind of gathering would be called "a house party with a few bands," but Saturday was all about meticulous genuineness.
KDAY Krush Groove
April 28, 2012
An invitation to Ice Cube's gangsta nation is tough to decline, even for those on the right side of the law. Which is why at one point during the Krush Groove hip-hop concert on Saturday a yellow-shirted security guard at the front of the stage momentarily turned his back to a blunt-smoking, capacity crowd to accept a brotherly handshake from "the Don Mega" himself.
One the eve of the 20th commemoration of the L.A. Riots, old-school hip-hop station KDAY took a packed room at the Gibson Amphitheater on chronic-powered time warp to the days of the wild west, headlined by Ice Cube and his cohort W.C. ( that's Dub-C, to you). The under card, featuring Cypress Hill, Mystikal, The Pharcyde, Ras Kass and Masta Ace, inspired plenty of mouth-covered "Oh shit!" exclamations.
Jeff Chang is the author of Can't Stop Won't Stop, perhaps the most important book about hip-hop ever written. In the tome he explores West Coast rap through the lens of the riots (among other subjects). We spoke with him about how politics and hip-hop affected, and were affected by, the riots.
Well, see, when you're a parent (if you're a good one, at least), you spend no small amount of time worrying. When the kid is a baby, a lot of it involves putting bumpers on sharp edges and whatnot. It seemed like the only thing my boys ever wanted to do once they began crawling was gouge their fucking eyes out on tabletop corners.
Today we present all of them together, beginning with a rare video of Tupac Shakur (above) giving his thoughts on the riots, a week after they happened.
Opeth, Mastodon, and Ghost
Better than...being stuck in a Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.
We had a bit of trepidation about seeing Mastodon live last night. We've seen them put on a great show, we've seen them put on a lackluster show; you never know for sure which Mastodon you are going to get. Luckily tonight, the crowd at Gibson Amphitheatre got the awesome Mastodon.
Metal fans were psyched when it was announced that Mastodon and Opeth -- two of the most powerful forces in modern metal -- were joining up for a co-headline tour. Many of those fans rejoiced yet again when it was announced that the opener would be Swedish occult-rockers Ghost.
Fanatics! Hello from beautiful Sydney, Australia. I am a few hours away from another show here. I have been finding some great records here that will find themselves in our upcoming shows over the summer. I think you're going to like what we will be laying on you in the weeks and months upcoming!
In our first hour, we will be rocking some serious guitar heavy hitters. If you look down the list, it's all heavy weight all the way through but you will notice something conceptual in the second part of our show.
Now, in tonight's second hour, we have a very special record we will be playing for your in its entirety. A side project of our good pal J Mascis called Heavy Blanket will be releasing their first and perhaps only album on May 8. Visit J Mascis' site for more information.
We've been watching Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play in concert for decades, and it seems as if he and his crew get better with every tour. How? With few rare exceptions, aren't rockers supposed to kind of get stale once they get older?
Whether it's today's troubled zeitgeist or solid new material from the album Wrecking Ball or the recent passing of longtime saxophonist Clarence Clemons, Springsteen was inspired and inspiring in a nearly three-hour show, once again making fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena true believers in the power of rock 'n' roll.
Murs is one of the most important and uniquely Los Angeles rappers working, even though he now lives in Arizona. Having made it a point to critique violence in hip-hop throughout his career, he naturally has very strong feelings about the subject of the riots. He spoke to us about the impact they've had on his music and his life.