Everyone's favorite just-edgy enough Orange County indie label is throwing the third incarnation of their Burgerama party this year at the Observatory in Santa Ana on March 22 and 23.
Headliners include The Black Lips and Fidlar, and you'll see other local favorites like Bleached and Tijuana Panthers. Even Kool Keith will be in the building! (Though his mind may be in outer space.) Also look out for Colleen Green - whom we profiled over the summer - and Cherry Glazerr, whom we're profiling soon.
The full lineup is below!
Guitarist John Frusciante quit Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2008 to make solo synthpop music at home.
Not a whole lot has been heard from him since.
In July, however, he told me about "the funnest musical collaboration I've ever had with anybody in my life" -- producing the forthcoming hip-hop album with Black Knights, an L.A.-based Wu-Tang Clan affiliate.
It's now got a release date, West Coast Sound can exclusively reveal.
Remember Goosebumps, those creepy books that scared the crap out of you when you were a kid?
For the second year in a row, L.A. trap DJ RL Grime is dropping a bass heavy Halloween mix with a cameo by none other than the Goosebumps author himself, R.L. Stine. And yes, RL Grime's name was inspired by the 70-year-old children's book author.
We're debuting the mix below, and we also chatted with the 22-year-old DJ -- who also performs under the name Clockwork and whose real name is Henry Steinway -- about Halloween and his set at this weekend's Hard Day of the Dead electro fest. Read on, IF YOU DARE.
Las Cafeteras don't bow to tradition, and it's hard not to love them for it. In 2011 we wrote about how the seven-member east side group was taking flack for playing Veracruz-style Son Jarocho music in ways that some conservative musicians found upsetting; the story got a lot of people in music and academia talking.
See also: Las Cafeteras Defy Tradition
Now, the collective is back with a video for a new song called "Luna Lovers," which is something of a cross between a Dali short, a Michel Gondry film, and a childhood dream. Whatever the case, it's a pleasure, and West Coast Sound is thrilled to be presenting it for the first time on the internets. Behold!
Everyone's favorite electronic beatmaster, Dungeon master, and Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York lookalike Daedelus let Scion AV into his Culver City home studio for a tour.
We've got the premiere below; it's a cool look at his set-up and equipment, which is unbelievably nerdy and cool, if those two words are allowed to go together. Watch as he puts together what sounds like a viable 1988 hip-hop beat in about 12 seconds on his Roland TR-808 drum machine, and then things only get crazier from there.
See also: Daedelus' Advice on Dungeons & Dragons
She don't give a damn 'bout her bad reputation, which is why Joan Jett is the official honoree at the Sunset Strip Music Festival this year, West Coast Sound can exclusively announce. The fest takes place August 1-3 and Linkin Park, the headliner, is the only other announced performer so far.
Past honorees include Slash, Motley Crue, and The Doors, but Jett is the first woman to be recognized, and will be honored at a ceremony to kick things off on August 1 at the House of Blues. Then, she'll perform with the Blackhearts!
Unfortunately, tickets to that ceremony are not easy to get, but never fear: West Hollywood has also declared August 1 Joan Jett Day, so you can honor her simply by, I don't know, getting a felafel somewhere there.
The Levitt Pavilions have announced their schedules, so you know what that means: It's summer!
In an exclusive to West Coast Sound, the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in MacArthur Park and Levitt Pavilion Pasadena in Memorial Park have released their full lineups, with shows held throughout June, July, and August. Highlights include Metalachi, Quetzal, Gangstagrass, a number of Dublab curated performances, Mark de Clive Lowe...too much to mention here. The full schedule is below.
The Jubilee Music and Arts Festival -- formerly known as Silver Lake Jubilee -- is back this year on June 7 and 8, to be held in the downtown arts district.
There will be beer, there will be spirits, there will be comedy, and there will be poetry, whatever that is. Oh, and music, the lineup for which features acts including Fool's Gold, Salva, Black Lips and others -- including a few late additions that West Coast Sound can announce exclusively: Bleached, Cayucas and Riff Raff. The full lineup is below.
Between political strife, rioting, demonstrations and the general cultural upheaval caused by the aftershocks of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the country seemed like a less than ideal location for a music festival and sightseeing tour put on by a group of Americans. Yet, nearly 300 people, mostly of them from Southern California, flew to Cairo late last year to take part in the Do Lab's winter solstice event The Great Convergence.
In the planning stages for nearly a year, the itinerary for the trip included visits to ancient sites throughout the country and lectures and panel discussions by Egypt experts Dr. Carmen Boulter and geologist Robert Schoch. The music event (held in front of Great Pyramids, no less), featured sets from Beats Antique, Random Rab, Apparat, Eskmo and Bluetech. The eight day trip ended with a cruise down the Nile.
It was to be a once in a lifetime experience. Everyone told them not to go.