Chris Kissel is a freelance music and culture writer and DJ based in Los Angeles. His work has also appeared on KCET.org, Consequence of Sound, Noisey, and Paste, among others. He also hosts the Contact Wave radio program on dublab. He lives in Echo Park and loves cats, bicycles, and music that drones.
11 months ago | Latin Alternative
Discovered by local Latin rock and cumbia bands like La Chamba, Thee Commons and Chicano Batman, the psychedelic sounds of Peruvian chicha are now all over L.A.'s Latin alternative scene.
11 months ago | Garage
On their new four-song EP, "Covers #1," the L.A. garage-rockers cover some truly deep cuts and, in doing so, hint at expanding their sound.
12 months ago | Let's Talk Iconic L.A. Music Venues
"I see us being right up there with Teragram and Troubadour and Bootleg and Echo," says talent buyer Kyle Wilkerson, who will run the new venue with his Sid the Cat partner Brandon Gonzalez.
1 year ago
From acid and folk to tacos and Korean short rib, the tradition of melding unlikely elements is deep in the blood of this city. Thee Commons are the new musical torchbearers of this practice — a band that pull together cumbia, punk and psych...
1 year ago | Festivals
A music and festival brand based in China, Modern Sky will have its first California event this Saturday, Sept. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
1 year ago | Indie Rock and Stuff
On his solo debut, "Half-Light," the former Vampire Weekend producer-keyboardist finds ambitious new ways to mix sonic experimentation with pop songcraft.