From Baby Tate to Cheap Trick: The 104th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Night Tales, hip-hop from Baby Tate, punk/rock from Bikini Kill, Circle Jerks and Cheap Trick, metal from Brujeria and Arch Enemy and so much more.

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Hardcore King -- The Circle Jerks Reunion is in Full Swing

Circle Jerks (Atiba Jefferson)

From Baby Tate to Cheap Trick

Also this week:

Keith Morris of cover stars Circle Jerks said of the reunion: “I had a friend come to me and say ‘Keith, I’m willing to bet that you have no retirement plan. ‘I said, ‘I think I know what you’re getting at’. See, the Circle Jerks a long time ago were offered a ton of money to play Coachella. This would have been right when Coachella started doing two weekends back-to-back. I was deep into the OFF! Situation, and I didn’t want to do it. At that time I was very angry and bitter toward my fellow bandmates, so I said no. I told a booking agent, ‘don’t wave any more carrots in front of the guys – that’s not fair.’ He said, ‘It’s my job and I have to do it.’ OK, do whatever you’re gonna do. Try to book whatever you’ll try to book. I’m not playing with the Circle Jerks.”

In “Not Another DJ,” Night Tales said, “Our first adventure was leaving Australia in August 2021 in the midst of the pandemic to embark on our first US tour. What was meant to be two weeks of touring turned into three months of being stranded due to Australia canceling all flights into the country. We did find a temporary residence in a derelict, old home in the middle of nowhere in Tennessee. Living on air mattresses and pasta—we truly felt lost and yearned for home. This experience was the inspiration behind our new single.”

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