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Liam Gowing

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Love International

Photos by Wild Don Lewis SUNSET JUNCTION STREET FAIR August 21 & 22 It was a double sun-day for rockers to rock, for homosexuals to be gay, for the old to be young again and for the youth to let love rule . . . despite a concussion or two......
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The Sound of Escape

Photo by Ben Clark It’s well into a thoroughly friendly conversation with the members of Autolux that things begin to get a little weird. The discussion at Silver Lake’s El Conquistador restaurant — with drummer Carla Azar, guitarist Greg Edwards and bassist Eugene Goreshter — has strayed into rather esoteric......
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Audio Visual

In his controversial 1993 best-seller, The Lives of John Lennon, author Albert Goldman took a break from the excruciating character assassination of his subject to expound upon a thread connecting many of the British Invasion’s most celebrated songwriters, none of whom had any formal musical training but all of whom......
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Mr. Fold's Wild Ride

From the classic guitar-rock of Alaska! to the au courant synth-pop of ’80s revivalists Metric, from the uplifting psychedelic chorales of the Polyphonic Spree to the somber balladry of Acetone, from the gentle folk of Patrick Park to the bombastic edge of And You Will Know Us by the Trail......

Elliott Smith, 1969–2003

Elliott Smith, critically lauded and much-loved singer-songwriter, has died at the age of 34. He was discovered at his home in Silver Lake late Tuesday morning with a single stab wound to the chest and was rushed to USC Medical Center, where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Born Steven......
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Dandyland

Photo by Wild Don Lewis SUNSET JUNCTION STREET FAIR, August 23-24 Colonel Mustard hooked me up with a ride into Silver Lake just in time to see a great little rock & roll band called Kennedy finish a set with their namesake’s magnificent bass launch . . . could have......
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Lost at Sea

Photo by Joe Pugliese If you enter the word “Earlimart” into your favorite Internet search engine, you’ll catch a flood of results for an L.A. rock band whose recent releases — an EP called The Avenues and a full-length disc entitled Everyone Down Here — have won rave reviews and......
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Midnight Bumblers

THE VINES, THE MUSIC at the Henry Fonda Theater, March 25 "Disanticipointment." It's a word Paul McCartney invented to describe the public's tepid response to the Beatles' superhyped "reunion" track, "Free as a Bird," but it just as accurately describes the reaction of the crowd to the Vines' performance at......
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Rush Hour

Photos by Gregory Bojorquez SUPERGRASS at Spaceland, February 15 You had to sympathize a little with the sweaty lummox who rushed the stage at Spaceland to smother Supergrass lead singer-guitarist Gaz Coombes with kisses during an encore of "Moving." After all, Coombes fronts a band of cartoon-cute Englishmen whom NME......
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Brain-Damaged and Brokenhearted

On the back cover of Moving Units‘ promo CD, there’s a curious illustration -- six hands gripping a prostrate child -- that illuminates the band‘s approach to jaded L.A. audiences. The diagram, taken from How To Deal With Your Brain-Damaged Child, shows how three caregivers can teach an infant to......