Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Times may be tough, but this past weekend in L.A. was a great one for life-affirming punk rock

This was a great weekend for punk rock in Los Angeles, and it couldn’t have come at a more necessary time. With so much bad news in America right now, any occasion to howl into some kind of communal void can be cathartic.

On Friday, the longtime L.A. post-hardcore band Touche Amore played the thousandth show in its career.

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California Sounds: La Luz's resonant surf rock, Tinashe's new track with Future and Itasca's fluid, delicate guitar work

La Luz, “Cicada” video (Hardly Art). The first song and video from the Los Angeles band’s forthcoming third album, “Floating Features,” is magnetic both musically and conceptually. The clip presents itself as the opening credits to a telenovela, and the song as its souped-up, surf-inspired theme.

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Kendrick Lamar owes himself more than lifeless corporate gigs

On tour last year behind his hit album “Damn,” Kendrick Lamar performed every night on a stage largely swept free of distractions.

The bare-bones production was designed to focus attention on the Compton rapper’s densely worded songs about race, identity and the alienating effect of success, and Friday night those themes carried through to Lamar’s show in downtown Los Angeles.

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Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman salutes Tom Petty with 'Wildflowers'

“This is for Tom,” Chris Hillman announced from the stage of the Troubadour in West Hollywood, and that’s all he said before launching into his rendition of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” three weeks after Petty died unexpectedly on Oct. 2 at age 66.

A video of that performance, offered up as a tribute to the veteran rock star, has been posted on Petty’s website and is available to view below.

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Delicious Pizza carries on the Delicious Vinyl music tradition

Dough. Cheese. Sauce. All three words can double as slang for money and influence in the pop and hip-hop universe. But brothers Mike and Rick Ross have since 2015 taken a more literal approach with their music-inspired restaurant Delicious Pizza.

With roots in Los Angeles hip-hop label Delicious Vinyl, their two pizzerias have gradually become communal hubs where pepperoni matters as much as beats.

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Recording Academy addresses female representation: 'It’s not enough to reflect the community'

In the weeks since the 60th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy has been embroiled in a firestorm amid questions about the relevance of the organization tasked with bestowing music’s highest honors.

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