I have always been vocal in my opposition to year-end Best lists, but lately I find myself becoming somewhat addicted to them. My change in attitude, I think, is related to the realization that my list really doesnâ€™t matter -â€“...
I have always been vocal in my opposition to year-end Best lists, but lately I find myself becoming somewhat addicted to them. My change in attitude, I think, is related to the realization that my list really doesnâ€™t matter -â€“ ...
The band: Pageants, an L.A. quartet fronted by ex-Avi Buffalo keyboardist Rebecca Coleman. Another former Buffalo, Arin Fazio, is the band's bass player; guitarist and high school pal Devin O'Brien and drummer Lia Braswell round out the group. The sound: Colem
Friday: STRFKR, Skull Tape @ Troubadour Ignore the parental-advisory-warning-worthy name, and focus on the catchy indie dance hooks and infamously irrepressible live energy that this Portland based foursome has made its name on, so to speak, and you'll be plen
An evening of tasty, locally-sourced indie rock. First on the menu are Polls, whose smart, evocative indie rock clearly recalls the genre's heyday in the 1990's. Bouncy, bright pop melodies are couched in the supportive embrace of thickly distorted guitars. Th
Liz Phair is working on a new album. "My fantasy is that this comes out on Matador," she says, referring to the independent that released her first three albums, including the career-defining "Exile in Guyville." Liz Phair resurfaces with music on the DreamWor
The opening of the "Who Shot Rock & Roll" photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography included Ann and Nancy Wilson, founders of Heart, stepping onto a stage to perform a short set of classics.
West Hollywood is looking for a new song to rep its city, and have announced a contest: Write a song with the words "West Hollywood" in the lyrics, win $5,000 in prizes. The Times' Randall Roberts offers some Angeleno tips on topics.
Radiohead today announced the cancelation of seven upcoming European tour dates, in wake of a stage collapse that killed one and injured three before the band's show in Toronto last Saturday. In a statement, the band said it intends to continue its tour on Jul
?My name is Frank Sinatra,? sings Kelly Hogan on the M. Ward-penned ?Daddy?s Little Girl,? a tune she delivers with gripping drama. And there are 12 more gems on Hogan's "I Like To Keep Myself In Pain."
R&B recluse D'Angelo is in hiding no more. After appearing with the Roots at Bonnaroo in June, the sonic manipulator of funk and soul has booked a surprise July 4 date at West Hollywood's House of Blues, according to promoter Live Nation.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has been hyping a free rock 'n' roll "sex party" since June 13 near the offices of their record company, Warner Bros. Records, but Burbank city officials evidently weren't so pleased with the setup, so the concert that hadn't e
Today, Spotify added an actual in-real-life radio station to its growing list of offerings, as influential Santa Monica public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) has launched its very own application for the popular music-on-demand service.
When Courtney Love first announced that she was resuscitating her volatile, beloved band Hole, the news arrived with two very different possibilities as to how it might play out. The immediate question was whether Love was in creative shape for ...
And the conversation went something like this: OMG LIZ PHAIR POSTED A NEW ALBUM ON HER WEBSITE. I heard it's terrible. You can download it for $5.99. It's terrible, It's all over Twitter and you should read the comments on ...
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. El Rey Theatre Semi Precious Weapons, Sept. 27 (now); Modeselektor, Sept. 23; Liz Phair, Oct. 8 (Wed.) Greek Theatre Ghomayshi, Sept. 19 (now) Fox Theater Pomona JÃ³nsi, ...
Responding to a piece of pop-musical analysis by Camille Paglia carries risks not unlike those involved in publishing images of a burning Koran. She is a self-serving provocateur with a dogmatic world view, more interested in swatting down others' assertions..
Belle & Sebastian and other indie rockers sing the label's praises at a birthday bash. Lyrical tidbits best capture the essence of this past weekend's Matador at 21 series of concerts at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas ... .