| Aug 29, 2013
| 10:59 AM
On Wednesday night, everyone who went to see Earl Sweatshirt perform at the El Rey Theatre got a free cartoon-y mask of the rapper’s visage. It was for a photo shoot -- a sea of Earls staring back at the El Rey stage.
But a lot of people kept them...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Musical obsessions are some of life's great pleasures, and "Doris," the latest album by Los Angeles rapper and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, 19, has lived in my car at huge volume for a month now.
I'll confess to crawling up next to cars blasting...
| Aug 19, 2013
***1/2 (out of four)
Listening to Earl Sweatshirt rap sometimes makes it easy to remember all of the garbage that came along with being a teenager. Earl, the youngest member of Odd Future--the one who suddenly disappeared to a Somoan boarding school...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:59 PM
If the torrent of anticipation surrounding Earl Sweatshirt's album "Doris" isn't sufficient for you, now the much-touted Odd Future rapper has something else for you to look forward to -- a free L.A. show.
The MC has announced a free set at the El...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:16 AM
As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts wrote in a recent profile, Earl Sweatshirt is building a complicated relationship with fame -- even as his upcoming major-label debut promises (or threatens) to bring it closer.
The L.A.-based rapper -- part...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 12:40 PM
w/ Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B and more. $50-$90, 6 p.m., Aug. 8. Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd, Wallingford, oakdale.com
At 6:48 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, @KirkKnight tweeted, "Somebody need to cook for me. This fast food...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:30 AM
On a recent afternoon Thebe Kgositsile, 19, wandered around his sparse central Hollywood apartment lugging a gallon of orange juice and thinking about the logo to his fledgling music imprint Tan Cressida.
A piano melody looped from a computer plugged...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 8:55 AM
What: Pitchfork Music Festival
Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.
When: 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
What: 46 bands/artists, three stages, hosted by e-zine pitchfork.com
| Jul 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
To judge by the media coverage this summer, only two hip-hop albums of note have been released. Both were recorded by multi-platinum multimillionaires raised on first- and second-generation hip-hop.
As even your grandma could probably tell you, these...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 1:55 PM
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Earl Sweatshirt, the Los Angeles-born rapper whose major label debut “Doris” is due this summer, has been forced to cancel all upcoming concert dates after a bout of pneumonia landed him...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 4:25 AM
3 stars (out of 4)
Kanye West’s sixth studio album, “Yeezus” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), is the latest affront from an artist who keeps inventing ways to tick people off.
At first listen, it is hostile, abrasive (both sonically and...