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2009 Stories by Chris Ziegler

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  • Good Foot Christmas

    published December 24, 2009

    Alex’s Bar certainly has a flair for the season, and following last week's Irished-up holiday celebration with Fifth Story Tenants is the... More >>

  • Pearl Harbor Bring Their Lush California Psychedelia to the Crosby

    published December 10, 2009

    The Other California DreamPearl Harbor deliver wonderfully weird psychedeliaLA’s Pearl Harbor might not... More >>

  • Beetlejuice

    published December 10, 2009

    Beetlejuice is up there with Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (and Big Adventure, also directed by Beetlejuice’s Tim Burton) for valorous service in... More >>

  • Leslie and the Badgers

    published December 3, 2009

    There’s vengeful ghosts and wagon trains and even the founders of the 13th Floor Elevators hiding in the individual histories of Leslie and... More >>

  • Ray Price

    published December 3, 2009

    They don’t make ‘em like Ray Price anymore. Mostly because the raw materials are just all mined out—it’s a grit-poor,... More >>

  • Is It Time for Castledoor's Ship to Come In?

    published November 26, 2009

    They’re Going to Need a Bigger MoatCastledoor have kept things from capsizing. Is it finally time for their ship to come... More >>

  • La Ghost

    published November 26, 2009

    Punk band La Ghost—with ex-members of East LA’s missed So So So—slice through quick but prickly songs like the Undertones, the... More >>

  • Down and Derby Roller Disco

    published November 19, 2009

    Dennis (of Long Beach’s Good Foot) and Riley have done for L.A. roller disco at Space Is The Place what true funk believer Dam-Funk did for... More >>

  • Gwar

    published November 19, 2009

    Gwar really got screwed when Live Earth was putting bands on every continent—who better to represent his native Antarctica than frontmonster... More >>

  • Paperplanes

    published November 12, 2009

    The Flatlanders did in the ‘70s what Paperplanes do now—and now that Paperplanes have put in a new wildman rhythm section and moved Pete... More >>

  • The New Release from 60 Watt Kid Is Positively Incandescent

    published November 5, 2009

    ConcertThis Little LightThanks to a little NorCal love, the new release from 60 Watt Kid is positively incandescentSo,... More >>

  • Happy Drunken Halloween

    published October 29, 2009

    Halloween is the night when everybody gets to be somebody else, and in Long Beach that means it’s time for the annual Prospector incognito... More >>

  • The Hobbit

    published October 22, 2009

    Canadian theatre company Theatre Sans Fils’ adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit plays much more like Ralph Bakshi than Peter Jackson.... More >>

  • Big Whup Get Under Your Skin

    published October 15, 2009

    Whup LifeThe post-punk work in progress known as Big Whup will get under your skinBig Whup began when Drew Denny,... More >>

  • The Fling

    published October 15, 2009

    Big songs that sound simple (but aren’t once you look into the light shining through the cracks)—this was a thing that both the Band and... More >>

  • The Shining

    published October 15, 2009

    Kubrick’s hell hotel is one of the great nightmarescapes in horror—the Overlook, where plenty of history and things and people in... More >>

  • Jack's Fourth Show featuring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

    published October 8, 2009

    The Runaways played one of their earliest shows (if not the first) at a house party in Garden Grove, covered by diligent, vigilant Bomp!... More >>

  • Former Cramp and Bad Seed Kid Congo Powers Steps Out of the Shadows

    published October 1, 2009

    It Came From the GarageFormer Cramp and Bad Seed Kid Congo Powers steps out of the shadows and into the raw-rock... More >>

  • Sergio Mendes

    published October 1, 2009

    As a kid Sergio Mendes played soccer as much as he played piano, and what but for a few missed goals would have disappeared from the concept of... More >>

  • People Under the Stairs

    published October 1, 2009

    LA hip-hop duo People Under the Stairs celebrated 10 years together last December—a decade since high-school days and pressing records that... More >>

  • Wildest Dreams Come True with the Commotions

    published September 24, 2009

    Long Beach’s Commotions handshake ‘60s Farfisaficionados like the Lyres and the B-52s—whose double-dutch call-and-responses get... More >>

  • Kid Koala

    published September 24, 2009

    Turntablist Kid Koala’s newest project, Slew, is loud and rowdy and ready to scream—born on a mountain, raised in a cave, as the old... More >>

  • Henry Clay People Rule LA With a Sound Made Possible by Yorba Linda

    published September 10, 2009

    Your Life Could Be This BandHenry Clay People rule LA with a sound made possible by Yorba LindaIn LA, the Henry... More >>

  • Exene Cervenka and John Doe

    published September 10, 2009

    Exene Cervenka’s writing in X and beyond helped define what LA would become and preserve what it used to be, and her new solo album,... More >>

  • FEEDtheMUSIC

    published September 10, 2009

    Feed the Music puts potluck fare and scrappy up-and-coming musicians who appreciate a home-cooked meal in the same room for the sort of charming,... More >>

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