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2010 Stories by Chris Ziegler

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  • Rumspringa

    published August 12, 2010

    LA’s Rumspringa have been plugging around for a few years now, recently enlarging from a duo exploring a blues-meets-post-punk style... More >>

  • How Ariel Pink Got His Groove Back

    published August 5, 2010

    This is Ariel Pink’s year. Actually, 2004 was Ariel Pink’s year, but not enough people knew. That was the year he paused his... More >>

  • The Donnas

    published August 5, 2010

    How young we were—can you remember when they were just four girls in t-shirts putting out 45s in cheesy sleeves? Now the Donnas... More >>

  • Young the Giant

    published July 29, 2010

    Formerly local and still locally sympathetic pop-garage band Young The Giant used to be the Jakes, but new names make new friends and new songs... More >>

  • Dick Dale

    published July 22, 2010

    Everyone knows that Dick Dale has a guitar—but Dick Dale also has (at last report) Mustangs and Arabians—the horses—and surfing... More >>

  • MGMT

    published July 15, 2010

    An erudite man called them ‘art people,’ and even though the music world knows them more as chart people, the dudes in Sparks-rock band... More >>

  • Pato Banton

    published July 8, 2010

    Reggae singer Pato Banton spent everything he had finishing his landmark 1987 album Never Give In. He jettisoned food, shelter and utilities for... More >>

  • El Topo

    published July 1, 2010

    MOLAA goes beyond the beyond with this outdoor nighttime screening of Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mind-debriding psychopompic... More >>

  • Vincent van Gogh: The Man and the Myth

    published July 1, 2010

    “I want more love and more soul and more heart!” wrote Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch painter too often called a rock star when he should... More >>

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    published June 24, 2010

    Director Jamie Babbitt’s 1999 debut is the story of Megan the cheerleader who gets sent to de-gay-ification camp (with counselor RuPaul out... More >>

  • Portugal. The Man Keep the Budget Low, But Their Spirits High

    published June 17, 2010

    When Portugal. The Man first arrived in the lower 48—they’re from the same town in Alaska that delivered to the world Sarah Palin,... More >>

  • The Cool Kids

    published June 17, 2010

    URB called them “purist hip-hop,” which is a much nicer way to put it than “throwback,” and also says something more... More >>

  • Salif Keita

    published June 10, 2010

    Afro-pop singer Salif Keita started out with Mali’s railroad-sponsored funk-pop band—the Super Rail Band de Bamako, organized by the... More >>

  • Regeneration Opening

    published June 3, 2010

    OCCCA’s new show “Regeneration” is tied explicitly to stem-cell therapy—in honor on UCI’s new stem-cell research... More >>

  • Why?

    published May 27, 2010

    So Yoni Wolf used to be a rapper? Well, kind of—Anticon put out the records, but Wolf’s Why? and Clouddead always played with... More >>

  • Sweethead: Blood And Rockets

    published May 20, 2010

    Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen learned a lot when he joined Queens of the Stone Age. Like, never waste more than five takes trying to tape a song,... More >>

  • Green Long Beach! Festival 2010

    published May 20, 2010

    It’s “green” the verb as much as “green” the adjective at the Green Long Beach! Festival, where locals come together for... More >>

  • Artsist Lecture: Felipe Ehrenberg

    published May 13, 2010

    Mexico City’s Felipe Ehrenberg started out as a printmaker but would soon win notice as one of Mexico’s foremost postmodernists and an... More >>

  • Heavy Water Experiments

    published May 13, 2010

    LA’s Heavy Water Experiments like to think of themselves as “Pink Sabbath”—or at least talk about the idea a lot in... More >>

  • Bird Mad Girl

    published May 13, 2010

    Bird Mad Girl cover Supergrass but make it sound like the Pagans or the Sonics—and when they do their own song “Psycho” they make... More >>

  • Black Apples March to the Beat of Double Drummers

    published May 6, 2010

    Before Campbell Scarborough was a drummer—and also a guitarist and a singer, or rather, a singing drummer who figured out exactly how to... More >>

  • Rock the Runway

    published May 6, 2010

    It’s not quite a million-dollar event, but it’s damn close: this year’s Rock the Runway at Santa Ana’s Art Institute of... More >>

  • Eclectic Music Concert #46

    published April 22, 2010

    Some call it dream pop but for the Year Zero it’s a visionary state. Singer Lili De La Mora steps past Mazzy Star and Young Marble toward... More >>

  • Orange County Noir

    published April 22, 2010

    James Cain had Mildred Pierce set up in Laguna Beach, John Fante got Bandini lost in the desert in what would probably become the 5 freeway, and... More >>

  • Thavius Beck: Hip-Hop Classic

    published April 15, 2010

    When producer and MC Thavius Beck arrived in LA as a 16-year-old kid, he stepped off the bus (just like Axl in “Welcome to the... More >>

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