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  • DIY Market Swap

    published April 12, 2012

    Sometimes, you just need more records than any one single record store can provide—it’s the only way to make the hunger go away. And... More >>

  • Bon Iver

    published April 12, 2012

    If there is a single trigger word to make a certain segment of a certain music-liking population hit “BUY” and roll over into a... More >>

  • 'Human Hostilities' Opening Reception

    published April 5, 2012

    Hibbleton Gallery is one of Fullerton’s notable little artspaces, winning Best Gallery from this very paper a few years back and hosting the... More >>

  • Arctic Monkeys

    published April 5, 2012

    Coachella secret side-shows at the Glass House are one of the best things about being within local distance to Pomona, and seeing the Pixies and... More >>

  • Cults

    published March 29, 2012

    The general word is that outta-nowhere indie It band Cults sound like a ‘60s girl group—and for once, the general word is correct. The... More >>

  • Backseat Bingo

    published March 22, 2012

    Backseat Bingo are a band who know what they want and know how to get it—specifically, funding to finish their recent “Yes! Yes! My... More >>

  • The Flytraps Can Afford Their Rock & Roll Lifestyle

    published March 15, 2012

    The Flytraps have a contingency plan for just about anything, it seems. If someone were to end up in an insane asylum, for instance, the band... More >>

  • Them Jeans

    published March 15, 2012

    Way back when Dim Mak was putting out Miracle Chosuke records, Steve Aoki, Franki Chan and Jason Stewart took the slo-mo Tuesday nights at... More >>

  • PBR Art Show and Party

    published March 15, 2012

    Pabst may not be the drink of the gods, but it’s definitely the drink of the trogs, and our sympathies always point to the underground... More >>

  • Wanda Jackson, the Growler

    published March 8, 2012

    Before we talk about Wanda Jackson, let's first speak of Nick Tosches, one of the greatest rock & roll scholars (and stylists) music writing... More >>

  • Gungor

    published March 8, 2012

    Gungor is Michael Gungor and family, spiritual and otherwise, unfurling the kind of overpowering anthemic pop (with which the Arcade Fire won over... More >>

  • Blitzen Trapper

    published March 8, 2012

    Blitzen Trapper play a kind of revved-down, heart-on-your-flannel country rock like the Band, Townes Van Zandt or Wilco—musicians who wanted... More >>

  • Drunk Punk Thursdays

    published March 1, 2012

    More beer? It’s not just a Fear record, it’s a way of life—and it’s gonna be dripping into a thick puddle at your feet... More >>

  • Micah Brown

    published March 1, 2012

    Guitarist and singer Micah Brown does have a bit of Jack Johnson’s surfer-friendly, laid-back, roots-y style, but he can also fire off a... More >>

  • The Lions

    published February 23, 2012

    The Lions are pretty much Southern California’s go-to band for classic Studio One-style roots, dub, and reggae, thanks to a roster full of... More >>

  • Ra Ra Riot

    published February 23, 2012

    “This is not a goodbye,” explained Ra Ra Riot’s cornerstone cellist and singer Rebecca Lawn barely a week ago, but she’ll... More >>

  • Jake Shimabukuro

    published February 16, 2012

    Dare we call Jake Shimabukuro the philosopher king of the ukelele? NPR called him a “master,” the thinkers at TED said he’s... More >>

  • Surfer Blood

    published February 16, 2012

    Surfer Blood are angling to become the go-to cute-rock mixtape leaders of the 2010s, but they’re starting to push past the basics, too. New... More >>

  • Indian Jewelry

    published February 9, 2012

    Never have we seen a band control minds like Indian Jewelry—there’s a (possibly) mythical audio device called the feralizing... More >>

  • Lisa Loeb; Jill Sobule

    published February 2, 2012

    So let’s remember when: Lisa Loeb got her big chance with her song “Stay” and the end credits of Reality Bites, and when her... More >>

  • Reigning Sound's Song Remains the Same

    published January 26, 2012

    Few things still elude Greg Cartwright—Reigning Sound singer/songwriter/guitarist, Southern gentleman and scholar of all music righteous... More >>

  • We Are/She Is

    published January 26, 2012

    Buena Park’s retro-electro pop duo We Are/She Is (the name is an answer to the obvious question provoked by earlier project He’s Not... More >>

  • The Mau Maus

    published January 19, 2012

    Rick Wilder was there for year zero of LA punk but he didn’t leave much behind—his band Berlin Brats and his revved-up follow-up the... More >>

  • Lord Huron

    published January 12, 2012

    From the semi-frozen north came Lord Huron, named perhaps to suggest the Great Lake and perhaps to completely confound listeners expecting... More >>

  • Exene Cervenka

    published January 12, 2012

    X singer Exene Cervenka is building a beautiful new body of solo work with her albums on famed roots label Bloodshot, and her newest, The... More >>

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