[Editor's Note: Spare Notes is a new Weekly music feature highlighting outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.]Guitarist and Kettle Drivers main man Greg Johnson has every reason to feel buoyant. His band's latest release, Digital Demo ... More >>
The opening scene of Highland's music video for "Railroads" centers on singer/guitarist Scott Holmes' slow immersion in a dark beach cave in which moving shadows and other stoner hallucinations abound. Surrounded by the band's waves of slowly mutating soundscapes and washed-out distortion, subtle ha ... More >>
The Sweet Repose"Here Come the V-Necks"http://www.thesweetrepose.com/We realize at Beat Blvd. that our references can sometimes be a little loopy but the first thing thought of given the song title was Brian Eno, for good reason. "Here Come the V-Necks," from the Sweet Repose's forthcoming EP, is ... More >>
Idiot Glee is a 23-year-old Kentuckian named James Friley, a one-man-band who surrounds himself with multiple keyboards and effects and a looping device. The term idiot glee, though, is something of an affliction as described by Brian Eno in his essay "Into the Abyss." Friley phones during the ho ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyUPDATE, Aug. 9, 2011, 10:38 a.m.: Apparently if you actually got a chance to watch the band, unlike our reviewer, you'd see that MGMT's James Richardson told the crowd: "Everybody give me your left shoe right now!" A few seconds later, after a volley of shoes hit the stage ... More >>
On this day in 1945, legendary guitarist Robert Fripp was born. Known best for his work in the prog rock band King Crimson, his career has spanned five decades, a variety genres, and several hundred releases, including iconic works with Roxy Music's Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall, Blo ... More >>
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Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMGMTJuly 18, 2010Fox Theater in PomonaLast April, a sea of people crowded Coachella's Outdoor theater for MGMT's set. It was easily one of the more anticipated sets of the day. When they finally played, MGMT had strategically omitted their biggest hit--"Kids"--leaving most ... More >>
Andrew YoussefLast Night: Brian Eno at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach; September 20, 2009.
Better Than: A majority of my lectures in grad school.
Download: "Trope," Brian Eno's new app for the iPhone, and visit
Eno's installation o ... More >>
Just one of Teo Macero's indispensable contributions to musical awesomeness.
Teo Macero, the cunning producer/composer/saxophonist who helped to shape Miles Davis' recordings of the '50s through the '70s into some of the most important and sonically advanced albums ever, passed away Feb. 19 at age ... More >>
With chatter about the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's and "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane" single and reissues of two of the Monkees' best albums (Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.) fresh in my mind, I am compelled to compare two of the best songs by these iconic p ... More >>
Release date: May 29, 2007
Curb Your Cynicism is a recurring blogtastic feature in which the music editor pithily enthuses about new releases and reissues he thinks will enhance your life and erode your cynicism about the state of music, circa now.
An ... More >>
Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities
Release date: May 8, 2007
Curb Your Cynicism is a recurring blogtastic feature in which the music editor pithily enthuses about new releases and reissues he thinks will enhance your life and erode your cynicism about the state of ... More >>