Tuesday, Dec. 4Bruce Springsteen Honda Center Some rock 'n' roll shows simply fill a Tuesday night with enough noise to free the audience from the minutiae of the work week. The band sings a couple songs and flashes some strobe lights--whoopity doo. Then there are concerts that are spiritual, st ... More >>
Andrew YoussefKROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night TwoDecember 11, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterSee also: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One After barely surviving Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, my endurance was tested with another stellar line-up for Night Two. The Gibson ... More >>
Courtesy Atlantic RecordsIf there's anything hipsters like to do in autumn, it's to walk around breathing in their own melancholy, feigning solitude while trying to suss out meaning from their iPod earbuds while kicking around dead leaves. In their self-conscious sorrow, wearing earthy-toned card ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyWith the announcement of San Francisco's Live 105 Not So Silent Night and San Diego's 91X Wrex The Halls concerts, one can easily forecast who will most likely appear at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas to be held on December 10th and 11th at Gibson Amphitheater.Live 105 N ... More >>
Viento Y Agua
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyFor more pictures, check out our DCFC slideshow here!Death Cab for CutieOct. 14, 2011Fox Theater PomonaA sold-out Fox Theater Pomona cheered so loudly between songs that Ben Gibbard jokingly told the crowd to shut up and let him talk as he was in the midst of explaining ho ... More >>
Jeremiah Garcia/KCRWLast night we hiked up to Santa Monica in rush hour traffic to check out Death Cab for Cutie at probably the smallest venue we'll ever see them at--Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio, for a KCRW show that will broadcast on Morning Becomes Eclectic on November 1.
It's not good journalistic form to say certain things about famous people, but I'll confess: James Scott Tamborello, or Dntel of Postal Service fame, is a pretty odd dude to chat with (only further hamstringed by my own awkwardness). Luckily, in Dntel's case, his music speaks ... More >>
[Locals Only] Next up: The world
Indie-glitch recording artist Dntel (aka producer Jimmy Tamborello) will be stopping by to play some metro-licks on Aug. 2 at Detroit Bar. It will be just in time for him to promote the 10th anniversary reissue of his debut album Life is Full of Possibilities, which Pitchfork Media reported today ... More >>
Mi TranBen Gibbard of Death Cab For CutieDeath Cab for CutieJune 7, 2011El Rey Theatre, Los AngelesThe line to get into the Death Cab for Cutie show at El Rey Theatre stretched out nearly to the end of the block on Wilshire Boulevard, as those lucky enough to get tickets waited impatiently to get ... More >>
Death Cab for Cutie's latest single, "You Are A Tourist," gets a fresh take: it will be the "first-ever live, scripted, single-take music video to be broadcast as it is filmed." Got that? Next week, Tuesday (April 5) at 4 p.m. on www.youareatourist.com it will be like watching Death Cab on live t ... More >>
Missed Ben Gibbard and the rest of indie-emo prototypes Death Cab for Cutie? Their new album Codes and Keys will be out on May 31. They make a Southern California stop on June 7 at the El Rey theater.
The Glass House
www.deathcabforcutie.comWTF?Pitchfork reported yesterday that famed rock & roll photographer Autumn de Wilde will release a bound collection featuring 200 images of the indie kings, Death Cab for Cutie.Wilde has released such tomes in the past--including a book chronicling the introspective, ... More >>
Spoken word artist Sage Francis is coming to Pomona's Glass House next week; better brush up on your Sage Francis knowledge by listening to his newest set, Li(f)e, now streaming on MySpace.
Beth StirnamanChris Chu, singer of the Morning Benders.Click here for the slideshow!The Hype: In the past four years, Berkeley indie-pop quartet the Morning Benders have dropped two self-released EPs (Loose Change and Boarded Door), released one full-length album (2008's Talking Through Tin Cans) ... More >>
Just watch the fireworks.Last Night: Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara and the New Pornographers at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; July 5, 2009.Better than: Staying home and celebrating the Fifth of July, the sacred holiday commemorating the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.Minor celebrity s ... More >>
Travis SchneiderOur talk with Army Navy's Justin Kennedy was lengthy enough to (hopefully!) justify two separate blog posts--last time we talked about the LA band's return to Orange County and the acts that helped shape their refined pop sound, this time we talk about their excellent self-titled deb ... More >>
Death Cab for Cutie--led by the newly slimmed down (and engaged to Zooey Deschanel) Ben Gibbard--are going back on tour this spring in support of last year's Narrow Stairs, and they're getting help from two acts from 'round here; Long Beach-based Cold War Kids and Huntington Beach singer/songwriter ... More >>
In this week's Weekly, I blab about some of my favorite things in music this year. Since my ego clearly cannot be contained to just a half page on a newspaper, I've got even more favorite things here (as referenced at the end of the article--that's what we call "convergence" in the biz).
At this point, who hasn't covered the Phil Spector co-written classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"? Mariah Carey sang it on her 1994 Merry Christmas album, U2 on the 1987 Christmas compilation A Very Special Christmas. Original singer Darlene Love performs the tune every year on "The Late Sho ... More >>
I know it's a sore spot for many of you that lived 'round these parts while it was on the air, but not everything that had to do with "The O.C." was that bad. There was their many volumes of compilation CDs, for instance, which, if you can get past the murky ickiness of a TV show dictating to people ... More >>
It's radio station concert day! Apparently! KROQ has announced their lineup for day two (Dec. 14) of Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, and it is predictably pretty great: The Cure, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Franz Ferdinand (!), Scott Weiland, ... More >>
Radio is dead. MTV, as you have no doubt heard by now, doesn't play music videos anymore. The best bet for bands these days is to get their song played on a TV show or commercial, as crass as that might sound—just ask Sia, whose "Breathe Me" became a hit after appearing in the series finale of "S ... More >>
Via Coachella.com: FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend yo ... More >>
Director A.J. Schnack will be releasing his new documentary Kurt Cobain: About A Son in early October. The film will consist of scenic footage from the Washington cities Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle (where Cobain lived), along with audio recordings done from a series of interviews conducted by jour ... More >>
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