Last week in our sister publication LA Weekly's West Coast Sound, I wrote a piece titled "Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana" about the shortcomings that Jay-Z exhibits in attempting to channel Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. That's not to say Kurt Cobain's work shoul ... More >>
Twenty five years ago today, No Doubt played their first show at Fender's Ballroom in Long Beach, opening for ska legends the Untouchables. (They played second among 14 bands.)According to the No Doubt fansite Beacon Street Online (who first published the poster today), the band's official site m ... More >>
The iconic concert production company birthed Coachella, helped punk-rock luminaries early in their careers—and isn't done yet
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If you missed last night's Meat Puppets show--or if you were one of the many that packed into Alex's Bar in Long Beach and would simply like to re-live it--we've got a slideshow up by Kenny Davis, with plenty of pictures from both the legendarily influential Phoenix band, as well as openers The Shak ... More >>
In this issue, Gustavo Arellano explains why a century and a half after Juan Flores terrorized Orange County, historians still can't decide who he was in "Hero and Villain."While R. Scott Moxley begs the question: Were Mike Carona and Bernie Kerik separated at birth? Plus... • The Week ... More >>
Quasi is good/Heavy is good
Happy holidays, from some of the joyless jerks who bring you this music section:
For Greg Ginn, its not about the moneyits about the cats
Survey says: Many, many great discs produced in past decade!