Jet-black clothing, high-fashion good looks and a hell of a light show seem to be the staples of a build-an-indie-pop-band kit in 2014. While eyes may roll at that short list, The Naked And Famous, the buzzing electro-rock band from New Zealand that now calls L.A. home, were doing it long before it ... More >>
It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this yea ... More >>
Are those still a thing? If you're a band trying to sell merch, they are
It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do rockeros despise Maná?
In the wake of a prolific string of solo records and collaborations that has left the Pitchfork set fawning, garage-rock prodigy Ty Segall has formed a new band, Fuzz, a hard-hitting, three-piece Stooges-meets-Sabbath project in which he sings and plays drums. The name pretty much says it all about ... More >>
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund chat about the film version of 'On the Road'
When it comes to Coachella, what's better: 103-degree temperatures or a drizzley, windy, muddy polo field? The latter is what many festival-goers might be facing this Friday: The forecast as of time of publishing is a high of 69-degrees with a 50 percent chance of rain. And as Dennis Romero repor ... More >>
New owner Jon Reiser is determined to be an OC music game changer
UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 10:30 P.M.: The Washington Post is reporting that the Whole Foods Living Social deal was their most fastest-selling offer ever: Approximately 115,000/hour, which breaks down to 30 deals/second.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 13, 2011, 11:23 A.M.: Around here, Whole Foods is referred to as ... More >>
The six-piece combo put the 'move' in the burgeoning American soul movement
When it comes to hip indie film theaters, OC is no LA—but LA is no NYC. Why not?
Lilledeshan BoseNope, not a Christian rock band. But that's a label that much of the music press would attempt to tag the Cold War Kids with following their breakout success in 2006. When they were new, the Cold War Kids dominated pop and indie radio with a pair of quirky hits-- "Hang Me Out t ... More >>
In maturing, the band's sound is (ahem) steadier, but no less raucous
This Friday, Los Angeles band Lemon Sun will be playing a show at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific with a host of other vintage-rock minded DJs and bands. Lemon Sun vocalist Rob Kolar explains that playing for a captive audience of sea creatures will be a first."We just don't want the ... More >>
Our handy-dandy guide to sorting the wieners from the dogs
The 4 members of the Black Apples = 2 drummers + 3 singers + 2 guitarists + 1 bassist. You do the math
Jack's Mannequin front man talks candidly about his cancer, remains cagey about how long the reunion of his old band will last
I'm so excited to share today's indie crafter with you--Cathy Callahan from Cathy of California has been such a crafty inspiration! She gets a lot of ideas from vintage 60s and 70s crafting techniques, but always executes them in a way that feels fresh. Mountains of mushroom pincushions ... More >>
Pere Ubu, Why I Hate Women (Smog Veil)
David Zeiger revisits a bygone era of military protest
How would-be rockers Silver Cities met their matcha would-be music video director
Thom Andersons cracked valentine to the City of Angels
LA is very little of all its cracked up to be, what ho!
Liz Phair joins a sorority
Surfing the Ranch with Dana Brown and "Wingnut" Weaver
The secret language of Richard Swift
Binging and Purging with Nellie Bly
In a clinch, always go bisexual!
Everyone is at LAM. Everyone
As told to Alison M. Rosen
When good things happen to bad people
Finding the OC in LA
The Crooners Lounge is serious about the King
Stranger Death 19 recall horrorand joy
Yet another column about gay people, plus a really vicious fight
Conductors! Rock Stars! Restaurateurs! Poets!
Should they? Should anybody?