Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>
There's no denying that Richard Blade is the voice of '80s music, and the torch bearer for a generation of loud synths and even louder clothes. So those who grew up watching him interviewing acts like Morrissey on KTLA's "Video One" and "MV3" or listening to him spin hours of Reagan-era classics as ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories ... More >>
Just like the Wu-Tang Clan, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is for the children. If they weren't, the group wouldn't be presenting a family-friendly concert Sunday at the Engine Company No. 8 fire station in Long Beach at 4 p.m. The event, part of LBSO's "Sound & Space" concert series, is an inte ... More >>
It was 1968. The Doors were rehearsing. During a break, an agitated Jim Morrison confronted keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, launching into a profanity-laced tirade over a betrayal of the band's ethos. The others had contractually agreed to allow Buick to ... More >>
It's pretty risky when Hollywood decides to tell a story about musicians, and instead of doing a straight-up documentary, they attempt to recreate the whole scenario. Sometimes the result is amazing, ala Almost Famous, and sometimes not so much (see: The Buddy Holly Story and The Doors). Greetings F ... More >>
By: Rae AlexandraThe Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a recent revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk -- who felt the mural needed a pick-me-up in honor of the ni ... More >>
Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares? Second, the best material of many (if n ... More >>
Music lovers may not agree on much, but they will nod their in accordance regarding the merits of classic concert films, right? If you weren't able to see a band in its heyday or even a modern day outfit, this is the best way to take in the experience without plunking down an obscene amount of money ... More >>
[Locals Only] This psychedelic troupe seeks inspiration from Aldous Huxley, the Beatles and Free the Robot's Chris Alfaro
[Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]See Also: *Five Unexpected Cover Songs from the Insane Clown Posse*Top Five Hits: TKO in Fountain Valley*Top F ... More >>
Here are the top five this week from Pepperland Music, 850 N. Tustin St. in Orange, (714) 639-0909.This week's top seller is still the latest Jack White album, Blunderbuss, which came out over a month ago.
La Santa Cecilia represents a generation of genre-mashing Latino musicians raised in Los Angeles. Their preferred forms of expression remain the Latin American realms of boleros, rancheras, cumbias and salsa; nevertheless, they expand far beyond them. The band possesses an impressive talent for inte ... More >>
Here are the top fivers for Vinyl Solution, 18822 Beach Boulevard #104 in Huntington, (714) 963-1819. This week's top seller is Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled.
On Sunday, Skrillex won three Grammys: Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. So why didn't he win the Grammy for Best New Artist?
The Doors' L.A. Woman is getting a 40th anniversary make-over. L.A. Woman was the band's 6th album and the last Jim Morrison recorded before his death. It was released in April, 1971. Morrison died in July, 1971. On Nov. 25, Rhino Records will release a new 2CD version of the classic Doors al ... More >>
Flickr user inrsoulEveryday can be International Beer Day when you don't need an excuse to drink beer. In honor of the world's favorite amber-brown drink (screw you, rum) raise a glass and count down the Top Five songs about beer.
Ed CarrascoA protester goes right up to the door of the Fullerton Police Department.UPDATE, AUGUST 8, 1:07 P.M.: After most of the crowd had left for the day, the remaining 100 or so protesters congregated directly outside the Fullerton Police Department and the tone of the protest intens ... More >>
July 3rd marks the 40th anniversary of the Doors' legendary frontman Jim Morrison's death. Fans worldwide will celebrate his life and his massive contribution to music--just imagine how many bands now owe their sound to the Doors--with tribute shows, exhibits, and even ceremonies. The Rock and Ro ... More >>
Mötley Crüe is kicking off the three-day Sunset Strip Music Festival on Aug. 18 with a special tribute at the House of Blues. They're going to be presented with the Elmer Valentine Award for their contributions to the history of The Sunset Strip. The City of West Hollywood will also recogniz ... More >>
Today marks the forty-first anniversary of Earth Day. As the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the observation first held in the United States on April 22nd, 1970 was conceived as a 'teach-in' meant to inspire awareness and action on issues critical to the health of the enviro ... More >>
Looking back on her life in X makes Exene Cervenka uncomfortable
The Orange County Fair broke attendance records with 1.5 million visitors for the run that ended Sunday.Orange County Fair Breaks Attendance RecordThe concurrent concert series in Pacific Amphitheatre also broke a record, selling out nine of its shows.Find out the top 5 shows based on ticket sale ... More >>
Have you guys heard of the Golden Bear Club? It's a Huntington Beach venue that, according to the OC Register, "was demolished in 1986 that hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, including B.B. King, The Doors and Bob Dylan."
Dave Brock and wild child break on through to the other side of 40
Your three-month forecast of the summers top movies
March 9 - March 16
From nostalgia-peddling dreck to sci-fi satire, the peril-fraught subgenre of the rockstar movie
Finking out the next super-top-secret OOTS party, with art!
Oliver Stone aims for respectability
In Spartan, Mamets off his game
Danny Boyles 28 Days Later and Guy Maddins Dracula
Summer music haiku-o-rama!
Tweakers in The Salton Sea and the wild boys of Dogtown