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RACHEL MASON: IS THAT A GOOD REVELATION?

April 21st, 2017

It was the tone of her voice when she sang that was so fascinating to hear. Like mid-period Karen Carpenter mixed with late-period Johanna Went, performance artist / filmmaker / musician Rachel Mason’s voice rang out clean and clear and with as much purpose as fresh snowfall. With the same clarity of voice, here she expounds and expands upon issues of creativity, courage, and Circus of Books, the chain of book and video stores owned by her family that was—until its closing last year—a cornerstone of queer and alternative culture in Los Angeles for several decades. She performs Sat., Apr. 22, at the Machine Project. This interview by David Cotner.

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ARTHUR BROWN: OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

April 21st, 2017

Rakish, free-spirited and better educated than most of his compeers in first and second wave of the British Invasion, Arthur Brown was equal parts leader of two notable rock groups and surrealist heir to the bandleader tradition of Glenn Miller and Harry James. By jumbling these idioms and others while overlaying the whole with Arthur’s comically rendered angst and cartoony variable voice, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and prog were born. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's self-titled LP will be reissued for Record Store Day. This interview by Ron Garmon.

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MOUNT EERIE: STAY SINCERE

April 10th, 2017

The name Phil Elverum looms large in the history of turn-of-the-last-century independent music. In recent years Elverum devoted himself to his wife, the highly accomplished visual artist and musician Geneviève Elverum, and their daughter. But in 2015, shortly after giving birth, Geneviève Elverum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away in 2016. Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked at Me, released in March, is a powerful, emotional and beautiful reckoning with this new reality. L.A. RECORD spoke to Elverum just prior to his first tour performing the songs from this new album. He performs Tues., Apr. 11, and Wed., Apr. 12, at Hollywood Forever. This interview by Tom Child.

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SLEAFORD MODS: THE UNJUST NATURE OF EVERYTHING

April 7th, 2017

Nottingham’s Sleaford Mods are a band at the very edge of being a band: Andrew presses play on the laptop with the drum loops and Jason splits the difference between John Lydon and George Carlin on high-speed no-future rants about paycheck-to-paycheck half-life in the last days of late capitalism. (In other words: two shit jobs and a microphone.) They have extremely detailed opinions on wankers and fakers and their latest album English Tapas is out now on Rough Trade. Here co-founder Jason Williamson is at his happiest when he’s talking about revenge on everyone who’d written him off. They play their first-ever L.A. show on Sun., Apr. 9, at the Echoplex. This interview by Kristina Benson and Chris Ziegler appeared in print last fall.

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XINXIN: I KNOW WHAT I WANT

April 6th, 2017

Xinxin provides a distinct voice among a world facing musical saturation, one that affords a viewpoint that is dedicated to the DIY-er and the social outsider. They offer a unique blend of the cultural and musical, and on their new Blue Flowers EP, they strive to create a perfect encapsulation of their experiences—with a romantic sensibility as well. I sat down with guitarist/vocalist Janize and drummer Stephen—bassist Carlos was recording with another band—to explore what Xinxin is and what Xinxin means. They perform on Fri., Apr. 7, at Acerogami. This interview by Nathan Martel.

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DIAMANDA GALAS: IT HAS TO GO TO MARS

April 3rd, 2017

Diamanda Galás saved me from grunge. Back in the 90s, when everyone was jumping up-and-down about guitar tone/flannel/ misery (circle one or more) and most of popular culture seemed violently dull and satanically boring, shining out of this morass was a brilliant light of limitless voice and singular vision. Her voice worked like a death ray, annihilating all that was inconsequential and tacky. She has two new albums out—All The Way, a collection of her interpretations of jazz and standards, and At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem, a recording of her May 2016 live action at the shuttered St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Harlem. “Death songs,” she calls them. So I called her. She performs tonight, Apr. 3, and Wed., Apr. 5, at Vibiana. This interview by David Cotner.