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FASHAWN: MORE DIGNITY AND MORE HONOR

February 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Last week, Fashawn hit yet another speed bump when his highly anticipated sophomore album, The Ecology, leaked. His response? Release the album early on iTunes and book his release show for the Echoplex on Feb. 26. After all, as he said on 2009’s “Stars”: “A star is a star and it shines regardless.” This interview by Rebecca Haithcoat.

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ELISA AMBROGIO: THE POETIC TRUTH

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments

She’s all giddy genius and fall-down-funny profundities, posing on her album cover beneath a giant 2D Starship Enterprise in a DIY Waka Flocka Flame mask because what the fuck yes, that’s totally how it is—and add some literature to it, too, because that’s just Elisa Ambrogio’s brain. She plays the Echo on Feb. 27 with Six Organs of Admittance and Residual Echoes. This interview by Rin Kelly.

ARIEL PINK: DIE AS AN ORGASM

February 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Ariel Pink’s newest album pom pom (4AD) is two LPs of Zappa-doing-Fowley-doing-Bowie why-the-fuck-not rock with zero adult supervision. He performs on Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW on Wed., Feb. 18, and he talked with us last fall to assure us that he’s still Ariel Pink. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

THEE COMMONS: THERE IS NO CAGE

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Thee Commons has the rhythm that makes you want to move: part cumbia, part psych, part surf and all about keeping you up and keeping on your feet. They come from East Los Angeles with a sound that’s raw and full of energy. They host and perform at their Desenamorados: Cumbia Punk Party this Valentine’s Day at Five Star Bar. This interview by Desi Ambrozak.

JUNGLE FIRE: SUCH A COMPULSIVE BEAT

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Jungle Fire is a family of funky Afro-Latin-influenced musicians who have recently released their full-length debut Tropicoso, which draws from cumbia, salsa, Afrobeat and more to put together a relentless selection of floor-fillers. They play Feb. 9 in Costa Mesa and Feb. 10 in L.A. and they speak now with Good Foot DJ and Free Moral Agents’ bassist Dennis Owens.

WILLIAM ALEXANDER: THE OL’ SHRED STICK

January 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Why is it that after playing music for 20 years and five releases with his previous band the Meanest Boys, the first solo record under his Christian name William Alexander is the one attracting non-stop attention? Let’s find out! This interview by Frankie Alvaro. William Alexander plays Sat., Jan. 31, at 4th Street Vine in Long Beach.

THE BANGLES: WHAT PUNK DRINKS MILK?

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

The recent Ladies And Gentlemen… The Bangles! collects the early tunes, when they were called the Bangs and pioneered the Paisley Underground scene to which so many of today’s bands pay homage. You might not hear it in the hits, but these ladies have always been rockers. We talk to Susanna Hoffs about getting a milk carton thrown at her head and whether Olivia Newton John really recorded naked. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

RED AUNTS: YEAH, BUT MEANER

January 20th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the glories of the famed Long Beach punk industrial complex of the 90s, Red Aunts made five startling albums that now boil down to an explosive 26 tracks on In The Red’s Come Up For a Closer Look compilation. We sat down to talk over old times with guitarist Terri Wahl and drummer Leslie Ishino in the back room of Terri’s restaurant (and Eagle Rock institution) Auntie Em’s Kitchen. This interview by Ron Garmon.

MONIQUEA: BECAUSE I LOVE LOVE

January 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Downtown Mexican restaurant Señor Fish has become the go-to taco eatery for funk sweetheart Moniquea, collaborator XL Middleton, MoFunk label-mate Eddie Funkster, and a crowd of comrades. They all happened to be there when Moniquea met up to discuss her new album Yes No Maybe. She’s a cool, funny, down-to-earth lady and we talked some deep subjects—especially love. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

THE FLESH EATERS: SPIT IN THE FACE OF EVIL

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

The Flesh Eaters were led by the polymathic Chris D., and their 1981 LP A Minute To Pray A Second To Die is a paranoid, gritty primal scream of an album, now thankfully reissued. Chris D. speaks now about pulp, punk and the poetry of exorcism rites, and the Flesh Eaters will perform live at the Echoplex on Sat., Jan. 10. This interview by Chris Ziegler.