Presenting our most gigantic-ever list of L.A.-area record stores and all the special things they’re doing for Record Store Day tomorrow! Here’s more than 60 record stores from OC to LB to the IE, from the South Bay to Highland Park, from the SFV to the SGV and all points in between, with opening hours and discounts and everything else we could find out for you. Good luck out there tomorrow![Read more →]
April 18th, 2014 · No Comments
April 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment
White Rainbow’s Adam Forkner is an electronic polymath (not purist) who makes bangin’ beats for Lil B songs and people who get the weirdness behind Dr. Bronner’s, and who saves his most sincere affection for the kind of musicians he calls “in-betweeners.” This interview by D.M. Collins.
April 1st, 2014 · 4 Comments
Long Beach hasn’t had an MC like Vince Staples in a generation. The north side of Long Beach, Ramona Park to be specific, hasn’t had an MC like Vince ever. I spoke with the 20-year-old MC over the phone right before he joined Schoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad on tour. We talked about Ramona Park, Long Beach gangbanging culture and why Team Jordan sneakers suck. This interview by sweeney kovar.
March 28th, 2014 · No Comments
Everything about Fartbarf—from the name and mutant space-ape costumes to their uniquely upbeat and highly danceable Devo-esque electronic synth-punk sound—is hard to describe but a lot of fun to experience. Their highly anticipated first full-length album comes out—naturally—on April Fool’s Day this year. This interview by Desi Ambrozak.
March 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment
In December of 2012, an official RFTC reunion was announced and the band is currently in the midst of a limited US tour. John Reis speaks from RFTC’s physical and spiritual homeland, San Diego, about the band’s ethos, the freedom to be internationally silly in a pre-internet era and the impact of Snoopy vs. the Red Baron on musical development. This interview by Tom Child.
March 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Gibbs’ latest album, the Madlib-produced Piñata, does what most albums these days don’t even try to do—create a distinct vibe, conjure up a precise atmosphere. But then again, Gibbs’ whole career has been about doing—and succeeding at—what most rappers don’t even try. He performs with Madlib at the Echoplex on Mar. 28. This interview by Rebecca Haithcoat.
March 14th, 2014 · No Comments
Moses Sumney just strolled into our lives with his loop pedal and his jazzy soul-drenched voice and, without an album or a cassette tape or even a white-labeled CD-R, he’s the name on everybody’s lips. He’s played with Beck, Solange, Jose Gonzalez, and gotten his own local residency, all based on a video or two and word of mouth. Now people are talking and waiting, and he can do whatever he wants. This interview by Daiana Feuer.
March 11th, 2014 · No Comments
Lance Bangs knows everybody, so it makes sense that he’d be the one to coax Slint into on-camera reminiscences and ponying-up of tapes of themselves breathing in and out of their butts. For fans of the indie mysterions who recorded the classic Spiderland before they were old enough to drink, Bangs serves up answers in his documentary Breadcrumb Trail—and they come with a side of erotic cakes. This interview by Rin Kelly.
March 7th, 2014 · No Comments
The birds were chirping on a sunny day in Echo Park where Tom Brosseau sat on a bench by the lake, eating a nice big soft chocolate cookie, watching ducks dive between comatose plants. After listening to Brosseau’s new album Grass Punks, one can’t help but romanticize little moments like that. This interview by Daiana Feuer.
February 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments
I heard Mark Mulcahy’s music when I saw the TV show the Adventures of Pete and Pete, where he was in the mostly-fictional band Polaris. Maybe you heard him there, too, or in his band Miracle Legion or on his solo albums or even just in a song that comes out of nowhere and never lets go. And maybe you’ll go see him tonight at the Echo then, too. This interview by Chris Ziegler.