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COLLEEN GREEN: TRY TO BE CHILL

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Colleen Green’s newest album is I Want To Grow Up, both in reaction and homage to her beloved Descendents. (Naturally she’s instantly able to explain how this fits in with All’s command to “not commit adulthood.”) She speaks now about group projects, going solo and how to make ‘fuck you!’ something hopeful. She performs at the Echo on Fri., Mar. 27, and at Burgerama over the weekend. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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DUSTIN LOVELIS: WHISKEY AND A MICROPHONE

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Dustin Lovelis’ solo debut Dimensions is a brave and personal self-portrait, raw and alive with the humor and honesty that happens when you’ve got no one to talk to but yourself. He speaks now moments before making one of his locally famous backyard brick-oven pizzas, and he performs with Pageants on Mar. 19 at Acerogami in Pomona. This interview by Kristina Benson and Chris Ziegler.

BAMBU: ON THE BACK OF THAT BEAST

March 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Gang-banger, Marine, organizer, rapper and father: L.A.’s Bambu DePistola has lived a few lifetimes so far. We talked in equal measures about Bam’s politicization, the need for communal spaces for grassroots artists’ development in L.A., the difficulty of youth organizing and how his artistic development has led to Party Worker, which he performs live at the Echo on Sun., Mar. 15. This interview by sweeney kovar.

THE WRECKING CREW: I’M PLAYING FOR SMILES

March 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Documentary filmmaker Denny Tedesco spent years piecing together the history of his father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, as well as drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, bassist/guitarist Carol Kaye, keyboard player Don Randi and more. His film The Wrecking Crew finally releases on March 13, with Q&A events at the NuArt that weekend. This interview by musician and producer Nick Waterhouse.

THE POP GROUP: I LIVE OFF CHANGE

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

The Pop Group began life more than three decades ago as most bands of quality do: they didn’t know what they wanted, but they did know that they didn’t want to be like anyone else. Mark Stewart spoke recently about their first-ever U.S. tour and the new album Citizen Zombie, their first record as a band since 1980’s perfectly-titled We Are Time. They perform Tue., Mar. 10, at the Echoplex. This interview by David Cotner.

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.

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.