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.[Read more →]
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.
February 20th, 2014 · No Comments
SXSW can do weird things to a person. Good thing Tim Presley/White Fence believes in second chances: it led to a fruitful friendship with now-labelmate Kevin Morby (the Babies, Woods), whom he grills here about songwriting, the lures of L.A., and the evils of Spotify. He’ll be playing a Long Beach house show tonight!
February 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment
After ten years, the genre-bursting never-predictable Cibo Matto has again done something no one predicted and reunited—and released a new album, too! Their Hotel Valentine is out now and they play the El Rey tonight! This interview by Kristina Benson.
February 11th, 2014 · No Comments
L.A.’s Cherry Glazerr are the new wave of the new wave of Burger Records, with a debut LP recorded by the very able Joel Jerome (of dios and Acid Babies) and a Syd Barrett-by-way-of-Silver Lake-garage-pop sound that’s all the rage in the world of high fashion. Naturally, we could think of only one man who could grapple with such a complicated phenomenon—Steve McDonald, teenage (and later post-teenage) bassist of the immortal Redd Kross and the invincible Off!
February 2nd, 2014 · No Comments
It’s not that the four grown men in Dream Boys haven’t all spent time with great bands, but we don’t want you thinking they sound like a blend of modern indie rock styles; in fact, Dream Boys play rock-pop music with smart parts and tight harmonies. This interview by Ian Marshall.
January 24th, 2014 · No Comments
L.A.’s Beach Party are one guy from Totally Radd!!! and three other guys with similar commitment to raddness, and their debut release is the flexi (produced by last issue’s centerfold dude Ty Segall) within lucky copies of this very magazine. They do 60s garage riffs with an 80s-style lack of giving a fuck, and they play on Jan. 31 at the Satellite. This interview by Chris Ziegler.
January 10th, 2014 · No Comments
Trina Robbins was a crucial part of America’s first wave of underground comix, and now she’s gone back to the first wave of comic strips ever with her painstakingly researched Pretty In Ink, a definitive history of North American women cartoonists. This interview by Chris Ziegler.
December 13th, 2013 · No Comments
The Weirdos were one of the first and one of the best L.A. punk bands, and if you can’t hear the opening blasts of ‘We Got The Neutron Bomb’ and feel a little more revved-up, you may have some sort of cardiovascular issue. Singer John Denney speaks now about poisonous smells, what Iggy does when he wakes up and how in 2013 the world is weirder than ever. This interview by Chris Ziegler.
December 6th, 2013 · No Comments
Irene Diaz writes love songs. She keeps them bare, feelings accompanied by just piano or guitar or ukulele. Her song “Crazy Love” makes you want to roll around on the beach without shoes on. We strolled with Irene and her manager Carolyn through the Arboretum in Arcadia. This interview by Daiana Feuer.