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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.

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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.

DR. JOHN: ON AND ON THE LIGHT GOES

December 5th, 2014 · No Comments

If there is a person who embodies New Orleans, it’s Dr. John, a guitarist-turned-gunshot-victim-turned pianist who supercharged jazz and funk with his own special blend of voodoo mysticism, R&B, and rock’n’roll. He performs Sat., Dec. 6, at UCLA Royce Hall and speaks now about livers, kitchen knives and arguing with that Spiritualized guy. This interview by Kristina Benson.

PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH + SUPERMARKETS

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Pulp began in post-industrial Sheffield—Jarvis Cocker’s steel city of cooling towers, deserted factories, “pudgy 15-year-olds addicted to coffee whitener, courting couples naked on Northern Upholstery, and pensioners gathering dust like bowls of plastic tulips.” Filmmaker Florian Habicht speaks now about knife-making, nut allergies, and Jarvis Cocker’s favorite bus stop. This interview by Rin Kelly.

VASHTI BUNYAN: A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

In 1970, Vashti Bunyan recorded Just Another Diamond Day, which chronicles her search for pastoral life beyond the cities, traffic, and the material world. Bunyan didn’t just write about being connected to nature—she threw away her shoes and lived the dream. This has culminated in her new album, Heartleap, which instantly transports the listener to the most tranquil part of their imagination. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

LA HELL GANG: BLOOD, SCREAMS AND LOUD MUSIC

November 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Chile’s La Hell Gang let it bleed on their very first release—on their 2009 debut Just What Is Real, some lucky someone carved HELL GANG into his chest and took a photo for the cover. Turns out that it was an exact fit for the music. They play Permanent Records, Los Globos and Long Beach’s 4th Street Vine soon. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

SLOWDIVE: STILL SURFING NOW

November 4th, 2014 · No Comments

As the story goes, Slowdive was built up by the British music press and then torn down just as quickly. But twenty years later, they’ve spawned a wave of fans and bands influenced by sublime albums like Souvlaki. Slowdive’s Neil Halstead joins us to talk about his favorite one-handed pianist and the joys of surfing in Southern California. They perform at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel this weekend. This interview by Kristina Benson.