Only one self-alleged seer in the 70s was a reformed bank robber and repentant judo-chopping killer who fronted a legendary cult psych band, played restaurateur to the stars, led white-garbed acolytes through magic rituals in the Hollywood Hills, and finally launched himself off a Hawaiian cliff: Father Yod, head of the Source Family, subject of a new documentary. This interview by Rin Kelly.[Read more →]
May 2nd, 2013 · 1 Comment
“La Cara Infinita” is about women’s bodies rising to form a giant hand in the sky that brings on the end of the world. The music video takes a cue from Pasolini’s Salò, making an artistic statement with a little sexual deviance by oppressing the men for a change. We attended the video shoot without knowing what would take place. Then all these naked people appeared in the room. By Daiana Feuer
April 30th, 2013 · No Comments
Blending classic English sensibilities with darkly clever psychedelic pop, Robyn Hitchcock constructs a musical universe all his own. In March the singer, songwriter, painter and even sometime-Hollywood actor celebrates the release of a new solo album, Love From London (Yep Roc), and his 60th birthday. This interview by Linda A. Rapka.
April 26th, 2013 · 1 Comment
One of the most sampled musicians of all time, Shuggie Otis has kept a low profile for over three decades, and not of his own choosing. His own albums in the 70s met with great praise from fellow musicians but indifference from record executives, despite soulful tunes such as “Strawberry Letter 23.” It wasn’t until the past year that Otis broke back into the mainstream with a new album. This interview by D.M. Collins.
April 16th, 2013 · No Comments
If you’re going to learn how to be in a rock band, then you couldn’t have a better teacher than Ian Svenonius, frontman of Nation of Ulysses, the Make-Up, Weird War, Chain & the Gang, etc. Svenonius’ new book, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group, is a handy instructional manual delivered with a little help from the beyond. The Make-Up plays tonight at the Glass House. This interview by Eyad Karkoutly.
April 12th, 2013 · 1 Comment
At the top of the Chicano-rock food chain were thee legendary Midniters, whose “Whittier Blvd” gave the movement its anthem. They’ll be playing a very special set at the Echo on April 13 for thee legendary Norton Records. Midniters bassist Jimmy Espinoza takes us now on our own virtual trip down Whittier Boulevard, in every sense of the word “trip”… This interview by D.M. Collins.
April 5th, 2013 · 1 Comment
Out of the ashes of the original L.A. punk scene rose two very different phoenixes. One was hardcore; the other was the Paisley Underground, and at the crux of that movement was the Three O’Clock, who invented the genre’s name. It’s been almost 23 years since they last played together, but when Coachella tells you to re-form, you fucking do it! This interview by D.M. Collins.
March 29th, 2013 · No Comments
From the hills of Highland Park come the bellowing vocals, bright guitars and industrial synth of post-punkish Cold Showers, fusing decades of pop darkness with L.A.’s lo-fi dreams. They play Sunday at Part Time Punks. This interview by Sarah Bennett.
March 22nd, 2013 · No Comments
Seattle’s King Dude was originally gonna be an all-male a capella group, but then Dude ended up going alone to places where no a capella group could save him. He speaks now about how to trick AC/DC fans into buying your album. This interview by Stephen Sigl.
March 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment
We’re barely getting to know the guy yet, but already he’s changing again into something new, something with a hint of country that’s a little bit rock and roll and, despite the name, occasionally on the quiet side. This interview by D.M. Collins.