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Cowboy Nation's Chip Kinman Has a Case of the Blues

Chip is back again, kicking over the table anew with his blues-tinged, enigmatically monikered Ford Madox Ford (aka FDMDXFD). The January release of debut album This American Blues signals another off-center sucker punch to rock’s business as usual.

Reverie Moved to Seattle to Find Success in Her Hometown of Highland Park

Reverie is working on a new record and about to go on tour in Europe; she'll perform at the Novo in DTLA on Thursday, Dec. 14, alongside Living Legends, The Pharcyde and The Grouch.

The Show Will Go on as Ojai Festival Venues Escape Fires

Thanks to the usual superhuman efforts of various California fire departments and some timely civic planning, everything involving the festival is still intact, and an anxious and rebounding community is eager to play host to concertgoers for a 72nd year.

Yeethoven II Traces the Parallel Trajectories of Kanye West and Beethoven

It would seem the height of hubris to take the music of Ludwig van Beethoven — arguably the greatest classical music composer of all time — and perform it side by side with the work of a living pop musician. But that’s what conductor Yuga Cohler and arranger Johan (who...

L.A. Weekly's Top 10 Metal Albums of 2017

Humanity may be one reckless Tweet away from getting decimated in a nuclear holocaust. There's never been a better time to throw some headphones on, blast some ear-bleeding heavy metal, and shut out the noise of the outside world until the sweet release that death will bring.

The Trap Set Podcast Beats Drum for Underappreciated Band Members

The Trap Set is a weekly podcast in which Joe Wong, a professional drummer, interviews fellow professional drummers. Yet it's almost equally relatable and intriguing to non-musicians.

The Root Down Soundsystem Brings the Party to the Virgil for December

The Root Down, dedicated to showcasing the roots of hip-hop, launches a monthlong residency at the Virgil on Thursday, Dec. 7.

It's a Poco Reunion Show as Timothy B. Schmit Plays the Saban

When Timothy B. Schmit of Poco and The Eagles headlines the Saban Theater on Sunday, Dec. 3, the show will bring together two members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to celebrate the history of California country-rock.

The Women of the SoCal Punk Scene Tell Their Stories in an Oral History

Women who were part of the Southern California punk scene — both famous and non — tell their stories in Stacy Russo's book.

Cure, Smiths, Depeche and Bowie Tribute Bands Unite for an '80s Extravaganza

Four of L.A.'s best tribute bands join forces at the Saban on Friday, Dec. 1, for an evening of music from David Bowie and the "Holy Trinity" of '80s bands he influenced: The Smiths, The Cure and Depeche Mode.

Fact or Myth? 5 Things You Might Not Know About Hotel California

Were Don Henley and Glenn Frey Satanists? Cokeheads? Despisers of Steely Dan? We try to separate rumor and myth from what actually went down with the making of one of rock's greatest albums.

Hundred Waters Challenge the Conventions of What It Means to Be a Band

From replacing themselves with choreographed dancers for part of their album release show to launching their own festival, the Florida trio revels in finding unexpected ways to present their music.

The 2018 Grammy Nominations Are Actually Kinda Awesome

With worth artists of color dominating the field, including Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Bruno Mars, it's the best Grammy class in recent memory.

How Underground Peruvian Music Changed the Sound of L.A.'s Latin Alternative Scene

Discovered by local Latin rock and cumbia bands like La Chamba, Thee Commons and Chicano Batman, the psychedelic sounds of Peruvian chicha are now all over L.A.'s Latin alternative scene.

An Italian Record Label Is Quietly Cornering the Market on '80s Hard Rock Acts

Why is an independent label in Italy putting out new records by such veteran '80s bands as Warrant, L.A. Guns, Night Ranger, Stryper and Whitesnake?

Brian "B+" Cross's Photos Go Beyond Hip-Hop to Capture the Roots of a Whole Culture

“I’m interested in how music moves through the diaspora," says the photographer, explaining why his photos of musicians have taken him all the way from the streets of Watts to the jungles of Brazil.

For Guns N' Roses, No More Drama — Just a Well-Paced Three-Hour Show

Though some old-school fans may miss the element of danger that accompanied GNR concerts in the past, most would have to agree that the polished, professional GNR of 2017 is a welcome improvement.

People Are Finally Recognizing Ringo Starr as One of Rock's Great Drummers

Music critic Rob Sheffield and others explore why, as a drummer, Ringo's reputation is on the rise.

Fanatics! We Begin This Show With a David Bowie Instrumental

This Sunday on KCRW, Henry serves up songs new and old from David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Conrad Schnitzler and more.

The 10 Greatest Rock Guitar Chords of All Time

From "A Hard Day's Night" to "Won't Get Fooled Again," these immortal guitar chords prove that sometimes, it's not the melody or chorus that's the most memorable part of the song.

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