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Vince Staples Still Does Things on His Own Terms

Consistency, hard work and a real story — the Long Beach rapper never fails to deliver. He tends to mind his business, but he will use his platform to voice his opinions on the political and social injustices that plague our times. One...Show More Summary

Zedd, Shaun White Deliver Successful Air + Style Festival at Exposition Park

Aside from being a three-time Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White sees Air + Style as his passion project. Described as “a global event series that blends live music, action sports, art and culture,” this annual event marks the only two days of the year that snow comes to Los Angeles.

Genius and Dropbox Bring #LyricsToLife In Los Angeles

Kicking off March on a high note, immense music multimedia platform Genius took over the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District for a new-to-L.A. art installation called #LyricsToLife. Imagine entering a room dedicated to the top songs across all genres, bringing you back to that specific time and place. While old memories resurfaced, new memories were created.

Moby Finds His Meditation and Activism Are Conducive to Electronic Inspiration

At 52, Moby is as passionate as he's ever been about his music, and recent albums prove that he's more interested in challenging perceptions and conventional genre boundaries than shifting units. Sales are a bonus, of course, but Moby is a true artist.

Premiere: See, Hear and Smell “The Sound of Rock & Roll” via Luther Russell’s New Video

Rock veteran Luther Russell recently released a retrospective double LP, Selective Memories, which features a couple of demos and plenty of unreleased tracks, including, surprisingly, a brand-new one.

The Wraith's Dark Punk Isn't All Doom and Gloom

Davey Bales is a force-of-nature frontman and lifelong poet whose band, The Wraith, make his goth-tinted words punker-palatable by stitching them inside murky convulsions at once ominous and oddly optimistic. Formed in 2016, the quartet have swiftly become one of California’s most recognizable dark punk acts, headlining shows from the Bay Area to San Diego.

Year of the Dragon Continue to Breathe Fire

The barrage of hyper-fast guitar and breathless bass and drums is unrelenting. Dual vocalists Dirty Walt and Flying J stand front and center, bouncing off one another like finely tuned tag-team wrestlers. The songs blur past at a startling rate, leaving the gathered, baying crowd simultaneously ecstatic and battered. Show More Summary

Long Beach Trash-Punks The Thingz Have No Pretensions

It’s easy to take The Thingz for granted. The Long Beach garage-punk trio are humble, self-effacing musicians who are refreshingly free of rock-star attitude and lofty artistic pretensions. They tend to play $5 shows at local dives with little public fanfare, and they rarely leave their native habitat in the LBC to chase fame in glitzier Hollywood venues.

Hard-Knock Rockabilly for Aileen Quinn

The actress who played Little Orphan Annie 36 years ago and, in the process, wrote her own little piece of film history is Aileen Quinn. She now fronts a rockabilly band that goes by the perfectly appropriate name of Aileen Quinn and...Show More Summary

Dead Meadow Talk About Their New Album and 20 Years of Making Music

To coincide with 20 full years of existence, sludgy neo-psych D.C. band Dead Meadow have returned with a new album, The  Nothing They Need, a collection of heavy rock songs that embody deep layers of nostalgia, with all former members returning.

Trap Girl's Drew Arriola-Sands Spits Venom and Kicks Ass

“I was bullied my whole life, so I wanted to present as a strong woman who spits venom,” Drew Arriola-Sands says in a phone interview about her metamorphosis from a mild-mannered folkie into a fiery punk-rock diva. The 29-year-old transgender vocalist of the local band Trap Girl is also describing how she overcame gender dysphoria to transition into her true identity as female.

Prayers' New Video Celebrates the Pansexual Underground in Our Dark City (Premiere)

L.A.'s most audacious — and animated — scenesters, models and alternative creative types are featured in the brand new video for Prayers' "One 9 One 3," an infectious techno-punk romp from their latest release, Baptism of Thieves.

Mike Garson Plans to Keep Celebrating Bowie for a Good Long Time

“Basically I just made this commitment to myself that 50 percent of my musical output moving forward would be his music,” Garson tells me by phone. He's currently traveling with Celebrating Bowie, the 27-city tour with the departed icon’s former bandmates playing his works (at the Wiltern on Feb. Show More Summary

School's in Session With Professor and the Madman

At first glance, there’s nothing spectacular about the name of the band Professor and the Madman. This is, after all, punk rock, where fake titles, such as "Captain Sensible," are run-of-the-mill, as are outlandish band monikers. Except...Show More Summary

Musical Revolutionary Ornette Coleman Unleashed Free Jazz in 1950s L.A.

It was mostly young jazz musicians who pushed “America’s music” in an extremely radical direction, into something that was suddenly wildly dissonant, rough, freely improvised and emotionally explosive. Newsweek was quick to label the movement “the New Thing” in 1961, but L.A. Show More Summary

Life's Been a Battle for G-Eazy

Gerald Earl Gillum might have picked a more appropriate stage-name. Because, truth be told, the man known as G-Eazy has had to scrap and struggle for every one of his career achievements to date. And yet they’ve been plentiful. He built a solid reputation with two self-released albums in 2009...

Sun, Sea and Warm Brew

While all three men are clearly gifted and razor-sharp MCs, the sum is certainly greater than the parts. Magic happens when they’re bouncing off of one another. And again, this is all happening from their Santa Monica base. They know they’re unusual, and they relish that fact. Show More Summary

Blues Queen Janiva Magness Demands Action Through Her Protest Songs

Always the expressive vocalist and performer, as well as a fascinating conversationalist, Magness has a laugh that could warm her native Detroit in January, and a sharp wit. But when our conversation turns to the subject of protest music, that her new album Love Is an Army is at least half-filled with socially and politically charged songs, her tone changes.

The Mormons Are Missionaries on a Mission

“I guess I liked the idea of having a uniform,” frontman Patrick Jones says. “I would judge bands by the way they were dressed, and I wanted to neutralize that. I thought that would be a fun way of doing it, and I’ve always like the costumed bands like The Mummies, The Monks and The Leeches. That’s kind of where the idea came from, more or less.”

Black Pussy Play Viper Room on Valentine's Day After Protest Cancels Hi Hat Show. But Should They?

“We’ve played the Viper Room so many times, and no one cared,” Hill says. “The Hi Hat was just in a hipster neighborhood that’s being gentrified and that’s how the extremist people heard about it. … interestingly, they’re the ones actually hurting these minority communities. “

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