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For L.A. Folk Duo The Milk Carton Kids, Quiet Is the New Loud

Los Angeles is a city of background noise. No matter where you are, listen close and you'll probably hear the distant thrum of freeway traffic or the buzz of a passing helicopter. We're so used to it, we barely notice it. Maybe that explains why The Milk Carton Kids, the...

This Week's Best Concerts: U2, Spoon, L7, Thundercat, Courtney Barnett

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Tuesday, May 26 U2 THE FORUM Lost in the hoopla of the much-maligned iTunes rollout of last year’s Songs of Innocence was the fact that U2 rebounded from 2009’s No Line on the Horizon with a solid effort that by...

Eric Bernard Is the Bagpiper On-Campus

When people are out reveling on St. Patrick’s Day, listening to traditional Celtic music usually doesn’t top their list of party essentials. However, at a bar in Hollywood on one such day, Eric Bernard endeared himself to the rowdy crowd, playing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” on bagpipes. “It was a...

Last Night's Rolling Stones Set Somehow Lived up to the Hype

If Hollywood’s Walk of Fame represents dreams (broken and fulfilled), glamour and “making it,” then last night’s Rolling Stones show at the Fonda Theatre, the kick-off to their latest Zip Code Tour, was definitely in the right place. As hordes of hopeful fans swirled about, mostly across the street (the...

A Peace Out West: Mourning the Late Michael Kandel of Tranquility Bass

“We got something better for you,” Michael Kandel would say. And he always did have something better, transmitting from Heaven, the name of Tranquility Bass’ original studio, launched in the heady days of California's early rave scene. Mike Kandel, who with Tom Chasteen formed Los Angeles’ first EDM label Exist Dance...

Fanatics! We Are Premiering the New Album from Mike Vest's Bong

[Every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., Henry Rollins brings an exclusive mix of songs old and new to listeners at 89.9 FM, KCRW. Visit KCRW.com for more information and to stream his show online, or peruse the Radio Notes archives to see past playlists.] RADIO BROADCAST #321 05–24–15 Fanatic!...

Party Pick of the Week: Dragula's The Ugly Ball

There’s a lot going on Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles: pool parties filled with frolicking, half-naked hotties, vogue-ing shindigs teeming with lithe lovelies, mega-clubs dripping with glamorous, glistening youth. You can read all about those and more in our Memorial Day weekend nightlife guide. For our party pick, we...

For a Lucky Few, Last Night's Rolling Stones Set at the Fonda Was Truly Special

If Hollywood’s Walk of Fame represents dreams (broken and fulfilled), glamour and “making it,” then last night’s Rolling Stones show at the Fonda Theatre, the kick-off to their latest Zip Code Tour, was definitely in the right place. As hordes of hopeful fans swirled about, mostly across the street (the...

Where To Party in L.A. This Memorial Day Weekend

If the dreary skies the past couple weeks have kept you holed up, you're probably ready to get out and shine. Fortunately, the L.A. party scene is ready for you, weather be damned. Outdoors, indoors, day and night, there are some spectacular shindigs going down all weekend long (no school...

Henry Rollins: I Got an Honorary Degree, Which Is Hilarious

[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.] Last year, I was given the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award by Woodbury University in Burbank. I went, accepted the award...

Prince Is a Fan of Princess, Maya Rudolph's Prince Cover Band

Between rehearsals for an upcoming show at Largo, actor/comedian Maya Rudolph’s bandmate Gretchen Lieberum admits that the night she saw Prince’s Purple Rain for the first time was also the night she started puberty. When Rudolph saw the epic ‘80s movie in Westwood at age 12, her life was forever...

Which Music Festivals Have the Most Drug Use?

In a study that could be subtitled "Which Festival to Go to If You Like to Get High," the Coalition Against Drug Abuse found that cocaine rules Coachella, DMT is rampant at Burning Man, Electric Daisy Carnival is a veritable supermarket of MDMA, and (surprise!) people smoke pot at Marley Fest. Or...

Why David Letterman Sidekick Larry "Bud" Melman Was a Hip-Hop Icon

As we prepare to bid farewell to Late Show with David Letterman, let's take a moment to appreciate one of the show's most underrated contributions to popular culture, and unlikeliest of hip-hop icons, the much-missed Letterman sidekick Calvert DeForest, better known to fans as Larry "Bud" Melman. Wait... hip-hop icon? Yes. Allow...

10 Original Songs Better Than Their More Famous Covers

Joan Jett’s 1982 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" isn’t just better than the English band Arrows’ mid-'70s original — it kicks its ass, steals its wallet and makes out with its girlfriend. In similar fashion, Ike and Tina Turner set gospel-sex fire to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary," and Jeff Buckley’s...

Def Jam Executive No I.D. Is Behind Probably Half Your Favorite Rap Tracks

[An L.A. native, L.A. Weekly columnist Jeff Weiss edits Passion of the Weiss and hosts the Shots Fired podcast. Find him online at passionweiss.com, follow him on Twitter and also check out his archives.] It’s rare to be a legend without having been a star, but that’s to be expected...

Southern Lord's Greg Anderson Found Time to Make a New Goatsnake Album

As the co-founder of Los Angeles metal label Southern Lord Recordings and guitarist/bassist for experimental drone masters Sunn O))), Greg Anderson keeps a fairly hectic schedule. So when he reunited with his turn-of-the-millennium Sabbath-rock quartet Goatsnake at the 2010 Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands, it’s not surprising that it took...

Damian Lazarus Goes Global With His New Project, the Ancient Moons

Damian Lazarus' car is still in Los Angeles. The British DJ, who spent several years living in the city, no longer has a place in town. Right now, his base is Italy, where he's renovating a farmhouse that has become his retreat in between globetrotting DJ gigs. But the 1966...

Son of a Cocaine Dealer, Rapper Bricc Baby Lives Up to His Name

It helps to have friends in high places. Just ask Bricc Baby, an underground L.A. rapper who came out with his second mixtape (Nasty Dealer) in April. Bricc grew up in South L.A., where he befriended a young Kid Ink and Casey Veggies. Later, he moved to Atlanta where he...

Party Animalz Makes Totally Adorable and Badass Metal Attire for Dogs

Do you find yourself thinking, “Man, my pampered purse dog could really use a satanic black metal denim vest” as you sip your Frappuccino? Of course you do! Fortunately for you, Southern California mega-babe Mariah Lynch launched Party Animalz. If the company name doesn’t make you giggle, check out the...

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