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Glaare Prepare to Emerge From Darkwave Shadows

Despite the rich history and the fact that it has outlived many other trends, bands that are stuck with the "goth" label seem to spend much of their existence and beyond trying to duck it. From Bauhaus to The Sisters of Mercy, All About Eve to The Cure — very few of the originators proudly and loudly proclaim themselves to be goth, letting their vampiric flag fly.

L.A. Pride Announces Headliners Kehlani and Tove Lo

From Lil Kim to Kesha to Azealia Banks to Fifth Harmony to Joan Jett to the Pointer Sisters, L.A. Pride’s concert component (organized by the nonprofit Christopher Street West) always boasts a powerhouse-driven and female-heavy bill....Show More Summary

TheBasement: Los Angeles’ Best-Kept Secret for Aspiring Musicians

Imagine a place where you can go mid-week to unwind, socialize, and reset. Imagine a creative space where unsigned artists gather to perform and showcase their talents in front of a crowd of music-lovers. Imagine a network so strongShow More Summary

Blink-182, Descendents, Fear and More Line Up for MusINK 2018

It’s been more than a decade since the very first MusINK Festival was held at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. That first three-day show featured an early version of Steel Panther (then called Metal Skool), Tiger Army and The Used, plus a handful more metal and punk bands, and about 200 of the best tattoo artists from around the world.

Life's a Dream for Loch and Key

Husband-and-wife team Sean Hoffman and Leyla Akdogan Hoffman weren’t even dating when they started working together on the gorgeously layered and intricate dream-pop project Loch and Key. They were good friends, looking to create something special on an artistic level.

Picking Waxapples Up Where They Left Off

For husband-and-wife team Jamie and Brian Coakley, music has always been a vital ingredient in their life. Brian is a former member of Orange County punks the Cadillac Tramps, a band that perpetually teetered on the brink of wider success without quite achieving that final leap.

Kevin Haskins Revisits Bauhaus History With New Book

As the drummer with post-punk pioneers Bauhaus, Kevin Haskins played a huge part in shaping the genre that would later become known as goth, with bands such as The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission, All About Eve and even The Cure shoehorned into a scene that was actually more eclectic than the history books might suggest.

Plugz, Social D Drummer Charlie Quintana Dies Suddenly in Mexico

The Plugz were just a little bit faster and tighter than the other bands in the L.A. punk rock scene in the late 1970s, and much of that ferocious precision was the direct result of the masterful sense of timing and touch by drummer Charlie Quintana.

Single Premiere: Bird Concerns Drop "Oh Well"

The members of four-piece local garage-surf-folk-rock outfit Bird Concerns found each other while studying jazz and classical music at CalArts, and a new genre-defying band was born, swathed in lush harmonies and structures that straddle the line between sweet ’n’ simple, and progressive.

Video Premiere: Ford Madox Ford's "Dark American Night"

Chip and Tony Kinman are among the West Coast’s most infamous rock & roll provocateurs, a formidable twosome whose influential series of successive bandstand iterations represents some of the Golden State’s most insidiously creative stylistic insurgencies.

Premiere: Joy Autumn’s Gentle New Single Reflects Upon Hollywood’s Club Culture

The track is strongest when the full breadth of instrumentation comes to life. Violins, drum machines, piano and synth touch some corner of this ballad, all with a certain ironic calm.

Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls Addresses Aging With New Video "It Don't Get Old"

Why has it taken so long for Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls to put out solo material? If we learned anything from This Is Spinal Tap, it's that the charismatic, walrus-faced metal god can stretch himself beyond "Sex Farm" and "Big Bottoms." Surely, "Jazz Odyssey" taught us that.

Video Premiere: Dorothy Exorcises Demons on "Flawless"

The band Dorothy are fronted by Dorothy Martin, a badass rocker who was born in Budapest, raised in San Diego and journeyed to Los Angeles when she was very young.

Video Premiere: Nadia Lanfranconi Delivers a Knock-Out Sucker Punch With "Always"

Nadia Lanfranconi’s highly unusual pedigree — an Italian-born punk rocker turned country singer — may seem wildly unorthodox, but the guitar-picking songster pulls it off with natural ease and admirable aplomb.

Common Celebrates African Culture at Hollywood House Party

On Thursday, March 8, the African Getdown took over the Absolut Elyx house in Los Angeles, honoring the global impact of African culture and recognizing the continent’s creative impact in the US. The evening began at the Women’s Club of Hollywood, which was fitting on International Women’s Day. Show More Summary

Premiere: Lauren Ruth Ward Debuts Video for Her Defiantly Queer Single 'Blue Collar Sex Kitten'

Los Angeles is the proud home of Baltimore-bred indie-rock queen Lauren Ruth Ward. She put out her debut LP, Well, Hell, earlier this year and today marks the release of a new video for “Blue Collar Sex Kitten,” a defiantly queer standout single from the record.

Anger Is an Energy for Alice Bag

A glance at the news, a scan of the president’s tweets, and just living in 2018 must be incredibly frustrating for Alice Bag, who, from the inception of her L.A. punk band The Bags in 1977, has been speaking out against injustice. That’s four decades of music with a message,...

New Dokken Live Video Features Classic Lineup

The band, who reunited the classic lineup for a set at the Loud Park Festival in Japan, have an album out next month.

Royal Distortion Members Go the Pop Route

With all Barb Wire Dolls commitments with management, venues, labels and everything else concluded, Isis Queen and guitarist Pyn Doll decided not to take up the various offers of extensions, and to instead do something completely new. Show More Summary

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

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