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The Cure Played Four Encores Last Night and We Still Didn't Want It to End

The Cure Hollywood Bowl May 22, 2016 Anticipation for The Cure’s current North American Tour has been nothing short of fiendish, especially as it's progressed and word of the band’s extraordinary, rarity- and multi-encore-packed set lists have hit the blogosphere. But Robert Smith and his band have always made their...

After a Breakup and a Desert Sojourn, Cobalt Cranes Return as ExSage

It’s not often you find artists willing to put a fan base built up over four years on the line for the sake of a shift in musical direction. It’s risky business, changing your name. But for local rockers Cobalt Cranes, now ExSage, it seemed impossible for them to move...

I Survived Every Music Blogger's Worst Nightmare

There’s an old Sandra Bullock vehicle called The Net, wherein the basic premise is that she awakens one morning and is no longer Sandra Bullock. Her credit cards are invalid, all traces of her digital life have been scrubbed and no one remembers the plot of Speed. As far as...

Sexy Greek Rockers Barb Wire Dolls Are the Talk of the Sunset Strip

“Lemmy would be fuckin’ pissed,” says Scott, aka “Nazi Scott,” a lovable scoundrel on the Sunset Strip known mostly as Lemmy Kilmister’s best friend and sometime assistant. He’s now working at the Whisky A Go Go and giving lip to the Barb Wire Dolls for covering Motörhead’s “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” during their...

With Support From Tokimonsta and Mayer Hawthorne, Gavin Turek Comes Into Her Own

The first thing Gavin Turek wants to talk about is the trips she took in college to Ghana and India to both teach and learn about dance as a form of empowerment for kids. Not her current string of sold-out shows at her May residency at the Bootleg Theater, or...

What the Trainspotting Soundtrack Taught Me About DJing

I fire up Netflix and rewatch an opening scene that I have long since committed to memory: The spirited beat of "Lust for Life" replaces the rhythm of feet pounding sidewalk as Renton and his friends race through city streets. Our antihero stumbles over the hood of a car and...

Fanatics! Go See KaS Product This Sunday and Stream My Show Later

[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 #373 05–22–16 Fanatic!...

Is Steel Panther's Celebration of '80s Hair Metal Funny, or Just Offensive?

Steel Panther is halfway through their set when they get bored of ribbing each other and start roasting the crowd instead. It’s a Wednesday night at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood — where the band just wrapped its three-week residency — and the onstage banter about which band member has...

10 Other Bands Axl Rose Should Sing For

He’s singing like that snakeskin-wearing 25-year-old badass again. The guy that first welcomed us all to the jungle back in 1987. Even the haters are copping to the fact Axl Rose is completely crushing his new gig touring as frontman for Aussie hard rockers AC/DC. Did even the most hardcore...

Henry Rollins: I Went From a Sunn O))) Concert to RuPaul's DragCon

A couple of Fridays ago, I navigated my car downtown to the Regent Theater to get my brain slowed down and my DNA straightened out by the mighty Sunn O))). They are the Dronasaurus of drone music, and I have been a fan for years. The last time I saw...

L.A. Metal Label Sumerian Records Has Spent 10 Years "Not F—-in' Selling Out"

The long, intertwined roots of one of the world’s most successful independent metal labels can be traced to back to a dorm room in a military boarding school two decades ago. Ash Avildsen, the future head of the Los Angeles-based Sumerian Records, was 11 years old and entering the seventh...

Diana Krall Guitarist Anthony Wilson Gets Personal on His New Album, Frogtown

For a number of years, Anthony Wilson would walk or bike regularly from his home in Northeast Los Angeles into a little-known neighborhood between the 5 freeway and the L.A. River. Elysian Valley (or “Frogtown,” named for the hordes of Western toads who used to hop out of the river)...

Why Passion of the Weiss Disappeared — and How I Finally Got It Back

There’s an old Sandra Bullock vehicle called The Net, wherein the basic premise is that she awakens one morning and is no longer Sandra Bullock. Her credit cards are invalid, all traces of her digital life have been scrubbed and no one remembers the plot of Speed. As far as...

Street Drummer Plays "F—- Donald Trump" Song, Gets Arrested (VIDEO)

For the last couple months, Sheriff Drumman has been making tip money drumming out songs from the back of his Ford pickup. Last week the 28-year-old was doing his thing at a Valero gas station near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, a popular area for street performers, when Los Angeles...

Armenian DJs Are Bringing Traditional Sounds Into Underground Dance Music

Sometime after 2 a.m., there's a guy getting down in the middle of the crowd inside a downtown loft. He's moving as wildly as one can without losing the beat. A brief flash of light against his bare arm reveals a large portrait tattoo of Saint Vartan, the fifth-century warrior...

10 Gangsta Rap Songs the Critics Want You to Forget About

For fans and critics who intellectualize it, gangsta rap, or "reality rap," is serious business. For them, the defining genre of West Coast hip-hop represents true stories from the hood as told by those who lived it, coupled with beats sampled from '70s funk and soul music, and the occasional...

Gingee Gives Global Bass Music a Dose of Filipino Flair

What sound comes to mind when you think of Asian-American music? That’s a question Gingee has been trying to figure out herself. “I grew up going to raves, hip-hop shows and punk shows. That's my identity and I'm going to express it through my music,” says Gingee. “Then I'm going...

Guy Gerber Is Bringing First-Ever Dance Music Event to Chinatown's Gin Ling Way

For the past two years, Israeli-born, L.A.-based DJ/producer Guy Gerber has been throwing free beach parties in Ibiza called Rumors, with no announced lineups and DJs playing extended sets. Now, after stops in Miami, London and Mexico City, Rumors is coming to Los Angeles. Set to take place on Saturday,...

Bribed Bouncers and Fake IDs: Underage EDM DJs Share Their Secrets

Our city’s famous music industry and nightlife scene are notoriously fickle about those under 21. At the same time, the producers playing our clubs are getting younger and younger. It might feel like ages since Animals came out and put then-17-year-old Martin Garrix on the map; lifetimes since the YouTube...

Electronic Soul Singer Brit Manor Tackles Heavy Subjects in an Uplifting Way

On her debut mini-album Only Child, Brit Manor explores issues such as femininity, depression, loneliness, death, reincarnation and loss. In reflecting upon such heavy topics, the singer-songwriter learned how to tap into her inner power and look for the silver lining in even the darkest of clouds. Manor in indeed...

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