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Unpopular Opinion: Nirvana Killed Rock & Roll

I am bracing myself for the incoming fury of guys who graduated high school in 1996, but I’m just going to come out and say it: Nirvana ruined rock & roll. Every couple of years I check out their catalog again. Every couple of years I’m left with the same...

How Iranian-American DJ Lady Faith Became the "Queen Bitch" of Hardstyle

The lights on the DJ mixer glow a warm red and green, a visual representation of the nearly 100,000 watts of sonic power erupting out the other end of the signal chain. The speaker stacks tower higher than many city's building codes allow at Electric Daisy Carnival's Wasteland stage, and...

10 Hardcore Techno Tracks for People Who Don’t Know Shit About Hardcore

“Hardcore” was the first rave subgenre. An investigation of early-'90s rave culture would reveal its participants’ insistence on using the word “hardcore” to describe themselves and their music. “Strictly for the hardcore,” “Hardcore you know the score!” and “Hardcore will never die!” screamed off vinyl records and glossy flyers sporting...

At 68, Grace Jones Just Showed Every Other Act at FYF How It's Done

Grace Jones FYF Fest Aug. 28, 2016 James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem said it best: "If you missed Grace Jones, you fucked up. I don't care if you were somewhere else and finally connected with the love of your life; if you weren't at Grace Jones, you fucked up.” Grace...

FYF Fest 2016: The Best and the Worst

Overall, this year's edition of FYF Fest was a smashing success. The lineup was killer, the headliners (especially Grace Jones and Kendrick Lamar) more than lived up to the hype, the weather cooperated, and some logistical issues from previous years — especially the long (long) walk between stages — were...

7 FYF Attendees Who Are Way More Hardcore Than You

Oh, so you were in the front row for Kendrick? You crowd-surfed during The Black Lips' set? You saw 25 bands and your feet are soooo sore now? Well, good for you. You did FYF Fest the right way, and we salute you. But we regret to inform you that...

The Director of '90s Cult Classic House Party Has a Show at the Hollywood Bowl

For a pre-adolescent at the dawn of the ’90s, House Party doubled as a beginner’s guide to hip-hop. Before its release, most cinematic depictions of the genre were cash-ins, eager to capitalize on its swiftly rising stature in urban youth culture. It’s slightly reductive to say that House Party changed...

Kendrick Lamar Comes Home to Headline FYF Fest, Stronger Than Ever

Kendrick Lamar FYF Fest Aug. 27, 2016 "This is classic shit for a classic motherfuckin' city, ya dig?" Kendrick Lamar declared during "These Walls," one of a dozen or more highlights during an electrifying headlining set at the FYF Fest in Exposition Park. He was probably referring to that particular,...

Ahead of Their Final Show, Jane Wiedlin Looks Back on 38 Years of Go-Go's

The Go-Go's are in the final stages of their "Farewell Tour," which ends Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Greek Theatre, a fitting place to wrap up their remarkable career. The band was born and bred here in Los Angeles, emerging from the depravity and DIY spirit of the L.A. punk-rock...

Keith Morris' New Memoir Is a Wild Trip Through L.A. Hardcore History

Keith Morris’ new book is just as raw, fast and fucked up as one of his songs. As the founding vocalist of Black Flag, co-founder of the Circle Jerks and now singer of SoCal quartet OFF!, Morris is one of the great screamers of hardcore punk. Some of his best...

Fanatics! Let Us Bid Farewell to Summer With Rites of Spring and Dinosaur Jr.

[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 #387 08–28–16 Fanatic!...

Non Plus Ultra's Vinyl Williams Shares Cosmic Visions Through Music

On an inconceivably warm July evening, the night before kicking off a tour supporting his forthcoming release, Brunei (out Aug. 26), internationally acclaimed visual artist, musician and Valley kid Lionel “Vinyl” Williams greets me with a shy smile as he lets me into the parking garage behind a large, inconspicuous...

"The Rainbow Is Now a Rock & Roll Church": Lemmy Statue Unveiled

"Lemmy! Lemmy! Lemmy!" chants broke out repeatedly. Jack Daniel's and Cokes (now referred to by drinkers as "the Lemmy") were raised and guzzled. Motörhead songs were sung at the top of many a nicotine-worn lung. On the back patio of the Rainbow Bar & Grill last night, the statue memorializing...

Henry Rollins: From Abroad, America Seems Totally Crazy

One of my favorite stops on tour is the monthlong Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s been going for decades. I’m here now, having just finished the first of four shows. From my small hotel room, I can hear music and people yelling outside. There are a lot of people...

Ramsey Doesn't Fit the Pop Star Mold, but She's Probably Going to Be One Anyway

First, a few things we know for sure about electronic producer/singer/songwriter Ramsey: She was born Rebecca Fisher in Las Vegas 20 years ago, has the kind of exaggerated lips that a lot of people in this town pay money for, sports an intricate web of tattoos on her hands, and...

A DJ Workshop for Women and the LGBTQ+ Community Is Coming to Ace Hotel

Want to learn how to DJ? This Thursday, you'll have your chance when traveling workshop series Intersessions hits Los Angeles. Founded by Chippy Nonstop, Rhi Blossom and Ainsley Willow aka Shy Daughter, the workshop is open to all, but it's steeped in intersectional feminism and aims to create what Chippy...

If Your FYF Schedule Doesn't Include These 10 Acts, You're Doing It Wrong

In the reasonably near future, when President Jaden Smith presides over the Scientology wing of the White House and self-driving iCars croon Snapchat news in Auto-Tune, it will be possible to attend a different music festival every week of the year. This stratum of the economy will be responsible for...

The 8 Weirdest Videos MTV Played on Its First Day

This month marks 35 years since the launch of one of the most influential networks in television history: MTV. It was the rocket launch that signified the beginning of a major paradigm shift, a new medium for music consumption that would change music itself, all presented by on-air talent who...

James Franco Shot a Bizarre Erotic Music Video at Chateau Marmont (NSFW)

James Franco's creative output is so prolific, the man must never sleep. And maybe he should. When he's not busy acting, directing, screenwriting, teaching high school kids, ruining animated children's films with his distractingly sexy voice and whatever else he's up to this week, Franco is one-half of an arty...

Why Frank Ocean Is the Ultimate Millennial Superstar

There is a line in the sand between generations and it's marked "Frank Ocean." It seems that certain music elders are flummoxed by the internet's incessant begging for a new album from the loosely termed "R&B" visionary since the release of debut Channel Orange in 2012. They're bemused as to...

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