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Avenged Sevenfold Storm Back With a Surprise Album and Rooftop VR Concert

Last night, Thursday, Oct. 27, Avenged Sevenfold dropped a welcome bombshell on its fans. Those with half an ear to the ground knew that they would be performing an invite-only show on the roof of the Capitol Records building, and that the four-song set would be streamed live to their...

My Reunion With Dizzy Reed, 27 Years Later

I’m a hoarder. I like keeping hold of everything in my life, tangible and intangible. I have calendars going back to middle school with one-liners for whatever I did every day. Flicking through my week-on-a-page Filofaxes from 1988 and 1989, there are weeks where the word “Dizzy” appears so many...

Kamasi Washington Has Conquered the Jazz World. What Does He Do Next?

A month ago, I watched what should’ve been a weird, anachronistic scene. In the heart of the Hollywood bottle-service swamp, a snaking line of 20- and 30-somethings waited in biting cold for up to three hours to see a jazz show. In 2016. The Piano Bar was closing with a...

"I Want Them to Say 'Bitch'": Gender-Fluid Hip-Hop Artist iRAWniQ Carves Her Own Lane

“I want people’s jaws to always be dropping and be like, ‘Damn, what’s this bitch do?’ – and I want them to say 'bitch.'” As a rapper representing everything from social change and animal rights to motherhood and the LGBT community, iRAWniQ is more than comfortable with hearing the word...

Even a Feminist Punk DIY Show Is Not a Safe Space for Female Music Fans

After an over-priced vegan dinner in Silver Lake, my friends and I park half a mile from a hidden warehouse DIY venue. It’s around 9:45 p.m. The six of us are trekking to the venue, each in our own variation of chunky Doc Martens or stained high-top Converse. We carry...

Chilean Pop Gets Political at Multiply L.A. This Thursday

The bill at Red Bull Sound Select's show this Thursday at Multiply L.A. doesn't appear to be at all political at first glance. The event, which is part of Red Bull's annual 30 Days in L.A. series, features a trio of Chilean pop and indie artists. Javiera Mena will celebrate...

Has Corporate Sponsorship Ruined Hollywood Forever's Day of the Dead Event?

There's a phrase in Mexico used to describe the festivities during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): los muertos al cajón y los vivos al fiestón. The dead to their graves and the living to a big party. It's a fitting phrase to describe the annual Dia de...

Rapper MC Chris Made an Entire Album Inspired by Freddy Krueger

A few weeks ago on Jeopardy!, contestant Susan Cole said she was a “nerdcore” rap fan. She described it as music about “video games, science fiction [and] having a hard time meeting romantic partners,” to which Alex Trebek replied, “Losers, in other words.” While Cole chuckled at his quip (then...

Lance Skiiiwalker's Spacey, Introverted Soul Is Yet Another Win for Top Dawg

This presidential election has made days seem like lifetimes. But way back in March, when Bernie still had a chance, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, the head of the TDE record label — home of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and possibly still SZA — Instagrammed a...

The Secret Life of Tim & Eric Awesome Show's David Liebe Hart

David Liebe Hart is no joke. While the musician, actor and puppeteer is best known through his association with comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the 61-year old Hart has long been one of the L.A. art scene’s most cherished cult figures. And he’s optimistic that his best years are...

Zacky Vengeance Discusses Avenged Sevenfold's Surprise Album Release

Last night, Thursday, Oct. 27, Avenged Sevenfold dropped a welcome bombshell on its fans. Those with half an ear to the ground knew that they would be performing an invite-only show on the roof of the Capitol Records building, and that the four-song set would be streamed live to their...

Seeing Lady Gaga at the Satellite Was as Bonkers as It Sounds

Lady Gaga is singing her new song "A-YO" in my face. “Blow it in your face!” she screams. “BLOW IT IN YOUR FACE!” I echo back at her. How completely bonkers. It's hard to know what to take in when...

Fanatics! It's Our All-Damned Halloween Show

[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 #396 10–30–16 Fanatic!...

Bad Religion Couldn't Let This Election Go by Without a Politically Charged Tour

L.A. punk band Bad Religion has always been known for its socio-political lyrics, openly questioning authority at any opportunity. That’s the band’s bag; super-sweet melodies contrasting with Greg Graffin’s deadpan delivery, dressed up with often deceptively intelligent lyrics. So just imagine what the guys are making of the current political...

In Defense of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Last week, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for its class of 2017 — and as usual, music critics and commentators responded with a flurry of think pieces and op-eds about how much the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sucks...

Circoloco Brings Ibizan House Vibes to Union Nightclub This Friday

Sure, we got a few drops of rain, but L.A. is still baking in another interminable summer in another heat record-shattering year. But there’s one silver lining in our apocalyptic sky: We’ll get a little taste of the Ibizan summer by way of one of its finest parties coming to...

Henry Rollins: I Am Not Holding My Breath for America to Be Great

It’s a night off in Durham, North Carolina. I just watched Anderson Cooper interview Melania Trump on CNN. I guess things are not going well, so they had to bring her in for the charm offensive. Unsurprising to hear her accuse Billy Bush of “egging on” Trump, causing him to...

Kanye West's Floating Stage Makes His Fans the Stars of the Show

Kanye West The Forum October 25, 2016 Outside the Forum on Tuesday night were huge banners proclaiming Kanye West’s latest accomplishment: five sold-out nights at the venue. It’s an impressive run that puts him in the company of Adele and U2 for recent L.A. arena stands of a similar length...

Isaiah Rashad Overcame His Anxieties and Addictions to Become TDE's Next Star

In an hour, Isaiah Rashad is about to buy his first pair of Air Jordans. In the meantime, he's sitting in my living room wearing wool socks and Birkenstocks. "I love Birkenstocks," Rashad says, clad in designer sweats, Adidas bucket hat and oversized glasses that make him look like the...

Stones Throw's 20 Greatest Releases, in Honor of Their 20th Anniversary

Stones Throw is so “influential” that it has invalidated the word. You can’t call the Highland Park label “legendary,” “iconic” or “eclectic” without summoning cliché. It has been (accurately) described that way too often for too long. This month, Peanut Butter Wolf’s eternally evolving experiment celebrates its 20th birthday. In...

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