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Colombia's Bomba Estereo Aim to Take Cumbia Into the Future

The Carnaval De Barranquilla in Colombia is one of the largest carnival events of its kind, second only to regional neighbor Brazil's, and an important, world-renowned celebration of the diverse indigenous, African and European cultures found across Colombia's Caribbean coastline. The annual four-day festival also serves as a period of...

This Week's Best Concerts: Lupe Fiasco, The Kooks, Make Music Pasadena

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Friday, June 5 Hanni El Khatib, Chicano Batman, Avid Dancer NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM “All my life, I’ve been fighting for the moonlight,” Hanni El Khatib declares on the title track of his latest album, Moonlight. “People are disgusted by the...

Party Pick of the Week: HM 157's Barn-Raiser Square Dance

Forget about twerking, raving or even swing dancing — nothing breaks down pretenses and gets strangers to connect body and soul like a good old-fashioned square dance. Rip-roaring, multiple-partner stomp-fests have long been one of HM 157’s liveliest offerings, and this week, they’re doing it for a special cause: fundraising...

Fanatics! Parliament, Bowie, Thee Oh Sees and a Classic Live Cramps Track

[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 #323 06–07–15 Fanatic!...

Art Laboe Talks About His Return to KDAY and L.A.'s Airwaves

It's been a few months since "The Art Laboe Connection" was dropped during a programming shift that turned Hot 92 into Real 92.3, leaving Los Angeles radio listeners without the host's generation-spanning mix of love songs, upbeat jams and heartfelt dedications. As of this Sunday, however, the void on the...

"Satisfaction" at 50: Revisiting the Riff That Rocked the World

On June 6, 1965, London Records released The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction in the United States. Keith Richards’ devastating fuzz distortion riff launched a salvo on The Beatles-dominated pop music scene every bit as powerful as the Allies landing on Normandy Beach, 21 years earlier to the...

Miami Horror Worried That Their New L.A.-Inspired Album Might Be "Too Happy"

It’s not a story new to music: Band records solid debut album, gains traction in their hometown scene, moves to Los Angeles to pursue international superstardom, gets blissed out on SoCal’s slow-roll pace and perpetual sun, adopts corresponding laid-back attitude, and finds creativity levels compromised. The music suffers; the second...

Henry Rollins: Remembering One of the Biggest Maniacs From My D.C. Punk Days

Sometimes, how you form a friendship determines the strength of the bond and how painful it can be if it breaks. When I was young, I made some of my most important and lasting friendships with those I met through music. When you have such a strong attraction to a...

Chris Montez Was Such a Rock Star in the '60s, The Beatles Opened for Him

He was born Ezequiel Christopher Montanez and everyone who knew him called him Zeke. However, the producers who discovered the young singer in the early 1960s didn't think his named worked for a future rock & roll sensation. Rechristened Chris Montez, the Hawthorne-raised musician who grew up playing rancheras with...

Robin Antin Built a Girl Group Empire with The Pussycat Dolls. But Does the Formula Still Work?

The light-filled rooftop garden of West Hollywood's Soho House, the international members-only club serving A-list clientele, feels as it's supposed to feel: dramatic and exclusive. A mature olive tree, one of several growing in the center of the dining area, is clearly older than the club, which has been around...

Tim Presley's New Band, Drinks, Is Even Weirder Than White Fence

Tim Presley’s music — uniquely Californian in its casual eccentricity, drug-high beauty and feeling of permanent vacation — finds its natural setting in Big Sur. Stoned and crooked guitar riffs fitfully match the serrated rock cliffs. The misty redwood forests offer a portal into an ageless past. Here, the connection...

Santiago Salazar Makes Techno With a "Chicano Feel"

A fundamental force in L.A.'s dance music underground since the early ‘90s, antediluvian days of rave, DJ Santiago Salazar is still making bodies move. Salazar, known to friends and loyal fans as Santi, is admired by techno cognoscenti in SoCal and beyond as a world-class talent with a big personality...

Rapper Vince Staples Doesn't Think He'll Ever Be the "Big One." We Think He's Wrong

Stop offering Vince Staples weed. "Life is hard," the 21-year-old Long Beach rapper says. He stares at you when he speaks, unblinking, his limpid eyes catching yours with the precision of a shackle clicking into a padlock. "But I've never done [drugs or alcohol]. I didn't want to be in...

The Teragram Ballroom Could Be L.A.'s Next Great Rock Club

“This is the first night at this joint,” Spoon singer/guitarist Britt Daniel remarked to the sold-out Teragram Ballroom crowd about an hour into the band’s 90-minute set on Sunday, May 31. “Who’s getting good Instagram photos of this place?” Social jokes aside, the much-ballyhooed venue was worth the wait. First...

Indie-Pop Songstress Zella Day Comes From a Long Line of Hardcore Bitches

Look up any other profile of breakout indie-pop singer-songwriter Zella Day and you'll find a story about a young girl, frolicking barefoot through the wide-open fields of Pinetop, Arizona, a place with a population of about 4,200, where the closest guitar lesson was four hours away. A place where Day...

The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in June

Wednesday, June 3 Amaranthe Club Nokia This Swedish melodic metalcore act does an excellent job of balancing clean female vocals with harsher male voices on albums such as 2014’s Massive Addictive. A European pop songwriting sensibility lends a coat of gloss to the group’s groove-metal riffs, but it makes Amaranthe’s...

Post-Punk Legends Wire Prove That Some Bands Do Get Better With Age

The return to form of Wire, England’s great –– what? pre-post-punk-art progenitors? –– has been a heartening and thrilling reminder that sometimes, and very rarely, the greats of any musical genre actually improve with age. Since 1977, with the release of their “seminal” (as Robert Hilburn used to say) album...

Bar 107 Decides to Stay and Fight Eviction, Will #OccupyBar107

After their landlord kicked them out last month, Bar 107 announced it would be closing for good at the end of May. This week's last hurrah brought a packed house, drunken debauchery and, it appears, a rebellious change of heart. Yesterday, owners Brian Traynam and Vee Delgadillo decided that they...

Low End Theory Festival Announces 2015 Lineup With Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt

Low End Theory is arguably the best weekly party in L.A., if not the entire the U.S. A veritable Valhalla for the beat scene’s elite producers and DJs, a seemingly inexhaustible breeding ground for emerging L.A. musicians (electronic, rap, jazz, etc.), and a retreat for decorated visitors — the sub-harmonic...

Three Parties, One Saturday Night: Scene-Hopping in Los Angeles

In a city where something is always happening, Saturday night party decisions boil down to logistics. Does Headliner A's set time conflict with Headliner B? If not, can I feasibly make it across town in enough time to hit up both? Nearly always, the answer is yes, the headliner sets...

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