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Can Jeon Somi Become K-Pop's First International Biracial Superstar?

K-pop has still never truly broken in the States. Just 12 albums and five songs have ever charted here, and the only one you probably know is Psy's "Gangnam Style." We’ll certainly be able to recalibrate K-pop’s American success when Korean rapper CL of the K-pop group 2NE1 drops her...

The 10 Best South Bay Punk Bands of All Time

As a nu-metal head in the late '90s at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, I was probably the only one displaying a love for bands like Korn, Slipknot and Fear Factory in a sea of Black Flag, Pennywise and Circle Jerks shirts and patches. I was well aware...

Henry Rollins: Only Sometimes Am I the King of Fanboy Mountain

For many years, I have had a fascination with the obscure. Little-known facts, rare animals, seldom-visited destinations. Basically, information that very few find interesting. At this point, I reckon if most people are leaving it alone, it must be something I need to investigate. The world of music is a...

Electronic Boleros and Difficult Techno: The Many Sounds of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker

Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker is one of the more adventurous and prolific producers in Los Angeles, but in a musical ecosystem deafened by the screams of self-promotional hacks, he's easy to overlook. He’s either extremely calculated or overly relaxed. I can’t tell which. Later, as he's about to perform a live score...

Legendary Punk Fanzine Slash Is Finally Getting the Anthology Treatment

"This publication was born out of curiosity and hope. Curiosity regarding the possible rebirth of true rebel music. Hope in its eventual victory over the bland products professional pop stars have been feeding us. May the punks set this rat-infested industry on fire. It sure could use a little brightness.”...

Luna Shadows' Colorful Pop Songs Are Like Love Letters to Los Angeles

Luna Shadows is sitting at the boathouse by Echo Park Lake just before taking a morning stroll around the water. There’s a pushcart vendor shaking bells in the distance, but he hasn’t found any customers. The lake is lined with an assortment of characters — a preppy young couple, middle-aged...

Saul Williams' MartyrLoserKing Is a Multimedia Epic — Now With Remixes

Saul Williams’ current multimedia, multi-tiered MartyrLoserKing is not only his most ambitious piece of art to date, but it gives his fans a chance to watch him create and erect his art right in front of their eyes. MartyrLoserKing (MLK for short) has already manifested as a full-length album, along...

Play Like A Girl Helps Give Female Artists a Leg Up — and a Gig at the Echo

“I was told when I was younger, like, ‘Oh, you’re good for a girl,'” says Kimi Recor, reflecting on the days of trying to reconcile who she was against messages about what a young woman could or couldn’t do. Running with a group of young punks, she felt she had...

Can H.U.N.T. (Hate Us Not Today) Unify L.A. Gangs? Rapper Problem Thinks So

“This all started because of a feeling we — myself, and we as a community — had watching two men die in front of their families on television,” says Problem, the Compton rapper, talking about the recent deadly police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota...

Paralyzed Juggalo Joe Mekan Feels the Love at His First Gathering

In the fading afternoon light, Joe Mekan sits near the entrance to Gathering of the Juggalos, smoking a Marlboro and watching his fellow Juggalos pour into the festival. He’s wearing a black tank top and black beanie; tattoos cover his arms, including a work-in-progress he’s doing himself, starting with a...

Pro Wrestling Gets Wild at Gathering of the Juggalos With WWE Legend Jeff Hardy

"There’s no doubt that Jeff Hardy is extreme; he is very extreme." - Jim Ross, Former WWE Commentator on Monday Night Raw It's July 1, 2002, and Jeff Nero Hardy, 24, is standing atop a 15-foot steel ladder. The WWE title belt is dangling near his fingertips, just above the...

Anderson .Paak's Long, Hard Road to Fame Was Worth the Wait

Anderson.Paak is missing. At least that's what his manager, Adrian Miller, tells the sold-out crowd at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, which responds with a collective gasp and a shower of catcalls. "This is not cool," Miller says, looking around anxiously, "but I bullshit you not when I tell...

Can You Be a Non-Juggalo and Still Wear Clown Paint at the Gathering?

When I told my wife I wanted to go to Gathering of the Juggalos, she had one simple request: “You have to get your face painted, and you have to send pics.” Or is that two requests? Either way, since I do pretty much everything my wife tells me to,...

The Best Things We Overheard at Gathering of the Juggalos

Juggalos are hilarious. All weekend long, if you could hear them over the boom of fireworks and horrorcore rap, Gathering attendees were dropping one-liners faster than a classic Simpsons episode. Not always intentionally, but still. So thanks for the laughs and the memories, ninjas. And here, without further ado, are...

How to Have Fun at Your First Gathering: Juggalos Impart Advice to a Newbie

When you're a newbie at Gathering of the Juggalos, one of the first things you realize is that you're better off just announcing your first-timer status to everyone you meet. Gathering veterans love welcoming newcomers into their ranks, even those who openly admit to not identifying as Juggalos. If you're...

Donald Trump and Juggalos Have More in Common Than You Might Think

I've been reading Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal, which was ghostwritten by Tony Schwartz, who channels Trump's daily deal-making in what is basically a window into the life of a more charmingly juvenile version of Gordon Gekko. I like this book a lot, if only because it reads...

10 Things You Can Buy From Random Strangers at Gathering of the Juggalos

Juggalos know how to hustle. At their annual Gathering, just about anything you could ever possibly need to have a good time, from drugs and booze to more, uh, creative fare, is available for purchase from wicked clowns advertising their wares via hand-lettered cardboard signs. Here's a small sampling of...

How Robert Tepper's "No Easy Way Out" Became a Rocky Soundtrack Classic

Rocky Balboa has been an iconic figure since his humble beginnings in the first Rocky film, released in 1976. Sylvester Stallone’s tale of an underdog prizefighter receiving the opportunity to challenge Apollo Creed for the world heavyweight title, and his efforts to woo the shy Adrian, won the hearts of...

Fanatics! Thank You for All the Letters and Kind Words About Alan Vega

[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 #382 07–24–16 Fanatic!...

I Think I've Been a Juggalo My Whole Life and Just Didn't Know It

Have you every ghosted a subculture so completely that later, when you shine a light on it, you realize it was your tribe all along? Here in Thornville, Ohio, for the 17th Gathering of the Juggalos, where the wicked clowns are here to — and I'm quoting a Juggalo —...

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