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Pete Tong Brings "Essential Mix Live" to Exchange LA With Richie Hawtin and Lee K.

Since at least the Eastside backyard parties of the 1980s, Los Angeles has been a hotbed of uptempo dance music culture. Being the American epicenter of raves in the 1990s and beyond didn't necessarily bring us global respect, however. Even when big electronic dance music acts started moving here to...

People Are Spending Insane Amounts on David Bowie's Final Album

David Bowie's final album, Blackstar, is an astonishing work of art from one of the most original, compelling voices in the history of popular music. But is a single copy of it on limited-edition clear vinyl really worth $750? A bunch of opportunistic resellers on eBay are saying, "Hell yes,...

Kendrick Lamar Tops Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll

Our former sister publication Village Voice released their annual Pazz & Jop music critics' poll today, and to the surprise of exactly zero people, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly was voted best album of 2015. This would normally be the part where I'd write something snarky about how predictable...

Best January Nightlife: Siouxsie Night, Party at the Tar Pits, Lil Texas and a Vampire Salon

There’s just way too much to do in L.A., right? With the new year, we offer a new "Lina In L.A." format, a guide designed to help you plan your party month and “save the dates” for gatherings diverse, decadent and (more likely than not) DJ-driven. Pre-plan for the city’s...

Tool's Latest Tour Is Nothing If Not Workmanlike

Tool Viejas Arena, San Diego State University Jan. 10, 2016 Better than... Driving to San Francisco on a Sunday night. If you want one word about what this current Tool tour feels like, that one word is “underwhelming.” Tool plays concerts, but not often and not in a lot of...

L.A. Mourns David Bowie With Special Events All This Month

For all of us, especially those of us who make our living working in or writing about music, the passing of David Bowie has brought an acute anguish that is almost impossible to fully convey. There is so much to say about this transcendent artist who influenced so many, yet...

10 Reasons Why David Bowie Was Our Weirdest Rock Star

It's all too fitting that David Bowie's final album, released just two days before his death, is the weird, woolly Blackstar, an album of experimental anti-pop recorded mostly with experimental New York jazz musicians. Ever since he became an international star by singing a trippy acoustic ballad about a space...

Lemmy's Death Has Given New Life to the Sunset Strip

"I thought it was a line of coke," said Vicky Hamilton, the former manager of Guns N' Roses and Poison – who, it should be noted, has been sober for 14 years. "But it turns out Lemmy gave me speed, so I ended up not sleeping for three days." Forty...

What Being Goth Taught Me About Feminism

Sometimes in the middle of the night, after a few hours of heavy swirling at our favorite goth club, Björk commanded, "Shh!" We stood still, fingers quietly pressed against MAC-stained lips, face make-up sweating off our brows as we scanned the crowd for dance floor pals. We grabbed a hand,...

Loaded Will Stop Booking Bands and It's a Bigger Loss Than You Think

The L.A. rock community was rattled and ranting louder than usual yesterday on social media, when it was announced that the live music side of Hollywood rock bar Loaded would be closing for good end of next month due to rent increases. (The bar side will remain open.) I've written...

Long Beach Is Home to the World's Most Punk-Rock Wine Bar

Todd Congelliere isn’t one to celebrate his own achievements. In the nearly three decades that the former F.Y.P. singer-guitarist has been running San Pedro-based Recess Records — during which he’s released records by bands like Screeching Weasel, The Dwarves, Against Me! and his own melodic punk acts, Toys That Kill...

Lina's January Party Picks: Siouxsie Night, Party at the Tar Pits, Lil Texas and a Vampire Salon

There’s just way too much to do in L.A., right? With the new year, we offer a new "Lina In L.A." format, a guide designed to help you plan your party month and “save the dates” for gatherings diverse, decadent and (more likely than not) DJ-driven. Pre-plan for the city’s...

Fanatics! A Few Words About My Late Friend, Drummer Jason Mackenroth

[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 #354 01–10–16 Fanatic...

Hear the One and Only PPL MVR Cover Danzig's "Mother" (PREMIERE)

We've been kind of obsessed with hirsute power trio PPL MVR ever since they came seemingly out of nowhere a little over a year ago. Are they yetis? Alien, wookie-like creatures from another planet? Just three sweaty guys in monster suits? Does it really matter? The important thing is, they...

10 L.A. Artists to Watch in 2016

L.A. music had a monster year in 2015, but 2016 could be even bigger, thanks to artists such as the 10 we list here, who represent just a few drops in an El Niño of up-and-coming talent. Some may be future superstars, or at least future cult figures. All have...

Henry Rollins: A Not-So-Happy New Year

Coming soon, no matter where you are, is 2016. The world watches America as it staggers into the dark future, rutting away with the blowup doll of its self-made myth. Bloated, belligerent and ready to shoot. No matter who becomes the next president, millions of Americans will hate her or...

Colombian R&B Queen Kali Uchis Is Tough, Talented and in Total Control

Kali Uchis doesn’t need to tell you she’s a feminist. She shows you. Consider the video for “Know What I Want,” in which an unconcerned Uchis slicks on lip gloss while a man, bound and gagged, watches from the bathtub. Or “What They Say,” where Uchis and friends shotgun blunts,...

The Rainbow Needs a Lemmy Statue

You can bet Kobe Bryant, a basketball player, will get a statue in front of Staples Center. Blech, who cares? I say we give one to the rock god who sang "Silver Machine," then went on to brush his mutton-chops into a metal machine in Motörhead, where his whiskey-soaked vocals...

The Not-So-Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino's Eight Greatest Music Cues

Near the start of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, you’re reminded why he’s Quentin Tarantino. It’s not via violent shootout or gorgeous tracking shot across fresh snow but rather the brutal artfulness with which he uses music. The filmmaker sets a grotesque beating to “Apple Blossom,” a bittersweet marriage proposal...

Unpopular Opinion: Punk Rock Is for Old Farts

It’s the new year and that means, depending on whether you date its origins to 1966 or 1976, punk rock is now either 40 or 50 years old. Punk is now old enough to be the guy at the bar complaining about how easy it is to be punk roc...

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