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Think EDC's Wasteland Stage Is Hard? Not as Hard as Gabberfest

Qing Yang and Ben Fruehlich flew from Houston to Las Vegas last weekend to rave. But they weren’t going to Electric Daisy Carnival. They were going to American Gabberfest 2016, a two-day festival of hard electronic dance music held under the brutal Las Vegas daytime sun. (Full disclosure: My publication,...

The Kleenrz's Self Jupiter and Kenny Segal Share a Free Track, "Breakup Breakfast"

Our appetite for underworld fare is insatiable. For evidence, see Tarantino box office figures, the bestselling HBO box sets, or all 300-plus episodes of The First 48. L.A. based rap duo The Kleenrz follow such grim fare in hazmat suits, picking apart the aftermath of the illicit, one song at...

Shit People Said on the EDC Vegas Shuttles

The EDC shuttles could use some love. We get it; it’s not easy trying to transport thousands of people between Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Strip. For those of us taking the giant buses, it was frustrating having no clear signs or indication of where, exactly, to find the...

EDC Vegas 2016: The Best and The Worst

There’s a little bit of everything at EDC Las Vegas. The outfits, décor and stages are all unbelievable, and the massive festival grounds offer plenty of chances to intermingle with fellow ravers. Throughout the weekend, there were many, many bests. But, as with any large logistical nightmare of a gathering,...

Moby on His New Memoir and His Wild '90s Years: "I Was a Debauched Drunk"

Moby has written a book, Porcelain, and it’s great. A memoir, it focuses on his New York years from 1989 to 1999, ending just before the release of Play, the album that catapulted him to superstardom. Porcelain is honest, funny, entertaining and impossible to put down. Whether you’re a fan...

Taking a Helicopter to EDC Vegas Is Totally Worth It — If You Can Afford It

Choosing to ride a helicopter into EDC might sound a little ridiculous; it did to me. But while most of the hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers make the hour-or-more trek to from the Vegas Strip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway by car or shuttle, a few take to the air...

How EDC's Ground Control Crew Quietly Keeps the Festival Safer

Behind an unmarked door in a nondescript wall behind a row of vendor tents, there’s a small army of positive-minded people whose job it is to make EDC Vegas fun and safe for every attendee. They're called Ground Control, and over the course of the weekend, 370 of them roam...

About That Sky Ferreira Piece: It Crossed the Line, and We're Sorry

There's a fine line between being provocative and being offensive, and every journalist should respect it. When Art Tavana wrote a column about his obsession with Sky Ferreira, and I edited it and published it yesterday under the headline "Sky Ferreira's Sex Appeal Is What Pop Music Needs Right Now," I...

Sky Ferreira's Sex Appeal Is What Pop Music Needs Right Now

[Welcome to "Art Tavana vs. the World," a monthly column in which L.A. Weekly's angriest (and nerdiest) music critic, Art Tavana, takes on his many nemeses in an ambitious quest to boldly go where no other critic has gone before.] Sky Tonia Ferreira, 23, has a name that reads like...

Hip-Hop Takes Over Disney Concert Hall Tonight

This Friday night, the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles will continue its late-night Sleepless concert series with a night at Walt Disney Concert Hall dedicated to the music and culture of hip-hop. Sleepless is a series of events, curated and organized by the Music Center, Dublab, ArtDontSleep and Monalisa,...

Fanatics! I May Be Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

[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 #378 06–19–16 Fanatic!...

Henry Rollins: Muhammad Ali Made All the Right People Mad

Of all the notable passings this year, Muhammad Ali’s might be the most profound. In our lifetime, he’s perhaps the country’s most recognizable and globally loved individual. He was a lot of things to a lot of people. Not always good. He made some people’s heads explode. In that way,...

The 20 Greatest Classic Rock Albums

What is classic rock? It is one of the most nebulous terms in the music business. When exactly does the classification of classic rock begin, and where does it end? How do you compare different eras with disparate talents with other rockers who may have been the first to unleash...

This Lebanese Band's Singer Isn't Afraid to Speak Out About Being Arab and Queer

“This is what it looks like to be called both a terrorist and a faggot,” Hamed Sinno told a sold-out crowd in Washington D.C. on Monday night, less than 48 hours after a Muslim man (who may or may not be gay himself) killed 49 people inside a gay nightclub...

The Dead Ships Played Coachella Without a Label or a Record. Now They Have Both

The Dead Ships frontman Devin McCluskey is laughing as he describes the bizarre shoot for “Seance,” part of filmmaking duo Leo Longo and Diana Boccara’s "Around the World in 80 Videos" project. "It was kind of terrifying, because I’d just met them, and it was like, 'Sure, you can tie...

There's More to This Dance Club Than a "No Laptop" Rule

Cure and the Cause's moment of viral notoriety played out like a game of telephone. It started when Kenny Summit, co-owner of the Glendale house music club, took to Facebook with a decree: "No more laptops in the DJ booth." It wasn't an outright ban. Summit made exceptions for turntablists,...

Is Rapper David Sabastian Influencing the Mainstream — or Is It All in His Head?

It's after 8 p.m. on a Tuesday in March, and David Sabastian is running late for an orgy. He doesn't have a car — he doesn't even have a driver's license — but he's expecting to be picked up by a friend and whisked off to a house full of...

What It Was Like to Work With Sinatra in the Studio

In the mid-1960s, Frank Sinatra's recording career had begun to falter. It was the age of Beatlemania, and the crooner's sound, rooted in jazz and big band music, was no longer in vogue. Eager for another shot at topping the pop charts, Sinatra lined up a session in the spring...

Attention, Ravers: It Will Be Hot AF at EDC Vegas

You're heading to Las Vegas with more than 100,000 of your closest friends for the greatest EDM show on earth, Electric Daisy Carnival. We hope you packed sunscreen and water. We already know you don't plan on wearing much — an EDC tradition. Temperatures are expected to soar this weekend, according...

A&R Legend John Kalodner Talks Aerosmith and Why Rock Won't Reach the Masses Again

A Whitesnake medallion is the only memento John Kalodner kept from his remarkable A&R career. He keeps it in front of the desk and computer in his airy Hollywood Hills home, commemorating Whitenake’s self-titled 1987 album, which featured the band’s epic pop-metal hits “Here I Go Again” and “Still of the...

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