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Still Going Strong After 16 Years, Drum & Bass Night Respect Lives Up to Its Name

Running a consistent weekly is a near impossible, often thankless, and financially risky fool's errand. Most quickly fizzle or exhaust their mailing list or rinse out their welcome after a couple months, especially in a megalopolis like L.A. where there are hundreds of options on any given night. Now, imagine...

Henry Rollins: Bend Over, America — Here Comes President Trump

America is an angry country. It always has been. Those who came before us cleared out the locals by any means necessary, then sanitized the genocidal slaughter as they self-immortalized their deeds into the stuff of legend. After the sun dried the corpses, we set upon each other. Our history...

Perfect Circuit Audio's Vintage and Modular Synths Attract Electronic Music's Biggest Names

On a recent Saturday afternoon, husband and wife team Brad and Tanya Berry prepare for the upcoming grand opening of their Burbank synthesizer emporium, Perfect Circuit Audio. The large showroom, warehouse and office space on Empire Ave. has been in the works for well over a year. For the past...

Problem Seeks a Solution in His Standoff With Rival YG

Even gangsta rappers need the occasional vacation. For the last half-decade, hard-working hedonist Problem has increased Compton’s gross domestic product. Between 2011 and 2013, the father of seven dropped seven projects through his independent collective, Diamond Lane Music. Highlights included a DJ Drama mixtape (The Separation), a full-length collaboration with...

Not Just a Dude With a Laptop: 5 HARD Summer Acts with Amazing Live Shows

When you’re paying $100-plus for a ticket to see your favorite DJ, you hope to get more than just a guy behind a laptop. Where's the entertainment value in that? Fortunately, DJs and electronic acts are beginning to catch on that their fans need more of a performance to shell...

What's It Like to Be a Female Rapper at Gathering of the Juggalos?

This past weekend’s Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio was the 16th consecutive year of Dark Carnival debauchery, as Insane Clown Posse’s annual festival brought in loyal ICP devotees from all over the world to see a lineup boasting artists from the Clowns' Psychopathic Records roster past and present...

Vote Now in Our Best of L.A. Readers' Choice Poll

Do you have a favorite spot to see live music? A bartender who always remembers your drink? A karaoke joint with all of those obscure '90s tunes you love to sing? Then you need to make your voice heard in our annual Readers' Choice poll! Voting is open now in...

Rapper/Producer DeLon Is Proud to Rep His Sri Lankan Heritage

Producer, rapper and DJ DeLon might have cut his teeth at rap competitions in Compton and South Central. But he’s a son of Sri Lanka at his core. “The kings and queens of Sri Lankan lineage has been written down and quantified over the last 4,000 years,” DeLon says, proudly...

Chief Keef Hologram Designer Alki David on Recent Concert Bust: "It's Orwellian"

Saturday night was a first for hip-hop: Police shut down a rapper’s hologram performance. Chicago MC Chief Keef was set to perform via a hologram projected from Los Angeles at a concert at Hammond, Indiana’s Wolf Lake Pavilion. Keef's appearance at the concert, called Craze Fest, was intended to raise...

Stop Shitting on Taylor Swift's Feminism

Taylor Swift messed up. I know this, you know this, Nicki Minaj knows this, Taylor Swift knows this. It happens. Everyone sticks their foot in their mouth sometimes. Taylor Swift happened to do so very publicly, when she misinterpreted some tweets Nicki Minaj wrote about the VMA nominations and tweeted...

Lil Debbie's New EP, Home Grown, Is an Ode to Weed

It’s Friday night, a little after 10:30, and I’m hoofing it through Hollywood to a spot called Las Palmas where Lil Debbie is premiering her new EP, Home Grown. There are stragglers hanging out front and they’re all young, definitely not over the age of 25, some of them probably...

Dreamstate, Insomniac's First All-Trance Event, Just Sold Out in Four Hours

Trance, that much-maligned EDM genre built around uplifting (aka "cheesy," to its many detractors) melodies, chugging rhythms and long, slow builds, refuses to go away. After over a decade of taking a backseat — at least here in the States — to everything from electro-house to dubstep to the bludgeoning...

Party Pick of the Week: Club 90s Clueless Night

It’s enough to make a Gen-X’er go postal: The ’90s are officially and majorly retro in clubland right now. Most young clubsters were literally babies when Amy Heckerling’s film Clueless came out, which makes it the definitive pop culture inspiration for nostalgic fashion and music. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of...

Fanatics! Another Great Show for Strange Summer Weather

[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 #330 07–26–15 Fanatic!...

DJ Amanda Jones Rules the Decks in L.A.'s Goth/Industrial Party Scene

It's Friday night inside the Monte Cristo, a gorgeous Koreatown venue hidden behind a plain Wilshire Boulevard facade near Southwestern Law School, and Amanda Jones is keeping the industrial dancers going after midnight. They pump fists and jerk knees towards their guts in time with stomping beat of bands well-associated...

Sir the Baptist Challenges Society's Status Quo With His "Urban Hymns"

“I’m not trying to be embraced by religious people,” says Chicago-bred, L.A.-based singer Sir the Baptist, his sincerity tangible even through the phone. “It’s not necessarily what the religious people want to hear from me, but it’s like, this is what the story is. How can we focus on better...

Henry Rollins: Maybe You Don't Need to Rehearse First, But I Do

[Part two of a two-part column. Read part one.] I am currently in London, England. I am here to be part of a show that Alan Vega and Martin Rev, otherwise known as Suicide, are doing at the Barbican Theatre during the monthlong Station to Station festival. Day 4: After...

A Chance DJ Set With Skrillex Helped Make Mija a Rising Star of EDM

For Amber Giles, life changed early one morning at an art car parked on the grounds of a music festival in Tennessee. A few weeks earlier, at her 22nd birthday party in Arizona, the people behind the Burning Man–famous Kalliope car heard Giles on the decks and asked her to...

For Freddie Gibbs, Fatherhood Just Means Grinding Harder (and Owning More Guns)

Fatherhood hasn’t softened America’s best gangsta rapper. It’s merely made him more armed. “I had 50 guns, now I have 100,” says Freddie Gibbs, maybe joking but probably not. “I’ve bought two guns for every month that she’s been alive. It’s brought out the protector in me.” Gibbs credits his...

After Conquering EDC Vegas, AC Slater and Night Bass Come Home to L.A.

Only the biggest names get to host stages at EDC Vegas: Carl Cox. Z-Trip. Bassrush. AC Slater. (No, not the Saved by the Bell character.) "I couldn’t believe they let me do it," admits Slater, the founder of Night Bass, the L.A.-based label and monthly club night that's only been...

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