Archive | June 2012

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Two Sticks and Extra Chocolate? Is It Mardi Gras?

If you lived for Gob’s magic tricks, Lindsey’s self-absorbed attempts at charity work, Buster’s secret affair with Lucille Austero, George-Michael’s not-so-secret crush on his cousin and never-nude Tobias’ stint as a Blue Man, you should check out Gallery 1988’s latest art opening, “There’s Always Money In the Banana Stand,” a tribute to Arrested Development.  It’s […]

The Young Royals: Some Like It Loud

The Young Royals deliver a head rush of rock ‘n’ roll.  We’re talking gut-punch lyrics, reeling guitar riffs and melodies that stick. You want heavy?  These guys are the real deal.  Catch them tomorrow night at the House of Blues, opening for Steel Panther. In the meantime, here’s a morsel to tide you over. The […]

Paul Is Alive, and Today Is His Birthday

And in her eyes you see nothing, no sign of love behind the tears… This beautifully tragic song, “For No One,” was written by Paul McCartney for the Revolver album. Supposedly, he wrote the lyrics after a fight with his then-girlfriend Jane Asher about the slow death of their relationship. Musically and lyrically, it’s genius. Happy 70th […]

Because It’s Father’s Day

My dad has always been into music–The Beatles, The Doors, Johnny Cash, Blondie, Stevie Wonder, Queen and much more.  At any time of of the day, a record, tape or CD was playing in our house.  I attribute my immense love of music to him. This is one of the first songs I remember him […]

Just An Urchin Livin’ Under the Street

So, the “glorified Glee” film Rock of Ages, featuring an impressive ensemble cast, opens this weekend. It takes place on the Sunset Strip in 1987, amidst the stew of sex, booze, drugs and broken dreams. Sounds like it might be a good concept for a movie, right? Did I mention that Alec Baldwin and Russell […]

One Night In Montebello

On Monday night, I had some time to kill in Montebello, California. Despite its numerous taco joints, I opted to hang out at a strip mall coffee shop with free Wi-Fi called The Daily Brew. I swung open The Daily Brew’s heavy glass door and was instantly mauled by a shaky voice. I looked to […]

Listen Up: A Double Dose of The Darkness

So, The Darkness dropped a deuce on a famous painting. Because it takes real talent to shit on command. (Okay, maybe that’s the jealousy speaking.) Regardless, this artistic expression was designed to help promote their upcoming album Hot Cakes, due out on August 21, 2012. If you’re not familiar with these cheeky, glammy Brits, you should know that The Darkness do […]

Tomorrow: Summer Kick-Off Party at Down and Out

Put on your banana hammock and apply your SPF liberally: Summer’s officially here!  And there’s no better way to celebrate (or mourn–if you’re a Debbie Downer) than to get your indie on at Down & Out.  Catch four LA artists/bands, including Johanna Chase, The Never Never, Peachy Keene and Lovers Drugs for nothing more than the lint in your pocket.  I’m DJ-ing […]

Because It’s Curtis Mayfield’s Birthday…

Curtis Mayfield was a socially-conscious pioneer of funk who spread messages of hope to the African-American community through his music.  Because of his prowess for composing impeccable soundtracks, he was tapped to write tracks for his lady-friends Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin, as well.  Unfortunately, he passed away too soon before he could contribute more […]

Listen Up: The National’s “The Rains of Castamere”

This hauntingly beautiful song from the HBO series Game of Thrones recounts the obliteration of the House Reyne by the leige lord’s son Tywan.