Music

Black Monday: Dragsters In the Punk Lane

If you haven’t heard of Black Monday yet, you will. This fueled-up band emerged from the Los Angeles punk rock scene, playing with such legends as Fear, The Adicts, Agent Orange and The Dickies. Since reuniting last year, they’ve been booking shows throughout SoCal. They also got a brand-spankin’ new frontman, Brian Christensen. And their “Black Hell EP” […]

What’s the Saga? It’s Called ‘Songs For the Deaf.’

Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of Queens of the Stone Age’s third album Songs For the Deaf.  From its 40-second intro, which featured the sound of a key going into an ignition, a car door slamming and an engine running, you knew that you Joshua Homme, Nick Oliveri, guest drummer Dave Grohl and the rest […]

Heartbroken and Attractive, A Sad, Sloppy Mess

SubPop, Matador, Kill Rock Stars, Merge Records…  During the early ’90s, these independent record labels were amongst indie rock royalty.  From these labels, low-fi, noise and sludge rock pioneers like Sonic Youth, Guided By Voices, Slint, Six Finger Satellite, Pavement, Bikini Kill and many more emerged. Their songs were gloomy, angst-ridden, distorted masterpieces that resonated with […]

Because It’s Madonna’s 54th Birthday

Most menopausal women experience mood swings and hot flashes.  But not Ms. Madonna Louise Ciccone. Wait…scratch that. She probably does. She’s human, after all. But she’s not about to let excessive sweating and irritability stop her from making the world fall to their knees and succumb to her domination. When she’s not heating things with a […]

In Memoriam: Jani Lane

Warrant frontman/lead vocalist Jani Lane passed away a year ago today. This was his band’s best-known song and the #1 choice for hair band-loving strippers.

Listen Up: The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “Wisdom”

This gorgeous song came out in 1995 from San Francisco band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. If you let it sink in, you may find Anton Newcombe’s alleviating voice and Dean Taylor’s moody guitar sending you into a sonic stupor.

Tomorrow: Downtown Summer Party at Down & Out and Coronados

Take a break from watching the Olympics, and catch some amazing bands play in Downtown LA for FREE.  I’m DJing at Down & Out after 5 pm.