Past Stories

Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

The finest aspects of this year’s Warped stop, situated in the middle of the horse track at the Pomona Fairplex last Friday, could be distilled into three exacting items: fabulous female vocalists, vivacious veteran punks...


THE SUNDELLES

After a long workday recently, I slipped into Taylors in Redlands to unwind before going home, and found myself solemnly staring into a peach-flavored ale. Suddenly, I was distracted by some seriously stellar music oozing its w...


Ugly and Ignored?

When seminal Long Beach new wave punkers Le Shok officially went belly-up in 2001, we mourned the passing of possibly the most entertaining live band of the era. They once stormed off the stage of the Glass House to fight…



UP TO 11

THE WALKING TOXINS AT TREMORS, SATURDAY If not the most talented act to play at this battle-of-the-punk-bands throwdown, then certainly the one with the best name. But then click up their MySpace, where you’ll find their ...


BANDS

The music industry is not evolving–it has evolved. To attest to the fact, music retailers–such as Tower Records–are closing their doors by the thousands. Record labels are reporting massive losses, yet the pop...


Great Ska!

Ska has been around for half a century. Upon entering its third incarnation since the humble, Jamaican-inspired R&B days of originators Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker, the ska template had morphed into a fusion of off-bea...



Free Your Mind & Your Ass Will Follow

Funk, baby, has got to be the sweetest four-letter word in the musical universe. A rhythm-heavy sound that is pungent, arresting and loaded with psycho-acoustic demands, funk grabs ahold of one’s mind and refuses to let g...


Rock The Bells

If you ask Chang Weisberg how he’d describe Rock The Bells, he’ll fling terms that only the musically initiated would likely grasp–"a conscious socio-political hardcore hip-hop fest." But for everyon...


Dr. Strange (Love)

Record label A&R scouts typically seek certain aspects of a band that would make them signable—you know, things like band members that don’t have kids or wives, who are still considered "under the hill,&quo...



Keeping Up With the Joneses

One of rock & roll’s most horrible ironies is the fact that it is so often dominated by phonies. Whether it’s Fabian Forte or Lenny Kravitz, the bogus invariably seem to land somewhere near the top of the charts...


The Third Annual Camper Van Beethoven Campout

There are two things you’ll find at sundown in Pioneertown–tumbleweeds that dance their lonely dance across sun-baked Mane Street, and Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, which bills itself as the rowdiest...


You Say Community, I Say Illuminati

By Phil Fuller   Since art patronage was devised there have been conflicts between those with the money to commission the art and those with the talent. Even Michelangelo clashed with church officials when he tried to incl...



Band of the Week

First there was electro, the early prodigal offspring of new wave, punk, hip hop and funk which spun off from the rest in the late ’70s on the soaring synths of breakthrough acts like Kraftwerk–quite possibly the mo...


The Conceptualization Highway

In the midst of creating their new music, Metric are having to talk to people like me about, well, their old music. See, nearly a decade since they formed, and with their fourth album well underway, the Canadian New Wavers…


20 Times Platinum . . . In Thailand!

One of my earliest impressions of the power of rock ‘n roll was the gatefold sleeve of the Scorpions’ 1985 World Wide Live album: a fisheyed photo, taken from the stage, of a crowd that extended literally as far as&...



Before the Next Teardrop Falls

When it was announced in mid-2006 that Freddy Fender was suffering from incurable cancer, the statement came as a stunning sucker-punch. Although the revered country singer had just turned 69, his distinctive, perpetual aura of...


Tomorrow’s Gonna Hurt

SEPT 27-OCT 3, 2007 Relevance, as in a meaningful, genuine artistic statement, may be an increasingly rare commodity in rock & roll, but it is almost entirely missing from the work produced by the vast preponderance of con...


Half Baked

The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival, which happens every year in Albany, Vermont, isn’t short on mainstays of the standard liberal neo-hippie fest, replete with dreadlocks, giant puppets and Bush protests. And it takes p...



Jahdda Corra Bahzair

Perhaps the best thing that can be said of Mike Apichella is that he’s interesting–all the more so to that special faction who can willingly rouse themselves to be interested. Probably why nobody west of New England...