Author Archives: Bob Lee

A Terrible Weekend For Proto-Punk: RIP Gary Burger of the Monks and Scott Asheton of the Stooges

This has been a weekend of calamitous loss for fans of hard American music, with the passing of Monks lead singer and guitarist Gary Burger announced on Saturday, with news of Stooges and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band drummer Scott Asheton’s passing … Continue reading

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Live Review – Prince and the New Power Generation at the Palladium

LA, you blew it. There was room for at least another thousand people to get into the Palladium to see Prince and the NPG last Saturday night. How you let that one slip by, I have no idea. But actually, … Continue reading

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The Mating Album Covers Series Part 8

Once again, courtesy of those of those wacky and inspired collage artistes at the BCB Music Forum, Kath and Phenomenal Cat, we present for your visual delight a series of artworks that re-configure iconic imagery to create a world of … Continue reading

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Saturday – Say Sayonara To The Atomic Cafe

Old punk rockers with fond memories of slurping noodles in downtown LA will want to stop by the site of what used to be the Atomic Cafe on Saturday night for a quick trip to the Wayback machine. Nancy Sekizawa … Continue reading

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So, About Black Flag In 2014

Once again, the internet is buzzing with news about Black Flag. This has been happening every couple of months for a year now, and it’s become disquieting. For twenty-five years, there was no news, because there was no Black Flag. … Continue reading

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Eternally Inflammable: An Interview With Stiff Little Fingers’ Jake Burns

It’s been thirty-five years since Stiff Little Fingers launched their debut album, Inflammable Material, into a severely agitated United Kingdom. A first-hand account from the heart of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the band’s righteous spirit and urgent delivery established … Continue reading

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Snap Judgments: Quick And Dirty Music Reviews, January 2014

One of the New Year’s Resolutions your humble editor made, and intends to keep, is to feature more new, local and obscure artists here in our virtual pages. I have to admit, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about … Continue reading

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Beatoffs And Tasty Licks: Inside The Guitar Center Drum-Off National Finals

Congratulations to 2013 Drum-Off winner D-Mile, seen here in his 2011 contest entry video. “Welcome to the annual beatoff contest!,” hollered Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith by way of greeting the spectators and participants of Guitar Center’s 25h … Continue reading

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LA Beat Presents This Sunday At The Redwood – Dean The Taping Machine’s Birthday Extravaganza

To close out 2013 in our series of free afternoon shows at the Redwood Bar & Grill, we are pleased to have friend of the Beat Dean Abramovich, aka Dean Dean The Taping Machine, to take over this month’s lineup … Continue reading

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Legacy Recordings Fall Roundup – The Clash, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Mike Bloomfield

The Clash – Hits Back! – 2 CD It’s not like the world really needed another Clash Greatest Hits set on CD that badly, but if there has to be such a beast, this one at least works. Culled from … Continue reading

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