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Alan Parsons Talks About His Upcoming LA/San Diego Concert Dates and his Book ‘Art and Science of Sound Recording’

Alan Parsons has always had show business in his blood. Part of it came from his mother, an actress, professional folksinger and harpist. Some of it came from his father, Denys Parsons, an accomplished pianist and flautist as well as … Continue reading

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Rhythm and Brews – The Ridge and New Gold Dream

Given the fashion within the craft brew industry for over-hopped, bitter, resinous pale ales – great as they are – it’s refreshing to encounter a pale ale that comes on all light, bright and fresh before revealing its bitter finish. … Continue reading

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Gurf Morlix Debuts His New Album ‘Eatin’ At Me’ Tonight at McCabe’s

A new album from Gurf Morlix is always a challenge. I never know if I’m going to like the writing, the playing, the singing or the sound design/recording best. Listening to Gurf’s newest release, Eatin’ At Me, the past couple … Continue reading

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Album Review: Double Naught Spy Car’s “Panorama City” Toys with Space Time Continuum

For the last two-and-one-half years, Double Naught Spy Car’s Western Violence (2012) has been the soundtrack for my neurotic Los Angeles existence. Teeming with talent and creativity, the instrumental, psychedelic, surf noir band has twisted the boundaries of musical conformity, … Continue reading

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Mad Parade Belts out New Single on Hostage Records/Interview

Written by Andy Nystrom. Originally posted on There’s Something Hard in There As a teen in 1985, I’d been a fan of Mad Parade’s debut album, but had never seen the band play live. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t … Continue reading

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LA Beat Interview: Craig Ibarra, Author of “A Wailing of a Town”

Friday, April, 17th, END FWY is hosting a two-part book release party for “A Wailing of a Town: An Oral History of Early San Pedro Punk and More.” The 416-page softcover was released on April 1, 2015, D. Boon’s birthday. This … Continue reading

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Album Review: Purity Ring’s “Another Eternity”

To say that Purity Ring has avoided the “sophomore slump” with their new album Another Eternity would be a massive understatement. The quirky electronic duo’s debut Shrines (reviewed here) is an impeccable collection of tightly-constructed songs that blend beats, synths and … Continue reading

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The Beat Interviews: Johnny Hickman of Cracker

This Saturday night, March 28th, Cracker will be playing a full 60-minute set at the House of Blues Sunset as part of the fundraising Ticked Off Music Fest. If any of you have seen “The Punk Singer,” the story of Kathleen … Continue reading

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Rhythm and Brews: Cauld Reekie and This Is The Sea

Steve Stewart began brewing beer at the age of 16 from simple retail kits. He soon progressed to more complicated brews. Discovering that he could undertake a degree in brewing at university, there was no turning back. After spending some time … Continue reading

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The Black Lantern Knows the Future

The Black Lantern from Long Beach, California, could be the punk version of Nostradamus. Unless of course they are speaking with confidence of their own future, which given the sounds and delivery on their debut album We Know The Future could be … Continue reading

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