Category Archives: CDs

Album Review: Alice Bag

The pulsing drums and reverb and wah-laden guitars kicking off her debut solo album serve notice that Alice Bag is here to rock and that we all better listen up. The first track “Little Hypocrite,” which admonishes us to “stop … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Everly Brothers – Harmonies From Heaven”

About three minutes into “The Everly Brothers – Harmonies From Heaven,” you start to wonder why exactly this hasn’t been made years before. Keith Richards, Graham Nash, and Art Garfunkel are in the opening sequence, and they remind you (in … Continue reading

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Hello Again, Aldebaran: The Long-Awaited Reissue of Judy Henske & Jerry Yester’s 1969 Masterpiece

Few music fans, whether they were alive at the time or not, would dispute that the late 60s were a magical time for LA music. Between The Byrds, Love, Beach Boys, Doors, and countless others, not to mention classic venues … Continue reading

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Bill Stevenson Talks About The Descendents’ New Album

Interview by Andy Nystrom. Photo by Chris Shary. Originally posted on There’s Something Hard In There . I heard through the punk-rock grapevine that the Descendents would be playing a gig one early evening in the summer of 1981. Not … Continue reading

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Album Review and Band Interview: Evilution by The Black Widows

Southern California’s favorite arachnid rockers are back and in a massive way.  Evilution, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Revenge of the Black Widows, delivers 16 blistering tracks of pure instrumental evil.  The Los Angeles Beat serendipitously heard a brief sample … Continue reading

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Album Review: Prinze George’s “Illiterate Synth Pop”

Prinze George is a distinctive synth-pop trio featuring childhood friends Kenny Grimm (production, various instruments) and Naomi Almquist (vocals), with Isabelle De Leon (drums). Named after Prince George’s County, the Maryland-based group has a new album out August 5th on Sounds Expensive, … Continue reading

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Alice Bag Channels ’60s Girl Groups to Confront Spousal Abuse

In her new video for “He’s So Sorry,” Alice Bag pays tribute to early girl groups, especially the Shangri-las. Her strong voice pierces through the wall of sound, while backup singers are soft and angelic. The use of the Wall of Sound is … Continue reading

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Album Review: WOMPS’ “Our Fertile Forever”

WOMPS are a band from Glasgow that have a nostalgic ’90s indie/college rock sound akin to Built to Spill or Dinosaur Jr, with a touch of The Getup Kids-style angst. Their new album Our Fertile Forever, out June 10th on their label Displaced … Continue reading

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EP Review: Braids’ “Companion”

Braids is an ethereal Montreal-based trio that plays “experimental pop,” mixing whirring electronics with acoustic instruments, and powered by singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s breathtaking vocals. She frequently sounds like a more vulnerable Björk, her voice swelling from delicate to epic with impressive ease. … Continue reading

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Get Your Vinyl Fix, Los Angeles! Capitol Studios’ 60th Birthday Bash

Back for its second year is WAX – The Los Angeles Record Fair, in conjunction with Capitol Studios’ 60th anniversary party. The weekend of May 21 and 22 plays host to a multitude of events surrounding the iconic landmark, celebrating … Continue reading

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