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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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Reviewed: The Blackberry Train By James McCartney

James McCartney’s new album The Blackberry Train is set to drop tomorrow, May 6th. The album opens with the brightly lit “Too Hard”; the track is anything but too hard. A melodic feel-good rocker, it’s a great opening to the … Continue reading

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Dawn of Ashes Return with Theophany

For all intents and purposes LA’s extreme metal outfit Dawn of Ashes was gone, dead and buried in 2013 with singer Kristof Bathory moving on to new territory with the unfortunately short lived but brilliant Urilia. Dawn of Ashes has … Continue reading

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Skip Heller 78 RPM Release Party Thursday 3/24/16 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

For years, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of owning an antique Victrola. I can picture strolling over to it in the corner of the living room, taking a scratchy old record out of the gorgeous wooden cabinet, watching the … Continue reading

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