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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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New Slash! Magazine Book by Hat & Beard Press

Hat & Beard Press held an opening night reception in Hollywood last night to celebrate the release of the collection, “Slash: A Punk Magazine from Los Angeles, 1977-80.” The new book includes every cover of the magazine’s 29-issue run, as well as new essays … Continue reading

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John Doe Discusses his New Book at Book Soup Sunday, July 24

John Doe’s book, “Under the Big Black Sun, A Personal History of L.A. Punk,” was published in late April and he continues to make the rounds promoting it, including an appearance at Book Soup tomorrow from 4-6pm. In the vein … Continue reading

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The Very Last Liquid Kitty PRB Ever

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Fruit! The Juiciest Art Show of the Summer! Thursday, 7/21

Is the oppressive summer heat getting you down? Are you waking up in your stiflingly hot, un-air conditioned apartment in the middle of the night, sweating, sadly pushing away your beloved pet and/or significant other because it is just too … Continue reading

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Yes We Can Can: An Allen Toussaint Salute at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday Night

This Wednesday, the sounds of New Orleans will once again fill the Hollywood Bowl, a summer ritual that never fails to spice up LA life. This edition promises a loving tribute to the sadly departed Allen Toussaint, the great and … Continue reading

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The Boss – Diana Ross at Hollywood Bowl

The first time I saw Diana Ross perform I was in high school. Her set at the Universal Amphitheater back then ended with an enthralling version of “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” I was so amped up that when … Continue reading

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Metalachi Dishes About the Upcoming Tequila and Tacos Festival in Ventura

The 4th Annual Tequila and Tacos Festival comes to Ventura on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24. The event features many different street taco vendors, a day of tasting fine top-shelf tequilas and mezcals, and a day of sipping … 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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Pet Sounds at The Hollywood Bowl

Last night was a historical night for music lovers in Los Angeles. Brian Wilson played The Hollywood Bowl to a sold-out crowd, but this wasn’t a Beach Boys concert.  Wilson played the entirety of Pet Sounds, and rounded out the set … Continue reading

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