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Album Review: The Angst Blues of Jon Wahl and the Amadans; Record Release Party: El Cid, March 23

Any true music fan knows that serious listening can only happen with a decent hi-fi in a dedicated space free of distractions and the myriad, perhaps pointless, multitasking activities that fill every free second of our lives. While increasingly fewer … 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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The Pixies at El Rey Theater – Live Review and Photo Gallery

All photos by Bob Lee for the Los Angeles Beat. Excitement over the Pixies’ return to LA early this month reached its most fevered moment on the Friday when it was announced the band was playing a fanclub-only gig at … Continue reading

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Concert Preview: Claw Hammer and Cosmic Psychos Team Up for Explosive, Historic Show

Lovers of genre-defining 1980s and 1990s underground rock rejoice:  Los Angeles’s Claw Hammer will be playing its first concert in nearly 12 years at The Echo this Friday.  Joined by Australia’s notorious Cosmic Psychos, this unlikely pairing could be the … Continue reading

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CD Review: Flaming Lips – The Terror (Warner Bros.)

Give the Flaming Lips credit for this; after thirty years in business, at the height of their commercial stature on a major label, they’re not afraid to keep it weird. During my twenty years as a fan (I can point … Continue reading

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Live Review: Black Keys at Staples Center

Photo by Brian Michaels for the Los Angeles Beat, from the band’s Santa Barbara show. Black Keys sure are big, huh. Who would have thought it possible just a few years ago? Just a modest little two-piece band doing their … Continue reading

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LA Beat Interview: John “Drumbo” French

The name of John French is rarely if ever seen among those polls naming “best” – aka most famous – rock drummers of all time. But to the musicians who have had their world upended by the music of Captain … Continue reading

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Live Review: FYF Fest – Day One

Now in its second year of partnership with Goldenvoice, the FYF Fest seems to have worked out most of the logistical bugs that plagued its early attempts to grow too much too soon. Set times ran like clockwork, the dust … Continue reading

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Live Review: Neville Bros., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Roddie Romero & The Hub City All Stars – Hollywood Bowl

These roughly annual New Orleans nights at the Bowl are becoming one of my favorite LA traditions, an opportunity to see an Angeleno crowd get off its collective behind and wave some handkerchiefs in the air. Classic Louisiana music typically … Continue reading

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