Author Archives: John Collinson

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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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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Festival of Skate, Mike Watt + The Secondmen Represent San Pedro

Yesterday, 1,500 skaters, skate fans and residents ascended the Gaffey Street Look Out Point in Angels Gate Park for the 4th Annual San Pedro Shred: Festival of Skate. A 3/4-mile downhill course, large and small half-pipes, a fenced-in park of mini … Continue reading

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Concert Preview: Saturday Night’s Alright for Smash Fashion and The Smithereens, The Rose, Pasadena, April 30

In a title bout of power pop heavy weights, Los Angeles’ Smash Fashion will pair up with veteran rockers The Smithereens this Saturday at The Rose in Pasadena. In the far corner is Smash Fashion, the home town boys delivering … Continue reading

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Cafe Nela Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary: An Interview with Cafe Nela Founder Dave Travis

In two short years Café Nela has emerged as a premiere destination for underground and alternative music in Los Angeles. Located on a dark stretch of Cypress Avenue in Cypress Park, the gateway neighborhood from downtown to the rapidly gentrifying … 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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ALBUM REVIEW/CONCERT PREVIEW: Wish Granter by the Atomic Sherpas

Wish Granter, the Atomic Sherpas’ third release, is a complex, conceptual assortment of music that captures the Los Angeles band’s fascinating evolution and its mastery of jazz, funk, rock and roll and avant garde. Formed in 2000 by Los Angeles … Continue reading

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American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry National Center November 8–9

The Autry National Center of the American West presents the 24th Annual American Indian Arts Marketplace this weekend at its Griffith Park campus.  This signature event invites the public to meet and support extraordinary Native artists, who represent more than … Continue reading

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Album Review: HellBat! Puts the Fright in Fright Night

Yay Freedom!, the debut release by Los Angeles rock quartet HellBat!, is an ambitious convergence of punk, classic rock and jazz.  Transcending the dry ice, leather studded outfits and heavy metal imagery that the band’s name might imply, HellBat! challenges … Continue reading

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Concert Preview: Sasquatch, White Dynomite and The Freeks Rock El Cid

Hard rockers Sasquatch brings their swinging, Black Sabbath- and Mountain-inspired tunes to El Cid Nightclub in Silver Lake this Saturday evening.  Sasquatch IV, released in 2013, continues with the heavy, pounding tunes that make Sasquatch, perhaps, the world’s most appropriately named rock band.  … Continue reading

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