Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.
There was tension today when chiseled, blonde, blue-eyed, Newport Beach High/USC alumni, Chase Von Gruber showed up at the monthly after work mixer wearing a Bad Brains, Youth Are Getting Restless, T-shirt.
When you look at how Van Halen originally broke up in 1985, the truth about David Lee Roth leaving is a cloudy affair. It’s generally accepted that Roth left the band to pursue a solo career, however that may not be the real story.
As Slayer winds down it’s career with a final world tour, one thing can be said about them: They never compromised their sound. Like Motorhead before them, Slayer has always been angry, straight ahead, and fast.
No doubt many metal fans — especially those over 40 years of age —had heard or listened to Gojira until they opened up for Metallica in the summer of 2017. For a hardcore, French, speed-metal band like Gojira to slot onto Metallica’s WorldWired Tour was a huge coup
The Legend of the Seagullmen (Seagullmen) is a furious and heavy supergroup. Their self-titled debut album consists of dark and heavy, psychedelic, and evil pirate metal anthems all revolving around the deep dark sea.
In today’s music world, it seems my teenage kids are hooked on every two-bit, no-name hip hop or rap artist who can mumble “Skirt, Skirt” (which is a rapper mimicking the sound of an expensive sports car screeching its tires on the asphalt) behind some poorly programmed bass and drum track.
The lights draw. The DJ with a cheeky name and pension for superficially underground tracks on a playlist he or she designed…of other people’s music…has ceased entertaining the impatient (and sometimes chanting) crowd.
One of the most significant albums of the 1980s, Jane’s Addiction’s seminal Nothing’s Shocking, almost didn’t get recorded. While the album turned out to be so influential to alternative music and the beginnings of grunge, the band that went into LA’s Eldorado Studio to record it nearly broke up during production.
Awesome’s pick for circle pit of the year goes to the pit in the VIP section of the Punk in Drublic Festival (whose name was later changed to Punk and Brew Festival after a dispute with the City of Huntington Beach), during the October of 2017. The Punk in Drublic festival was a giant shit show.
I love 90’s hip-hop, so I tend to let that be my compass during the summer months. I decided to put together a list of 10 perfect summer hip-hop records that stay in my rotation. They aren’t ranked, but they are sure to give you summer vibes.
The pale grey, pink sky was fading in the rearview mirror as I drove along the canyon road that leads home after a joyful time at the coast. Bob Marleyʼs “Waiting In Vain” came on and immediately Iʼm reminded of a special memory with my Dad, who passed a couple years ago.
This group doesn’t talk about how financially solvent they are. They talk about being late on their rent. They talk about letting their parents down and missing them. They talk about letting their friends down. They talk about not judging others who have made different choices. And when Dave says, “I’m the greatest MC in the world,” it’s ironic, it’s self-deprecating.
The first time I saw the Pharcyde was at Lollapalooza ’94. They played the second stage at the Cal State Dominguez Hills velodrome.
Adidas 747 was an epic event. Spanning several blocks surrounding and within the old American Apparel manufacturing building in downtown LA, Adidas went all out to represent during this year’s NBA all-star game.
Wiretap Records performing and recording artist, Watch For Horses, played their final show of 2017 at The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA.
Slayer is starting their final tour ever, which means their final tour until they decide they need another couple of million in the bank, at which point they’ll have a reunion tour. Nevertheless, assuming this is the end, it’s also the end of one of the greatest cathartic battle cries ever: F***ING SLAYERRRRR!!!
There’s no question Metallica’s sophomore album, Ride the Lightning saw the band finding their thrash metal stride with better songs and production than on their stunning debut Kill ‘Em All.
According to Muir, “All I wanted was a basic, durable, no bullshit watch, like my old Casio, but with an Institutionalized ring tone and THEY WOULDN’T GIVE IT TO ME.”
It’s been a rough few months for Chance the Rapper. After seeming like he could do nothing wrong, he seems to be taking misstep after misstep. After claiming on an Instagram live feed, “Everybody knows I brought Supreme back,” he was subsequently ruined on Twitter.