The Mekons: Still Punk Rock After All These Years

When opportunity knocked, The Mekons pretended they weren’t home. Actually, that’s not true. They just didn’t stop what they were doing to answer the door. The British punk band were art school mates with the Gang of Four and recorded their answer to The Clash’s “White Riot”—“Never Been in a Riot”—in 1978. At the time, primitive skills were badges of honor in the fight against the tyranny of technique as embodied by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Eric Clapton, and any musician who intentionally played in 11/4 time.

Cream of the Crop

Screenings both large and small can go unnoticed in the cinematic boomtown of the Hollywood South. As Ferris Bueller once said, "life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Here's our weekly roundup of the upcoming showings and festivals in independent film venues we don't want you to miss because you didn't know about them.

Edward Scissorhands

The Tim Burton classic is an alterna-tearjearker about being misunderstood.

The World Plugs In

I hoped that in Peru Boom: Bass, Bleeps and Bumps from Peru’s Electronic Underground, I’d found a Peruvian equivalent to bounce. On first listen, it was clear that I did and didn’t. The compilation presents a current, club-oriented, electronic expression of local culture, but it lacks the specific details we associate with bounce: emcees, crazy energy, and neighborhood focus.

Jazz Fest News: The Who's First Managers Subject of New Doc

The Who will make a rare festival appearance when they play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m. on the Acura Stage. This weekend, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times wrote lengthy stories on the documentary on the band's first managers, Lambert and Stamp, which is out in limited release now. 

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