The Continental Drifters Look Back on "Drifted"

The Continental Drifters were inevitable at a number of levels. Why wouldn’t musicians with similar record collections want to get together to write, sing and play? People do it every day in every city in America. In their case though, the city was Los Angeles so the quality and profile of the players were elevated, but the same basic impulses that lead to every band led to The Continental Drifters.

Tonight Sean Patton, Kyle Kinane and Friends Get Serious

It’s hard to believe that New Orleans was once considered a dead zone for comedy. I’ve heard comics talk about the challenge of holding the attention of  drunken tourists (as if that’s all there is to New Orleans), but whatever the reason for the change, New Orleans now gets solid comedy shows on a very regular basis.

Win Tickets to See Miles Tackett

For 20 or so years, Miles Tackett has been making music with one foot in traditional funk/soul/blues world, and one in the DJ culture that fetishizes the sound of its records. He’s the son of Little Feat’s Fred Tackett, has played guitar since he was eight, and is best known for playing in the Breakestra, which wrote and played songs that sounded like tracks that must have been sampled somewhere by someone.

Moon Honey Gets Ready for SXSW

It has become hip to not care about South by Southwest—It’s too big; it’s too corporate; it’s just a party. Moon Honey is not one of those naysayers. This year, the band will play Austin during SXSW for the third or fourth time says singer Jessica Ramsey, and this is the second time the psychedelic band originally from Baton Rouge will be an official part of the festival with a proper showcase.

Paul Collins Is Going for Timeless

Power pop was grown from the most mainstream DNA--Beatles-like pop, garage rock energy--but its heyday is the moment that never happened. The "Shake Some Action"-era Flamin' Groovies wore their Beatles and Stones influences most proudly, but it can be heard in Shoes, Dwight Twilley Band, The Records, and The Plimsouls to name a few. If you hear Todd Rundgren in their sound, you're likely right and wrong.

OFF!'s Keith Morris is a Human Being

Keith Morris is no stranger to an aggressive soundscape. “I live under flight paths of emergency helicopters,” he says from his home in Los Feliz near the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, “one of busiest intersections in Los Angeles.” He has a movie theater between him and the traffic, but there’s a fire station around the corner. “There’s always something going on, but the energy is not a positive energy.” 

Allah-Las Worship The Sun

Los Angeles-based garage rock revivalists Allah-Las exemplify an aesthetic awareness that is deeply rooted in place. The quartet, composed of vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham, and drummer Matthew Correia, are self-described surfers, and three out of four members met while employed at Hollywood’s legendary Amoeba Music.

together PANGEA gets over the party

together PANGEA was born at a party. The California-based rock trio is known for its raucous live sets stemming back to art school days playing campus debauches. The scene was a natural fit for the developing band, says bassist Danny Bengston, but with a new, more mature record and a headlining tour of its own, together PANGEA has grown up — if only a little bit. The celebration stops at Circle Bar on Thursday.

Last Night: A Tale of Two Haims

There's something great about seeing a band that sounds better live than on record. It's reassuring to know that there's more to an act than what could be contained on a disc or vinyl record. But after California sister trio Haim's sold-out set at One Eyed Jacks Sunday night, I sat on that fine line between being impressed and harboring some resentment.