Alejandro Escovedo Goes Back to New York

In the ‘60s and ‘70s, New York City was the promised land, even in California. “When I was young and living in Huntington Beach and the Velvet Underground album came out, it was everything to us,” Alejandro Escovedo says. He had no interest in Europe; he wanted to go the home of the Brill Building, The Young Rascals, and The New York Dolls.

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.” 

Lee Bains Has His Own Songs of the South

Lynyrd Skynyrd sang “Sweet Home Alabama,” but other Alabaman bands have more ambiguous relationships with their home state. The Drive-By Truckers made that inheritance—Skynyrd included—the heart of their two-CD Southern Rock Opera, and Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires’ new Dereconstructed addresses his own mixed emotions. Some critics have referred to his music as southern rock, but he’s not so sure.

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