Balthazar | Fever

All about that bass? Not quite. But it almost could be. If you agree with me that a great bassline is a thing of beauty, a joy to behold...

Back Stories | Covering Buddy Holly Day in Los Angeles, 2011

This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s tragic and untimely death. Several years ago, on what would have been his 75th birthday, I was lucky enough to...

Keuning | Prismism

And then there were none. Or four, depending on your perspective. Killers lead guitarist and co-founder Dave Keuning — currently on hiatus from the band — is the fourth and...

Ian Brown | Ripples

Time flies when you're revisiting your past. Thanks at least in part to The Stone Roses' unexpectedly long-lived reunion, it's been nearly a decade since frontman Ian Brown released...

Le Butcherettes | bi/MENTAL

Suffering for your art is one thing. But what Teresa Suárez Cosío supposedly endured to create her band's fourth album takes it to another level. According to reports, the...

Guided By Voices | Zeppelin Over China

It's been almost 25 years since my first Guided By Voices gig. It was at the old Crocodile Cafe in Seattle in 1994, on their Insects of Rock Tour,...

The Specials | Encore • The Beat feat. Ranking Roger | Public Confidential

It may not be the dawning of a new era. But it is a reasonably enjoyable facsimile of an old one. Reconstituted 2-Tone titans The Specials and The Beat...

Rewinding The Good Old Days | The Top Stories of January 2019

Life moves fast these days. So fast that sometimes I can barely remember what happened yesterday, let alone a few weeks ago. With that in mind, here's a look...

Back Stories (Birthday Edition) | My 2012 Interview With John Lydon

I have had the distinct pleasure and privilege of interviewing John Lydon — a.k.a. Johnny Rotten — a few times over the years. And it truly was a pleasure....

Big Star | Live on WLIR

For some weird reason, things almost always seemed to work out for me when it came to Alex Chilton. I was at the Knitting Factory in 1997 when he...
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See Stella Donnelly Connect in the Charming Video For Lunch

At some point, it seems almost every touring musician writes a song about being a touring musician. And for the most part, they fall into one of two camps:...

Back Stories | Neil Young’s MusiCares Tribute, Jan. 29, 2010

On this day in 2010, I was in Los Angeles to attend and cover the Grammy Awards, along with all the other sideshows that take place during the week....

DIY Discovery | Daniel James’ Brass Camel

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there’s nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to the latest instalment...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From Jan. 29, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Fun Lovin' Criminals, Chuck E. Weiss, Cesar Rosas and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to...

DIY Discovery | y(A)pex

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there’s nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to the latest instalment...

On Repeat | Best Music