Tonight in L.A.: WASI, Kate Clover, Figs Vision, Sacha Rudy, the No. 44, Bedouine, Vic Ruggiero, Guitar Shorty

L.A. shows for Monday: ► New year, new month, new residencies: WASI kicks off their residency (at the free Satellite Nights series) at the Satellite (with Punk Crush, Shiragirl and Sugar Rum Tantrum opening); Kate Clover is at the Bootleg (with Nice, Jordan Jones and Vaguess supporting); and resurgent Figs Vision holds down the Echo (with Cassowary, Gods Wisdom and the Crudes on board). ► Pomona quartet the No. 44, who have a new album coming out late this month, do a free night at Harvard & Sto...
Tags: Music, Preview, Kate Clover, Maui, Figs Vision, Pomona, Harvard Stone, Redwood Bar, Wasi, Pappy Harriet, Zebulon, Vic Ruggiero, Lewis OfMan, Bedouine, Andrew Garcia, Lauren Napier

Milwaukee Kids, Aged 12 & 13, Shot by Driver After Throwing Snowballs At Passing Cars

Milwaukee police are investigating after two kids, aged 12 and 13, were shot by a driver after throwing snowballs at passing vehicles. According to Milwaukee police, the kids—a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy—were hurling snowballs at passing cars with a group of children Saturday evening (Jan. 4). After one of the snowballs hit a white Toyota, the driver of that vehicle pulled out a gun and opened fire on the children. “It was like boom, boom, boom, boom all in succession,” said neighbor...
Tags: Videos, Wtf, Crime, Kids, News, Shooting, Guns, Children, Milwaukee, Fox, Wisconsin, Jazz, Toyota, Gun Violence, Really, Milwaukee Kids Aged

Stream: Moses Sumney, ‘Me in 20 Years’

“Me in 20 Years,” the latest heartstring-tugger single from Moses Sumney, is neither a hymn nor a dirge to the future. Instead, it’s a lament for the present, as the singer-songwriter mourns, in his aching falsetto, “the cavity” in his life and “being trapped in an endless January.” He wonders if it will be that way 20 years on. The song, co-produced Sumney, Daniel Lopation (of Oneohtrix Point Never) and Matt Otto, is from Part 2 of the artist’s forthcoming double-LP “Græ,” arrived from Jagjaguw...
Tags: Music, Featured, Latest Music, New Music, Moses Sumney, Matt Otto, Jagjaguwar Records, Daniel Lopation, Polly Sumney

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - January 6th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily. Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed. Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists. See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists. Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Larg...
Tags: Music, Fox, David, Forbes, Carly, Marjorie, Betsy, Bruun, Pesi, Anita Ojeda, Ido Green, Leigh Anne Wilkes, Place for Truth, Ridgefield Press, Taylor Steen

Amanda Seales Joins “The Real” As Permanent Co-Host, Show’s First New Host Since Tamar Braxton Was Fired

Daytime’s worst kept secret was finally shared with the world today (Jan. 6): Amanda Seales is the new co-host of The Real. Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry kicked off 2020 by welcoming Seales to the table as a permanent co-host. “Please welcome the newest member of our family,” Love announced after noting the new seating arrangement and listing Seales’ accomplishments and credits. The comedian and actress walked out to confetti and cheers from the audience and her new c...
Tags: Videos, TV, Celebs, Pop Culture, Jazz, The Real, Braxton, Amanda Seales, Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry, Seales, Adrienne Bailon Loni Love Jeannie Mai

Timothée Chalamet Cast As Bob Dylan In New Biopic

Well, here's some big news. Timothée Chalamet -- the internet's favorite actor and also everyone else's -- is apparently taking on the role of one of the most iconic musicians of all time. Deadline reports that Searchlight Pictures has closed a deal with director James Mangold for a Bob Dylan biopic, and Chalamet … More »
Tags: Music, News, Bob Dylan, James Mangold, Timothee Chalamet, Searchlight Pictures

Boss Moves: Beyoncé & JAY-Z Arrive to Golden Globes 1 Hour Late With Bodyguard & Bottles of Ace of Spades

Beyoncé and JAY-Z pulled boss moves when they attended the 77th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 5). First off, the power couple straight up skipped the red carpet and arrived to the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton one full hour late. And they literally brought their own bottles of champagne to the catered event. LA Times writer Amy Kaufman captured the moment they entered the room and shared it on Twitter. . @Beyonce and Jay-Z just walked in. They're waiting until Kate McKinnon fin...
Tags: Celebs, Beyonce, Jay-z, Elton John, Pop Culture, Jazz, Golden Globes, Jay, Joaquin Phoenix, Ellen Degeneres, Phoenix, Beverly Hilton, Bey, LA Times, Bernie Taupin, Spades

Stream: Beach Slang ‘Stiff’

“Rock ’n’ roll is a church for weirdos and degenerates, the brilliant and the forgotten,” says James Alex, singer-guitarist for Philadelphia quartet Beach Slang. “It’s the only place a whole lot of us have. And we’re here for it.” So in going to church for their fourth full-length, Alex (the principal songwriter and lone founding member still slinging slang) enlisted the help of an elder: The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson plays bass on the whole album, titled “The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City....
Tags: Music, Featured, Philadelphia, Lima, Alex, Southern California, Latest Music, New Music, James Alex, Beach Slang, Tommy, Brad Wood, Heartbreak City, Tommy Stinson, Bridge Nine Records There, Aurore Ounjian

Coldplay, Brandi Carlile, Jonas Brothers and Brittany Howard will headline Citi Sound Vault shows at Hollywood Palladium

To celebrate the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Citi Sound Vault returns to Southern California with a quartet of exclusive live performances ahead of music’s biggest night. Citi and Live Nation have teamed up to bring Coldplay, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Brandi Carlile and Jonas Brothers to the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles for a series of intimate performances. Citi cardmembers can now register to unlock access ...
Tags: Music, Alabama, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Coldplay, Grammy Awards, Staples Center, Southern California, Concerts, Citi, Chris Stapleton, Namm, Ronnie Montrose, Maren Morris

These Composers Are Maestros of Menace

They call themselves the Newton Brothers, and they create deeply creepy scores for horror flicks like “The Grudge” and “Doctor Sleep.”
Tags: Music, Movies, News, Flanagan, Newton Brothers, Mike (1978-, Andy Grush, Taylor Newton Stewart, The Grudge (Movie

Albon: Big Sur Theme

The warm, folk-pop melody of LA-based singer-songwriter Albon’s “Big Sur Theme” evokes sun rays on the mountainous strip of Californian coast. Albon (aka Alexander B Lappin) wrote the song on a trip through the area and took inspiration from the orcas in the water beside. Woodwind instruments join strings and light percussion to build the beautiful soundscape, ribboned together by Lappin’s vocals. The track will …
Tags: Music, Design, La, Pop, Culture, Folk, Listenup, New Music, Folk-pop, Big Sur, Albon, Lappin, Alexander B Lappin

Stream Denzel Curry’s 13LOOD 1N + 13LOOD OUT Mix

Back in November 2018 -- after he'd released his buzz-building TA13OO but before he dropped his stardom-confirming ZUU -- the talented and influential Florida rapper Denzel Curry posted a photo of a blood moon with the text "13LOOD 1N + 13LOOD OUT." At the time there was some More »
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Video: Melted Bodies, ‘Ad People’

“We now interrupt this music video for … the whole point of the song.” Melted Bodies are a handful. The L.A. quartet — Andy Hamm (ex-Local Natives), Houda Zakeri, Scott McDonald and Ben Majoy — make unapologetically defiant screamo/speed-metal/math-rock. They’ve loosened the dental work of L.A. clubgoers for a couple of years, and last spring they released the three-song “People Watching” EP, which featured two originals and a cover of the Walkmen’s “The Rat” that shakes the hit to its core. “Ad...
Tags: Video, Music, Featured, Local Artist, Melted Bodies, Andy Hamm, Houda Zakeri Scott McDonald, Ben Majoy

What The Music Industry is Thinking

Distribution is in free fall today. Artists are releasing singles daily, weekly, and monthly. Over-saturation and noise are real issues today. It’s more challenging to get the word out with everyone fighting for attention. We are living in an attention economy. Other advise such as Jimmy Iovine that quality, not quantity should be barometers. The breakout artist of the year was Billie Eilish (Interscope). But she didn’t oversaturate with content. Everything she put out was good followed by spe...
Tags: Music, Jimmy Iovine, Mandy, Billie Eilish, The Latest, What The Music Industry is Thinking, Billie Eilish Interscope


My friends and musical heroes, Yaala Ballin and Michael Kanan, returned to Mezzrow on December 11, 2019, for another evening of glorious songs, selected by the audience, as Yaala explains in the second video.  They call this “show of surprises” … Continue reading →
Tags: Wow, Bliss, Jazz, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love

Slow Mass – “Mal”

Last spring, the Chicago Band To Watch Slow Mass began a series of limited edition singles called Music For Ears, kicking it off with a 7" featuring "Siren" and a cover of Wilco's "Reservations." Today they've announced Music For Ears 2 is dropping this Friday. More »
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Moses Sumney – “Me In 20 Years”

Moses Sumney is a pioneer in the art of stretching out the album rollout. This year, Sumney will release his new album græ. He's putting it out in two parts, like it's a serialized novel or something. He'll release the first part of the album in February and the second in May. And right now, … More »
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This Week’s Shows: Jan. 6-12

Upcoming Los Angeles concerts: Cedric Burnside, Figs Vision, Kate Clover, WASI, A.O. Gerber, My Double My Brother, Movie Club, Lovelyworld, KidEyes, Kaleidoscope, Model Child, Brasko, Wand, Kane Brown, Wake Child, Ider, the Haunts, the Tissues, Willow Stephens, Jesse Malin, Open Mike Eagle, Rex Orange County, Kiki Band, Sleeping Dog, Magic Bronson, Jimmy Whispers, Wolfgang Gartner, Chadwick Stocks & the Pintos, Good Riddance, KT Tunstall, Jason Isbell, the King Khan & BBQ Show, Mandolin Orange, ...
Tags: Preview, A.O. Gerber, Brasko, Brian McKnight, Buck Meek, Calibash, Cashmere Cat, Cedric Burnside, Chadwick Stocks & the Pintos, Corinna Repp, Featured, Femme Fronted Weekend, Figs Vision, Fishbone, Gates of the West, Good Riddance

A Zest For ZEDSU

Watch out for ZEDSU. The New Jersey native is generating chatter in the hip-hop space. He also has a feature on the track THOT! with the Spotify viral artist TOKYO’S REVENGE . If you haven’t heard, Tokyo inked a deal with the 740 Project via Scooter Braun. If anything, check out the track Insomnia. He cleverly mixes alt-rock guitars with trap beats, something you don’t hear to often. 
Tags: Music, New Jersey, Tokyo, Scooter Braun, Indie Invaders, Tokyo's Revenge, ZEDSU, ZEDSU INSOMNIA

Saint of Heart: Jean-Claude Brisseau's 'Céline'

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Dein Sexhoroskop 2020: So stehen die Sterne in Sachen Erotik

Lust auf so richtig guten Sex dieses Jahr? Tja, ich kann nur sagen: Glück gehabt! Die Sterne stehen nämlich für Erotik definitiv zu unseren Gunsten. Die Planeten im äußeren Ring unseres Sonnensystems bleiben 2020 schön konstant. Dadurch können wir uns ganz entspannt darauf konzentrieren, zu erkunden, was wir von unseren Sexualpartner*innen erwarten und brauchen – langweilig wird es also auf keinen Fall. Außerdem verweilt der innovative Uranus dieses Jahr im genussfreudigen Stier, wodurch wir ang...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, Kraft, Energie, Auch, Feuer, Wie, Juli, Zwilling, Rolle, Aber, Sonne, Kopf

A free 8-bit mod delay, and more goodies for KORG ‘logue instruments

KORG’s ‘logue instruments let you run custom downloaded tools – now including recent additions like this excellent free delay. Roll-log Sounds developed this free 8-bit, 2-tap modulated delay plug-in, which can be modulated for sounds ranging from slapback to drone effects and lots of areas in between. It runs on the KORG instruments that support the ‘logue SDK – so that’s the Prologue, the Minilogue XD, and even the Nu:Tekt NTS-1. That last one runs just around $100 street, a...
Tags: Music, Stories, Sdk, Korg, Namm, Tim, LFO, LOGUE, Prologue, Sinevibes, Artemiy, Minilogue Xd, logue SDK, NTS-1, Tim Shoebridge

BottleRock 2020 Lineup

The Napa Valley-based festival Bottlerock has announced its 2020 lineup. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, and Stevie Nicks are the headliners. More »
Tags: Music, News, Stevie Nicks, Bottlerock, Napa Valley, Red Hot Chili Peppers Dave Matthews Band

Stormzy & Wiley Release Diss Tracks About Each Other

Some people just can't take a compliment. In the early '00s, the London rapper and producer Wiley more or less invented the genre and aesthetic of UK grime. In the nearly 20 years since then, Wiley has made it clear that he is not fond of just about anyone else who has found success making … More »
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Jeff Parker – “Go Away”

Tortoise's Jeff Parker has a new album out this month with his backing band the New Breed, an ensemble whose wide-ranging contributors include Makaya McCraven, Rob Mazurek, and Nate Walcott among others. Titled Suite For Max Brown, it's a joint release between NPR-core mainstay Nonesuch and jazz hub International Anthem. The album is dedicated to … More »
Tags: Music, Npr, Jeff Parker, Max Brown, Makaya McCraven Rob Mazurek, Nate Walcott

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