Kyuss Lives!: Bringing quintessential desert sludge to a stage near you. One of the most unsung heavy rock bands to emerge during the '90s, "desert rock" quartet Kyuss has a legitimate claim as its decade's Velvet Underground. While they didn't receive their due during the band's existence, t ... More >>
Mick Jagger threw his name into the running for what may become the biggest supergroup of 2011, joining Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Damien Marley, Joss Stone, and A.R. Rahman, composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, for what promises to be an eclectic (and hopefully not too terr ... More >>
This week, tens of thousands of people are going to a patch of desert to watch a pile of bands at Coachella. It's not going to be comfortable, but it's not the worst place in the world to play. How do we know? Because of the following -- the top six weirdest gig venues ever. 6. Against Me! at 1 ... More >>
Hey, remember Garbage? No no, hear me out. If you go back and revisit their first album, the one with the pink feathers, I think you'll find time has proven them right about a few things: a balance between heavy-alternative jangle and fetching lead melodies, the virtue of buzzing guitars and a rh ... More >>
PavementMarcus Roth © 1999Pavement's first West Coast date of its 2010 reunion tour was announced today, as the Coachella lineup went live with the indie rock giants as Sunday's big headliner. The news will likely send the group's many geeked out fans into organizing the So Cal caravans for the ... More >>
mr. Gnome @ Elbo RoomThe new album by Cleveland duo mr. Gnome, Heave Yer Skeleton, is a surreal rock listen. Largely recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the band's sophomore full-length contains layers of echoey, keening vocals and effects-slathered ... More >>
Dustin RabinThem Crooked VulturesNovember 19, 2009Fox Theater Better Than: Listening to Robert Plant shy away from the high notes at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show. It's no accident that the supergroup has, in recent years, gone the way of New Coke, the McRib, and Lindsay Lohan's career. For ... More >>
Eagles of Death Metal The FillmoreThursday, Feb. 5 Review and Photos by Brian MossBetter Than: A night of cappuccinos and obscure French literature at the local cafe.While I tend to prefer a bit of thought provocation in my music, I also appreciate the value of dumbed-down simplicity laced with mel ... More >>
Brit-poppers Primal Scream have unleashed a new record, Beautiful Future (out now in the UK; not sure on the US release date). And as if there weren't enough Primal Screamers already, the band --- founded by one of Jesus & Mary Chain's early drummers, Booby Gillespie -- seems intent on stocking ... More >>
Heart On (Downtown Recordings)
I was a big Distillers fan back in the day, mostly because lead singer Brody Dalle has such a wicked, ripping set of pipes. Since that band first broke, and then broke up, Dalle's name comes up more for her famous husband (and father of their child) Queens of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme, than for ... More >>
Queens of the Stone Age smash the alt-rock robot
Mastodon destroys cookie-cutting rock
Lullabies to Paralyze
Old Crow Medicine Show: not your average bluegrass band. The Eagles of Death Metal: not a death metal band at all.
From MTV to Rolling Stone, everyone loves the Distillers. Except us.
Frank Sinatra on reincarnation: "You only live once, and the way I live, once is enough." Amen.