| Aug 20, 2013
| 5:30 AM
The 10th FYF Fest occurs this weekend at downtown's L.A. State Historic Park, and over the last decade, the annual indie- and punk-heavy gathering has evolved from a duct-taped DIY celebration to a certified, well-produced, Goldenvoice-endowed cultural...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 8:03 AM
Black Flag's menacingly simple logo, designed by artist Raymond Pettibon in the late 1970s, has achieved a kind of ubiquity few others have. Born on the streets of Los Angeles, his design for his brother Greg Ginn's band Black Flag consisted solely of...
| May 2, 2013
| 1:49 PM
Patrick Stickles, who is not known for his lack of vocal restraint fronting punk-rock band Titus Andronicus, comes on the phone, oddly, speaking just above a whisper. "I should warn you," he says. "I'm going to have to talk in this quiet voice, 'cause I'm...
| May 3, 2013
| 2:39 PM
There are times when it’s best to let the riffs, tangled leads and headbanging speak for themselves. Slayer co-founder Jeff Hanneman, who died Thursday, was by all accounts a silent, reserved presence in real life, but when he stepped onstage to...
| Sep 21, 2012
It's a press day for Keith Morris, frontman for the punk supergroup Off!, and the interviews are bumping against each other like elbows to rib cages in the pit at one of his shows.
"I'm doing, like, three interviews today. And the guy that set up the...
| May 7, 2012
| 12:48 PM
3 stars (out of 4)
On its second, self-titled album (Vice), Off! doesn’t tolerate long-windedness of any kind, musical or otherwise. Solos? There is exactly one (which lasts nine seconds) among the quartet’s 16 songs; the album blurs past...
| Apr 14, 2011
The way Keith Morris holds a microphone is not designed for comfort. He grabs it with one or both hands, elbows locked at rigid angles, and lunges with each syllable as he shouts with epic fury. The eyes bulge, his knees buckle. At 55, the delivery of...
| Oct 10, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Itâs a fool's game, trying to pick 10 songs about one of popular musicâs most reliable topics: alcohol, and the joy and pain it begets. Itâs a topic that could fill volumes -â song and the drink -â so to......
| Nov 10, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Milo Gonzales braces his arms in a handstand on a fuzzy pink platform, and his legs arch backward, dangling over his mop of rainbow-colored dreadlocks. He looks up as his spine contorts into the letter âCâ. Musicians sway behind him,......
| Dec 28, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Wow, Keith Morris is still bummed out. The singer helped define Los Angeles punk rock in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a member of both Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, where he yowled about nervous breakdowns, drunken......
| May 13, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Jack Black headlines an all-day cancer benefit in Altadena Saturday....
| Aug 4, 2011
| 4:32 AM
Celebrities??? lending their voices for commercials has been a huge trend in the automotive world the past few years. Hyundai made a splash getting Jeff Bridges as its gruff-but-soulful pitchman. Mercedes-Benz???s new cars are pushed by Jon Hamm, who...