New Album Alert: Imani Coppola

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 1:27 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News The regaled creative family the Coppolas are everywhere right now: matriarch Eleanor is telling us Paris Can Wait with her newest fictional film. Daughter Sofia is offering a unique cinematic perspective on the Civil War with The Beguiled. And now a third Coppola woman is back in action with her new album, Hypocrites.   She’s Imani Coppola, whose 1997 hit, “Legend of a Cowgirl,” mashed up the familiar psychedelic strains of Donovan with streetwise, slick rap-singing. No... READ MORE

5 Awesome May-December Musical Pairings

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:17 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died March 18. Known to perform concerts well into his late ’80s, the “Johnny B. Goode” guitarist and singer was not about to go quietly into the night. Just before his passing, he recorded CHUCK (Dualtone), an album full of fierce collaborations between the legend and his disciples (Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr. and more).   CHUCK got us thinking about other oldies but goodies who teamed... READ MORE

New Video: diNMachine – ‘Dbl Trbl’

Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 11:45 PM
Tia Scott

  Music NYC-based electro-rock band diNMachine links up with Russian artist Patrick K.-H. and Greek artist Bestbefore to create an animated video for their pulsating single "Dbl Trbl," which is reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's quirky, groundbreaking visuals for his 1984 classic "Rockit." For "Dbl Trbl," the overall video is an electrifying mash-up of diNMachine, Patrick and Bestbefore’s collective vision and sound. Each party brought its own ideas, sketches and sequences together to eloquently blend it all into the unique, erratic musical/visual... READ MORE

Spotlight on the Coachella Valley Music Scene

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It is an absolute shame that it took a tragedy to bring attention to a certain SoCal band. By now, you’ve heard the awful news that Palm Desert’s Eagles of Death Metal were performing when the deadly Paris terror attack occurred. More than 100 of their fans – including their European merch manager, Nick Alexander – were fatally shot Nov. 13 at the Bataclan theater. EODM’s musicians made it out alive, albeit emotionally shaken. Their... READ MORE

New Music: Painted Palms - Refractor

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News If Depeche Mode and Of Montreal had an epic dance-off, it would sound like “Refractor.” The lead single off Painted Palms’ sophomore effort, Horizons, sets the pace for a less spacey, more cheery album than their 2014 standout, Forever.   With Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem) handling the mix, Chris Prudhomme and Reese Donohue broke out of their email routine and headed to the studio for Horizons. This record promises a fuller sound than the vulnerable bedroom audio... READ MORE

Ozomatli To Honor Florida Farm Laborers in Concert

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News Photo by Sandra Dahdah   Genre-hoppers Ozomatli have always lent a hand to worthy causes. They've commemorated in song historic occurences like the rebuilding of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina and immigrant marches in Los Angeles. Now they're shining a light on the lives of farm laborers in Florida.   The Latin rock-rap-funk fellas are teaming with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to celebrate these employees and to encourage Wendy's and Publix to rethink their produce purchasing. The March 21 event... READ MORE

Music Releases Move to Friday— Now What?

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News   The big hullaballoo this past week in the music world was that the world got a little more united. Friday was dubbed the universal day for fresh releases, after a lifetime of varying days for different nations. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a body that represents record labels worldwide, claims that the Friday release date embraces digital trends and tears down figurative borders. Smaller entities such as Beggars Group – who represents artists... READ MORE

Introducing: Len Sander

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Switzerland is exporting some beautifully sensual sounds these days. Zurich's Len Sander has wooed us with the melancholy "Ungrowing" off their upcoming debut LP, Phantom Garden. The six-piece band evokes Portishead and latter-day chillwave, with Blanka Inuaen's vocals personifying a spectre from a dream. The percussion by Alessandro Hug and Markus Brutsch pin-prick the subconscious, while the synth and guitar instrumentation from Simon Inuaen, Flavio Schonholzer and Dennis Scharer coasts like gentle waves. Phantom Garden is... READ MORE

Music and Religion - Is It the Same Thing?

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Image by Christopher Michel/Creative Commons The venerable Dalai Lama of the exiled Tibetan Monks is rumored to speak at Glastonbury 2015. While the media fawn over the prospects of the spiritualist appearing at the world-renown music festival in England, it is not the first time faith has infiltrated the hallowed grounds of rock ‘n’ roll. Entire careers are devoted to comparing rock gods with sectarian gods. (We recommend perusing the thorough and fascinating site Rock and Theology.)... READ MORE