New Music: The Unravelling - 'Revolt'

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:05 PM
Tia Scott

  Music   With production by Gustavo de Beauville and vocals from Steve Moore, the Calgary-based rock duo The Unravelling presents their latest single, "Revolt," which carries a poignant message over grungy guitars and heavy-hitting drums. If you're a fan of Tool, Nine Inch Nails and Alice in Chains, you'll love the melodic blend of metal, electronica and prog that the Unravelling delivers. Their fusion of those elements and more is what sets them apart from the average metal band and... READ MORE

Occur's Favorite Music of 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music U2 invaded our iTunes, everything came up butts and Taylor Swift became the first musician since ... herself to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in its debut week. Underneath the publicity stunts and sonic 180s (not just the Sonic Highways), 2014 provided some memorable surprises musically. Dig in and see what we dug this year.   Album image courtesy Republic   FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End In... READ MORE

10 Dream Double-Header Tours

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Despite my penchant for all things '90s, I'd never seen Nine Inch Nails or Soundgarden in concert. Sure, I'd attended gigs by Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels and Chris Cornell's Audioslave, but neither band could match the unadulterated fury of those artists' star-making endeavors. So imagine my fangirl glee when I scored tickets to the joint NIN-Soundgarden gig at the Hollywood Bowl! Tears will be shed; panties might be thrown. It got me... READ MORE

Will Daft Punk 'Get Lucky' at the Grammys?

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music The nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday, Dec. 6, and it seems Captain Obvious is the presiding judge. Lines were blurred, robots "got lucky" and a teen Kiwi ruled them all. Here are some notable categories and our predictions of who will win (and who should!). The Grammys will be televised January 26, 2014 on CBS. RECORD OF THE YEAR "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons "Royals" by Lorde "Locked... READ MORE

Coachella Picks 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Just a week away from the holy music pilgrimage to the desert that is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It's this writer's 14th year attending (Jesus. That's a lot of sun-drenched rockin'), and the excitement is just as palpable as it was when I first attended at age 16. This year's lineup is so ridiculously good I almost popped a vein trying to decide which five acts to include in my essentials... READ MORE

Concert review - Abandoned Pools

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts The family tree of Los Angeles rock took root Saturday at the Roxy Theatre. One band begat another, and some of the musicians were like the agile gardeners of the Sunset Strip. Six degrees of separation; three groups with dedicated local followings. Abandoned Pools were the headliners, a phantasm of a project that emerges from the studio on average every six years or so. Theirs is a sonic marriage of Smashing Pumpkins and a... READ MORE

... with a little help from their friends

Monday, September 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music California Wives' "Purple" video used fan art to embellish the visuals. California Wives just released a splashy video for their latest single, "Purple," and it's got fandom written all over it. Or drawn all over it - listeners could submit their artwork via a Sharpie promotion, and the Wives would feature the best in the background. They're one of dozens of bands that are turning to the proletariat for contributions. (And we're not even talking... READ MORE