5 Great Non-Guitar Solos

Monday, June 9, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music One of the most remarkable moments on the classic Soungarden album Superunknown is the solo on “Spoonman.” Sure, we all were familiar with guitarist Kim Thayil’s shredding, but it was the song’s namesake that really wowed. Artis the Spoonman brought a full metal assault to his silverware. And now, on the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, we’re inspired to list some of our other favorite non-guitar solos and instrumental flourishes. In chronological order…   The Troggs – “Wild Thing” Hey,... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now - Painted Palms

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Simultaneously looking forward and back, Painted Palms' Forever encompasses the best of pop-rock past, present and future. With jangly guitars, whirling synths and the faraway vocals of Christopher Prudhomme, the album lifts the soul and the synapses. There's something vaguely Brian Wilson-esque about these gossamer compositions. Listen to the bedroom starkness of "Angels," and it's not hard to imagine the Beach Boy humming this along with "Don't Worry Baby." Prudhomme and his cousin Reese Donohue... READ MORE

The Best Concerts of 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts The roar of the crowd. The rush of energy as the band takes the stage. The deep-felt euphoria that rattles your soul. What better place to be truly present than at a concert. And 2012 was full of memorable ones: This writer witnessed everyone from the Beach Boys to the lauded rise of indie supergroup Divine Fits. But it was these five shows that ruled them all: 5) Fiona Apple, Sept. 14 at the Greek... READ MORE

Wouldn't it be nice if we were older?

Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts My dad and uncle both have this bumper sticker on their trucks brandishing a surfboard and the phrase "Old guys rule." When it comes to live concerts, that truth rings loud and clear. (OK, so maybe their hearing isn't so loud and clear anymore...) I had the honor of seeing the Beach Boys at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend as they celebrated 50(!) years of their rock reign. The bowl is usually not... READ MORE

Road Trip Soundtracks

Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Melissa Bobbitt I just returned from an epic Pacific Northwest vacation with friends, and many wonderful memories were etched into our minds. But with any adventure, the music that accompanied us was just as important as any sightseeing we did. Music can transport us right back to those magical places we never want to leave. Or it can remind us of hysterical moments - none of us can get Ludacris' "Pussy Poppin'"... READ MORE