Album Review - Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, 'Wig Out at Jagbags'

Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Stephen Malkmus and the JicksWig Out at JagbagsMatador Stephen Malkmus is the Loki of alternative rock. Who knows when he's being serious, ironic, scathing, etc.? All we do know is that when he sings, people listen. And the Pavement front man's latest with the Jicks is one that demands continual replays. Wig Out at Jagbags has all the fuzzy rebellion from navel-gazing one would expect from the slack maestro, plus a few cheeky surprises. (Narcoleptic jazz,... READ MORE

Best of 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Mystical singing space cats. The resurrection of the Thin White Duke. "YOLO" versus "Y.A.L.A." The year in music circa 2013 was a zany one that was forward-thinking (everybody's droppin' the bass these days) and reverent of the past (every new band sounds like it's from the 1980s). Here's what we loved and loathed: BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – We the Common BEST EP OF THE YEAR: Andrew McMahon –... READ MORE

The five people you meet in karaoke bars

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Ah, a night out at the Empty Orchestra. It separates the (Boyz II) Men from the (Beastie) Boys. We're talking karaoke, a pastime this writer is enamored of. But for some, the idea of getting onstage to belt out a classic in front of judging eyes is tantamount to a circle of hell. Let's examine the character profiles of five people one might meet in a karaoke bar. (My favorite one, by the way:... READ MORE

My 5 Coachella Must-Sees

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts It's here. Finally, after waiting since JUNE 2011 when tickets went on sale, Coachella is here. Remember when the Radiohead headlining spot was just a rumor? (TRUE!) And the speculation that since Dr. Dre was playing, Eminem couldn't be far behind? (TRUE!) And that Madonna would be sitting in on AVICII's set (erm, still just a rumor). We're ready to see it all unfold in Indio. Sure, everyone and their grandma has... READ MORE