Interview - The Gitas Go Hard and Holy

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   “Los Angeles is the cradle of all the showbiz dreams,” Sasha Chemerov says in enthused broken English. Chemerov, a Ukrainian cultural refugee who now fronts Angeleno band the Gitas, explains his motive for moving to the city three years ago. The artist was weaned on American films and music, and one day hoped to come to the entertainment hub.   He’s here now, and he’s carving his own path in a music scene that tends to bloat... READ MORE

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

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