Interview - Primo Rock by Prima Donna

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Dawn Laureen   The name Prima Donna suggests a lofty position, an air of regality and poise. When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, L.A. band Prima Donna are the cream of the crop. With a pedigree that includes playing with Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs, Kevin Preston has a way with throwback licks and crunchy beats. Nine Lives and Forty-Fives delivers a sledgehammer to the head and a lift to the feet.... READ MORE

For the Workforce, Drowning - A Labor Day Playlist

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Melissa Bobbitt   It's Labor Day, the last great holiday before autumn settles in. We've created a Spotify playlist in honor of those who dared to stand up for workers' rights-- and for those whom the 9-to-5 workweek just isn't their idea of a career. To the CEOs making a positive difference in the world, to the fry cooks, to immigrants struggling to provide for their families in foreign countries, to the college grad getting... 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

10 Not To Miss at SXSW

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts It's that time of year again when thousands descend upon an unsuspecting Austin for good tunes, great BBQ and bats. It's South By Southwest, the biggest and most gleeful cluster of live music in all of winter. The festival can make or break bands, and it can also break your wallet if you don't come prepared (or come as media. "Citizen" wristbands will run you $795, and that doesn't even include the expanded film festival... READ MORE

A-grade B-side albums

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It's a miracle enough when a regular album flows cohesively and tells a story. But when a collection of rarities and b-sides from an artist's entire career gels like the "real" thing, it's utterly divine. Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is the latest bard to pull off this feat with Former Lives (Barsuk). Though compiled from scraps of unfinished works not suitable for his main gig or his lauded side project,... READ MORE

Opinion - Why selling out is super cool

Monday, July 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Didn't see this one coming ... (Image courtesy Rolling Stone/Tyler Golden) It was announced this week that Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will be joining Christina Aguilera's team as a mentor on NBC's "The Voice." And out come the wolves. "(T)otal sellout, no other way to say it," carps RhythmSteve on Rollng Stone's message boards. "From now on all artistic license provided to Green Day is now revoked, and anything in the future should... READ MORE

Rock takes the (Broadway) stage

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Image courtesy SongLyrics.com As a birthday gift to myself tomorrow, I'm seeing Green Day's American Idiot at the Ahmanson Theatre. This live-action stage play based on the NorCal punk trio's essential album of the same name (with a little 21st Century Breakdown for good measure) seemed a natural fit for the bombast of that record. Each song was like a little rock operetta. And now, a movie version is on the way. Popular music... READ MORE