Sing for Absolution: Muse’s 10 Best Songs

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music     Always on the pulse of the political, bombastic English trio Muse are coming out with a new album called Drones on June 9. It follows lockstep with 2012’s Queen-ly The 2nd Law and 2009’s paranoid opus, Resistance. Cavorting with Hollywood royalty for a good few years didn’t turn Matt Bellamy into a fluffy writer. In fact, listening to Drones’ lead single, the menacing “Psycho,” it sounds as though he’s dug his heels in even more... READ MORE

Coachella Pro-Tips from a 15-Year Veteran

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts Coachella 2012. Photo by Melissa Bobbitt. The Internet is awash with tips for having the BEST COACHELLA EVER, from noshing on superlative grub to, erm, outsmarting narcs. All are valuable resources, but if you want to know the real Coachella, take it from me. I’ve attended EVERY YEAR SINCE 1999. That’s right. I was there the first time the Pixies played. I was there when A Perfect Circle was a new side project for Tool’s Maynard... 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

If Musicians Were Top iPhone Apps

Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music In celebrating its billionth download, iTunes recently announced its top 25 downloaded apps of all time. Many of them have been thoroughly used by musicians and artists in reaching out directly to fans. But sometimes the rock star is so like the app in personality that we found it fitting to wonder: What if musicians were the top iPhone apps? We paired 10 movers and shakers with their most astonishingly similar digital counterparts. 10. Google... 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