Sex Stains in the Land of La LA

Monday, September 5, 2016 at 12:48 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music “You’re like the first person I think I’ve talked to today,” Allison Wolfe says groggily. “There’s been a festival going on in the neighborhood and something kind of crazy. And we played last night. Everyone’s just been drinking all day and staying out really late.”   Such is the life of Sex Stains, a punky pandemonium with songs such as “Don’t Hate Me ’Cuz I’m Beautiful” and “Land of La LA.” The quintet is co-led by Wolfe,... READ MORE

Tanlines Shed Light on Musical Adulthood

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” sings Eric Emm over an industrial beat fit for a Kanye West freestyle. It’s a muscular statement from electronic band Tanlines, who made a name for themselves three years ago with an album called Mixed Emotions. Now comes Highlights (May 19 on True Panther), a release that builds upon Emm’s dark, surrealistic yin and Jesse Cohen’s fun-loving yang.   The twosome concocted the record between the basement of Emm’s childhood home in... READ MORE

Interview - Nikki O'Neill and the Rockin' Road of Women Guitarists

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Stef Preston

  Music   For Nikki O’Neill, playing guitar on and off the stage is her passion and something that comes naturally for her. Even though lately a buzz has been around her due to her new book, Women’s Road to Rock Guitar, where she explains the ins and outs of becoming a rock goddess like herself, O’Neill also still gravitates towards the art of live performing. “I would have gone to Woodstock,” O’Neill says when asked what concert... READ MORE

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

Meet Hideout, the ‘Rookies’ Reaching for the Stars

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Think of bicoastal indie rock outfit Hideout as the Intergalactic Postal Service. Like Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello before them, Gabe Rodriguez and Cory Stier pieced together their debut album in separate states. But unlike the earthbound romances of the Postal Service, Hideout relish in stories about alien abductions, and worship at the altars of Ziggy Stardust and Explosions in the Sky.   Brought together in their youth and through a slew of nascent musical projects around... READ MORE

Charlotte Sometimes - A Combination of Uniqueness & Grit

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:38 PM
Kyle Jarmon

  Music With a guitar and a vivacious attitude, Charlotte Sometimes owns the stage. The New Jersey native's voice is one of powerful emotion mixed with an uncanny technique of delivering lyrics that capitvate, enthrall and make one stop and take listen. "I've always been an attention whore since I could talk," adds Charlotte as she prepares for her final show at Room 5 Lounge in Los Angeles. Starting out in New Jersey as a ballerina at... READ MORE

Interview - Tedo Stone

Monday, July 8, 2013 at 1:42 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music TEDO STONE & BAND [L-R]: Frank Keith IV (bass), Tedo Stone (vocals, guitar), Grafton Tanner (drums), Clay Houle (guitar) [photo:Maggie Gibson Blauvelt]   He uses the word “happenstance” a lot, but it’s no coincidence that musician and ramblin’ man Tedo Stone has proven himself a more than worthy addition to the Americana scene. Weaned on a balanced diet of Wilco and Motown, this native Southerner curates his distinct bluesy psychedelia from his sonic adventures around the... READ MORE

Interview - The Boy Least Likely To

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Image courtesy Cornerstone "I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side." -Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut British duo the Boy Least Likely To can relate. They've carved a steady career of championing the underdog and pondering... READ MORE

Interview: Speedy Ortiz

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:45 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo courtesy Sadie Dupuis With a musical foundation lain by Pavement and Slint, Speedy Ortiz is heating up the New England corridor with its thick instrumentation and biting lyrics from Sadie Dupuis. We chatted via email with this purveyor of poetry, pop comics and kale chips about her band's 2012 buzzworthy release, the Sports EP (Exploding in Sound Records). You play an insane amount of instruments! How old were you when you first picked... READ MORE