A (Pussy) Riot of Their Own

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 12:56 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Vladimir Putin prattles on like some buffoonish Disney villain. Atop an elegant steed, he preens, shirtless and grinning. He conveys an inflated fearlessness. As though he’s compensating for one, unshakable, unspoken terror. An affront to his machismo. A Pussy Riot. “He’s scared of us,” Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova proclaimed at a recent Los Angeles screening of Pussy Vs. Putin, a fly-on-the-wall documentary by Gogol’s Wives about her band’s fight for women’s and LGBT rights in Russia. The protest... 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

Thankful for Music

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo courtesy Elena Roussakis/Creative Commons Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah to those who celebrate! This time of year, as we're conjuring up our best-of lists, we remember how much we music fans have to be thankful for. Here are a few of the music-related things that warm our hearts:   Spotify We know: Plenty of musicians have decried this free and subscription streaming service. And yet, these protests are generally from super-successful millionaire types with major-label contracts. So, for... READ MORE

Wouldn't it be nice if we were older?

Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts My dad and uncle both have this bumper sticker on their trucks brandishing a surfboard and the phrase "Old guys rule." When it comes to live concerts, that truth rings loud and clear. (OK, so maybe their hearing isn't so loud and clear anymore...) I had the honor of seeing the Beach Boys at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend as they celebrated 50(!) years of their rock reign. The bowl is usually not... READ MORE