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LA Weekly

LA Weekly is a free weekly tabloid-sized "alternative weekly" in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1978. It is now available in an online edition.

42 articles

The Clash In L.A.: Just The Best

Live Review by Don Snowden, LA Weekly, 23 February 1979

THE ARRIVAL in LA of The Clash, the hot English rock band, had been eagerly anticipated by local hard-core rockers ever since the release of ...

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: Mitch Ryder At The Whisky

Live Review by Don Snowden, LA Weekly, 9 March 1979

AT HIS FAMOUS ROXY GIG of three-and-a-half years ago, Bruce Springsteen prefaced a superb encore of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels' greatest hits by ...

Rodney Bingenheimer: A Child of the Myth

Profile and Interview by Lisa Jane Persky, LA Weekly, 18 May 1979

KEEPING MY fingers on the minimal pulse of the musical movement in L.A. which, gratefully, is growing, I cannot ignore one of its prime gardeners. ...

Cheap Trick Meet The Dream Police

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, LA Weekly, 21 September 1979

IN THE conference room of Epic Records in Century City, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen is good-naturedly taunting the group's producer, Tom Werman, who can't ...

Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society

Interview by Don Snowden, LA Weekly, 11 November 1983

If you've tapped into the East Coast/international jazz press recently, you've no doubt seen Ronald Shannon Jackson touted as "the future of jazz drumming" and ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers Will Pose Nude In Public...

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 1984

THERE WAS gonna be a free newfangled video-disc taped to the cover of this Weekly . Yes, we music critters in the business (we in ...

Circle Jerks: Real Men Don't Paint Themselves Into Corners: The Circle Jerks Story

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 13 January 1984

It probably isn't very easy to be the Circle Jerks. What with all the jaded Angelenos pulling their pinkies out of their pupiks every waking ...

Leaving Trains: Six Articles In Search Of Leaving Trains

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 24 February 1984

CHUGGACCHUGGACHUGGA CHOOCHOO: Y' know, this rock & roll critic stuff is not nearly what I bargained for. Here I am with about five, ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club: Idiot Savants In a Cruel and Unusual World

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 10 August 1984

You know... IDIOT SAVANTS. Those people who can’t complete a simple sentence or add two and two but effortlessly create anatomically PERFECT works of art. ...

Art Blakey

Interview by Don Snowden, LA Weekly, 24 August 1984

LET'S SEE, NOW...Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Keith Jarrett, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Jordan, Curtis Fuller, Johnny Griffin, Reggie Workman, Branford Marsalis, Woody ...

Malcolm McLaren: Building Better Bandwagons

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 22 March 1985

Me on Malcolm: Just in case you’ve been on Pluto or in Fresno for the last eight years, Malcolm McLaren is news with a capital ...

Fishbone = mc2

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 3 May 1985

Al Einstein, man? He had it all wrong! E isn’t the thing that equals mc2. Fishbone’s riding high off a self-titled cbs ep, rocking down ...

Black Flag: SST Records: Working Muscles, Packaged Wallop

Report and Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 5 September 1986

YOU COULD SAY this is the darkest Dark Age the music world has seen yet, what with commercial radio more dead than death itself and ...

The Beastie Boys: Boogie and the Beast: Mike D, MCA and King Ad-Rock on U2, Aunt Bea and the Ozone

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 7 September 1989

"REAL LIFE is much stranger than fiction, man." Mike D speaks from the turntables in the den of King Ad-Rock's Hollywood apartment. He haphazardly scratches ...

Malcolm McLaren: Deep in Vogue: Macolm McLaren Looses Another Musical Mutant

Review and Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 29 September 1989

What time did you wake up today? Six in the morning? Ten? Noon (you lazy good-for-nothing)? Sometime while you were sleeping, probably dreaming about the ...

Madonna: A Madonna Discography: The First Decade

Guide by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 1990

THE ABBREVIATED HISTORY of music: first some guy banged on a rock in a cave somewhere: later there was Missing Persons, and now there’s Madonna. ...

Eric Clapton: Journeyman (Warner Bros.)/Homeboy (Virgin soundtrack)

Review by Don Snowden, LA Weekly, 18 January 1990

SOMEBODY EXPLAIN this to me – why do so many venerable rock icons keep coming up with album or song titles that just beg for ...

James Carr: At the Dark End of the Soul

Profile and Interview by Robert Gordon, LA Weekly, May 1993

THE WALLS OF the office are mostly bare, the blue carpeting subdued. The fax machine in the corner seems like an anachronism. Only the large ...

Leadbelly: The Long Goodbye: Huddie Ledbetter’s Living Will

Essay by Carol Cooper, LA Weekly, 24 November 1994

According to their most recent videos, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Madonna all aspire to the power, wisdom and durability ...

Janet Jackson: Brave Heart: Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, November 1997

ACCORDING TO Ralph Ellison in Shadow and Act, no jazz musician struggled harder to escape the role of grinning minstrel than Charlie Parker, with the ...

Lenny Kravitz: Flower Of Power: Lenny Kravitz's 5

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, June 1998

'ROUND MIDNIGHT on December 20, 1989, at The World in downtown Manhattan's Alphabet City, Terence Trent D'Arby trooped back onstage to perform an obligatory encore ...

Foxy Brown: Myth Master: Foxy Brown: Chyna Doll

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, 10 February 1999

The fabrication of Ms. Foxy Brown ...

Nas: A Dollar A Holler: Nas: I Am

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, 28 April 1999

Two sides of Nas' coin ...

The Holy Modal Rounders: Grin 'n' Spin: Millennial Yarns from the Holy Modal Rounders

Profile and Interview by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 2 September 1999

DURING THE early stages of a hallucinogenic drug trip, the voyager experiences giddiness and a vision of existence as a zany, absurdist cartoon. Eccentricity in ...

Dr. Dre: Still D.R.E.: Dr Dre: 2001

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, 24 November 1999

WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED defines the all-American midlife crisis as a period of psychological stress occurring in middle age, thought to be triggered by a physical, occupational ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Word According to B.I.G.: Notorious B.I.G.: Born Again

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, 12 January 2000

AND SO WAS WRITTEN the MC genealogy of the late Notorious B.I.G.: Grandmaster Caz was the father of Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Melle Mel the ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Machina/The Machines of God

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, March 2000

CURRENT ROCK carries the air of an apprehensive lover who's lately been having a bit of trouble maintaining an erection, fretfully wondering, "Will I be ...

Beachwood Sparks: Sons of The Pioneers: Beachwood Sparks

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, LA Weekly, 3 March 2000

THE SOUND was pure post-Sunset Strip riot chillout, a yanking of the reins away from pop chaos. It was all sweet, mournful harmonies, the plaintive ...

Hanson: Boys Are for Noise: Hanson Busts Out

Profile by Erik Himmelsbach, LA Weekly, 9 June 2000

LIKE MANY of us, comedian Jay Mohr has a Hanson fixation. "That’s the hottest kid I’ve seen in my life," he said, referring to vocalist ...

LL Cool J: G.O.A.T.

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, 20 December 2000

YOUR MOUTH IS contorted into a G. Dubya-worthy smirk. Your mind is flooded with the sights and scents of your adolescence: your senior prom, that ...

Wu-Tang Clan: Can't Go to Sleep

Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, January 2001

WHAT THE HELL is going on with hiphop right about now? Rap's most popular, most talented MC â€" at one point in the running to ...

Maxwell: Now's the Time? Maxwell's Now

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, September 2001

MAXWELL. Not D'Angelo-Maxwell. Not Bilal-Maxwell. Not Musiq Soulchild, even. Maxwell. ...

The Deviants, Mick Farren: Mick Farren on the Deviants, Fantasy Fiction and Blowing Things Up

Profile and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, LA Weekly, 23 November 2001

PUBLISHING MOGUL Felix Dennis was staring at the Caribbean Sea a few months ago, sucking down cocktails with fellow gazillionaires at Basil's Bar on the ...

Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept (Maverick/Warner Bros.)

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, 13 March 2002

ONCE UPON A TIME, Alanis Morissette was God. Not just in her role as the Almighty in director Kevin Smith's Dogma, but to the 16 ...

Steve Earle: Country Maverick Steve Earle vs. The Nashville Machine

Report and Interview by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 20 December 2002

"LATELY I FEEL like the loneliest man in America," writes Steve Earle in the liner notes of his most recent album, Jerusalem (Artemis). ...

50 Cent: Ghosts vs. Boasts

Comment by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, March 2003

Jaded Hiphop-Purist Insight #1: You cannot spit in the wind without being hit by 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. ...

Pearl Jam: Binaural

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, August 2003

EDDIE VEDDER CARES. If the casual music enthusiast remembers nothing else about Pearl Jam beyond their Beatles/Rolling Stones polarization with Nirvana in the early '90s, ...

New Orleans: The Heart of the Matter

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, LA Weekly, 8 September 2005

"I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive, that all music came from New Orleans."–Ernie K-Doe, 1979 * ...

A Half-Century of McCabe's Guitar Shop

Report by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, 25 September 2008

Little shop of adorers ...

The Runaways: Wild Thing — How Sandy West Was Lost

Retrospective by Evelyn McDonnell, LA Weekly, 18 March 2010

ON A SUMMER day in 1975, a 16-year-old girl carrying a Silvertone guitar took four public buses from Canoga Park to a two-story house in ...

Johnny Otis, 1921-2012

Obituary by Kirk Silsbee, LA Weekly, 19 January 2012

BANDLEADER, drummer/pianist, talent scout, club owner, broadcaster, recording executive, writer, and recording artist Johnny Otis passed away Jan. 17 at the age of 90 in ...

Eden Ahbez: Legend of The Lost

Retrospective by Kirk Silsbee, LA Weekly, 8 July 2016

SOME PEOPLE only have one hit record in them.  History's one-hit wonders make up a long, sometimes colorful and often tragic legion.  Eden Ahbez got ...

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