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When La Santa Cecilia got their start, half of the Latin roots quartet was busking on L.A.’s historic Olvera Street. more

Oct 31, 2017 12:51 PM Music Feature


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As part of the iconic punk rock class of ’77, first-wavers Stiff Little Fingers didn’t emerge in a scene where bands were expected to last long. more

Aug 29, 2017 6:05 PM Music Feature


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Nick Waterhouse resists. These days, that can mean a lot of things—particularly when it comes to politics. more

Jun 20, 2017 4:28 PM Music Feature


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David Gedge isn’t at all familiar with Abingdon, Virginia. Yet that’s exactly where the man behind veteran UK jangle-pop outfit The Wedding Present was calling from to conduct an interview. more

Apr 25, 2017 6:13 PM Music Feature


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All he wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi! And his mom wouldn’t give it to him.It’s been 34 years since Mike Muir first sang that infamous request on Suicidal Tendencies’ self-titled debut. more

Feb 21, 2017 4:26 PM Music Feature

Rollins does still take great interest in the democracy of America, and feels confident expounding on it each night, having experienced everything he talks about on stage first-hand. more

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"I make more songs than I can remember." Kool Keith isn't lying. The prolific Bronx-based rapper born Keith Thornton has at least 26 albums to his name. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Warpaint doesn't care what you think. Over the course of 12-plus years, the Los Angeles quartet has worked to refine their genre-busting brand of moody, atmospheric rock without a care for much outside of their own creative impulses. more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Eric Howarth started his M-Theory record label in San Francisco after taking a self-imposed hiatus from band life. Following a tech job to San Diego, he re-appropriated his label's name and opened the Mission Hills (previously in South Park... more

Oct 25, 2016 12:00 AM Special Issues


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This beloved veteran drummer is a longtime staple of the San Diego music scene. From his first gig opening for P.O.D. as part of a Christian hardcore band, to his ongoing role behind the kit for a multitude of local projects, Najor lets his... more

Oct 25, 2016 12:00 AM Special Issues


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In some parallel universe, Mekons are huge rock stars. They're worshiped for their legacy as first-wave Brit punks and adored for spending four decades evolving into something else entirely. more

Sep 20, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Too bad there's not a better way to say "wise beyond her years." Lucy Dacus deserves more. But it almost seems impossible to imagine anyone coming to a different conclusion after listening to the 21-year-old singer/songwriter's stunning deb... more

Jul 26, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Mosquito. That’s the name Chicago post-rock pioneers Tortoise went by at the beginning of their career. Not exactly an image that conjures the longevity and sturdiness that’s been synonymous with the genre-defying instrumental quintet for n... more

Apr 27, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Santi White is nearing the end of her proverbial rope. She's overworked, bone-tired and making a concerted effort not to burn out. But mostly, the artist known as Santigold is wondering just how long she can continue the energy and acuity n... more

Mar 22, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Julia Holter readily admits she isn't a huge fan of touring. Perhaps she's only saying that because the L.A. singer/songwriter is currently enjoying the waning days of a six-week break between exten more

Jan 26, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature


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Former SOR student getting the most out of his final examPhoto by Charlie Homo It's the music-loving parents' dream—your children decide they prefer the piano to PlayStation and Fenders to F more

Jan 19, 2016 12:00 AM Special Issues

It’s apparent within a few moments of speaking with Leon Bridges that the cool he exudes is genuine. The singer/songwriter’s subtle southern drawl and off-the-cuff humility are infectious. more

Nov 4, 2015 12:00 AM Music Feature

Whether you love her or hate her, it's hard to ignore Peaches. The Canadian singer and performance artist has engaged and polarized audiences for two decades with musical takes on recurring themes of gender, sexuality, politics and cultural... more

Sep 23, 2015 12:00 AM Music Feature

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