Joe King Carrasco has traded his crown and cape for a cowboy hat and sparkly Lady of Guadalupe shirt, but he is still just as eccentric and entertaining as he was decades ago, when a particularly wild performance got him banned from Saturday Night Live. Carrasco, who grew up in west Texas and fell ... More >>
Editor's note: There was a shooting after last night's concert at Red Rocks. Early reports suggest Schoolboy Q was targeted on his way out of the venue. Three people were injured, none seriously. There was also a concert, though, and by all accounts it was a good one. We'll have some more reports on ... More >>
We were beginning to despair of spotting any interesting womenswear -- but then we spotted singer Agau Bior boarding the D-line train this week. Keep reading to learn her favorite film genre, her style icons and where she shops. See also: - Womenswear Wednesdays: Concierge Gillian Kumm on her arti ... More >>
Leave it to Johnny Ballen, the eccentric (and innovative) owner of the Squeaky Bean, to honor the lives of those that have passed with more than just a obligatory R.I.P. It all started years ago at the former Squeaky Bean with Farrah Fawcett (who died of anal cancer) -- and whose death was markedl ... More >>
The best frontmen and women all have something in common. Whether it's their ability to connect with a crowd or the swagger with which they carry themselves, their fashion sense, the intrigue that surrounds them or their reckless disregard for their own well being, they all have that ineffable "it" ... More >>
Since becoming an adult (er, since I started having thoughts about things in a way that seemed adult-like), I've wanted to like haunted houses. I've wanted to like them so bad. It sounds dumb -- desiring to enjoy something as inanely holiday commerce-driven as a haunted house. But I'm fascinated by ... More >>
Gretchen Parlato (due at Dazzle Jazz for a series of shows tonight and tomorrow night) is often accused of restraint. Ironically, though, she holds absolutely nothing back. Her unmistakable vocal style evokes Chet Baker and Miles Davis's famously muted performances, and like those giants of s ... More >>
NECA is gearing up to release a topless, Skeletor-esque Iggy Pop action figure onto unsuspecting fans this coming June, a fact that might seem a bit odd for those who aren't familiar with rock stars' long and illustrious history with action figure manufactures. Over time we've seen plenty of ... More >>
If this Brazilian cab driver can imitate Michael Jackson so perfectly, and a homeless dude with a golden voice can come out of the wood work, surely we can predict when and where the next rising star will come simply by reaching out into the community. Here is a list of the best possibilities of r ... More >>
Last week, on the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles, a previously unknown rap-rock group called Imperial Stars stopped traffic so they could play an impromptu gig on the roof of the panel van. Appropriately, the Imperial doofuses performed a song titled "Traffic Jam 101." This über-lame, Airhea ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
MTHDS freaking out some audience members.As you might have read here on Backbeat, Electric Avenue Music and Arts Festival is going on this weekend (it wraps up tonight.) Last night, photographer Eric Gruneisen stopped by the festival in Five Points and brings back these photos: Electric Avenu ... More >>
We found the above gem while wandering around the comic store yesterday -- it appears to be some type of (unauthorized?) biography of Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, mom didn't give us enough loot to actually buy it, so we'll never know for sure. What we do know, however, is that this isn't the f ... More >>
We were really trying to come up with some great puns for this one, but they all just seemed to easy. Either way, we happened upon this rather odd Australian invention called the Record Revirginizer and couldn't help but share it. As you can see by watching the video behind the link above, the R ... More >>
Sainthood, Tegan & Sara's sixth full length released last week on Sire, nabbed the top spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending November 1. Gov't Mule's latest effort, By a Thread, came in second, Rosanne Cash's The List claimed the third spot, while the Swell Season's Strict Joy and Pink ... More >>
"This Is It" -- another opportunity for Phil Anschutz to make bank.In a June blog," I described Mile High gazillionaire Phil Anschutz as "among the sharpest businessmen to ever call Colorado home" -- and he's proven it again by the way he's turned a possible financial bath into what looks lik ... More >>
Though Thrill the World dance events circled the globe last October (and in L.A., as our cousins at the L.A. Weekly reported), there's no doubt that Michael Jackson's untimely passing this year will spark even more interest among people who want to emulate MJ's famous Thriller moves in public ... More >>
An old favorite becomes a new club night.
An old favorite becomes a new club night.
When everyone's favorite cheap, trashy hipster bar turns three, ya gotta take notice. And true to form, the brash and retro Rockbar makes that easy: There's something going there every night this week, as well as some cool drink specials. Tonight, Rockbar's Monday-night stalwart, Rockstar Aar ... More >>
Twista moved back to the number one spot and knocked Fabolous, who was the top seller last week, down to the second slot for the week ending August 9. It's Twista's third time in the first slot in the last month. Eminem and Tech N9ne, who have been top sellers for the last few months, continue to ... More >>
The Vail International Dance Festival soars to new heights.
Clearly, Michael Jackson's memorial, which is being held in a few hours in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, is the biggest music news story of the day -- and perhaps the year. Amongst all the wall-to-wall coverage (KCRW, the public radio station out of Santa Monica, is slated to simulcast the even ... More >>
"I'm not dead. I feel great, actually." As noted in a blog earlier today, new media, and social media in particular, played a huge part in disseminating the news of Michael Jackson's death yesterday. Chances are most of us heard about it directly or indirectly through Twitter, Facebook or MySpace. ... More >>
Goldfinger Hello Destiny… SideOneDummy 01:23-02:08 of “Without Me” Whoa. Goldfinger is still around. You know, I could pun the title and be like, “Hello Destiny, we still suck,” or “Hello Destiny, is this all we’ve worked for?” But that would be easy. And not really funny. Kind of l ... More >>
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The title says it all, this is a Bollywood take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The effects are very special, the choreography is sublimely goofy and the sitar solo absolutely kicks ass. -- Cory Casciato
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The Motet has no problem finding fans everywhere it plays.
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For just pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia.
Rampaging bears! Rampaging Buffs! Criminals in the buff! It happened here... unfortunately.
Layo & Bushwacka
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
MURS is already a legend. Now if he can just get folks to stop thinking of him as the new guy.
A Goonie no more, Corey Feldman is searching for his soul as a rock musician.
Sampling ad infinitum with America's sonic outlaws.