Am still fuming over preshrunk punk, a generous way to describe Saturday's Levi's Inland Invasion at Blockbuster Pavilion. With the most ambitious lineup in punk rock's 25-year history, the fans were finally gonna have their very own punk-rock Woodstock. Instead, they got the great rock 'n' roll swindle. The maltreated fans appeared to be an afterthought to what amounted to a corporate buyout of punk for the day. Ownership has its privileges. I guess.... Maybe it felt so wrong because only a week earlier we checked out the brand spanking new Sprite Liquid Mix Tour at Verizon Wireless (!), a rap and punk festival that proves, yes, we can just all get along, especially when the audience is treated with respect. Got a chance to kick it with Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D., who was kicking it with Justin Timberlake and cutie patootie Alyssa Milano. Timberlake was sporting a "Work Sucks" hat. Don't it though.
The Well in Hollywood turns 1 on Sunday, and Radiohead's Thom York was turning girls on at the Hollywood bar when he popped in last week. Creepy.... Wow, this sounds hot: On Wednesday, Zanzibar in Santa Monica is hosting "Dulce," a new monthly night celebrating the deep, deep roots of Latin music. Feel the burn..... Friday night, Texas Terri headlines a Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic/Breast Cancer benefit at the Derby in Los Feliz. Also on the bill is the Blare Bitch Project, the new band from the radical Betty Blowtorch guitarist, Blare N. Bitch.