November 21, 2002 |
Brody ARMSTRONG discovered punk rock when she was 13. It was a sound well-established by then, born a few years before she was, but punk could still feed and soothe the rage and confusion of a teenager in Melbourne, Australia. What she heard then were core punk bands like Discharge GBH, the Clash and the Damned. "It was exactly how I felt," says Armstrong, now 23. "It was a language I could understand."
December 29, 2002 |
50 Cent "Get Rich or Die Trying" might be the most brutally honest debut-album title since Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die," but rising rap star 50 Cent hopes it won't turn out to be as prescient. Dropped by Columbia after his 1999 single "How to Rob," which advocated stealing from big rap stars, earned him nine bullets from an unknown assailant, 50 Cent grabbed a spot on the "8 Mile" soundtrack with his single "Wanksta."
December 8, 2002 |
The lure of new pop acts isn't based solely on what they have already given us, but the prospect that they can continue enchanting us for years. Calendar's annual Freshman Class is a salute to 2002's new arrivals who best reflect the individuality, passion and craft that make them seem promising for the long run. The list is alphabetical. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
November 9, 2006 |
Lobsters winging in Veteran Hollywood nightlife mogul Steve Scarduzio (Cat Club/film producer) teamed up with former Palm GM Tommy Saboni to open the Scarboni New York Lobster & Steak House. The name is derivative of their last names and the two mean serious business. The week-old Santa Monica hotspot has already attracted oodles of celebs, in part because the venue is flying in its lobster daily from Nova Scotia. Rock lobster....
December 15, 2003 |
'Tis the season to be jingled -- and jolted -- by an array of local radio station-sponsored musical shindigs, and as always, alternative champion KROQ-FM (106.7) offered a stocking stuffed with potent performances at its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert.
September 12, 2002 |
Keith Morris is wondering whether being included as one of the patriarch acts on a show marking 25 years of punk rock might have some negative implications. "Is that 25 years too looong?" he asks, eating a Caesar salad on a restaurant patio in his Silver Lake neighborhood. The lead singer of the Circle Jerks raises his eyebrows above his round glasses and under his long dreadlocks as if daring a retort that perhaps it has been too long.