July 8, 1996 |
For five years, Lollapalooza was the definitive alternative rock music festival, but when its organizers announced that heavy-metal heroes Metallica would be headlining this year's tour, the term "alternative" and perhaps the festival itself seemed stretched to the breaking point. The lure of the Warped Tour--whose second annual edition rolled into the Velodrome in Dominguez Hills on Saturday--is that it seeks to go back to the punk roots of alternative rock.
February 20, 1997 |
Here's another of Orange County Calendar Weekend's occasional looks at pop acts that rank among the elite of the local music scene. This feature's guiding principle is that by sampling the best of grass-roots clubdom in O.C. and environs, you can be kind to your wallet while indulging your ears. Russell Scott and His Red Hots: This L.A.
May 12, 1996 |
If you're one of those couch critics spouting off to your neighborhood Beavis that there are no good bands in L.A. anymore, it's time to get off the sofa. According to club owners, bookers and record company scouts, the Los Angeles pop music scene--which in the '80s alone gave the world everything from Guns N' Roses to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction--is heating up once more.
December 28, 1996 |
Here are my choices for the top national and Orange County pop albums of the past year, in order of preference. Top Albums 1. Wilco, "Being There" (Reprise). Deftly recycling Stones licks and dusty Gram Parsons country-rock moves, leader Jeff Tweedy shows that, while stylistic innovation is nice if you can get it at this late date, it's heart, a personal voice and a great ear for melody that give rock its enduring appeal. 2. Liquor Giants, "Liquor Giants" (Matador).
July 22, 1991 |
Night Moves is finished after five years as a punk and alternative rock venue, but its last concert was full of promising new beginnings for the band that bid it goodby. Tender Fury closed the club in Sunday's wee hours with a 55-minute set powerful enough to have stirred an arena crowd, let alone one in a dark and dingy little bar (Night Moves will be renovated and renamed before it reopens next month with a mainly Top 40 format that new managers say will exclude punk and hard rock).
August 15, 1998 |
The normalization of women-in-rock is this decade's most important development in pop. But the Orange County scene has a bit more work to do on that count. The whole world knows about our Gwen and our mutated strain of Gwen (a.k.a. Monique Powell of Save Ferris). The challenge now is to hatch the Anti-Gwen. (Muffs fans might say the Anti-Gwen is already among us in the form of salty spitfire Kim Shattuck. But the Muffs had to go to Los Angeles to get respect.