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April 7, 1986 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
It's somehow fitting that the last sound of Redd Kross' show Friday night at the Roxy was a sustained blast of feedback. For years, this local band has been saluting--and lampooning--pop culture, armed with a loopy sense of humor and a loud & proud trash rock approach. The quartet remains junky but chic, stumbling into some solid, if shabby, rock grooves.
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February 7, 2013
POP MUSIC The Los Angeles punk band Off! accomplishes an impressive feat on its self-titled debut album (after last year's collection of EPs): Sixteen songs in under 16 minutes, each a compact, sonic rampage via scream, electric guitar, bass and drum, by four men who understand compressed aggression: Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides, lead villain in the film "Suck"), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes)
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January 1, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
It's odd to think of Los Angeles punk band Redd Kross as a legacy act, considering its bassist Steven McDonald learned his instrument at age 11, shortly before he and older brother Jeff, 15, opened for Black Flag in the early '80s. But more than three decades later, here they are, delivering the kind of fuzzed-out melodies and explosive girl-group harmonies that at their 1980s prime propelled them to near-stardom. Equally strange is the notion that the band, which has returned from a 15-year hiatus with a new studio album, wouldn't be as well known to indie kids in 2012 as peers Sonic Youth, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Dinosaur Jr. are, considering that at Redd Kross' popular peak they were as acclaimed as any of them.
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January 1, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
It's odd to think of Los Angeles punk band Redd Kross as a legacy act, considering its bassist Steven McDonald learned his instrument at age 11, shortly before he and older brother Jeff, 15, opened for Black Flag in the early '80s. But more than three decades later, here they are, delivering the kind of fuzzed-out melodies and explosive girl-group harmonies that at their 1980s prime propelled them to near-stardom. Equally strange is the notion that the band, which has returned from a 15-year hiatus with a new studio album, wouldn't be as well known to indie kids in 2012 as peers Sonic Youth, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Dinosaur Jr. are, considering that at Redd Kross' popular peak they were as acclaimed as any of them.
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December 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
The holidays are for spending time with family. That doesn't necessarily mean they have to be your own. After all, brothers Steven and Jeff McDonald of L.A. rock institutions Redd Kross, who will headline a New Year's Eve concert tonight at downtown's Alexandria Hotel, have enough domestic charm to go around. Need evidence? Asked earlier this year to discuss recording the first Redd Kross album in about a decade and a half, Steven at first avoided any rock formalities. He skipped straight to the mushy stuff.
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September 17, 2012 | By August Brown
There's no shortage of nostalgia for '80s-era punk right now, and two of the genre's titans have finally joined up for a show . Redd Kross, the pioneering L.A. punk band whose recent reunion and new album "Researching the Blues" earned wide accolades, will co-headline a New Year's Eve date with beloved sludge-merchants the Melvins. The two acts shockingly have never shared a bill despite their overlapping scene-orbits. They'll commandeer the ballroom at downtown's Alexandria Hotel for the occasion, and we can vouch for the fact that there's no better room in L.A. for a night devoted to scuzzy holiday anti-cheer.
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December 31, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
On Monday night at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, punk bands the Melvins and Redd Kross will team up to greet 2013 with volume, riffs and (hopefully) a few drum solos. The hotel, which in its prime played host to luminaries including Woodrow Wilson, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo and Mae West, features a gorgeous ballroom, which is where the bands will play. We caught up with the Melvins' Buzz Osborne via email to ask him about the gig. Pop & Hiss: What can Angelenos faced with hundreds of New Year's Eve party choices expect to be different about your particular get-together?
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August 30, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Redd Kross' Jeff McDonald has a simple rule when it comes to lyric writing: "If it doesn't give me a stomachache, I like it. " Turn that sentence into a math equation and one reaches the following conclusion: The co-founder of Redd Kross, a group that's long been a staple of L.A.'s underground rock scene, has composed at least 10 songs in 15 years that don't didn't induce nausea. "Researching the Blues," released this month on North Carolina indie Merge Records, sees McDonald, 49, re-anchoring the band he formed with his younger brother, Steven, 45. The two have been playing together since they were budding middle-school punk rockers in suburban Hawthorne, offering a more adolescent and humorous take on the genre than their harder-edged mentors Black Flag.
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September 1, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Suburban Chicago's the Orwells were one of the first bands playing the two-day FYF Fest in downtown Los Angeles, and no doubt one of the least known. Yet the band unknowingly offered what could have been a mission statement for this celebration of the underground and the independent. "I can't walk and I can't dance," shouted the scruffy, snotty young band, offering up a lyric that doubled as a statement of pride in one's own misfit status.  If multi-day festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Lollapalooza are signifiers of what's trending at the mainstream and just below it, FYF Fest dispenses with any such designs on importance.
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March 15, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
Once the kiddie corps of the Los Angeles alternative rock scene, Redd Kross has grown up--but luckily not too much. This is a band that used to be caught up in youth's snide irreverence, cracking pop-insider jokes at every turn. But on its new album, "Third Eye," Redd Kross--which has been on the circuit more than a decade--has expanded its outlook by adding a serious dimension.
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January 1, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It was about a quarter past midnight - 2012 had just gone - when singer and guitarist Jeff McDonald of Los Angeles band Redd Kross burst out with a joyous, simple, one-word declaration that captured the mood at the storied Alexandria in downtown Los Angeles. "Yes!" he shouted into the microphone after banging his head and guitar chords through "Blow You a Kiss in the Wind" on early Tuesday morning, well aware of the power that he and his brother Steve's band had just generated. Performing a double bill with fellow Los Angeles band (and long-ago Atlantic Records label-mates)
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December 31, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
On Monday night at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, punk bands the Melvins and Redd Kross will team up to greet 2013 with volume, riffs and (hopefully) a few drum solos. The hotel, which in its prime played host to luminaries including Woodrow Wilson, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo and Mae West, features a gorgeous ballroom, which is where the bands will play. We caught up with the Melvins' Buzz Osborne via email to ask him about the gig. Pop & Hiss: What can Angelenos faced with hundreds of New Year's Eve party choices expect to be different about your particular get-together?
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December 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
The holidays are for spending time with family. That doesn't necessarily mean they have to be your own. After all, brothers Steven and Jeff McDonald of L.A. rock institutions Redd Kross, who will headline a New Year's Eve concert tonight at downtown's Alexandria Hotel, have enough domestic charm to go around. Need evidence? Asked earlier this year to discuss recording the first Redd Kross album in about a decade and a half, Steven at first avoided any rock formalities. He skipped straight to the mushy stuff.
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September 17, 2012 | By August Brown
There's no shortage of nostalgia for '80s-era punk right now, and two of the genre's titans have finally joined up for a show . Redd Kross, the pioneering L.A. punk band whose recent reunion and new album "Researching the Blues" earned wide accolades, will co-headline a New Year's Eve date with beloved sludge-merchants the Melvins. The two acts shockingly have never shared a bill despite their overlapping scene-orbits. They'll commandeer the ballroom at downtown's Alexandria Hotel for the occasion, and we can vouch for the fact that there's no better room in L.A. for a night devoted to scuzzy holiday anti-cheer.
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September 10, 2012 | By August Brown
The Swedish punk band Refused reunited at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival this year to rave reviews, beginning a run of dates that underscored the band's importance - particularly its 1998 album "The Shape of Punk to Come. " Now the quartet will conclude its reunion run with a show at the Fonda Theatre on Nov. 5. Unless the get an unexpected third wind later in their career,  it will be band's last U.S. date.  Refused's genre-exploding hard-core approach incorporated elements of techno, post-punk and metal for a sound singularly brutal yet lively.
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September 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Animal Collective "Centipede Hz" (Domino) 2 1/2 stars (Out of 4) There's an awful lot of shouting on the new album by Animal Collective. That won't surprise anyone who's followed this Baltimore-born outfit since the early 2000s, when it was nibbling at college radio with freaky tribal-noise records like "Danse Manatee" and "Here Comes the Indian. " In 2009, though, Animal Collective emerged from its underground burrow with "Merriweather Post Pavilion," a sparklingly melodic psych-pop collection that crashed the Top 20 on Billboard's album chart and established the band as indie rock's go-to feel-good crew.
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January 1, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It was about a quarter past midnight - 2012 had just gone - when singer and guitarist Jeff McDonald of Los Angeles band Redd Kross burst out with a joyous, simple, one-word declaration that captured the mood at the storied Alexandria in downtown Los Angeles. "Yes!" he shouted into the microphone after banging his head and guitar chords through "Blow You a Kiss in the Wind" on early Tuesday morning, well aware of the power that he and his brother Steve's band had just generated. Performing a double bill with fellow Los Angeles band (and long-ago Atlantic Records label-mates)
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February 9, 1997 | Sandy Masuo
Too often, retro rock stylings serve to camouflage weak songs or a lack of character. Not so with Redd Kross, which has spent the better part of 18 years rejuvenating vintage rock elements with a distinctively wry joie de vivre. The Los Angeles quartet's latest is no exception; the Beatles-esque vocals, glam-rock swagger, Bowie-like quirks and proto-metallic crunch only enhance these gutsy tunes. Redd Kross plays a free show at Aron's Records on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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September 4, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Bob Mould "Silver Age" Merge Records 3 1/2 stars (Out of 4) The words "youth culture" have been associated with rock 'n' roll for decades. The first eight months of 2012, however, have brought us mounting evidence to the contrary. "Never," Mould snarls in the title track, "too old to contain my rage. " Who knows (or cares) what the song's target - a "stupid little kid" - did to enrage Mould. What matters here is that Mould, now in his 50s, is surveying the landscape with fire rather than contentment, and the results couldn't sound more vital.
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September 1, 2012 | By Todd Martens
About 40 performers will take to one of four stages today at downtown's FYF Fest. Pop & Hiss will be on the scene and file updates periodically all weekend, but be prepared before making the trek to the Los Angeles State Historic Park. What follows is an hour-by-hour look at what artists to see on Saturday. Someone missing? Yell at us in the comment section, or be nice and say hi at the festival.  Saturday Noon First choice: Doldrums (12:30 p.m., Broadway Street)
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