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  • New bio of Big Star's Alex Chilton reveals multifaceted and tragic life

    One morning in 1977, Alex Chilton, 26, former lead singer of the Box Tops and of Big Star, very likely hungover or still drunk, appeared before an American studies class at the University of Texas to discuss his career in music and his thoughts on the present state of rock and roll. "Rock and roll is supposed to be out of control," Chilton told the boys and girls, "and it's crazy and it's supposed to drive you crazy." To illustrate his point, he serenaded the undergraduates that morning with a little ditty called "Riding Through the Reich," the lyrics of which were inspired by the scribblings of a white-supremacist spree killer, he said, and accompanied the tune of "Jingle Bells."
  • Album review: Sufjan Stevens' 'Age of Adz'

     
    “We cannot think of any art of our time as latter-day cave paintings,” wrote the art historian Paul Arnett in a recent essay about African American vernacular art. Confronting the work of “primitives” like Royal Robertson – whose magic-marker...

    Spaceland to leave its longtime location; Spaceland Productions plan to open dance-centric new venue [UPDATED]

     
    The blue-and-silver curtain will drop for good on the Silver Lake indie rock institution Spaceland next March. The club, founded as a weekly night in 1993 by promoter Mitchell Frank, hosted some of the earliest L.A. performances by Beck, Foo...

    Jennifer Tefft tells what's ahead for the Satellite

     
    To those concerned over what will become of 1717 Silver Lake Blvd. in its new incarnation as the Satellite, booker Jennifer Tefft would like to reassure you that nothing drastic is in store. “The Satellite will be the exact same...

    Weekend Agenda: First Fridays, Wild Up, Bootie L.A. and Tokyo Nouveau

     
    wild Up plays John Adams: Chamber Symphony: Third Movement from wild Up on Vimeo. Friday, 2.4: First Fridays @ Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum's First Fridays series has returned for another season of ancient fossils and cutting-edge...