La/La Land

LA/LA Land : Beychella and the Top Notch Recordings fire: triumph and tragedy.

Coachella weekends are usually a little quiet in LA.  The clubs  and venues are all open of course, and bands are playing in the usual places.  But a good bit of the music community – musicians, fans and executives, not to mention agents and media (except me) –  is frolicking in the desert.  The allure of Coachella was especially strong  this year because the BAF – Beyoncé Anticipation...[Read More]

LA/LA Land : Alligator Beach packs Harvell’s: a perfect word of mouth storm

One of the great mysteries of the music business, at least to smaller bands, is how to get people to show up at gigs. Bands build mailing lists, post on social media, pass out gig flyers, run contests, hire PR firms, register with BandsInTown, and try to do advance radio shows.  For established bands with big fan bases, that is generally more than enough;  shows and tours get sold out. For smaller...[Read More]

LA/LA Land : Pop up EP and Poem Zine release (don’t mind the working factory across the street)

We have all been to pop-up concerts.  You know, you get a poster on Instagram or Twitter with a date, place, names of bands. The place is often in a sketchy part of the city, but what the hell, there will be lots of people there. I got a poster last week for a CD release party for Cusi Coyllur, a group I did not know. But I did know the intro band, ¡APARATO!, headed up by my friend Alexandro D. He...[Read More]

LA/LA Land: Where is music going? Maybe to your local hair salon.

If you are reading this magazine you probably know about SOFAR, the London-based organization that produces house concerts in 350 cities around the world.  Los Angeles is one of their most active SOFAR cities, producing two or three concerts a night four or five nights a week.  In fact SOFAR-LA  may be the largest music event producer in LA in terms of number of weekly events.  London is equally p...[Read More]

LA/LA Land : Chicha Summit 2018: Grateful Dead-length songs and acid jam bands in Español

I had never heard of “Chicha” music when I got an invitation to attend the Chicha Summit at The Echo on upper Sunset in LA. The invitation came from Mercedes Romana of the PressJunkie PR, whose judgement I trust.  She put me in touch with a band called Money Chicha.  I had never heard of them either, but when I learned they were  members of the Grammy-award winning Grupo Fantasma and its funky off...[Read More]

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