L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks, May 30th To June 5th

By Alyson Camus | May 29, 2022

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced a last-minute show

Five Songs For The Third Week Of January

By Alyson Camus | January 15, 2022

the riffs have never been so heavy

Some Anticipated 2022 Albums

By Alyson Camus | January 7, 2022

2022 albums that should catch our attention

St Vincent At The Hollywood Bowl, Friday, September 24th 2021

By Alyson Camus | September 26, 2021

her style had many moods and her instrumental palette was wide

L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks: September 20th To 26th

By Alyson Camus | September 19, 2021

St Vincent and Spoon are at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday

The Ohana Festival Adds An ‘Encore Weekend’ With A Different Lineup

By Alyson Camus | July 21, 2021

this second lineup seems curated for me.

West Coast Music Festivals: An Update For 2021

By Alyson Camus | May 13, 2021

This avalanche of acts is almost overwhelming after a year of nothin

Is Ivanka Listening To Music? Do We Even Care?

By Alyson Camus | November 11, 2020

she had a punk phase in the ‘90s

A Virtual Music Festival To Celebrate Tom Petty’s 70th Birthday

By Alyson Camus | October 22, 2020

a full afternoon and evening of Tom Petty

Amoeba Will Be Back This Fall, Let’s Rejoice For Los Angeles

By Alyson Camus | August 1, 2020

I cannot make a list of all the artists I have seen at Amoeba

Intersect Festival Day Two, Saturday December 7th 2019

By Alyson Camus | December 11, 2019

they have already announced the festival’s 2020 edition

Beck’s The Night Running Tour At Forest Hills Stadium, Saturday, August 17th, 2019, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 18, 2019

Beck and Britt have been doing this for a quarter of a century, Cage for over a decade. It shows.


By Alyson Camus | January 14, 2018

The Soft White Sixties are at the Echo on Thursday


By Alyson Camus | July 31, 2017

June plays a new Twilight Concert at the Santa Monica Pier

That Was The Week Of August 4th, 2014, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2014

Consensus opinion is Spoon delivered the goods and for sure this is their best song to date, so good their Summerstage gig on September 10th is looking better and better except, given the type of venue and the type of band, I am not sure I can take the audience again. The new Al Jarreau is terrific.

10 Songs: Monday, August 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2014

Right As Rain – Adele – Who was it who called Adelle a psychotic moldy old cow? well, yes, I admit it but I was discussing 21 not 19, and I even liked “Someone Like You” and I really love this gorgeously sung MOR soul song, from 19, which I didn’t hate – A

10 Songs: Saturday, August 9th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 9, 2014

Six Degrees – Ghostface Killah And badbadnotgood – Featuring a verse by one Danny Brown whose voice flows well within a Ghostface track, better than you’d thing, and the Canadian jazz outfit have a clicky Oriental beat which works like magic on this terrific track – A

Spoon At Amoeba, Wednesday August 6th 2014, Review

By Alyson Camus | August 8, 2014

I didn’t hear any earworm among the new ones but it was my first listening… and even though there would be no big hit – Spoon never really got one anyway – they have already sold out the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 8th and have filled up the large Amoeba store on Wednesday night like true rock stars.

10 Songs: August 6th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 6, 2014

Bad Habit – The Kooks – When did these guys become the Arctic Monkeys? This is the sort of garage blues AM have been doing for years and I thought the Kooks had more going on, more like Squeeze, but they are one Alyson Camus review from hooking up with Josh Homme and visiting Burning Man – C

10 Songs: Monday, August 4th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 4, 2014

Inside Out – Spoon – This is about as different as indie rock can get, the 4 on the floor beat is used for a strange deconstruction of an indie song which hums along like an wall of sound power point presentation – B+

Television Lite: August 4th – August 8th, 2014

By Helen Bach | August 3, 2014

I am hopeful that things improve in the fall but that’s so far off. So until then, grab a blanket and a picnic basket and go out to your local park for a free concert- screw the TV its not worth your time.

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases Week Of August 4th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 3, 2014

A little on the dog days of summer, right? Spider bags was a disappointment, not a disaster but not their best work, Peter and Mike are dilettantes, The Murder City Devils a little too fussy for my taste. I guess spoon by default.

10 Songs: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 30, 2014

Stop Your Stobbing – the Kinks – Those background harmonies, Ray’s wife at the time, right, the “oooh ooohs” under “stop it stop it”? I could listen to it forever. It is like Torre giving the ball to Cone for one out in game six of the world series in 2000: Ray wasn’t doing her a favor, he used her for what the song needed – A

10 Songs: Friday, July 4th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2014

Do You – Spoon – Here is a song even Spoon agnostics but unequivocally approve of, a sticky, handclapping, nonsense syllabicating masterstroke, which I noticed when I caught em at Governors Ball and am now insane about – A

10 Songs: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 11, 2014

Live It Up – Spoon – A heavy blues from the semi-popular indie band; not my scene, it is neither beaty nor meaty enough but it has a uniqueness to it: it sounds like nothing else only not quite as good – B

Governors Ball Day Two: Saturday, June 7th, 2014: The Strokes Versus Jack White

By Iman Lababedi | June 8, 2014

Saturday was incredibly busy at Randall’s Island, a complete sell out from one end of the Island to the other with young kids, mostly college sophomores by the looks of it, planting themselves on every available inch of green. But the lineup wasn’t as good as Friday’s line up

Marathons , Mid-life and Music Oh My …

By Margaret Mullen | November 5, 2013

In 2009, guaranteed entry because the three consecutive years I did not get a number through the lottery. Trained with music and ran the last six miles (typically the hardest for me) with music which definitely brought me to the finish line.