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Introducing: The Dropout Variety Show

by on Apr 28, 2016
Introducing: The Dropout Variety Show

Performers Risa and Zane Rubin along with Poppy Jean Crawford are all dropouts. Not only have they all split from school, but they have all dropped out of the repetitive sameness of the L.A. music scene. That’s why they decided to throw the Dropout Variety Show, something fresh that regular scenesters might get inspired by. ...

Feature: Loose Grip Records

by on Mar 21, 2016
Feature: Loose Grip Records

After fracturing his hip and losing his job last April, Ed Taylor took off on a West Coast journey of self discovery fueled by writing and the Grateful Dead. That trip ended quickly, though. Just after a few weeks, the van broke down, laptop got smashed and a planned resting place in Portland fell through. ...

Video: Charlie Megira at Grassy Null

by on Mar 11, 2016
Video: Charlie Megira at Grassy Null

A penetrating, shrill pick slide and a warped image of a warped burning check feed into each other before cutting to a clip of rockabilly musician Charlie Megira performing in Oakland-based music studio, Grassy Null. The studio, formerly an unused guest house, is run by Brendan Casey and engineer Kyle Day. Bands that have recorded ...

Taste Test: Kera Armendariz of Kera & the Lesbians

by on Feb 26, 2016
Taste Test: Kera Armendariz of Kera & the Lesbians

Photos By: Angela Ratzlaff Wild at heart but with a compassionate personality, it’s no surprise that Kera Armendariz of Kera and the Lesbians creates frantic yet heart-warming music, something she likes to call “bipolar folk.” Her performance has elements of gypsy jazz, Greenwich Village ’60s folk and an Elvis-like stage presence. Kera and the Lesbians ...

Thee Oh Sees at Non Plus Ultra

by on Feb 18, 2016
Thee Oh Sees at Non Plus Ultra

Photos By: Angela Ratzlaff In the midst of fashion shows, private parties and the Hollywood sign’s attractive yet blinding light, leave it to John Dwyer to keep things grounded in the Los Angeles DIY scene. Thee Oh Sees performed at Non Plus Ultra, an East Hollywood warehouse that has been throwing eclectic events for local ...

Review: The Frights

by on Feb 12, 2016

The Frights // You Are Going to Hate This Dangerbird Records Recommended Track(s): Afraid of the Dark You know that feeling when you meet someone for the first time, hang out with them, have a great time and hold onto that memory for a few days, months or years? The memory builds up and you ...

Interview: Adult Books

by on Feb 1, 2016
Interview: Adult Books

Photos by Angela Ratzlaff Five small white dots beamed focused spotlights on each face in Adult Books’ practice space. The room had gone pitch black after wind knocked power out of the Arts District-located building. Guitarist/vocalist Nick Winfrey; bassist Daniel Quintanilla; drummer M.M. Sina; and the newest live addition Cameron Allen, who will play synth ...

Premiere: Nice Guys – WSM

by on Jan 25, 2016
Premiere: Nice Guys – WSM

Photo by Molly Adams Without basements, Allston punk group Nice Guys would probably not exist. It’s where they practice and play live. They even recorded their new EP WSM, released today on Gnar Tapes and premiering here on Lo-Pie, in a basement. Nice Guys consists of guitarists Matt Garlick and Alex Aronson; bassist Jake Gilbertson; ...

Recap: Ty Segall & The Muggers at Teragram Ballroom

by on Jan 19, 2016
Recap: Ty Segall & The Muggers at Teragram Ballroom

Photos By: Angela Ratzlaff With stage antics including a baby mask, non-stop drooling, gagging gestures and multiple mentions of candy and procreating, it’s safe to say that expecting a typical Ty Segall performance at a Ty Segall and The Muggers show would be a huge mistake. The band performed with openers Vial and CFM Friday ...

Photo Recap: Tülips Record Release

by on Nov 18, 2015
Photo Recap: Tülips Record Release

Photos by Angela Ratzlaff   Tülips Bombón Terminal A