After three years of finding subjects, interviewing, and organizing the calendar for Myspace’s Artist of the Day section, it died in mid-2017. Frankly I’m surprised that the Myspace Music Site revival lasted that long – I’d figured that Time Inc (which had bought it from Viant) had forgotten about it when they bought the brand in 2016. Alas, Time consolidated their content and basically just started feeding music stories from NME and Entertainment Weeklly instead of gathering original content. I was sad for my freelance flow, but at least I got to write 135 stories for the site in 2016 and 2017. That pretty much funded our vacations. I miss looking for up-and-coming bands, though. Anyone else want to host an Artist of the Day section?


FREIA: Vibing an Electro-tribal Sound, with Feelings

Ninet is Ready for the World Stage

The Ceremonies Channel New Wave for Neo Nostalgia

8 Musicians the Weeknd Owes His Act To 

8 Musicals That Will Bring You to Your Happy Place

Future Thieves Will Steal Your Heart 

Clear as a BELL the Band 

8 Disney Stars Who Have a Bright Future 

Get Crunk and Wired with Crizzly

Helena Legend Needs No Explanations

The Active Set Shake Things Up

How 20 Musicians Inspired Scientific Names 

Dig Singer-songwriter Matt Jaffe’s Intellectual Power Pop

Dancing Queen Gavin Turek Holds Court 

8 Best Cities to Live in If You’re in an Indie Band

Dave Hause Comes Full Circle

Jake Xerxes Fussell Reimagines His Songs

8 Types of Aging Hipsters You Could Become

Peak with Peking Duk

Sejo Turns Pop into Emotion and Power

Alina Bea Rises Like a Phoenix

Amba Shepherd: The Woman Behind the Voice

The Spare Buttons are Modern Day Jazz Gold

Pillow Talk Wants to Lift Up Those Who Need it Most

Indie Pop Sibling Revelry with Bordeen

Hyborian Brings High Concept to Stoner Metal 

Young Fox Brings Old Tricks to New LP

Jordan Klassen Takes Us on His Adventure 

The Sore Losers Win Bigly on Third Album ‘SKYDOGS’

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Play Ugly-Pretty Indie Pop

Zeshan B Delivers Politics via Brown-Skinned Soul 

EXCLUSIVE: Dela Kay Busts Out Stories on Electropop

Poeta Positively Blooms on ‘Golden Fields’

Corey James Just Wants You to Dance 

Amani Sounds Off on Life in EP ‘Perpendicular’ 

Rod Melancon’s Swampy, Dirty Rock & Roll 


Loose Buttons Heart NY

Narc Twain: Guitar Rock for 21st Century Anxiety

Aye Nako is OMG Legit, Intelligent Punk

Liskka: 100 Percent Electrofeels

LANY’s Sexy Time Music

Andrew Watt Turns Up the Voltage

Exclusive: Great Caesar Premieres Live ‘Hey Mama’ Video 

R&B Singer Sugar Joans Finds Her Own Voice

FMLYBND Show the Love on New EP ‘Hearts on Fire’

Grizfolk Go Big on Debut ‘Waking Up the Giants’ 

Cellars Channels the Dark Side of the ’80s 

EXCLUSIVE: Rosedale Premieres ‘Written by the Artist’ Video

Davis Gives His “Two Cents” in a New Acoustic Version 

Electronic Rock Music Trio Savoy Are Pioneering a Genre

Electropop Act Pillar Point Finds Solo Groove 

Grayscale Writes Stories of What Ifs on Latest Album

Critics’ Darling Emily Wells Makes Cerebral Soul Music 

EXCLUSIVE: Singer-songwriter Haroula Rose Premieres This Old House

EXCLUSIVE: Great States Premiere “Daisy” Music Video 

EXCLUSIVE: The Knitts Premiere “Erotic Aquatic”

Dutch DJ/Producer Roulsen Goes Solo

Future Thieves Will Steal Your Heart 

EXCLUSIVE: Lucky Jukebox Brigade Premieres ‘Savage Fantastic’ EP

EXCLUSIVE: Stream Lost Element’s EP ‘Stereo Dream’ 

EXCLUSIVE: BANDITS Premiere Video for “Kill Tonight”

Parisian Rock Band PÆRISH are Really Kids of the 1990s

Emcee and Producer Duo Koncept & J57 Make You Feel

Silver Snakes Draw From Los Angeles Chaos in Third Album 

EXCLUSIVE: Jonny Rice Premieres ‘Love is a Gamble’

EXCLUSIVE: Boulevards Premieres “Move and Shout”

Maszer is Where East Meets West

O’Brother Goes for Epicness on Latest Record

Jackal: Making Bangers for the Masses

Exclusive: Willowside Park

Get Charged with The Life Electric

Tame Impala’s Jay Watson Talks His Solo Act, GUM 

EXCLUSIVE: Italy’s The Anthem Premiere “Like You’re James Dean”

EXCLUSIVE: Alt-pop Artist JoLivi Premieres ‘Just for You’ EP

Texas Hippie Coalition Says HAPPY 4/20

EXCLUSIVE: Modoc Premieres ‘Black Eyed Lover’ Video

Battleme’s Slacker Pop is the Soundtrack of This Generation

EXCLUSIVE: Them vs. Her Premiere ‘Swing Sets and Handguns”

EXCLUSIVE: Amanda Markley Premieres Self-Titled EP

DJ/Producer Bobby Puma Lets the Bass and Kick do the Talking

Kiwi Singer-songwriter Marlon Williams Plays Pure Americana

Philly Rockers Up the Chain Premiere Live Video

Library Voices Learn About Tragedy, Turn It Into ‘Lovish’

EXCLUSIVE: Banta Premieres “Hungry Heart” Unplugged

EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Martindale Premieres “Walk the World”

Watch Scream Out Loud’s ‘Just Another Song’ Video

Pop Sophisticates Yumi Zouma Come Together 

For Gordi, Music is a ‘Clever Disguise’ 

A Giant Dog is A Little Naughty 

The Gospel According to TOLD

Binary Code: Yes and No, Something and Nothing

Trevor Sensor, the Creator

Fehrplay Cooks Up “Dokebi”

EXCLUSIVE: 2 Mile Hill Premiere EP ‘Uncovered

VISTA Aspires for Anthemic Alt-rock on Latest Set

Kemba Tackles Social Justice & Systemic Racism on ‘Negus’

Watch I, The Victor’s “Searching for You” Video Exclusively on Myspace!

Singer-songwriter Todd Lewis Kramer Lays it All Out

Welcome to Empty Houses, Detroit’s Power Pop Trio

EXCLUSIVE: Leah Culver Premieres ‘Ex is a Loser’ Video

Alt-indie Duo Bassh Burst on Through with Single ‘Body’

Handsome Ghost’s Pop Songs are Adulting

Xenia Ghali Sends a Message of Peace

EXCLUSIVE: The Walcotts Premiere ‘So Much For Love

Conro Takes It Down (Tempo)

Madi Wolf Shines Positively on ‘Glare’ EP

Julia Jacklin Won’t Let the Kids Win 

The Brocks Make Electronica with a Soul

The Bad Suns, Masters of the Pop Hook 

Watch V²’s ‘Hard and Fast’ Video Exclusively on Myspace

Listen to Eryn McHugh’s ‘Shatter’ Exclusively on Myspace!

Former Paramore Drummer Gets Shimmery with HALFNOISE

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors Talk ‘Medicine,’ 

Break the Internet with Moshow the Cat Rapper

Luke Roberts Doesn’t Say Much, But He Says It with Passion

Paper Route Go All In with ‘Real Emotion’

Janelle Kroll Sings Heady Dance Tracks

Holy Sons Does Lo-fi Like No Other

Six Degrees of The Darcys 

DJ/producer Alle Farben’s Name Lives Up to His Music

Blinders Peaks with ‘Hero’

Elle Belle Gets Schizophrenic with Double Album Debut

EXCLUSIVE: Celebrate Halloween with Death Valley High

Lori Cullen Heads a Power-folk Trio on ‘Sexsmith

Carly Robyn Green Follows Her True North on Debut Single

Mac Sabbath Delivers Drive Thru Metal at its Finest 

Nuela Charles Slinks in with ‘The Grand Hustle’

EXCLUSIVE: David and the Curse Premiere “Diamond Ring”

EXCLUSIVE: FIVES Premiere “Lovers in Lullaby”

9ELECTRIC Makes Fast and Furious Music

American Wrestlers’ Stripped-Down, Homemade Pop

J Motor’s Slinky Electropop from Down Under

Tafari Anthony Brings the Power and the Pathos

From Rock Bottom, XMeKate Rises on EP ‘Expectation’




 I did some really interesting stories for Upvoted, Reddit’s feature-y news site, toward the end of 2015, right after I gave birth to Kaya papaya. I still miss that outlet. I also did a ton of fun stories for OC Weekly, namely — pimped out Kaya for a Sublime feature! How OC.


In 2014 my good friend Vickie Chang became the editorial director of Myspace and assigned me the very interesting task of finding up-and-coming artists for the feature “Artist of the Day.” I started hunting down bands that hadn’t made it big yet, which made me excited about music again. I continued doing it even after the great Katrina Natress took over midyear, and just now found out that I wrote 152 stories for the section in 2015.

  1. Rock Band Dorothy Stakes Their Claim to Ballsy Metal Sound
  2. The Ambient, Experimental Musical Direction of MIRS
  3. No Limits for UK Rapper Kapital
  4. From Bluegrass to Metal, Andy Wood Shreds on Guitar
  5. Afika Nx Mixes and Matches Hip-hop, Rock and Reggae
  6. Deaf Rhino Premiere Exclusive Track, “Don’t Believe What You Heard”
  7. EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Gill Delivers with the EP ‘I Feel Awake’
  8. Folklorist Elephant Micah Does it for Himself
  9. Stone Cold Fox is Stone Cold Serious About Rock & Roll
  10. Take a Bite Out of Neo Punk Rockers Happy Fangs
  11. Swedish Chanteuse Zara Larsson Set to Conquer America
  12. For the Blancos, It Really Is All About the Music
  13. Big Guitars, Big Choruses and Big Dreams Fulfilled for Cilver
  14. Janine and the Mixtape
  15. Luluc Makes Indie-Folk, Quiet and Clear
  16. Mikky Ekko—In His Own Time
  17. Punk Rockers the Heathens Rev It Up In Southern California
  18. Periphery’s Third Release is an Ambitious Concept
  19. PREMIERE: Chicago Pop-Rock Band AyOH Gets Radio Ready
  20. Roisto Brings Chill Waves From Scandinavia
  21. In Tall Buildings Stands On Slow-rising, Solid, Melancholic
  22. Remi Rises Up From Down Under
  23. The HOWLS Make Sweet Synth Rock Out of Los Angeles
  24. The Bright Light Social Hour is Ready for the Big Cities
  25. Pop Singer Tony Ferrari Channels Old Into Gold
  26. Ibeyi Activates Wonder Twin Power on Magnificent Debut
  27. Indie Pop Singer Frankie Perfects the Catchy Pop Hook
  28. Switzerland’s Electropop Duo From Kid Deliver a Natural Flow
  29. Who Needs the Drop When You’ve Got DJ Duo Prok & Fitch?
  30. Electropop Artist Penguin Prison Creates a Soundtrack for NY
  31. Rangleklods Bring the Fun From Denmark
  32. Pop Singer Lily Elise Poised to Take Off
  33. The Rua Prove That Siblings Make the Best Bands
  34. DJ Dynamix On Keeping the Energy Going
  35. Meet Meg Mac—She’s Going to Be Huge
  36. A Sweet Spot for Singer-Songwriter Duo Mideau
  37. Indie Band Winters Island Draw Inspiration From ’90s R&B
  38. Get Lucky with Nashville Buzz Band COIN
  39. Domino Kirke on Music and the Cycle of Creation
  40. Life of Dillon is Bringing Free-spirited Good Vibes
  41. Australian Pop Star Lenka Sings on the Bright Side
  42. Deaf Rhino Premiere Exclusive Track, “Don’t Believe What You Heard”
  43. Brooklyn Rapper Junglepussy is the Girl of Your Dreams
  44. LA Duo Kaneholler Just Wanna Make You Dance
  45. Producer/DJ Infuze Creates EDM for the Future
  46. Colony House Play Straight-Up Rock and Roll
  47. North of Nine is Headed for the Top
  48. In the House: Crookers Brings Italian Electro to the United States
  49. Getting Personal With Expert Turntablist Jayceeoh
  50. Perfectly Named Pop Noir Premiere New Single
  51. For William Pilgrim and the All Grows Up, the Personal is Political
  52. 90s Alt-Rockers Ash Are Back
  53. Bigger, Better, Sweeter, More: Turbo Fruits Grow Up
  54. DJ/Producer Dyro is a Dutch Treat
  55. Five Knives Cut a Wide Swath Across Genres
  56. Tyranis Does Thrash
  57. Pop Singer Rozzi Crane Gets Ready for Fame
  58. PREMIERE: Pop Star Mizgin Says Love Yourself First
  59. Dig Singer-songwriter Matt Jaffe’s Intellectual Power Pop
  60. Corsica Arts Club Bring the Sunshine in With Synth-Pop
  61. Dannic Delivers, From Mash-ups to Big House Hits
  62. Singer-Songwriter Cody Crump Sings About Death
  63. There’s No Doubting the Passion of Pop-Rock Band Noise of Rumors
  64. Heavy Does it for Dave Lombardo’s Alt-Metal Band PHILM
  65. Kid Wave’s Wonderlust is Going to be Your Summer
  66. Finnish Producer and DJ Darude Talks About Life Beyond ‘Sandstorm’
  67. Pop! Goes LA Songwriter Colette Carr
  68. PREMIERE: Patrick Dennis’ “The Last Drop”
  69. Austin’s the Vanity Credit Their Rock & Roll Sound to a Lot of Hard Work
  70. Aussie Band In Hearts Wake Reach New Heights
  71. DJ and Producer Yves V. is on the Rise
  72. Swedish Synthpop Act Hortlax Cobra Strikes Again
  73. DJ/Producer Abel Ramos Gets Back in the Mix With Love
  74. Myspace Exclusive: DJ/Producer Henrix Drops New Single
  75. Small Town Boys Shattered Sun Play a Gigantic Metal Sound
  76. Guitar Virtuoso Hamish Anderson’s Rock & Roll Blues
  77. Los Angeles Crooner B. Miles Goes for a Dark, Electropop Vibe
  78. X Ambassadors Mark Their Spot
  79. Soilwork Release Teaser Video of New Album 
  80. Exclusive Premiere: Scarlett Parade’s “Hold On”
  81. On Debut LP “Transgressor,” Rapper and Singer Tunde
  82. Sincerely Yours from Lena Fayre
  83. French Producer, DJ Arno Cost Declares EDM in France is Dead
  84. Sweet Spirit Want To Be On Top
  85. Singer-songwriter Lael Neale’s Debut is Strong Yet Sweet
  86. On ‘Portraits,’ Electronic Duo Maribou State Present
  87. Harrison: Just Call Him EDM’s Rennaissance Man
  88. Gossamer: Creating Soundscapes In Beats And Measures
  89. Genre-hopping Angelenos Dustbowl Revival Have Celebrity Style
  90. Teen Daze Grows Up on ‘Morning World’
  91. Thy Art Is Murder Slay With Latest Release, ‘Holy War’
  92. Sure They Have Mullets; Just Don’t Call Biters a Throwback
  93. Unbounded by Genres, Oxymorrons are ‘Complex but Basic’
  94. Through Reggae, Artist Nattali Rize Says Less Selfies, More Self Awareness
  95. Risa Binder Sings Cosmopolitan Country-pop Songs
  96. Count Counsellor Mines His Childhood
  97. Exclusive: Orlando Band Savannah Stream New EP
  98. The Gooch Palms Want to Leave Their Mark All Over You
  99. Flying Solo with Shanee Pink
  100. EXCLUSIVE: Emily West Premieres ‘All for You’
  101. EXCLUSIVE: Rubikon Premieres ‘Vipers’ Video
  102. Baby in Vain Is On Some Next Level Shit
  103. Gal Pals’ Music is a Warm, Fuzzy Soundtrack for Your Besties
  104. PREMIERE: Listen To Walsher Clemons’ New Single
  105. PREMIERE: Listen To Kyle Lucas’ New Song, “Veritas”
  106. Singer-storyteller Sophia Black Transforms from Teen Prodigy to Hitmaker
  107. Premiere: Watch ThatOneEyedKid’s Video for Bouncy Title Track
  108. Premiere: Watch Trapdoor Social’s ‘Fine on My Own
  109. Dream-pop-electronica Creator Luna Aura Figures it Out
  110. Electropop Duo Smoke Season Catches Fire
  111. EXCLUSIVE: A Love Like Pi Premieres “Wide Awake”
  112. For 3 Headed Dog, Home is Where the Rock Is
  113. EXCLUSIVE: Myke Terry Premieres New Single, ‘Slide’
  114. Darwin Deez on Deez Nuts, Idolizing Toto and Styling His Perfect Curls
  115. EXCLUSIVE: Go Behind the Scenes on ‘Lights Out’ with AudioDamn!
  116. XXI Rises From Tragedy on Debut ‘Inside Out’
  117. R&B Crooner Harrison Brome Is As True As Can Be
  118. EXCLUSIVE: The DownBeat Keys Premiere Video For ‘Fluid’
  119. Cady Groves Makes Her ‘Dreams’ Come True
  120. Meet Soda Shop, Purveyors of Indie Pop Gems
  121. The Relapse Symphony On Playing Balls-to-the-Wall Rock
  122. Will the Real Knox Hamilton Please Stand Up?
  123. EXCLUSIVE: Rabid Young Premieres New Video, “Pieces”
  124. Candice Pillay Puts out Positive Vibes on EP ‘The High’
  125. EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Premiere of Alvarez Kings’ ‘Tell Tale Heart’
  126. EXCLUSIVE: Spencer Sutherland Premieres Selena Gomez cover
  127. Fever High Deliver Earwormy Indie-pop Gems With A Dose of Girl Power
  128. Meet Mishka Shubaly: Memoirist, Marathon Runner, Musician
  129. Steven Roth’s “Good Times Go So Fast” is a Soul Pop Nostalgia Attack
  130. Clay Cages Pack A Post-Rock Punch
  131. EXCLUSIVE: Listen to MC Lars’ ‘The Zombie Dinosaur LP
  132. Southern California’s Wildling Premiere
  133. Exclusive: So Much Light Premieres Acoustic Video
  134. Alexx Mack Celebrates Being Comfy in Her Own Skin
  135. Sit Back and Chill with Indie Rockers The Kickback
  136. EXCLUSIVE: Pete RG Premieres ‘Divine’ Lyric Video
  137. Exclusive: Alt Rockers the Drama State Premiere ’38th and Central’
  138. Drug Church: Sounds Like Seaweed, Feels Like Awesome
  139. For Singer, Songwriter and Author David Berkeley, Every Song is a Story
  140. Fine Fine Titans Tell a Mighty Story
  141. TeamMate Turns Love and Loss into Musical Gold
  142. Marco With Love is Cosmic Country
  143. The Highs and Lows of Kaleigh Baker
  144. Astropol: It’s OK to Call Them Sweden’s Newest Supergroup
  145. EXCLUSIVE: Take a Peek Behind the Scenes of Lipstick Gypsy’s ‘Awesome’ Video
  146. Brenna Whitaker Gives You the Feels
  147. Caspian Rises From Tragedy in ‘Dust and Disquiet’
  148. Mental Physix Says Namaste with Free Single
  149. Secrets Go Out to the World with New Singer and New Album
  150. Kate Crash Pops It Off in 2016
  151. The Shelters Create the Quintessential Los Angeles Sound
  152. WatchTheDuck Aim to Blow the Lid Off 2016

I’m writing this recap late 2016, a full two years later. But I do think that cataloging the stories I wrote — and I wrote a ton of them! — through the years is a good exercise. So here goes.


Best Dive Bars In Orange County
If you think OC is all about glitzy clubs, expensive shoes and boob and nose jobs, these dive bars will show you the county’s seedy underbelly.

Kid-Friendly Live Music Venues In LA
If you’re longing to enjoy the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle with your little ones, we’ve got you covered. Los Angeles is chock full of places you can enjoy music without worrying about a sitter.

Best LA County Fair Attractions For Kids
There’s a lot you can do at the L.A. County Fair with your wee ones, whether they’re into princesses or monster trucks. For the 5-and-under set, there’s also a whole slew of niche activities that will make navigating the fair easier for any parent.

OC’s Best Cinco De Mayo Events
Who says Cinco de Mayo is all about margaritas and clamatos? Keep your day of Mexican pride classy by checking out these not-all-about-drinking events.

KCET Artbound

OC Weekly


Looking for the Grateful Dead in Ryan Adams’ Music

Hozier On Dealing With Fame in the Age of Social Media

Jeremy Loops Finds His True North

Pop-electro Act the Heirs Grow Beyond Brother-Sister Duo

Roosh Williams is a Rap Maverick

Double Duchess On Inner Queerness

Priory Makes Songs For an Endless Summer

Niia Claims the Spotlight

Pop Artist Deleasa is Ready to Step Out of the Shadows

Swingin’ Solo With Jack of All Trades Michael Rault

Thought I’d post the 2012 stories as well, a year later! Artbound was a pretty amazing experience, they even made a short video based on my stories.

KCET Artbound

Siempre es Hoy: Capturing the Latin Alternative Moment

A Conversation on Chicano Art: Artist Jose Lozano and Collector Armando Duron

Parker Jacobs Can’t Lose

Art With An Agenda: An Exhibit Inspired by Kelly Thomas

Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion

Prison Dancer: A Transmedia Musical Hopes to Transcend Borders


OC Weekly

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! – Honda Center – November 24, 2012

How Unknown Ontario Band Noise of Rumors Got Their Opening Slot for No Doubt at the Gibson

Animal Collective – Hollywood Bowl – September 23, 2012

Animal Collective’s Josh Dibb On Returning to the Band and Writing Their Latest Record in a Barn

Sublime vs. No Doubt? Manager/producer Miguel Happoldt Says ‘No Doubt was like Richie Cunningham and Sublime was like Fonzie’

Sophie Muller on Filming No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom Days

No Doubt In Their Own Words

Just a Girl: Crushing on Gwen Stefani in the Early Days of No Doubt

No Doubt Talk About Being Rockstar Parents

William Pilgrim and the All Grows Up Find New Hope and a New Home

Organizer Stephan Baxter Talks About The Kelly Thomas Art Exhibit

Jack White – The Wiltern – 5/30/12

KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine – 5/5/12

Top 10 Things About Covering Music for OC Weekly


Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez: ”Humanity is A Lot Better Than America

Q&A: As I Lay Dying’s Josh Gilbert on the Theme Parties of Mayhem

Q&A: Paul Kalkbrenner is Promoting Sonar This Week

Q&A: Father John Misty Meows, Discusses Religion and Politics

August | 2012 | Purevolume – Festivals

Q&A: Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman on Fly Fishing

Q&A: FIDLAR’s Max Kuehn Shares His Favorite Los Angeles

Q&A: We Just Want Paul Banks to Love Us

Q&A: Of Mice and Men’s Austin Carlile On His Heart Condition

Q&A: Little Dragon’s Erik Bodin Talks Ping Pong With Damon Albarn

Q&A: Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom

Q&A: Taking Back Sunday’s Mark O’Connell and Shaun Cooper

Q&A: Jeremy DePoyster Says the Devil Wears Prada is In It For the Long Haul

Q&A: Steve Aoki—Musician, Businessman and All-Around Pop Culture Purveyor

I always think I should keep a tally of stories I write for other publications, especially since I don’t have a full-time reporting job anymore. Here’s an abridged list of everything I did this year (I only posted stories I liked, actually.) I sort of stopped doing so much over the summer because I was getting burnt out, but now I’m ready again!



LACMA9: A Nomadic Community Film School

The Social Art of Jorg Dubin

Punk Rock Origins: The Story Behind Bad Religion


Best Day Of The Dead Celebrations In L.A.

Guide To Paddleboard Yoga In OC

6 Reasons Why FYF Fest Is Better Than Coachella

Best Late-Night Eats In Orange County

OC’s Best Kid-Friendly Music Venues

OC Weekly

Local Filipino-American Artists Talk About Philippine Typhoon Haiyan and Raise Funds

Justin Timberlake – Honda Center – November 27, 2013

Why is There No Filipino-American Music Scene in Orange County?

The Best Band You’ve Never Heard: 3 Headed Dog

Rob Zombie Is Living the Nightmare

Johnny Marr Doesn’t Need Morrissey

How To Be the Best Zombie You Can Be at the Long Beach Zombie Walk

FLAG’s Keith Morris on Being the Wild Old Man of FYF Fest

Tyler Jacobs’ CinemAttack Gives Scott Pilgrim the Rocky Horror Treatment

Bjork – Hollywood Palladium – June 2, 2013

CinemAttack Turns Cult Film Screenings Into Crazy Theatrical Events

Mental Physix Want to DJ Your Yoga Class

The Aquabats! Super Show! Nominated for a Daytime Emmy; Christian Jacobs Talks About Being Family Friendly

Save Ferris “Reunion Show” Not Actually a Reunion, We Ask the Band to Find Out Why

Heartless Bastards Only Get Stronger

GOGO13 Are Right Where They Want to Be . . . Finally

Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project: Word Becomes Flesh – Segerstrom Center – Jan. 31, 2013


DoLab at Coachella
Q&A: Dream Rockwell, Lucent Dossier Experience

Coachella 2013

Follow the Leader | Coachella 2013

Q&A: Pennywise Frontman Jim Lindberg on Their Reunion

The PV Q&A: The Bronx’s Matt Caughthran

Q&A: As I Lay Dying’s Josh Gilbert on the Theme Parties of Mayhem

Q&A: Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy on Rock ‘n’ Roll

Q&A: Alt-J’s Gwil Sainbury on the Band’s Success

The PV Q&A: Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello on Pura Vida

Here’s a story I wrote about one of my favorite artists for KCET’s Artbound: Parker Jacobs:

From the beginning, Parker Jacobs’ life has been one roundabout path to fame after another. I like to think of him as the most influential Huntington Beach artist that you’ve never heard of. In fact, Jacobs has been quietly impacting the American skate-pop-punk aesthetic since 1993, when GOGO13, the ska band Jacobs formed in his garage so impressed his older brother Christian that he promptly went out and formed the Aquabats.

1. “I got into art because I had really poor vision as a kid — I still do,” he says. “But back then being visually stimulated was really important because of my bad eyesight, and drawing was my outlet and my way to express myself.”
2. As a child actor, Parker Jacobs was in five episodes of “The Wonder Years.” “I even had a catch phrase: ‘UNBELIEVABLE!'”
3. The Aquabats once sold live tarantulas as merch.
4. The Aquabats were dropped by their record label because the record label (AKA Goldenvoice) lost money on the first two Coachella Arts and Music Festivals. Reportedly (from a friend who once interviewed Paul Tollett, the founder of Goldenvoice), the Aquabats is the only band that still makes Tollett starstruck after all these years.
5. Aquabats lead singer Christian Jacobs told Parker that Yo Gabba Gabba would be “a way to get a company to fund a really good Aquabat monster costume, because we were never happy with our monster costumes. So we created this universe,”
6. Christian Jacobs is blind in one eye, so he kind of identified with this cyclops — who eventually became Muno, a cyclops Christian started drawing in the 1980s. Muno was the first Aquabats villain.
7. Yo Gabba Gabba is not influenced by drugs. WHAT, REALLY? Parker says, “I’ve never done anything — I’ve never even drunk coffee! But looking back when I watch it, I go, ‘That show is kinda weird.'”
8. Gogo13, Parker’s band, wrote our favorite YGG song.

9. Parker said, “I’m comfortable being compared to my older brother … maybe he’s not as comfortable being compared to anyone!”
10. Parker Jacobs is the second cousin of the guitarist of Maroon 5 … I found this out on Twitter. WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?!

In 1995, I was obsessed with No Doubt. I wore bindis like Gwen Stefani, I tried to dress like Gwen Stefani, I watched that “Don’t Speak” video CONSTANTLY, I wanted to sing like Gwen Stefani. Today OC Weekly published my cover story on No Doubt. If it was 1996 it would’ve been like my biggest dream had been realized, but I’m 17 years older. So much is different — my priorities, my energy, my musical taste.  Oddly enough, that’s also what I discovered about No Doubt. They’re older, wiser, with different priorities. To celebrate the fulfillment of a dream (however deferred) I watched “Don’t Speak” really closely tonight. The realness and the raw emotion in that video … I choked up and felt 17 again.


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A few years ago I was crazy for this singer that the indie radio station 88.9 was pushing in Milwaukee. Before “Guilt Trip” I had never heard of Valentina, and no one else ever had, either. As I was working as an arts and entertainment writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel at the time I tracked down the then-22-year-old from London and got probably one of the first profiles ever written on her for the U.S. media. Now Valentina is featured on a Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) track. It is awesome (listen below), but her own stuff is still better.

Coachella, 2004. My first.

One day, when I’m working a desk job where I have to clock in, wear suits, pearls and heels, I’m going to look back on my days of covering Coachella and get really nostalgic. Maybe.