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Pavement Return as Indie-Rock Heroes at Debut U.S. Reunion Gig

April 16th, 2010
Photo: Melissa Moore “I’d say it’s nice to be back,” remarked Bob Nastanovich not long into Pavement’s show last night at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. “But I’ve never fucking been here before!” True enough, Bobby boy. The jocks pumping their fists to “Cut Your Hair,” the chick doing the Phish-fan noodle dance to “Stereo,” the countless balding dudes diluting their beers with tears during “Here” — this was definitely new territory for arguably the ...

Monsters of Folk Show Off Killer Chops at Marathon Gig in L.A.

October 19th, 2009
Photograph by Autumn De Wilde Monsters of Folk played a monster-sized set last night at L.A.’s Greek Theatre, running through 35 songs in just under three hours — with no opener and no intermission — in support of the indie-rock supergroup’s self-titled debut, which came out about a month ago. The Monsters comprise My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James; singer-songwriter (and She & Him guy) M. Ward; and Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, both of ...

Bob Dylan Celebrates Charlie Sexton’s Return By Cranking Up His Guitar in L.A.

October 14th, 2009
There are many reasons to celebrate Charlie Sexton’s return to Bob Dylan’s live band, but the biggest one might be that Sexton’s presence frees up Dylan to peel off terrifically cranky lead lines on a guitar that sounds like it’s been strung with straightened-out wire hangers. Kicking off a three-night stand at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles last night, Dylan spent a good deal of his two-hour set tangling with the Austin blues-rock whiz, ...

Paramore Rock Hayley Williams’ Voice Away at Cali Tour Launch

September 30th, 2009
Photo: Winter/Getty Last night Paramore kicked off a month-long North American tour at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California, and though most of the band’s fans already knew that Hayley Williams had gone blonde thanks to a performance Monday on The Tonight Show, the formerly flame-haired frontwoman had another surprise up her sleeve: She’d lost her voice. “I got sick a week ago, and I just wanna apologize to everybody — even if you think I ...

Flaming Lips Road Test Dark New Tunes From “Embryonic” in L.A.

August 18th, 2009
Photo: Shearer/WireImage The Flaming Lips‘ Embryonic isn’t due out till October 13th, but last night at L.A.’s Greek Theatre, on the second date of their summer U.S. tour, the veteran Oklahoma City weirdoes debuted several tracks from the upcoming set, including “Convinced of the Hex,” one of three Embryonic cuts featured on a new digital EP available for free to anyone who purchases a ticket to a Lips show. Rolling Stone has heard all of Embryonic, and ...

The Donnas Search for a Spark in L.A. Before Blondie Tour Launch

July 20th, 2009
“It’s been a while since we played this stage,” Brett Anderson of the Donnas announced halfway through the band’s Friday-night set at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Then the frontwoman dedicated “I Didn’t Like You Anyway,” from 1999’s Get Skintight, to any Troubadour employees who might have been working at the 500-capacity club the last time the Donnas were there. “It’s amazing we’re all still alive!” True dat: Since forming in high school (originally as the ...