Constant intrascene belly-aching aside, a few local (and local-ish) acts are managing to squeeze out of South Florida geographical isolation this summer for big stages. A number of major national festivals are featuring homegrown talent on the bill. And rightfully so. Here's a quick rundown of ... More >>
Don't be fooled by his laid-back California surfin' schtick or occasional impersonation of a "racially ambiguous homeboy" ... The Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston isn't some hippie in love with the Democratic party and Obama. In fact, he thinks our nation's first black president is "an asshole" who's pla ... More >>
It's a fine line between pure genius and utter insanity. Many musicians have made a career out of toeing that line. Or, uh, totally jumping it and never looking back. As it turns out, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And since batshit crazy people don't care what month it actually is, neither ... More >>
Schizophrenic instability. It's a dangerously shaky state of being that threatens every facet of life. But for the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson's psychosis was also the group's paradoxical saving grace. This year, the group is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hitting the road and tackling major U. ... More >>
Gloria Gaynor says: "We will survive!"Who's ready to kick off those flip-flops, slurp back some piña coladas, and go disco dancing barefoot on the sands of Kokomo? The Beach Boys will be there. And Gloria Gaynor too. But, um, it's also gonna cost you $325. C'mon, people. Don't be so cynical. ... More >>
Synth geniuses Cut Copy have mastered an electropop sound we just always want to dance to. The Australian-born band has toured with Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party and the great Daft Punk, and they've recently rejected offers to tour supporting artists like Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails and Coldplay. Th ... More >>
It gives us hope when bands from the all-ages circuit try for something other than faux death metal and helium-powered pop-rock. That's why we're stoked on Totally Nebular, a local three-piece that met three years ago in high school but bonded over a love of electronic-tinged psychedelia rather than ... More >>
Surfer Blood is back home in South Florida and boy is there a pile of dirty tube socks to wash! The gents will perform Tuesday evening at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) with Turbo Fruits and locals the Dewars. Then, check them out at Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in Miami o ... More >>
Photo by Amy KoshLeon Russell can write songs as well as his face can grow hair, reallyAn impressive slate of shows roll through South Florida this weekend, and of them all, blues-rock legend Leon Russell is far and above the most photogenic of the bunch.As our writer Lee Zimmerman says, "Leon Ru ... More >>
Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken AwayAfter toiling in the trenches these many years as a folk-tinged journeyman singer-songwriter, Cleaves has finally painted his masterpiece, one that ought to make both his longtime fans and those who are still novices react with awe.Richie Furay - ... More >>
Pirate Radio gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock 'n' roll.
Mexico City, by Daniel Araujo from their MyspaceDamn Son! Vivian Girls are playing Propaganda up in Lake Worth in October. I don't know if Steve is doing these shows or what, but this place is really coming into its own with this booking. This band is pretty damn good and in my ... More >>
Sol Ruiz's Oultander is a 6-song disc I got in a cardboard sleeve from producer Bobby Macintyre of Studio 71.He says: "Sol is the songwriter and she plays acoustic guitar. I played drums, produced, engineered, and mixed it. Jesse Jackson plays some Dobro slide guitar, and some cuatro. Lorenzo Corti ... More >>
photo by Ian WitlenView New Times' full slideshow of the show here. Animal CollectiveWith Black DiceTuesday, June 9, 2009Culture Room, Ft. LauderdaleBetter Than: Eating Terry Riley's leftover mushrooms and listening to a Diplo mashup of the Beach Boys.The Review:"Harry Belafonte! Harry Belafonte!" T ... More >>
On the radical serenity/serene radicalism of Merriweather Post Pavilion.
It seems that contempt for his radio-friendly '70s tunes such as "The Joker" and "Fly Like an Eagle" drove Steve Miller off the stage in '80s. He told Rolling Stone in 2008, "Bands like X were the big thing in L.A., and my work was being called unmitigated slop. I said to myself, 'I get it! I'm outt ... More >>
Gregg Gillis's cut-and-paste is the present and future of pop music.
Reigning Sound The party continues at the Kill Your Idols space on Friday, December 5, first with Hex Dispensers, an Austin quartet who overdosed on the Ramones, but not so much the Beach Boys (it's a good thing ). Brutal Knights hail from the much colder climes of Toronto, and title their fun di ... More >>
Rooney and Locksley snap and crackle at Revolution.
It's more Manilow than morbid.
Load Blown (Paw Tracks)
Let's Bottle Bohemia Virgin
Plant the Trees Closer Together Sportatorium Records
Circles (Arena Rock Recording Company)
Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)
Brian Wilson (Warner Archives/Rhino)
Sunflower/Surf's Up (Brother/Capitol)
Doo Wop 50, Volumes One and Two (Rhino Home Video)
Surf music rules again (maybe) About two-thirds of the way through