Street Musician Chelsea Williams Has a New LP, a U.S. Tour and a Video With Maroon 5, but Still Loves L.A.’s ‘Dancing Drunks and Babies’ (Q&A)

Street Musician Chelsea Williams Has a New LP, a U.S. Tour and a Video With Maroon 5, but Still Loves L.A.’s ‘Dancing Drunks and Babies’ (Q&A)

Chelsea Williams knows how to work a crowd. Williams honed her craft as a singer-songwriter busking around Los Angeles for the past decade, a regular at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Playing acoustic guitar, Williams performs a mix of Americana and indie-folk tunes as she competes with breakdancers, drummers, magicians and clowns for attention – […]

New Music Friday: Stream ‘Hitchhiker,’ Neil Young’s Unreleased 1976 Album That’s No Longer Unreleased

New Music Friday: Stream ‘Hitchhiker,’ Neil Young’s Unreleased 1976 Album That’s No Longer Unreleased

In 1976, Neil Young laid down some tracks at a studio in Malibu, California that would go on to appear on his later albums in different forms — but until today, these original recordings hadn’t seen the light of day officially. Called Hitchhiker, the album finds Young at his most vulnerable — using only his […]

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

Modern technology, a major relocation and personal loss all influenced Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet’s first studio album in nearly six years. Among the veteran rock musician and Nebraska native’s strongest solo efforts to date, it features guest appearances from Rod Argent (The Zombies), Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Debbi Peterson (The Bangles), Ric Menck and Paul Chastain […]

From the Black Crowes to the Magpie Salute: Rich Robinson Q&A

From the Black Crowes to the Magpie Salute: Rich Robinson Q&A

According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of a “magpie” refers to one who collects indiscriminately. In the case of The Magpie Salute, a new 10-piece outfit drawing together three key members of The Black Crowes—Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien—the groups collects its source material from a myriad of influences to create an expansive […]

Watch Neil Young and Promise of the Real’s New ‘Children of Destiny’ Video, Released Just in Time for Independence Day

Watch Neil Young and Promise of the Real’s New ‘Children of Destiny’ Video, Released Just in Time for Independence Day

On Friday, Neil Young and Promise of the Real premiered a new music video for a song called “Children of Destiny,” and the timing of its release was no random thing. As you’ll see in the clip below, “Children of Destiny” is heavy on patriotic imagery, featuring many American flags and people out celebrating as […]

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