Sound Check

I Sing the Body Electric
June 2012

I Sing the Body Electric

She's selling out concerts and inspiring fervent devotion, but Japan’s Hatsune Miku is virtually a star

Ground Shift
March 2012

Ground Shift

School of Seven Bells is back in session with a renewed vision; plus, song picks of the month

Cultural Reverence
January 2012

Cultural Reverence

Comedian Donald Glover is serious about rap, and he’s got the lyrics to prove it

Editor’s Letter—December 2011
December 2011

Editor’s Letter—December 2011

The things that unite our city can be found in all corners.

Once Bitten
November 2011

Once Bitten

How Carter Burwell conjured up the atmospheric strains of the Twilight climax, Breaking Dawn.

Uncrowded House
September 2011

Uncrowded House

When the kids left home, Neil Finn and wife Sharon birthed another—the Pajama Club.

Troubadour of Troubled Times
June 2011

Troubadour of Troubled Times

Finding beauty in the most unlikely of California’s corners, Dave Alvin proves he’s far more than a blast-from-the-past roots rocker.

Outlier Goddess
May 2011

Outlier Goddess

Kylie Minogue’s not quite superstar status here has unique benefits for her U.S. fans.

Power of Two
April 2011

Power of Two

With a deceptively lo-fi sound and a bluesy-punk vibe, indie band the Kills is, well, doing just that; plus, this month’s song picks

Visionary Vixen
January 2011

Visionary Vixen

The bewitching Brit Florence + the Machine casts her spell stateside; plus, L.A. experts make their song picks.