On a Thursday afternoon in mid-May 1974, in the small city of Lynwood, California, 18-year-old high school senior Tom Matthews answered a knock on the door.
Outside stood a short-haired brunette in her twenties, who inquired about the Ford Econoline van for sale. In a matter of minutes, “Emily” was behind the wheel, with Tom sitting shotgun in the front passenger seat. It was then that Tom Matthews’ life took a turn.
LA's Favorite Power-Pop Trio on the Secrets of Longevity - by Todd McGovern - I’ve been a fan of The Muffs since their eponymous release in 1993, drawn by the power of their staccato pop songs, catchy lyrics and of course, Kim Shattuck’s sweet voice and guttural trademark scream.
Bob Mehr, author of the new biography, “Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements,” was only 11 years old at the time, but the ‘Mats [the band’s nickname, short for Placemats] performance that night left quite an impression on his young mind.
by Todd McGovern - It’s been said that it happened in a Tucson hotel room in 1978, when Jesus first visited Bob Dylan. Dylan later said that he “sensed a presence in the room that couldn’t have been anybody but Jesus…the glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.”
by Todd McGovern - In the early 1990s, I became obsessed with Crispin Hellion Glover. It was not so much his legendary appearance on Late Night With David Letterman, when he (or his alter-ego, Rubin Farr) came close to kicking Dave in the face with his black stacked boots.