Tommy Walter (born October 30, 1970 in Pasadena, California), is an American musician and songwriter, best known for his Alternative rock band, Abandoned Pools, as well as being the former bassist and one of the founding members of Eels.
Fear is an American punk band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1977, and is still active today. Credited for helping to shape the sound and style of American hardcore punk, the band started out as part of the early California punk rock scene, and gained national prominence after an infamous 1981 performance on Saturday Night Live. Frontman Lee Ving has been the band's only constant member.
Thee Midniters were amongst the first Chicano rock bands to have a major hit in the United States, and one of the best known acts to come out of East Los Angeles in the 1960s, with a cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances" and the instrumental "Whittier Boulevard" in 1965. They were amongst the first rock acts to openly sing about Chicano themes in songs like "Chicano Power" and "The Ballad of César Chávez" in the late 1960s.
For other uses, see Missing Persons. Missing Persons was an American band who played a blend of New Wave music and pop rock. The band was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles by guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, vocalist Dale Bozzio, and drummer Terry Bozzio. They went on to add bassist Patrick O'Hearn and keyboardist Chuck Wild. Dale's quirky voice and heavy makeup made the band a favorite on MTV in the early 1980s.
The Circle Jerks are an American punk band, formed circa 1979 in Hermosa Beach, California. It was formed by Black Flag's original singer, Keith Morris, and future Bad Religion guitarist Greg Hetson. They were among the preeminent hardcore punk bands of the L.A. scene in the early 1980s. The band broke up and reformed twice, sometimes with different bass players and/or drummers.
Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap duo made up of Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. They were signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key to the label's success. The group made their 1992 rap debut on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, on various songs. They also appeared on Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle, and the Death Row soundtracks Murder Was The Case and Above The Rim. Their debut album Dogg Food was released in 1995.
Toto is a multi-Grammy Award winning American rock band founded in 1977 by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the 1980s, beginning with the band's self-titled debut, released during 1978. Continuing with 1982's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV, Toto became one of the best selling music groups of their era.
Maroon 5 is an American rockband. Since debuting in 2002, the band has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and nearly 15 million worldwide. While they were in high school, the four original members of Maroon 5 played in a garage band called Kara's Flowers, which was active from 1994 to 2001. In 2002, the band members reformed as Maroon 5 and released their debut album Songs About Jane, but the album first topped Billboard charts in the US in 2004.
Albert Hammond, Jr. (born April 9, 1980) is an American musician and member of the garage rock band The Strokes in which he mostly plays rhythm guitar and occasional lead. He is also a solo musician. He released his debut album Yours To Keep in 2006 and followed up with ¿Cómo Te Llama? in 2008. The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Frank Black, Guided By Voices, John Lennon, Matthew Sweet, Television and The Velvet Underground are often cited as his major influences.
The Atban Klann, (A Tribe Beyond a Nation) was a hip hop group whose members were Will 1X, apl. de. ap, Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8 & Dante Santiago. The Atban Klann were signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. Two of the members of the hip hop group eventually became one half of the Black Eyed Peas.
The Mars Volta is an American rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001 and currently based out of Mexico. Founded by guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band incorporates various influences including progressive rock, krautrock, jazz fusion, post-punk, hard rock, post-hardcore and Latin American music into their sound. They are known for their energetic and improvisational live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums.
Strawberry Alarm Clock is a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles best known for their 1967 hit "Incense and Peppermints". The group took its name as an homage to the Beatles' psychedelic hit "Strawberry Fields Forever". They are often thought of as a "one-hit wonder", although they charted five Top 100 songs as well as two Top 40 songs. The band was instrumental in the development of bubblegum pop music in the United States.
Robert Coppola Schwartzman (born December 24, 1982) is the lead singer of the rock band Rooney. He has also acted in the short black and white film Lick the Star, The Virgin Suicides, both directed and co-written by his cousin Sofia Coppola. He has also acted in The Princess Diaries. He adopted his grandfather's first name as part of his stage name. He was a vocalist for the song "Party" by Demi Lovato.
The Fibonaccis were an American art rock band formed in 1981 composed of John Dentino, Ron Stringer, Magie Song, Joe Berardi and later Tom Corey. Their name is derived from the 13th-century Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci.
Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips. Their 1990 self-titled debut album sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and scored three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 making the trio, at the time, the best-selling female group of all time. In 1990, the group won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for Hold On, and in addition was nominated for four Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.
Keel is an American heavy metal band founded in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. They were known for their rock anthem "The Right to Rock. " The band was active until 1989, with a brief reunion in 1998. Keel reunited in 2008 and is currently touring for their 25th anniversary.
Faster Pussycat is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1986. The group was most successful during the late 1980s with their self-titled debut album and their 1989 gold album Wake Me When It's Over.
Miranda Taylor Cosgrove (born May 14, 1993) is an American film and television actress and pop rock recording artist. Cosgrove is best known for her roles as Megan Parker in Drake & Josh and as the title character in iCarly. Her career sprang forward at the age of three, mainly participating in television commercials. Cosgrove's film debut was in 2003, as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock.
Dark Angel was an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Their over-the-top style (extremely fast, heavy and lengthy songs with lots of tempo changes, lyrics and extended instrumental parts) earned them the nickname "the L.A. Caffeine Machine" and the motto "too fast, my ass". Drummer Gene Hoglan is considered to be among the best underground metal drummers in the world.
Ozomatli is a seven to ten piece band playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock music, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles. They are known both for their vocal activist viewpoints and their wide array of musical styles - including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, and others. In a 2007 NPR interview, band members Jiro Yamaguchi and Ulises Bella describe Ozomatli:
The Screamers were a synth punk rock group active in the Los Angeles, California area in the late 1970s. Included among the first wave of the L.A. punk rock scene, the label "techno-punk" was applied to the band by the Los Angeles Times in 1978. The Screamers are widely cited as the pioneers of a genre now known as "synthpunk," and might also be classified as art punk. The Screamers were notable for their unusual instrumentation, featuring electric piano and synthesizer, while omitting guitars.
Alexander Greenwald is an American musician, actor, and more recently a record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of the Californian rock band, Phantom Planet, which is on indefinite hiatus according to a blog posting on the band's official website .
The Weirdos were an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. They formed in 1976 and broke up in 1981, were occasionally active in the 1980s, and recorded new material in the 1990s. Critic Mark Demming calls them "quite simply, one of the best and brightest American bands of punk's first wave.