About a year ago, in conjunction with Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, and DirtyHippieRadio.com, the Easy Reader conceived a purportedly more tasteful way to commemorate the glory of St. Patrick’s Day and wearing green. Embracing the broadening social trend toward quality, class, and local craft, the First Annual Froth Awards was born. The concept was […]
What is fame, and how does it work? What makes this famous, but not that? Who and what decides? Which factors or filters pertain? Why is the photographer of this iconic image famous, but we haven’t got a clue about the name of the person actually depicted in the shot? Why is Mount Rushmore National […]
Punks and Rastas reign supreme with rock in between, ain’t nothin’ but a South Bay thing. Let’s face it: hip hop, or rap, is not the most popular channel in the heart of our Beach Cities. And that’s why I found this story so damn fascinating! It was only of recent occurrence when a close […]
Like most kids in the 80s, Nathan Haskill spent a precious part of his childhood dreaming and scheming alongside the Real American Heroes of G.I. Joe, He-Man and the Masters of The Universe, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and Thundercats… As a Redondo Beach resident since the age of ten, the 33-year-old also grew […]
Hits come and go quicker than fads, fame fleets quicker than the fortune, but legends never leave. “I’m quite humbled to be considered an acoustic finger-style guitar legend… But you know what? It doesn’t always pay the bills!” Toulouse Engelhardt is a massively accomplished finger-style guitar legend who appears to have eaten more than his […]
Look! Up there in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane… It’s Free Comic Book Day at The Comic Bug! Saturday, May 4 marks that glorious day when kids and comic nerds of all age and creed congregate to revel in the triumph of free comics! The nationwide event took form in 2002, […]
Familiar faces, new band, and a stiff glass of American Ear Whiskey… The Thirsty Crows descend upon the South Bay. The roots of this new local band are grounded in various cross pollinations, old ties forming new bonds, and a mishmash of genres and styles. Steve Huante (guitar, vocals) and Chris Saunders (upright bass) used […]
What is it to be living the dream? The expression typically inspires a no worries, no hardship lifestyle. But that’s not quite it. All that jazz comes after, potential rewards for having worked at the dream. Really living the dream is found in the daily self-application to pursuing the dream. It’s not easy street. It’s […]
As an outsider having come to know and enjoy this band well enough to share good laughs and cold beers in between sets over the years, I’ve absorbed sufficient perspective to determine that Hang Dog Expression is a total labor of love; but with considerably less emphasis on the labor than the love. By no […]
Easy Reader and Dirty Hippie Radio have teamed up to co-procure and co-present some local shows, beginning with a monthly gig at Saint Rocke which kicks off next Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.
It’s Valentine’s Day again, and this time around let’s be sure your arsenal of love is fully equipped to knock the socks clean off that special someone. DHR’s got you covered. Let’s see… Chocolate. Yeah, gotta have chocolate. Flowers. Yep, bingo. Card. Oh yeah, can’t forget that. A shower. Hm, better fit one in for […]
Even really big acts get the band name blues. Jimmy Page went and supplanted The Yardbirds with Led Zeppelin, a band called Earth decided Black Sabbath would suit them better, and there’s that one southern band who morphed from The Allman Joys into The Hour Glass into The Allman Brothers Band. Here in the south […]
It really began as a joke.
“My mom was a pretty popular lady,” says Bubba McMacken of local punk-reggae band Special C. “You know, a lot of my friends liked to come over and hang out with her rather than me, cuz I’m, ya know, I’m such a baby… And my mom loved animals. I mean, there was times when we […]
When Jake Smith first spoke out in song with a voice evocative of what Eddie Vedder and Richie Havens’ long lost son would sound like, little could he have foreseen the long ride he’d be taking with his new job. It’s been over a decade since his journey began as an independent artist with his […]