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Elliott Smith: ‘Mr. Misery’ Revisited, Years After the Singer-Songwriter’s Controversial Death

In the December 2004 issue of SPIN, we published Los Angeles journalist/musician Liam Gowing's detailed, empathetic look at the last years of Elliott Smith's life…
Liam Gowing / October 21, 2013

Jane’s Addiction Play Intimate Surprise Show

"Even in this tiny little room," said Perry Farrell to the 150 or so folks sharing the confines of Hollywood club Bardot, "I can feel…
Liam Gowing / May 6, 2010

The Dead Weather Paint It Black at Coachella

Even in the desert, the Dead Weather hit the stage dressed all in black.
Liam Gowing / April 18, 2010

Johnny Marr Joins the Cribs for L.A. Tour Opener

Legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr took time out from his gig playing in Modest Mouse to join the Cribs at the Roxy in West Hollywood…
Liam Gowing / November 10, 2009

The Flaming Lips Debut New Songs Live

The Flaming Lips have always been about big ideas: In 1997, it was Zaireeka, an experimental release comprising four CD's designed to be played simultaneously;…
Liam Gowing / August 18, 2009

Death Cab For Cutie Perform with Orchestra

It was right after a rousing version of "The Sound of Settling" from 2003's Transatlanticism, 12 songs into Death Cab For Cutie's sold-out concert at…
Liam Gowing / July 6, 2009

Stone Temple Pilots Kick Off U.S. Tour

"So this is the first show of our tour," Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland told the sold-out crowd at Los Angeles' House of Blues…
Liam Gowing / July 2, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. Rock L.A. Like It’s 1989

Music fans are wise to be leery when they see phrases like "all-original lineup" and "long-anticipated reunion tour" followed by that cracked-out whore of the…
Liam Gowing / June 23, 2009

Blink-182 Play First Reunion Show!

"Hello!" yelled Mark Hoppus from a stage at Los Angeles' Paramount Pictures lot Thursday night. "We are Blink-182 and this is our first show together…
Liam Gowing / May 15, 2009

Liam Finn

Unlike many celebrity spawn, 24-year-old Liam Finn is actually quite comfortable discussing his famous father, former Split Enz and current Crowded House tunesmith Neil Finn.
Liam Gowing / March 26, 2008

Sean Lennon, ‘Friendly Fire’ (Capitol)

Reminiscent of half-brother Julian's undervalued 1999 album Photograph Smile, Lennon's sophomore outing is a whole step up from his debut, Into the Sun. On this…
Liam Gowing / November 8, 2006

Breaking Out: Giant Drag

Los Angeles duo Giant Drag are only halfway through shooting the video for their forthcoming single, the droning, lyrically baffling "Kevin Is Gay,"
Liam Gowing / October 24, 2005