At the moment I’m in Los Angeles working the Scion Music(less) Music Conference. (Full disclosure: I’m being paid to do so, and not by the Reader.) I’m staying right in the middle of Hollywood, and from my window I can see the iconic Capitol Records building a few blocks away, though the four-story photo of Kevin James’s head advertising his new movie kind of ruins the effect.

Coincidentally I wrote this week about David Liebe Hart, who’s based in LA (and who you may know from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), as well as about the interesting and sometimes queasy relationships between outsider musicians and the fans—or sometimes “fans”—who flock to them. Also on the B Side this week, Gossip Wolf talks crusty black metal and the latest Joan of Arc record; Leor Galil points out a really dope Chicago Bulls/Rick Ross mashup T-shirt (in an In Rotation with Catholic Tapes founder Brett Naucke and Mayor Daley bassist Emily Elhaj); and the Secret History of Chicago Music tells the story of guitarist George Freeman, younger brother of famed jazz saxophonist Von. And on Soundboard the week’s live-music recommendations include Flatbush Zombies, Beth Orton, Ssion, and several choice picks from the eclectic Adventures in Modern Music festival happening at the Empty Bottle all weekend.

I’m off to interview former Barkmarket front man Dave Sardy and try to scour the image of Kevin James’s enormous head out of my mind.