August 5, 2008

A HARD RAIN

The Weather Underground’s epic folk-rock captures the spirit of mid-century revolutionaries

By Cristina Black

You can tell a lot about a band from their “Top Friends” on MySpace. Or at least you can tell a lot about the Weather Underground, which populates that section with poets, philosophers, visionaries, and Bob Dylan (who is, of course, all of the above). “We’ve gotten in trouble with our friends for that,” says front man Harley Prechtel-Cortez, “but we’re interested in enlightenment, in the people who moved things along.”

Considering the L.A. folk-rock outfit named itself after the