L.A. RECORD!

Live reviews

JOHN COOPER CLARKE @ LA CITA

November 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The peripatetic punk poet from Salford arrives late—20 minutes or 40 years late, depending in how you look at it—apologizing out of a halo of cigarette smoke, saying, “I got here a little late, too late to read the guest list.” It’s a failing he turns to his advantage as he then reads that guest list, making a poem out of it in which the names rhyme and people are caught unawares by his awareness and the utterly-packed house (courtesy of Part Time Punks) erupts into the rapture of applause. “I tried to make it entertaining as I can,” he shrugs.

[Read more →]

MURDER BALLADS AND DARK SONGS @ ECHOPLEX

November 4th, 2014 · No Comments

The 5th annual Murder Ballads & Dark Songs night at the Echoplex was as righteous and delightful as anticipated. Each performer brought a new spin to timeless songs about killers and bleeding broken hearts. …And there’s something about the audience sitting in chairs that makes it all feel more special and a little bit fancy.

KERA AND THE LESBIANS ARE BRINGING DUENDE BACK

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

“I’m so happy,” blurted an elated Marketing Director of the Fold, midway through Kera’s performance. Even if she didn’t mean it … the room compelled her to HAVE TO SAY IT.

BOY AND BEAR @ THE FONDA

October 10th, 2014 · No Comments

With reverence for such staples of Americana (yes I know Young is from Canada), Boy & Bear has a lot to live up to but the band certainly met the mark, especially in categories of self-exploration, lyrical depth, and haunting harmonies.

AUSTIN PSYCH FEST @ CARSON CREEK RANCH

May 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Yes, you heard that right: the Flamin’ Groovies have bested the Zombies.

PHILIP GLASS’ THE CIVIL WARS @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

The LA Philharmonic’s stripped-down interpretation of Glass’ faithful treatment of Wilson’s words felt a little bit smart, a little bit chaotic, a little but underdone—in short, it was perhaps more faithful to Wilson’s raw gem than a huge-budget spectacle would have been.

THE WAR ON DRUGS @ THE TROUBADOUR

April 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The nearly two-hour-long set was a study in tension and release, alternating between propulsive anthems and more brooding and introspective fare.

NEDELLE TORRISI @ OTHERWILD

March 1st, 2014 · No Comments

“She has the voice of an angel” was whispered amongst the crowd more than a few times. Her nearly pitch-perfect, angelic voice was only trumped by her excellent projection while staying perfectly tight, landing on every note with the finesse of a butterfly and unleashing the power of a lioness upon belting select hard-to-hit notes.

JAPANTHER @ LYRIC THEATRE

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Crackling movie quotes, punctuated artsy musings, stuttering programmed beats, and periodic commentary from their drummer garnished this tasty offering at WeHo’s Lyric Theatre.

STRUNZ & FARAH @ CATALINA’S

December 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Acclaimed as much for their international virtuosity as for their dazzling eclectic live performances, Middle Eastern-flavored jazz/flamenco duo Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Iranian Ardeshir Farah are credited for pioneering guitar-focused world music before the term even existed. The Grammy-nominated pair shares a prolific partnership spanning more than three decades, meeting in 1979 and learned of their shared ability to play mind-blowing instrumental guitar improvisations at lightning speed.