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.[Read more →]
May 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment
Yes, you heard that right: the Flamin’ Groovies have bested the Zombies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 19th, 2013 · No Comments
It was lively, it was a wonderful spectacle, and, most importantly, it was loud and mesmerizing.
December 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments
The Entrance Band. So brooding, so mercurial, and yet so full of the alchemistic gold dust you cannot help but be transformed. It’s what Hendrix advocates call “experienced’ or what many of those illustrious Ted Talks speakers reveal.
AL’S BAR ALUMNI SHOW: ROSEMARY’S BILLYGOAT + LIGHTNIN’ WOODCOCK + CARNAGE ASADA + THE MORMONS + MORE
December 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments
Just as stupendous were Groovy Rednecks, as big Tex Troester sweated and howled through what he claimed was their 776th gig. Scene aristos dallying outside on Hewett debated what genre this latest onslaught amounted to. It sounded to me like Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen trying to thread a biplane through their own skulls.