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  • Juanjo Mena conducts closing concert of Hollywood Bowl classical music season

    Juanjo Mena conducts closing concert of Hollywood Bowl classical music season

    Conductor Juanjo Mena is set to conduct the closing concert of the Hollywood Bowl’s 2014 summer classical music season in the grandest style on September 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The program features the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, the magnificent voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and...
  • The New Pornographers show both skin and heart

    The New Pornographers show both skin and heart

    The New Pornographers are not just the group with the worst name to Google while at work. This Canadian power-pop act is also a most inventive collective. Brill Bruisers might be a reference to the old Brill Building, a New York songwriting mill back during the early days of rock & roll. These...
  • Songs about drinking (male version)

    Songs about drinking (male version)

    Yes, it's another list of songs about drinking. It does seem fitting since Labor Day just passed. It's not unlikely that you indulged yourself for one last weekend before the kids go back to school and summer comes to an unofficial close. Since the last list included songs by ladies, this one...
  • Wunder Wunder is wonderful

    Wunder Wunder is wonderful

    Although Wunder Wunder’s Everything Infinite is a strong collection of songs, nothing on it gets any better than the opening title track. It sounds contemporary, while also slightly retro with a psychedelic, Monkees' “Pleasant Valley Sunday” guitar groove and spacey “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds...
  • Spoon refuses to give up its soul

    Spoon refuses to give up its soul

    Britt Daniel’s scratchy lead vocals are the bait that initially attracts us to the Texas band Spoon and eventually hooks us for good. He may remind you of Tom Petty in places, albeit without Tom’s undeniable Florida Southern drawl. Spoon’s latest, They Want My Soul, is not quite so British Invasion...
  • The Jigsaw Seen lets the reverb echo

    The Jigsaw Seen lets the reverb echo

    Los Angeles has a great homegrown rock & roll history, with influential bands like The Seeds and Love. The Jigsaw Seen is an L.A. group that adds to this tradition with wonderful, 60s inspired music of their own. Old Man Reverb, the title of The Jigsaw Seen’s latest album, is one of the best...
  • Kitten both growls and purrs

    Kitten both growls and purrs

    The group KITTEN, for all intents and purposes, is Chloe Chaidez; especially when you consider that ex-members now number into the double figures. That’s quite a bit of turnover for this group, which was formed so recently in Los Angeles in 2009. Make no mistake about it, though, Chaidez is the...
  • Elvis Costello is coming to The Hollywood Bowl

    Elvis Costello is coming to The Hollywood Bowl

    When Elvis Costello arrives at The Hollywood Bowl this weekend for two shows, he’ll be supporting a great (relatively) new Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs album, which he recorded with The Roots, the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Costello will be joined for these shows by Ben...
  • In The Mix: Eight great live music venues near UCLA

    In The Mix: Eight great live music venues near UCLA

    Fun in the Summer sun may be a recent memory for many students headed to UCLA this Fall. The prestigious university admitted 15,760 new students for its Fall 2014 semester and that’s great news for any business owner near the sprawling 419- acre campus located in the heart of Westwood, CA. Although...
  • The best in the U.S.: Kendrick Lamar and T.D.E. perform at Made in America

    The best in the U.S.: Kendrick Lamar and T.D.E. perform at Made in America

    "I've been touring the world doing a lot of festivals, but I ain't never done a f------ festival in the heart of Los Angeles," ScHoolboy Q exclaims in the middle of his performance at the Made in America music festival. The spirit of the first annual festival is felt throughout the day. Large crowds...
  • Songs about drinking and partying with the girls

    Songs about drinking and partying with the girls

    Country music has a longstanding tradition of songs about drinking. Laergely the songs are written and performed by men. While there are some variations on the theme (drinking to forget, drinking to have a good time with the boys, drinking to make a woman in the bar attractive), male country artists...
  • Dwight Yoakam plays The Grove of Anaheim

    Dwight Yoakam plays The Grove of Anaheim

    Sometimes it's necessary to go to a show on a Thursday night, and call off work on Friday. Hey, you work hard all week. You deserve to give yourself some long weekends that don't appear on the company's holiday schedule. Besides, if you're one of those folks that feels guilty about taking a Friday...
  • Angel City Jazz Tour heads to L.A. with serious lineup

    Angel City Jazz Tour heads to L.A. with serious lineup

    The Angel City Jazz Festival will go into an overload of sonic greatness for the month of September. The annual Fest will present a variety of jazz music and feature over 25 artists in this years lineup. For six days, jazz’s most inspiring artist, established and critically acclaimed, will bombard...
  • Musician performances at the L.A. County Fair 2014

    Musician performances at the L.A. County Fair 2014

    L.A. has has done a 360 since the 1920s, when this event was first organized as an agricultural fair. The annual event still has farm-friendly appeal (livestock, beauty contests, local produce) alongside the more modern acrobats, wine tastings and exhibitions. The historic L.A. County Fair has...
  • Ray Allen could in end up in Los Angeles

    Ray Allen could in end up in Los Angeles

    Two time NBA champion and top notch shooter Ray Allen could land in either San Antonio with the Spurs or in Los Angeles with the Clippers. Both teams are eager to sign him, however it's at the end of the process, it's still Allen's decision. "It's August and I don't want to rush to judgment," Allen...
  • Lightnin' Willie and Rick Holmstrom are among the artists to see this weekend

    Lightnin' Willie and Rick Holmstrom are among the artists to see this weekend

    I have a question for you: Does anything feel better than the Sunday of a long weekend? Monday is right around the corner, but you (hopefully) don't have to work, which means you don't have to face the usual dread you get on Sundays with the thought of having to go back to work the following day...
  • Los Angeles' first annual Indonesian Film Festival

    Los Angeles' first annual Indonesian Film Festival

    There are many cultures in L.A. that could stand to get a little more exposure globally. Los Angeles, like New York, is a major city that is celebrated for having a diverse population and many cultures for the people to explore. The L.A. Indonesian community is no different and has made...
  • Meshell Ndegeocello coming to the El Rey Theatre, Sept. 21

    Meshell Ndegeocello coming to the El Rey Theatre, Sept. 21

    Goldenvoice and KCRW present the Grammy-nominated artist Meshell Ndegeocello at the El Rey Theatre on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 9 p.m. King, the female vocal trio (discovered by Prince) consisting of Paris Strother, Amber Strother and Anita Bias will open for Ndegeocello. Meshell Ndegeocello...
  • The Dirty Heads bring the wide variety

    The Dirty Heads bring the wide variety

    The Dirty Heads have gained a reputation of being a kind of modern rap/reggae hybrid. And while the new Sound of Change may not be the sound of a complete stylistic changeover, there are clear signs of musical growth and maturity. The opener, and title track, even sounds like a Maroon 5 single. That...
  • Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis share their year

    Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis share their year

    Husband and wife team, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis make honest to goodness country music together. That may seem like an un-revolutionary revelation, but there really isn’t a whole lot real, honest to goodness country music being made today -- at least not the kind that regularly gets played on...
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