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What Hit-and-Run Epidemic? Readers Question a Bicycling Victim

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Music, Music Picks: The Dickies, Rufus Wainwright, Jack DeJohnette

Music Picks: The Dickies, Rufus Wainwright, Jack DeJohnette

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Music, Music Picks: Demdike Stare, A Musical Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Natalie Merchant

Music Picks: Demdike Stare, A Musical Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Natalie Merchant

fri 5/4 Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Worthy AVALON In "The Whistler," one of Claude VonStroke's best-known tracks, the San Francisco–based DJ/producer juxtaposes a repeated grunt with a whistle that could only come from R2-D2. It's weird, raw, funky and sums up his sound nicely. VonStroke is originally from Detroit; his...…
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Music, Music Picks: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Esperanza Spalding, Jack White

Music Picks: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Esperanza Spalding, Jack White

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Music, Music Picks: Bettye LaVette, Johnny Thunders, Johnny Hallyday

Music Picks: Bettye LaVette, Johnny Thunders, Johnny Hallyday

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Music, Coachella: Seven Lesser-Known  Acts You'd Be Silly to Miss

Coachella: Seven Lesser-Known Acts You'd Be Silly to Miss

Coachella is here! Between the fuzzy boots, spicy drug cocktails and sweltering heat, one can actually forget that there's music going on. In fact, we believe this year's lineup is quite strong. While headliners Radiohead, the Black Keys, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre need no introduction, here are seven under-the-radar...…
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Music, Music Picks: Regina Carter, Madness, Melvins, Grace Woodroofe

Music Picks: Regina Carter, Madness, Melvins, Grace Woodroofe

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Music, Music Picks: Soweto Gospel Choir, Garbage, Neon Trees, Jennifer Leitham

Music Picks: Soweto Gospel Choir, Garbage, Neon Trees, Jennifer Leitham

fri 4/6 Kitty, Daisy & Lewis EL REY THEATRE These U.K. early-rock kids put out a self-titled debut over here in 2009, which earned them a left-field opening slot with Coldplay and not much else. (Unless we're counting a permanent space in my living room party-music stack.) It's not clear...…
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Music, Music Picks: Robben Ford, Hard L.A., Adams Conducts Adams, the Polyphonic Spree

Music Picks: Robben Ford, Hard L.A., Adams Conducts Adams, the Polyphonic Spree

fri 3/30 Mike Watt, RF7, Carnage Asada, Barrio Tiger REDWOOD BAR & GRILL There's a little something for everybody at tonight's sonic smorgasbord, a birthday celebration for longtime local soundman Dirty Ed. Led by former Hangmen guitarist Jimmy James, Barrio Tiger crank out a tough, no-nonsense brand of hard-rocking punk...…
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Music, Music Picks: Funk-a-Palooza, Keith Jarrett, Ute Lemper & the Vogler Quartet

Music Picks: Funk-a-Palooza, Keith Jarrett, Ute Lemper & the Vogler Quartet

fri 3/23 Funk-a-Palooza GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE Funk never needs a reason to celebrate. It is celebration — the original musical holiday, the Grand Palooza, if you will. Funk encourages us to forget Uncle Sam and his wars, to abandon petty distinctions like skin color and sexual orientation, to embrace each other...…
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Music, Music Picks: Hugh Cornwell, Carlos Guitarlos, Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion

Music Picks: Hugh Cornwell, Carlos Guitarlos, Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion

fri 3/16 Memoryhouse, Sister Crayon BOOTLEG THEATER If Memoryhouse's music inspires words like cinematic and visual, that's probably not an accident. The Ontario, Canada–based duo combines a photographer, singer Denise Nouvion, and a classical composer, producer Evan Abeele, who start their songwriting process by gathering images for inspiration. The result...…
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Music, Music Picks: Guns N' Roses, Nneka, Billy Childs, Willie Nelson & Family

Music Picks: Guns N' Roses, Nneka, Billy Childs, Willie Nelson & Family

fri 3/9 The Dogs REDWOOD BAR & GRILL Hasn't it been said that someday dogs will inherit the Earth? If so, perhaps the Dogs will finally have their day. It's not like the hard-punkin' trio are latecomers to the rock & roll party. They formed in Lansing, Mich., in 1969...…
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Music, Music Picks: Smokeout Festival, Mike Miller Group, Zola Jesus, Saul Williams

Music Picks: Smokeout Festival, Mike Miller Group, Zola Jesus, Saul Williams

fri 3/2 Cloud Nothings, Mr. Dream ECHO When Dylan Baldi got his start in a Cleveland basement three years ago, Cloud Nothings was just one man's experiment in sunshine-y garage rock. He wowed listeners with a pop sensibility and ear for hooks that lurked just beneath the surface of so...…
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Music, Music Picks: Lila Downs, Merle Haggard, I See Hawks in L.A., Die Antwoord

Music Picks: Lila Downs, Merle Haggard, I See Hawks in L.A., Die Antwoord

fri 2/24 David Binney BLUE WHALE His bio still says that he's one of the most prolific young jazz musicians on the scene, but the New York–based saxophonist has been around long enough and done enough scene-changing projects with a who's who of jazz to have earned seasoned-veteran status. Binney...…
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Music, Music Picks: Sinead O'Connor, Ryan Adams, Busdriver, Matthew Dear

Music Picks: Sinead O'Connor, Ryan Adams, Busdriver, Matthew Dear

fri 2/17 Ryan Adams WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Some things are just meant to be. Ryan Adams may have the soul of a punk rocker, and he certainly has an impressively encyclopedic knowledge of obscure hardcore bands from the early '80s, but he also has the voice of an angel...…
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Music, Music Picks: Roberta Flack, Summer Twins, John Cage Centenary Festival

Music Picks: Roberta Flack, Summer Twins, John Cage Centenary Festival

fri 2/10 Roberta Flack SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS The title of this R&B veteran's new studio disc tells you what you need to know: On Let It Be Roberta: Flack Sings the Beatles, that's precisely what she does, albeit in an appealingly schizophrenic style that honors the Fab Four's...…
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Music, Music Picks: Coldplay, Estelle, Joss Stone, Lana Del Rey

Music Picks: Coldplay, Estelle, Joss Stone, Lana Del Rey

fri 2/3 Eleanor Friedberger TROUBADOUR Eleanor Friedberger's recent solo album, Last Summer (which, indeed, came out last summer), is all over the map lyrically, as the former leader of Fiery Furnaces finds herself stuck in South Pasadena but wishing she were in Topanga ("Inn of the Seventh Ray"), wandering through...…
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Music, Music Picks: X, Lucinda Williams, Jackie DeShannon, Fujiya & Miyagi

Music Picks: X, Lucinda Williams, Jackie DeShannon, Fujiya & Miyagi

fri 1/27 Dengue Fever, Secret Chiefs 3 EL REY THEATRE First, the bad news: Last time I saw L.A.'s Dengue Fever at El Rey, in 2008, these Cambodian-American popsters seemed overwhelmed by the space — they were a deeply lovable party band cruelly stripped of a party. But that show...…
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Music, Music Picks: Skrillex, Diplo, Wu-Tang Clan, The Health Club

Music Picks: Skrillex, Diplo, Wu-Tang Clan, The Health Club

fri 1/20 The Stitches, The Villains ALEX'S BAR The Stitches might have started in 1994, but the Orange County quartet blasts out a bratty, feral sound that places it in 1977, the beginning of the codified punk era. Whereas most latter-day O.C. punks tend to imitate either the guttural intensity...…
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Music, Music Picks: Barry Adamson, Joanna Malfatti Trio, Clare Fischer Big Band

Music Picks: Barry Adamson, Joanna Malfatti Trio, Clare Fischer Big Band

fri 1/13 Fela! on Tour TROUBADOUR Afrobeat fans unwilling to spend $95 on an orchestra seat for Fela! at the Ahmanson should scare up the $18 required to enter the Troubadour tonight, as cast members and the band from that Tony-winning musical (about the life and work of Nigerian superstar...…
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