It wasn't just by dint of his incredibly long career in music that Alan Rich deserved the title Dean of American Music Critics. When he passed away on April 23 at the age of 86, he left behind a cultural legacy that owed as much to his enormous depth of experience as to his razorlike gift for ... More >>
Former LA Weekly classical music critic Alan Rich died Friday, apparently of natural causes, the Orange County Register reports. LAObserved reported on the writer's death earlier. Rich's age would have been about 86. Via Twitter, the Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold ... More >>
On his great So I've Heard blog, Alan Rich remembers longtime LA patron of the arts Betty Freeman, who died in her home on Sunday. Freeman supported some of the 20th Century's most progressive composers, from John Cage to Lou Harrison to Phillip Glass and John Adams.(Betty Freeman, in a still from a ... More >>
Six words, and a memo to remember
From Bernstein to Dudamel
The rise of classically informed indie music, one awesome photograph of MC 62 Foot Jesus, and my thoughts on "conflict of interest" in music criticism today. ALSO, a member of Grizzly Bear getting crunk in a Cincinnati, OH parking lot. It's kind of like US Weekly for obscure people.
Fourth Estate as watchdog; Alan Rich, one of a kind; Gettys our royals?
ˇMas Suave! They’re handsome, charming and so good to their mothers. They’re Mexican American Princes, and they rule Los Angeles. By DANIEL HERNANDEZ
To Play or Not to Play: Tales of glory and folly on local stages by STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS and STEVEN MIKULAN
The Town the Law Forgot by JEFFREY ANDERSON. No Peace in the Valley by STEVEN MIKULAN. Li'l Dickens Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make Love to the Vice President by JERRY STAHL
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s political satire at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
L.A.’s 20 Best Italian Restaurants by Jonathan Gold, Separated at Birth by Steven Leigh Morris and The Bastard Question by Ernest Hardy
Moz the Cat by Kate Sullivan and Chest of Lies by Joshuah Bearman
A night at the opera with Alan Rich
Excerpted from So I’ve Heard: Notes From a Migratory Music Critic
Covering the new world disorder
A year in music
...Marc Haefele's negativity seems inspired more by a poor reporter's attachment to controversy than by an honest look at the issues....