Ted SoquiAmoeba Records: 10 years on Sunset Boulevard"I just needed to get well," explains
Frank Humphries, a 36-year-old punkabilly musician-turned-junkie who,
since kicking the habit, works as an archaeologist. "My story is sad,
but it's true. I used to have to take CDs and records to Am ... More >>
Reed HutchinsonKenny Burrell, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder and others
Kenny Burrell: 80 Years Young
UCLA's Royce Hall
Better than...working on my birthday.
On Saturday night guitarist and UCLA jazz studies director Kenny Burrell celebrated his 80th birthday alongside his colleagues, hi ... More >>
PortisheadBack in the mid-'90s, the British trio Portishead emerged as bastions of the trip-hop movement. Trip-hop was a term invoked more often by the media than the bands themselves -- because, you know, we love to label things! -- but Portishead's music fit the template with beats born out ... More >>
A bunch of good stuff out this week. Here's a selection of new releases of some import, some of specific LA interest, some of general interest.
Rainbow Arabia, Kabukimino (Manimal Vinyl)
M Ward, "End of Amnesia" 2 x 12" [FUTURE FARMER RECORDINGS]
Champagne Socialists, Blue Genes [Singl ... More >>
We members of the press are gathered on the roof of The Kress in Hollywood, four floors of elaborate clubby terrain beneath our feet, and menacing gray clouds above. It's cold and Snoop Dogg is late by almost an hour. Down on the sidewalk, the doormen are screening and waving through a slow line ... More >>