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Ed Helms performing at the 2011 LA Bluegrass Situation; Credit: Lincoln Andrew DeFer

Bluegrass Situation: Ed Helms Can Pick The Shit Out of a Banjo

This year's incarnation of the L.A. Bluegrass Situation features comedians Steve Martin, Ed Helms and John C. Reilly. But they're not telling jokes -- they're doing some serious picking. The annual event has been a hot ticket since it began in 2010; this year it goes from May 3-6 at......
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Tommy Keene, Power Pop's Dark Knight

Power pop, like bubblegum before it, is often viewed as the domain of skinny-tie moptoppers singing ditties about girls and cars. Longtime power pop icon Tommy Keene, however, doesn't fit this stereotype. His moodier music accentuates the "power" in power pop, building his muscular guitar sound upon an expert mix......
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The Broken West

Go West, Young Fan: The Broken West play the El Rey June 26, opening for the National. Broke and Beautiful: The Broken West’s musical DNA contains elements of the Beatles, the Byrds, the Kinks, Teenage Fanclub and Big Star. “All the bands we get compared to we completely love,” admits......
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