As with the weather, plenty of people complain about the state of pop music, but how many really do anything about it?
Count L.A.'s offbeat Sparks among the doers.
With an abundance of imagination and wit, Sparks linchpins Russell and Ron Mael brought their brilliantly inventive latest album, "Lil' Beethoven," to the stage in its entirety Saturday at the Henry Fonda Theatre.
The album jettisons most of the rules of conventional rock and pop music, largely abandoning guitar, bass and drums for synthesized orchestra and choral forces to pack its punch.
Likewise, the songs trade standard pop structures for repeated minimalist musical and lyrical phrases that force the listener to ponder just what's going on.