April 11, 2012 |
No one's ever called music impresario April Williams lazy. She began booking and producing music in the upstairs room at Vitello's restaurant in Studio City at the end of 2009. It's now one of the most coveted jazz spots - for musicians and listeners alike - in Southern California. On April 18, she breaks new ground with a spring music series at the Federal, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District near a Metro Rail station. She could hardly inaugurate her new enterprise more auspiciously: Williams has tapped Bob Sheppard, one of the preeminent West Coast jazz saxophonist stylists and busiest recording session players in the Hollywood studios.
June 7, 2010
Like many things about the British band the xx, the chorus of their single "VCR" sounds small but feels enormous. Over a handspun bit of girl-group guitar pop and brittle drum machines, vocalists Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft plan a big night for a teenage couple. "Watch things on VCRs with me and talk about big love," they sing, in a glancing way that feels like hands pulling closer across a couch on a date. It's a gentle scene, but it doesn't seem like one to them. In fact, "I think we're superstars," they boast to each other.
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January 7, 2005 |
Danny Sugerman, who as a teenager followed his fascination with the classic 1960s rock band the Doors into the group's inner circle, where he found a surrogate father in singer Jim Morrison, as well as a lifelong calling, died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home of lung cancer. He was 50. Sugerman was 12 when he was taken to a Doors concert at Cal State Long Beach, where he was immediately swept up in Morrison's charisma.
January 20, 2003 |
The extraordinary global reach of jazz was on full display Friday in the performance of the Zawinul Syndicate at Catalina Bar & Grill. Start with the group's leader, Viennese-born keyboardist Josef Zawinul, composer of one of the theme songs of the soul-jazz era, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," as well as the Weather Report hit "Birdland."
December 2, 2002 |
Cafe Tacuba, the revered and vaguely mysterious alt-Latino band, has made just four full-length albums since it was founded 13 years ago by design students in Mexico City. It now seems astounding that this quirky quartet could compress such a rich and varied body of work into a handful of releases. The band's frequently raucous -- and sometimes riveting -- concert Friday at the Hollywood Palladium provided a sampler of its respected repertoire, plus several new songs.
February 15, 2001 |
If the British rock band Coldplay were a movie, it would likely be co-billed someday in revival theaters with "You Can Count on Me." Like that warm and convincing film about a brother and sister's struggle to support each other, Coldplay's music speaks of life in ways that carry the poetry of truth.