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March 6, 2013 |
At the Woodstock music festival in 1969, the British blues-rock band Ten Years After burst onto the U.S. music scene with a searing rendition of "I'm Going Home" featuring the fleet-fingered Alvin Lee whaling away on guitar. When the "Woodstock" documentary was released the next year, the band's 11-minute version of the song - and Lee's guitar virtuosity - were regarded as a highlight. His speedy, taut playing would earn him the unofficial title of "the fastest guitar in the West.
August 30, 2012 |
Americans are starting to get a better feel for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who gave an impassioned -- some would say hard-rocking -- speech at his party's national convention Wednesday night. We learned more about the Wisconsin House member's family, his youth, his beliefs. But most important for Pop & Hiss, in one revealing moment, Ryan shed light on his relationship with running mate Mitt Romney as the 42-year-old Ryan noted the team's diverging musical tastes.
June 27, 2012 |
McCarran Airport in Las Vegas opens its newly expanded Terminal 3 today (Wednesday), a 14-gate addition that took six years. By the end of the summer, “T3” will house nearly two dozen international and domestic air carriers . . . . Heading to Tahoe? To catch the busy live-music scene, check out www.TahoeHighNotes.com , which covers free events and ticketed performances in north Lake Tahoe . Up Friday, surf guitar legend Dick Dale, at the Crystal Bay Club . . . . Squaw Valley hosts free outdoor movie nights every Thursday in July and August.
May 19, 2012
Short Order A retro-ish mix of blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, unconventional folk and indie rock, to go with burgers, shakes and fries, courtesy of resident "music guy" Josh Pressman. "Meet Me in the City" Junior Kimbrough "Oh Well (Live at the BBC)" Fleetwood Mac "Ten Thousand Words" the Avett Brothers Bazaar Electronic with a lot of European, particularly Spanish, music to match the modern tapas at the Bazaar and "salt air" margaritas at Bar Centro, courtesy of Prescriptive Music.
July 8, 2011 |
It's a hot, bone-dry, blue-skied day in the hills above Los Angeles — the kind of crystalline morning one might expect to see Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and the Byrds' Gene Clark relaxing on a redwood deck strumming acoustic guitars. But the guys from canyon-rock band Dawes — acolytes of this very era — sitting on a tree-shaded porch beside the house they share, are not wearing western shirts. The air is scented with eucalyptus, but they are not smoking weed. Inside their home, the bookshelves hold stacks of the Believer, not yellowed copies of Mojo.
January 25, 2011 |
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period. They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Jan. 10 . Temptations. Everyone wants to know about temptations. Do I freak out when I see someone eat a cheeseburger? How do I handle three pizzas being delivered to our part of the office? How do I deal with the L.A. food trucks lurking around every palm tree? Yes I want those things. Badly. January is almost over, and I haven't had anything from a fast-food window for most of the month, and last night I was more tempted than ever to eat bad things.