November 26, 2007 |
The screen hanging behind Cold War Kids at the Wiltern on Friday night read "100 Years of Solitude yet, Only 12 Yrs. Old!," a fittingly skewed description of the Long Beach band's ambitious musical energy and the dysfunctional characters that populate its songs. Revving things up with the hard twang of "Don't Let Your Love Grow Away From Me," the Kids quickly asserted a singular sense of purpose before a fervidly into-it, packed house of fans.
September 22, 2008 |
Back in July, the Long Beach-based soul-punk quartet Cold War Kids played a semi-secret show at R Bar, a windowless, nautically themed club in Koreatown. The young and besotted crowd climbed over tables, chairs and the bar in hopes of getting a better view of the band bobbing on the floor. Singer Nathan Willett held court with righteous wails, while behind him bassist Matt Maust, drummer Matthew Aveiro and guitarist Jonathan Russell prowled the floor as if looking for a fistfight.
June 28, 2012 |
Regardless of your opinion on the Supreme Court's monumental healthcare ruling today, you're going to need a soundtrack to accompany your water-cooler discussion about constitutionality, partisan politics and that unpredictable Chief Justice John Roberts. Fortunately, healthcare has long been a fertile topic for songwriters -- sickness and hospitals being an easy metaphor for all that ails us. Here are five great songs that touch on the subject to accompany whatever mood the ruling may put you in today.
January 17, 2010
Pop & Jazz Previews by August Brown (A.B.) and Todd Martens (T.M). Music Go Music "Expressions," the debut album from Music Go Music, had little pre-release hype -- it was issued with only a vague news release with clearly made-up aliases (TORG, Gala Bell). In reality, the band is fronted by Meredith and David Metcalf from prog-ish outfit Bodies of Water, and their debut is a hook-filled blast through pop's past. Or to be more specific, the '70s, as Music Go Music's songs are packed with spooky synths, brash guitars and colossal, ABBA-inspired choruses.
January 12, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Gibson Amphitheatre Janet Jackson, April 14; Luis Miguel, Feb. 4 (Fri.) Staples Center Juanes, March 13 (Fri.) Wiltern Royksopp, March 29 (Fri.) Avalon Of Montreal, May 14 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Wanda Jackson, Jan. 23-24; The Pretty Reckless, Feb. 11 (now); Jim Jones Revue, March 12; the Residents, April 9 (Sat.) Fox Theater Pomona Snoop Dogg, Feb. 12 (now)
January 26, 2011
The Early Show Chef Katie Lee. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today State of the Union. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America State of the Union. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Rico Rodriguez. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Maggie Gyllenhaal; Chris Cuomo. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Lasik surgery; sleep. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Betty White; Jack Hanna. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show Goldie Hawn. (N) 3 p.m. KABC The Ellen DeGeneres Show One eskimO.