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February 3, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
A few weeks ago, the members of Cold War Kids did something they felt was long overdue. They moved to Los Angeles. The quartet had long lived on the outer orbits of L.A.'s cultural life — a studio in Long Beach, a stint based in Whittier, college at Biola. Life on the fringes suited their musical and lyrical interests. Cold War Kids' early songs were an untrendy mix of barroom blues-punk populated by a fictional cast of alcoholic dads, trips to the E.R. and (literal) dirty laundry.
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May 24, 2013 | By August Brown
The first lyrics on Cold War Kids' newest album, "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," sum up the band's predicament right now. "I was supposed to do great things," Nathan Willett howls over a speedy piano plink. "I wasn't raised to shoot for fame, I had the safety on. " Cold War Kids have indeed done some great things, rising out of L.A.'s mid-'00s indie scene with an arty take on barroom blues-rock that made them international stars. They made a real pivot with a summery, pop-inclined 2011 album, "Mine Is Yours," and hired producer Jacquire King to shine up their sound in hopes of pivoting to mainstream success.  Whatever bar they'd set for that, they didn't quite clear it. The album earned mixed reviews while alienating some longtime fans, and despite a winning Coachella set in 2011 , their big grab at the rock-star brass ring came up a little short.
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May 24, 2013 | By August Brown
The first lyrics on Cold War Kids' newest album, "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," sum up the band's predicament right now. "I was supposed to do great things," Nathan Willett howls over a speedy piano plink. "I wasn't raised to shoot for fame, I had the safety on. " Cold War Kids have indeed done some great things, rising out of L.A.'s mid-'00s indie scene with an arty take on barroom blues-rock that made them international stars. They made a real pivot with a summery, pop-inclined 2011 album, "Mine Is Yours," and hired producer Jacquire King to shine up their sound in hopes of pivoting to mainstream success.  Whatever bar they'd set for that, they didn't quite clear it. The album earned mixed reviews while alienating some longtime fans, and despite a winning Coachella set in 2011 , their big grab at the rock-star brass ring came up a little short.
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March 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The first wave of more than 2,000 acts is expected to descend Tuesday on Austin, Texas, for the annual music-business blowout that is the South by Southwest Music Conference: six days (and very late nights) of performances, speeches, parties, panel discussions and backstage tete-a-tetes designed to spark a bit of invaluable buzz. It's a lot to take in, more than at any point since the festival was founded in 1987. Yet one needn't assess the vast entirety of SXSW to get a sense of what it offers its attendees, which in addition to musicians -- this year, Natalie Maines, Baauer, Green Day and Café Tacvba are scheduled to play -- includes managers, agents, label executives, app-makers, journalists and perhaps even a fan or two. Pop & Hiss looked at a single hour of the conference -- from midnight to 1 a.m. Thursday -- and found a revealing microcosm.
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November 26, 2007 | John Payne, Special to The Times
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.
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September 22, 2008 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 28, 2012 | By August Brown
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.
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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)
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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.
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January 24, 2011
MOVIES Barbara Hammer: Experimenting in Life and Art The avant-garde filmmaker, a leading figure in lesbian and feminist cinema, appears to screen and discuss two of her recent works. "Generations" (2010), which she made with Gina Carducci, deals with aging and passing on the tradition of personal filmmaking; "A Horse Is Not a Metaphor" (2009) confronts Hammer's battle with cancer and experiences in chemotherapy. REDCAT , 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $9. (213)
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June 28, 2012 | By August Brown
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.
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September 1, 2011 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The first time Sean Carlson organized the FYF Festival, in 2004, he was barely 18 and thrilled just to bring some of his favorite indie bands and comedians to the Echo and other scattered clubs. "No organization," Carlson remembers fondly. "It was just a disaster. It was great. " He presented 30 bands and a dozen comedians (including an unknown Zach Galifianakis) that year for a crowd of 2,500. Carlson made about $8, not yet realizing that he'd begun a career as street-level impresario for an exploding music scene in and around downtown, Silver Lake and Echo Park.
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February 3, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
A few weeks ago, the members of Cold War Kids did something they felt was long overdue. They moved to Los Angeles. The quartet had long lived on the outer orbits of L.A.'s cultural life — a studio in Long Beach, a stint based in Whittier, college at Biola. Life on the fringes suited their musical and lyrical interests. Cold War Kids' early songs were an untrendy mix of barroom blues-punk populated by a fictional cast of alcoholic dads, trips to the E.R. and (literal) dirty laundry.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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January 24, 2011
MOVIES Barbara Hammer: Experimenting in Life and Art The avant-garde filmmaker, a leading figure in lesbian and feminist cinema, appears to screen and discuss two of her recent works. "Generations" (2010), which she made with Gina Carducci, deals with aging and passing on the tradition of personal filmmaking; "A Horse Is Not a Metaphor" (2009) confronts Hammer's battle with cancer and experiences in chemotherapy. REDCAT , 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $9. (213)
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
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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.
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March 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The first wave of more than 2,000 acts is expected to descend Tuesday on Austin, Texas, for the annual music-business blowout that is the South by Southwest Music Conference: six days (and very late nights) of performances, speeches, parties, panel discussions and backstage tete-a-tetes designed to spark a bit of invaluable buzz. It's a lot to take in, more than at any point since the festival was founded in 1987. Yet one needn't assess the vast entirety of SXSW to get a sense of what it offers its attendees, which in addition to musicians -- this year, Natalie Maines, Baauer, Green Day and Café Tacvba are scheduled to play -- includes managers, agents, label executives, app-makers, journalists and perhaps even a fan or two. Pop & Hiss looked at a single hour of the conference -- from midnight to 1 a.m. Thursday -- and found a revealing microcosm.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2008 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
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.
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