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 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)
March 11, 2013 |
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.
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)