August 31, 1986 |
Band: The Smithereens. Personnel: Pat DiNizio, lead vocals, guitar; Dennis Diken, drums, vocals; Mike Mesaros, bass; Jim Babjak, guitar. History: The New Jersey-based band has been toughing it out on the East Coast club circuit for nearly seven years. Friends since high school, the group released an independent EP, "Girls About Town," in 1980. A far more auspicious piece of vinyl was the group's next EP, 1983's "Beauty & Sadness."
September 20, 1988 |
John Hiatt . . . Janis Ian . . . Don Dixon . . . Peter Holsapple. . . . It looked like a convention of critics' favorites on stage at the Palace on Sunday as these noteworthy performers paraded forth. At the center of it was one Marti Jones, she of one of the finer voices in pop music--not to mention fine taste in friends. The occasion: a celebration of Jones' latest album, "Used Guitars," which features contributions from most of the above-mentioned luminaries.
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October 27, 1992 |
Science has a magical quality, and some fields, such as chemistry and astronomy, can trace their origins to less-than-scientific beginnings. Potions, spirits and ghoulies abound at this time of year and many of this week's offerings have a Halloween theme: Children can enjoy some of the animals popularly linked with this holiday as Wildlife on Wheels brings its "Halloween Menagerie" of spiders, snakes and a raven to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
September 30, 1993 |
It's hard to argue that John Hiatt's songs need great vocalists to bring out the best in them. This compilation of cover versions doesn't especially bring out nuances that Hiatt missed in his own recordings. What it does show more clearly than Hiatt's renditions is the remarkable range of his skill as a songwriter. There's the Southern R & B flavor that emerges in the Neville Bros.'
September 3, 1988 |
John Lennon loved the music of Fats Domino, the roly-poly pianist whose '50s hits included "Ain't That a Shame." Still, it's conceivable that Albert Goldman has it right in his controversial new biography, "The Lives of John Lennon," when he says it was Fats Waller's music Lennon was listening to one day while riding around Long Island. But you know Goldman has it wrong when he says the first song Lennon ever learned on guitar was Waller's "Ain't That a Shame."
June 4, 1992 |
It wasn't fond memories of the popular board game that inspired singer-songwriter James McMurtry to write the title song of his soon-to-be-released second album, "Candyland." "Everybody told me about that after I wrote the song," he said. "I never played the game. I'm 30 and I guess the Candyland phase must have faded by the time I came along." Nor did he write it about his experiences as a relatively new father.
December 20, 1990 |
Don R. Dixon, one of the first savings and loan owners to be accused of fraud in the industry's nationwide debacle, was convicted today of using depositor money to finance a high-flying life. A jury of eight men and four women deliberated two weeks before convicting Dixon on 23 counts of a 38-count indictment that accused him of using thousands of dollars from Vernon Savings Assn. to finance extravagances that included California beach-house parties.
December 6, 1986 |
The mellifluous voice of Marti Jones--smooth, calm and clear, but with an intriguingly smoky quality--is one of the loveliest in all of pop music. So lovely, in fact, that multitudes of rock critics are raving about her even though she has committed the unpardonable post-Dylan sin of not writing her own songs .
January 18, 1987 |
The times they are a'changing (finally) at KMET-FM. Once the Mighty Met, the dominant force in '70s L.A. rock radio, KMET has fallen on hard times, reaching a new low in the fall Arbitron ratings, where the station dipped to a 1.6 overall rating share, placing it No. 20 in the local market. That compares with KROQ-FM, which ranked No. 7 in local radio--and tops in album-rock stations--with a 3.9 rating and KLOS-FM, which ranked No. 15, with a 2.3 rating.
January 13, 2009 |
Otis Gibbs "Grandpa Walked a Picketline" Wanamaker *** Otis Gibbs is an old-school troubadour out of Wanamaker, Ind., who sounds only too happy to pick up the mantle of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger in championing the working stiff and blue-collar America in song. On "Grandpa Walked a Picketline," due Jan. 20, he sings of everyday folks, not always the desperate or destitute, but the overlooked and underappreciated.