June 22, 2012 |
He's been called "the Charles Bukowski of comedy," as well as a pot-bellied "bitter Buddha" at the epicenter of the alternative comedy world. Cult comic Eddie Pepitone has been performing his spontaneous, rant-heavy brand of humor onstage for more than 30 years, including regular appearances on "Conan" and "The Sarah Silverman Program. " Over the decades, the "comic's comic," as he's often called, has inspired the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and Silverman — as well as a generation of newcomers through his Twitter feed ( @eddiepepitone )
June 14, 2012
POP MUSIC Japandroids, the duo of Brian King and David Prowse, kick up a racket of guitar-and-drum noise. The pounding rhythms and distortion-drenched riffs bolster the youthful longing that permeates the songs. Loud and fast, the Japandroids at times recall the early '90s with their low-fi, scuzzy-sounding anthems, but once one adjusts to the rush, there are brisk hooks and sharp one-liners to be found beneath the thundering notes. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $15. attheecho.com.
February 9, 2012
Enjoy the rock stylings of former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan as he tours with his just-released LP, "Blues Funeral. " Don't let the title fool you, however — this album isn't especially bluesy but informed by no-wave electronics and pained ambience. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Thurs. $18. (213) 413-8200; http://www.attheecho.com.
January 19, 2012
NIGHT LIFE After a year-long break, the deviant dance club/drag show Club Dragstrip 66 returns to the Eastside for a late night of glitter, gender-bending and "Diva Gangsta" dress. DJ Paul V. is set to spin a mix of electro-pop, indie beats and mashups, so don a wig and heels and let your freak flag fly. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $15. (213) 413-8200. http://www.attheecho.com
December 7, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Walt Disney Concert Hall Willie Nelson, March 13 (Sun.) Los Angeles Theatre Wilco, Jan. 27 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Trans-Siberian Orchestra, April 1 (Fri.); Hot 92 Love Affair with the Intruders, Bloodstone and more, Feb. 10-11 (Sat.) The Wiltern Elvis Costello & the Imposters, April 17; Young the Giant, Feb. 11 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Punch Brothers, March 10; Galactic, March 29; Todd Snider, March 30 (now)
November 24, 2011
Cries of "punk is dead" resurface every few years, but it's been hard to make that case of late as scads of fast, noisy bands are gaining acclaim. Melt Banana, the Japanese titans of thrashy tumult, have been at it for ages, and they top a great bill of like-minded veterans including locals 400 Blows and the supergroup Retox. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sun. $15. http://www.attheecho.com
October 31, 2011
MOVIES The Tingler Capping a monthlong Halloween celebration, the Cinefamily screens William Castle's 1959 horror-thriller, starring Vincent Price, about a centipede-like parasite that feeds on human terror. In keeping with the film's original release, the showing is presented in Percepto (with vibrating seats). Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org . MUSIC Zola Jesus The dark-wave synth-wrangler and powerhouse vocalist Nika Danilova just released "Conatus," the biggest statement yet in an already-long career for the young singer-producer.
October 26, 2011 |
Los Abandoned always had a flair for the theatrical. So when the L.A. bilingual band decided to stage a one-night-only reunion show at the Echoplex this Friday, four years after breaking up in memorably dramatic style, it named the event the "Resurrection" concert and timed it to celebrate Day of the Dead. The set-opening number? Band members are joking about covering Peaches & Herb's "Reunited. " "It's basically a big-ass thank-you to our fans, to our community," said bass player Moises Baqueiro, also known as Vira Lata, explaining what prompted Los Abandoned to come together for a projected 30-song show that will trace its entire creative arc and empty out its catalog.