September 24, 2012 |
At its most winsome, L.A.-based Lavender Diamond crafts heart-melting melodies that can sound as if they've been lifted straight out of a child's music box - in some cases, the world's most melancholy music box on the quartet's second full-length album. The album opens with "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now," one of five songs that traffic in the dreamy pulse of a waltz as vocalist Becky Stark sings: "Everybody's heart's breaking now/And you feel the world is ending somehow/And you wonder how we'll find our way out. " Such is the loveliness of Stark's voice in a track that expands from an intimate initial keyboard accompaniment to fully orchestrated, grand-scale pop that the listener feels compelled to see where this journey will lead rather than turn away in dystopian dejection.
March 11, 2010
The Living Sisters, a trio of renowned local singer-songwriters, create some of the most soaring, ethereal harmonies around town. Betsy Stark, Inara George and Eleni Mandell will be sharing songs from their upcoming debut album, "Love to Live." Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. 7:30 p.m. Sat. (310) 440-7300.
February 22, 2009 |
On a crisp Sunday morning, singer-songwriter and Los Feliz denizen Eleni Mandell wandered the flea market at Pasadena Community College in a slouchy cardigan and vintage sunglasses. She picked through tables cluttered with copper bracelets, picture frames and dusty velvet hats, any of which could serve as a mysterious prop in one of Mandell's retro-tuned torch songs. Vendors manned the booths, watching for shoplifters who, some said, have gotten worse since the recession hit.
June 26, 2005 |
Eleni MANDELL might owe Paris Hilton 10% of her next record deal. Amid the uproar about Hilton's steamy Carl's Jr. TV ad, some attention has also gone to the music accompanying her sudsy bump and grind -- a rocked-up version of Cole Porter's "I Love Paris" featuring the purr and growl of Mandell.
June 20, 2002 |
* The cabaret-style singer, guitarist and violinist has a new record called "Snakebite." Best Spots on Tour: I guess the Fold is my favorite club to play, which is either at the Derby or the Silverlake Lounge. There are a lot of problems with playing at the Silverlake Lounge--the stage is very low, and the sound isn't that great--but the energy is always really good and so that makes it fun. Sadly, I don't think there are really great clubs to play in L.A.
July 29, 2001 |
Three forest fires in different parts of California had scorched more than 5,000 acres by late Saturday. Two of the fires were not expected to be contained until mid-week, authorities said. The Cajon Pass fire in San Bernardino County, which charred 630 acres, was contained early Saturday evening, said Ruk Read, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The fire caused no injures and threatened no structures. But it prompted the voluntary evacuation of animals and staff from Jungle Exotics, a company that trains animals for movies.