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.
November 5, 2011
EVENTS Comikaze Expo Fanboys and -girls will unite at this inaugural celebration of pop culture, comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Comics icon Stan Lee and horror diva Elvira are set to kick off the event, which also offers screenings, panels, portfolio reviews, games and a masquerade ball. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.) $12 per day, $20 for two-day pass. http://www.comikazeexpo.com. Irvine Holiday Faire Get a jump-start on the holiday shopping at the 29th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire festive boutique, which will feature hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations from more than 150 vendors.
November 3, 2011
Join two L.A. music legends from different generations as they pool their talents for a special concert, backed by a chamber orchestra led by concert master Peter Kent. Van Dyke Parks is known for his work with the Beach Boys, U2, the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and the Byrds. Inara George is the lilting voice behind the indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Admission free with advance reservations. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
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.
March 4, 2010
The Bird and the Bee , the project of singer Inara George and Lily Allen's producer Greg Kurstin, makes exquisite dinner party music. That's not a slight. And the Bird and the Bee's second album, "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future," is liquid gold. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Friday. $20. www.theelrey.com.
August 12, 2008 |
Inara George with Van Dyke Parks "An Invitation" (Everloving Records) * * * * Inara George is the kind of artist who'll never get called experimental, because her music sounds so sweet. Yet she is a risk-taker -- just one whose voice is clear and accessible. In the past few years, the 34-year-old L.A.