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November 18, 2010
Jon Brion's rambunctious Largo sets, where he plays pretty much every device capable of sonorous pleasure on a loop, have become a tradition of L.A.'s smart-pop demimonde. Come hear the most imaginative and tastefully curated gantlet of covers in the West Coast, and expect a revolving crowd of adoring alt-celebs at his feet. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 9:30 p.m. Fri. $25. http://www.largola.com.
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February 15, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The blue glow of a smartphone lights "Cradle Your Device," the first song on singer Tom Brosseau's new album, "Grass Punks. " A compact, personal protest featuring acoustic guitar, accompaniment by producer and Nickel Creek co-founder Sean Watkins and Brosseau's gentle tenor, the song captures an intimate 21st century moment in bed with a preoccupied lover - and her device. With wit, honesty and dueling acoustic guitars propelling it, the North Dakota-born, Los Angeles-based Brosseau details the problem: "Something has come between us, and no, it ain't what you think," he sings, ruling out infidelity.
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January 17, 2013 | By August Brown
Back in 2000, the L.A. producer/musical gadfly Jon Brion pitched a TV pilot to VH1. "The Jon Brion Show" was pegged as a kind of neo-variety show with guest musicians (a familiar format to anyone who knows his Largo roundtables). Director Paul Thomas Anderson even lent his hand to the pilot. The network declined to pick it up, but Anderson on Thursday posted a video with a note on his YouTube channel: " I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day  and came up with this little number on VHS.  She holds up well.
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October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
Elliott Smith needed a cigarette. The singer-songwriter was onstage at Largo on Fairfax Avenue not long after smoking had been banned in California bars. "He'd played about 10 songs and said, 'I'm going to go take a smoke break, does anyone want to join me?'" remembered Largo's longtime owner Mark Flanagan of the 1998 show. "He put his guitar down and walked out to the street. Then 60 people got up and gathered outside. People who didn't even smoke were smoking outside just to be near him. " Smith died 10 years ago this week in his Echo Park home.
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May 31, 2012 | By Chris Barton
There's a unique pleasure that comes with being a fan of jazz or what could be more generally referred to as improvised music. Sometimes musical pairings among heavyweights that sound akin to far-fetched debates behind comic book store counters ("What would happen if Spider-Man fought Superman?") eventually become a reality. And attention must be paid. This was the feeling in approaching the Mint on Wednesday evening, the final night of Matt Chamberlain's monthlong residency . The show already felt like an event in teaming the ace session drummer with guitarist Bill Frisell, and once word spread that L.A.'s own musical gadfly - and top-notch improvisor in his own right - Jon Brion would be sitting in as well, there was no wonder a line at the door stretched down Pico Boulevard.
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January 30, 1997 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just when you thought the Fairfax district had quieted down to a whisper, with only Damiano's and Canter's offering any signs of late-night frolicking, comes one of Hollywood's most forceful comebacks: the return of the Largo. It's been eight months since Flanagan, one of the club's previous owners, took over the reins and breathed new musical life into the room. Seemingly overnight, Flanagan turned the club into a full-blown cabaret for the '90s.
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November 19, 2010
EVENTS Los Angeles Auto Show More than a dozen cars will make their world debut at this year's L.A. Auto Show, including never-before-seen concept cars from Cadillac, Honda, Nissan and Range Rover, many of them electric or hybrids. The city best known for its inescapable auto culture will also host the North American premiere of quite a few more in the course of the show's unbroken 10-day run (Thanksgiving included). L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Today-Nov.
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November 9, 2002 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
The one-man band is a noble figure. He can be found on your local boardwalk, a bass drum on his back, cymbals on his knees, a guitar in his hands, drumsticks tied to his elbows. Jon Brion is sort of like that, though he doesn't play the bass with his feet. All by himself, he can craft a complete vision of rock and pop as a venue to explore and escape his obsessions.
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October 14, 2010 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The first four songs of the Punch Brothers' show Tuesday night at the El Rey Theatre said a lot about what kind of group the Punch Brothers are: two originals, one about a relationship and one about a bartender; a Norman Blake instrumental; and a loping cover of "Heart in a Cage" by the Strokes, which frontman Chris Thile referred to as a "rival New York bluegrass band. " The Strokes, Thile said, trounced the Punch Brothers in the black-leather department. "But we've got them in liver function," claimed banjo player Noam Pikelny, who added, "which actually makes them the more credible bluegrass band.
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November 16, 2002 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
"Hi, I'm Bobby Bare Jr." Jon Brion has never met the rock musician who's introducing himself at the back bar at Spaceland, but when Bare, who is opening for Brion tonight, asks if he can use a piece of equipment Brion has left on the stage, he treats him like an old friend. "Anything you want, just grab anything -- guitars, amps," says Brion, who's just finished his sound check at the Silver Lake rock club. A few hours later, Bare is wrapping up his set, and there's L.A.
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June 13, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The late singer Elliott Smith would have turned 44 this summer, and despite his death 10 years ago his music remains as beloved as ever. This spirit, which was extinguished when he took his own life in Silver Lake, will be celebrated in August when Smith's friends and inheritors honor his legacy with a weeklong national event called "No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith. "  More than 100 artists and musicians including Jon Brion, Rhett Miller, Grandaddy, Chris Thile, director Gus Van Sant and others will participate at gigs in New York; Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Los Angeles between Aug. 4 and Aug. 10. The series begins in Portland on Aug. 4, where Van Sant, whose memorable use of Smith's work in "Good Will Hunting" earned the singer an Oscar nomination, will host an evening of music.
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January 17, 2013 | By August Brown
Back in 2000, the L.A. producer/musical gadfly Jon Brion pitched a TV pilot to VH1. "The Jon Brion Show" was pegged as a kind of neo-variety show with guest musicians (a familiar format to anyone who knows his Largo roundtables). Director Paul Thomas Anderson even lent his hand to the pilot. The network declined to pick it up, but Anderson on Thursday posted a video with a note on his YouTube channel: " I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day  and came up with this little number on VHS.  She holds up well.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012 | By Chris Barton
There's a unique pleasure that comes with being a fan of jazz or what could be more generally referred to as improvised music. Sometimes musical pairings among heavyweights that sound akin to far-fetched debates behind comic book store counters ("What would happen if Spider-Man fought Superman?") eventually become a reality. And attention must be paid. This was the feeling in approaching the Mint on Wednesday evening, the final night of Matt Chamberlain's monthlong residency . The show already felt like an event in teaming the ace session drummer with guitarist Bill Frisell, and once word spread that L.A.'s own musical gadfly - and top-notch improvisor in his own right - Jon Brion would be sitting in as well, there was no wonder a line at the door stretched down Pico Boulevard.
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February 5, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Somewhere deep in the catacombs of Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Bethany Cosentino has found a little place of her own. It's squeezed into a tight corner in the control room of Studio B, where she sits behind an ancient synthesizer to relax or think or read her book, "Tusk," about the Fleetwood Mac album of the same name. The keyboard is her desk. She's never played it. For nearly two months, the singer-guitarist has been here with her friend and musical partner Bobb Bruno, hard at work on their second album as the band Best Coast.
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May 13, 2011
FRIDAY Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin Avalon, 1735 Vine St. 9:30 p.m.-5 a.m. $18. Avalonhollywood.com SUNDAY Littlest Tumor Foundation benefit with Jon Brion Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd. 8 p.m. $40. Largo-la.com SUNDAY Taste of the Eastside Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. 1-5 p.m. $25-$65. Tasteoftheeastside.com MONDAY Funkmosphere Carbon, 9300 Venice Blvd. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Carbonla.com MONDAY Christian Marclay's "The Clock" LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2010
EVENTS Los Angeles Auto Show More than a dozen cars will make their world debut at this year's L.A. Auto Show, including never-before-seen concept cars from Cadillac, Honda, Nissan and Range Rover, many of them electric or hybrids. The city best known for its inescapable auto culture will also host the North American premiere of quite a few more in the course of the show's unbroken 10-day run (Thanksgiving included). L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Today-Nov.
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December 23, 1999 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It isn't as if Jon Brion hasn't got anything to do. Just in the last year, he has produced Fiona Apple's acclaimed "When the Pawn Hits . . . " album, composed the orchestral score for Paul Thomas Anderson's hot new film "Magnolia," and maintained a popular weekly gig of pop improvisation at the Largo club on Fairfax. Entertainment Weekly recently dubbed the versatile sideman and innovative producer "the king of the L.A. music scene."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2011
FRIDAY Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin Avalon, 1735 Vine St. 9:30 p.m.-5 a.m. $18. Avalonhollywood.com SUNDAY Littlest Tumor Foundation benefit with Jon Brion Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd. 8 p.m. $40. Largo-la.com SUNDAY Taste of the Eastside Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. 1-5 p.m. $25-$65. Tasteoftheeastside.com MONDAY Funkmosphere Carbon, 9300 Venice Blvd. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Carbonla.com MONDAY Christian Marclay's "The Clock" LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2010
Jon Brion's rambunctious Largo sets, where he plays pretty much every device capable of sonorous pleasure on a loop, have become a tradition of L.A.'s smart-pop demimonde. Come hear the most imaginative and tastefully curated gantlet of covers in the West Coast, and expect a revolving crowd of adoring alt-celebs at his feet. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 9:30 p.m. Fri. $25. http://www.largola.com.
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October 29, 2010 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
"Alabee Barnes, this is your lucky day. Your father is going to sing Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'!" announced Kevin Barnes as that song's instantly recognizable opening rang out behind him. It was the end of a long dress rehearsal for the indie- pop band Of Montreal, and Barnes and his mates were a little punch-drunk. Props and costume pieces ? sequined fish claws, flame-trimmed monster masks, a massive stuffed golem everyone called "God" ? lay scattered around the stiflingly hot warehouse where Of Montreal had been camped for the past few weeks.
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