October 14, 2010 |
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.
October 3, 2010 |
As they sit next to each other in a Toronto hotel, Robert De Niro and Edward Norton make an odd pair. A few hours before the premiere of their movie "Stone" at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, Norton sports a dress shirt and slacks, De Niro a blazer paired with cargo shorts and open-toed sandals, like a news anchor whose business attire ends at the waist. Norton is voluble, a self-styled intellectual ready to clarify his answers with citations from De Tocqueville, where De Niro's conversation is riddled with gray areas and no-go zones.
January 8, 2010 |
Talk about the revenge of the nerds -- CBS' "Big Bang Theory" is arguably the hottest show on TV, and actor Simon Helberg, who plays rocket-scientist Romeo Howard Wolowitz, says it's been one wild ride. "It's quite amazing, the popularity of the thing," said Helberg, who lives in the Koreatown area with wife Jocelyn. "Everyone involved with it is just kind of walking around in awe. But we're just trying to make the best show we can and hope that people keep laughing." The series, fresh off winning a People's Choice award Wednesday for best comedy, returns from a holiday hiatus with a new episode on Monday.
June 9, 2008 |
One big difference between the Largo nightclub's new location on La Cienega Boulevard and its longtime home on Fairfax was illustrated during Jon Brion's late show on Friday. In the middle of a lively, tango-style instrumental, the guitar-wielding Brion and mandolinist Chris Thile faced each other from opposite ends of the stage and charged past each other in a playful display of rock showmanship.
November 16, 2002 |
"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.
November 9, 2002 |
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.
January 6, 2000 |
Here's a brief look at the Calendar Weekend Class of '97: Ozomatli. The spirited 10-piece East L.A. group released its self-titled debut album on Almo Sounds in 1998 and has been busy touring with Carlos Santana and Dave Matthews, while spreading its Ozo-motley gospel on movie ("EDtv") and commercial (Mountain Dew) soundtracks. Sugar Ray. Even at their pre-fame live shows, Mark McGrath and company rocked the house (namely Dragonfly) with such dedication, they looked like prime-time players.
December 23, 1999 |
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."