February 15, 2014 |
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.
June 7, 2013 |
About a year ago, the musician Jack Kennedy was on a tour, in a manner of speaking. The local disco-pop antagonist rode Greyhound buses making Alan Lomax-style field recordings of amateur musicians along the byways of America. He'd tape their performances and interview them for his podcast "Night Bus Radio," a low-fi documentary series sponsored by the streaming service SoundCloud. "That's where I learned how interesting everybody really is," Kennedy said, kicking back beneath the kitschy goth-erotica paintings in the Echo Park performance space Echoes Under Sunset.
November 23, 2013 |
Bill Cosby, 76, has a concert special Saturday -- his first such TV show in 30 years, though he hasn't been exactly out of sight in the meantime. There were a couple of sitcoms, and a mystery series, and lately, he has become a favored guest on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night. " That he is effecting this return via Comedy Central, home of "Workaholics," "Drunk History" and "Inside Amy Schumer" and many stand-up hours featuring comedians less polite than himself is something he has a little comic sport with at the top. It is a sit-down, rather than a stand-up, performance.
April 4, 2013
Deadpan has a demigod, and his name is Demetri Martin. The young comic rose to fame with his TV show "Important Things With Demetri Martin," and has since carved a cottage industry out of his fusillade of one-liners with a delivery as a dry as a desert afternoon. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25, largo-la.com.
March 4, 2010
Acclaimed alt-country singer-songwriter Joe Henry will treat his cult following to a set of blues- and jazz-infused songs from last year's album, "Blood From Stars." The new compositions, which have increasingly incorporated classic blues structures in his playing and writing, showcase a rawer, grittier side of the Grammy-winning tunesmith's artistic personality. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Saturday $25. (310) 855-0350. www.largo-la.com.
February 4, 1997
Largo Vista Group has signed a contract with the Agricultural Bank of China, one of the country's largest financial institutions, to enhance liquid petroleum gas sales in the Yunnan Province. Under the agreement, bank customers can arrange for gas service through more than 1,000 bank branches and sub-branches. Gas service would be provided by Largo Vista's LPG utility company, the largest in southwest China.
October 7, 2009 |
Judging by the looks of things, the band onstage Monday night at Largo at the Coronet was not the most professional of operations. One of the singers flubbed so many lyrics that he felt compelled to make a joke about his misfiring synapses. A guitarist broke a string and disappeared for almost an entire song. And the notion of tucking in one's shirt? Apparently outlawed by majority rule. Yet a group of professionals is precisely what Works Progress Administration is. This sprawling Los Angeles octet, also known as WPA, grew out of the informal roots-music scene at Largo; its members boast some of the most impressive rÃ©sumÃ©s in town.
May 5, 1995
Largo Vista Group, Ltd. said Thursday it has agreed to sell its interest in a Chinese telecommunications company for $5.15 million. The buyer, East-West Equity Bridge Ltd., is an investment fund based in Houston, Texas. Largo Vista, a Newport Beach development company, said it remains involved in other home construction and telecommunications projects in China.
January 13, 1994 |
Film producer Lawrence Gordon resigned Wednesday as chief executive of Largo Entertainment--the first major Hollywood venture backed by Japanese money during the free-spending 1980s--for an exclusive production deal at Universal Pictures. The move had been expected for weeks, as rumors circulated in Hollywood that Largo was running out of cash due to a dearth of hits and a financial drain from overhead costs.