March 18, 2013 |
The L.A. duo The Milk Carton Kids have the interesting distinction of being just as famous for their live banter as for their music. It's no accident that Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan's act has risen in the ranks of Largo's folk-comedy crossover: part Smothers Brothers cheeky repartee, part Conchords -ian self-awareness about singer-songwriterdom, the time between their songs at shows can be just as compelling as the music. But the music is even better. On their debut album "The Ash & Clay" for Anti- , the duo makes four sounds - two voices, two acoustic guitars - sound as big as a prairie.
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.
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.
October 22, 1993 |
In the late 1980s, when the scent of Japanese money was still fresh in Hollywood, JVC made headline news by investing $100 million in producer Larry Gordon's Largo Entertainment. The consumer electronics maker, in return for its money, got an exclusive seat at Hollywood's table and a chance to share in Gordon's success. Gordon, for his part, described the agreement giving him autonomy to make up to six films a year as a "dream deal."