December 30, 2011
JAZZ Jane Monheit Since being named runner-up in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition at just 20 years old in 1998, Monheit has been a favorite on the jazz vocal scene on par with Diana Krall. Armed with her 2010 album, "Home," which marked a return to more traditional jazz vocal arrangements, Monheit returns to L.A. for a festive run of shows that includes a New Year's Eve performance. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $25-75.
December 29, 2011
The Mexican electro band Kinky plays its signature Latin-rock-funk-techno blend for this pre-New Year's Eve celebration. The quintet has earned an international following touring with Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips and De La Soul and playing festivals including Mexico City's Vive Latino and Austin City Limits. The Conga Room, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $35-$65. (213) 745-0162. http://www.congaroom.com
October 11, 2010
COMEDY MTV Fall Comedy Showcase Grace Parra and Paul Wright present the MTV Fall Comedy Showcase at the Laugh Factory's Hollywood location. The show will feature Geoff Keith, Julia Lillis, the Wait List, Peet Guercio, Jason Farone and Eric Patrick, with Ali Wong headlining. The nation's fascination with the coupling of music and television appears to be fading ? Glee's time slot dominance notwithstanding ? but whether the MTV-produced comedy show really represents the network's attempt to diversify, the lineup speaks for itself.
August 5, 2009 |
The music video Heath Ledger directed for "King Rat" by Modest Mouse debuted online Tuesday. The six-minute animated video is both whimsical and dark, showing whales and dolphins aboard a ship, fishing for humans in the water. It concludes with a message in white letters on a black screen: "This began with our friend, a great defender of life, and was completed in his spirit." Ledger was 28 when he died last year. Modest Mouse announced in March that it would release the video "in honor of Heath's last piece of work as a director," according to spokeswoman Lisa Markowitz.
March 19, 2009 |
A Modest Mouse music video directed by the late Heath Ledger is set for release this year. A spokeswoman for the band says Ledger directed an animated video for "King Rat," a track off the band's 2007 album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank." Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock collaborated with Ledger on the video's concept, Lisa Markowitz says, adding that Brock "is supporting the completion of the video in honor of Heath's last piece of work as a director."
May 15, 2008 |
Summer IS a time for family gatherings, as celebrating lifelong ties combines with avoiding nosy Uncle Steve's questions at the barbecue. That same familial feeling can extend to seeing live music, especially this season. Grown-up college rockers can see how R.E.M.'s legacy trickled down at the Hollywood Bowl on May 29, when the band shares a bill with 1990s inheritors Modest Mouse and even younger scions the National. And hip-hop fans can celebrate the longtime bond between chanteuse Erykah Badu and the Roots, June 12 at the Greek Theatre.