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February 3, 2011
Chan Marshall has grown into an increasingly confident performer as her Cat Power project became rooted in warmhearted vintage soul, as seen on her last album of originals, "The Greatest. " It's hoped she'll have some new material in the pipe at this much anticipated set. There's always the small chance of a meltdown, but when she's at her best, her cigarette-husky voice can be transcendent. The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Sun. $35. themusicbox.la.
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January 14, 2011 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A year and a half ago, local singer-songwriter Lissie was on a flight back to Los Angeles from Nashville, where she'd been working on her debut album with Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King. Things in L.A. had taken a turn for the worse since Lissie ? a native of Rock Island, Ill., born Elisabeth Maurus ? first moved here in 2004 to pursue music: A casual artists' community she'd helped establish in Beachwood Canyon had been infiltrated by "snotty Hollywood people," she says, and the dissolution of a long romantic relationship had estranged her from many of her ex's pals.
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January 13, 2011
Ojai-based Lissie Maurus hit a home run this year with the release of her debut full-length album of well-crafted Americana, "Catching a Tiger," rocketing her into award-winning and headlining status. The sultry-voiced singer-songwriter will be showing off her talents along with the Pierces and George Stanford. Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $29.65. (323) 464-0808; themusicbox.la .
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December 27, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Ultra-deluxe box sets for Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and others are priced at up to $1,200. Scanning the upper stratosphere of this year's end-of-the-year holiday-centric music releases, it's tempting to think some record company execs decided it's time to head into full kamikaze-dive mode. Despite so much news revolving around the record industry's struggles to sell 99-cent singles and $9.99 album downloads, several labels have recently cooked up ultra-deluxe box sets for Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and others priced at $200 up to $1,200.
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December 3, 2010
BOOKS Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage Biographer Hazel Rowley, who previously chronicled the lives of French existentialists and Australian Marxists, will discuss her recent portrait of one of America's most fascinating first couples, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents Rowley in conversation with KUSC-FM program director Gail Eichenthal as part of its popular ALOUD program. Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free with reservation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2010
Ariel Pink's signing to 4AD and forthright new album, "Before Today," has done wonders for his reputation as an unhinged artist. His band Haunted Graffiti has finally grown from L.A. outsider-art's inside secret into a thrilling (and shockingly tight) international concern. But in a way, as good as the band has gotten, it seems just as important that the surrounding culture has finally caught up. The same holds true for the longtime Brazilian psych ensemble Os Mutantes, whose acid-dripping tropicalia has only gotten weirder with age. The Music Box, 6216 Hollywood Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2010
Grinderman Where: The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd. When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Price: $30 (sold out) Info: http://themusicbox.la/
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