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February 4, 2010
Rhett Miller's latest self-titled album is another shiny entry into his solo catalog of well-tailored guitar-pop that's like a martini to the whiskey-and-Bud of his day job in the Old 97's. But come early for the rising folk-pop band Leslie and the Badgers, who play a swell take on L.A. canyon country with huge harmonies and effortless writing. Fri. 10 p.m. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $20. www.troubadour.com.
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June 13, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The late singer Elliott Smith would have turned 44 this summer, and despite his death 10 years ago his music remains as beloved as ever. This spirit, which was extinguished when he took his own life in Silver Lake, will be celebrated in August when Smith's friends and inheritors honor his legacy with a weeklong national event called "No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith. "  More than 100 artists and musicians including Jon Brion, Rhett Miller, Grandaddy, Chris Thile, director Gus Van Sant and others will participate at gigs in New York; Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Los Angeles between Aug. 4 and Aug. 10. The series begins in Portland on Aug. 4, where Van Sant, whose memorable use of Smith's work in "Good Will Hunting" earned the singer an Oscar nomination, will host an evening of music.
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September 27, 2002 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rhett Miller is no quitter, not yet anyway. Which makes his new solo career less about discarding his band, Old 97's, than about making a calculated move to finally get his fine, nervous, romantic songs to a wider pop audience. "I'm in a band called Old 97's," he declared Tuesday during his show at the Troubadour, pointedly using the present tense. He knows the band is far from a spent force, with its last album, "Satellite Rides," possibly its best.
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February 5, 2010
POP MUSIC Rhett Miller Miller's latest self-titled album is another shiny entry into his solo catalog of well-tailored guitar-pop that's like a martini to the whiskey-and-Bud of his day job in the Old 97's. But come early for the rising folk-pop band Leslie and the Badgers, who play a swell take on L.A. canyon country with huge harmonies and effortless writing. 10 p.m. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $20. www.troubadour.com. ART Jonas Wood The Los Angeles-based artist will unveil a new series of still-life paintings in his first one-person museum exhibition.
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December 6, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Rhett Miller doesn't look like a guy you'd go to for relationship advice. His lanky, gee-whiz aura exudes innocence of those matters. But when he started singing and talking at Largo on Saturday, it was clear he has a good deal of experience. Still, Miller--taking a break from fronting alt-country band Old 97s for a solo acoustic gig--didn't seem like a great candidate to provide counsel and comfort. Love, to him, is something fated to turn sour, if it even gets started in the first place.
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June 13, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The late singer Elliott Smith would have turned 44 this summer, and despite his death 10 years ago his music remains as beloved as ever. This spirit, which was extinguished when he took his own life in Silver Lake, will be celebrated in August when Smith's friends and inheritors honor his legacy with a weeklong national event called "No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith. "  More than 100 artists and musicians including Jon Brion, Rhett Miller, Grandaddy, Chris Thile, director Gus Van Sant and others will participate at gigs in New York; Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Los Angeles between Aug. 4 and Aug. 10. The series begins in Portland on Aug. 4, where Van Sant, whose memorable use of Smith's work in "Good Will Hunting" earned the singer an Oscar nomination, will host an evening of music.
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August 15, 2002 | Karla S. Blume
Local songster Rhett Miller heads to the Troubadour on Sept. 24. Tickets on sale now....Sheryl Crow and Michelle Branch will make a stop at the Universal Amphitheatre on Sept. 26. Tickets on sale Saturday.... Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett have added another show at the Greek on Sept. 23. Tickets on sale Sunday.... Luis Miguel has added another show at the Universal Amphitheatre on Sept. 15 . Tickets on sale Friday.... At the Glass House: Onesidezero on Sept. 19; tickets on sale Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2010
POP MUSIC Rhett Miller Miller's latest self-titled album is another shiny entry into his solo catalog of well-tailored guitar-pop that's like a martini to the whiskey-and-Bud of his day job in the Old 97's. But come early for the rising folk-pop band Leslie and the Badgers, who play a swell take on L.A. canyon country with huge harmonies and effortless writing. 10 p.m. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $20. www.troubadour.com. ART Jonas Wood The Los Angeles-based artist will unveil a new series of still-life paintings in his first one-person museum exhibition.
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April 8, 2001 | MARC WEINGARTEN, Marc Weingarten, a regular contributor to The Times, is the author of "Station to Station: The History of Rock and Roll on Television" (Pocket Books)
When Rhett Miller and his band, the Old 97's, went into the studio last year to record their fifth album, "Satellite Rides," the objective was clear: "We wanted to be the saviors of rock 'n' roll," says Miller, with no discernible trace of irony. "But it just seems like a moot point to try and do something like that these days." Miller may be onto something. At a time when rock seems stuck in a perpetually callow adolescence, can a great record make a big enough noise in the culture?
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May 9, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
You can't find a more fruitful topic than love if you're a songwriter, but you'd better be awfully talented if you're going to devote almost all of your songs to the subject. We've seen love examined from every angle and then some in pop, from the unyielding optimism of "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" to the heartache and desperation of "Love Has No Pride." Love hurts. Love is blue. Love is a battlefield. Love even grows where my Rosemary goes--whatever that means.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2010
Rhett Miller's latest self-titled album is another shiny entry into his solo catalog of well-tailored guitar-pop that's like a martini to the whiskey-and-Bud of his day job in the Old 97's. But come early for the rising folk-pop band Leslie and the Badgers, who play a swell take on L.A. canyon country with huge harmonies and effortless writing. Fri. 10 p.m. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $20. www.troubadour.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2002 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rhett Miller is no quitter, not yet anyway. Which makes his new solo career less about discarding his band, Old 97's, than about making a calculated move to finally get his fine, nervous, romantic songs to a wider pop audience. "I'm in a band called Old 97's," he declared Tuesday during his show at the Troubadour, pointedly using the present tense. He knows the band is far from a spent force, with its last album, "Satellite Rides," possibly its best.
NEWS
August 15, 2002 | Karla S. Blume
Local songster Rhett Miller heads to the Troubadour on Sept. 24. Tickets on sale now....Sheryl Crow and Michelle Branch will make a stop at the Universal Amphitheatre on Sept. 26. Tickets on sale Saturday.... Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett have added another show at the Greek on Sept. 23. Tickets on sale Sunday.... Luis Miguel has added another show at the Universal Amphitheatre on Sept. 15 . Tickets on sale Friday.... At the Glass House: Onesidezero on Sept. 19; tickets on sale Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
You can't find a more fruitful topic than love if you're a songwriter, but you'd better be awfully talented if you're going to devote almost all of your songs to the subject. We've seen love examined from every angle and then some in pop, from the unyielding optimism of "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" to the heartache and desperation of "Love Has No Pride." Love hurts. Love is blue. Love is a battlefield. Love even grows where my Rosemary goes--whatever that means.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2001 | MARC WEINGARTEN, Marc Weingarten, a regular contributor to The Times, is the author of "Station to Station: The History of Rock and Roll on Television" (Pocket Books)
When Rhett Miller and his band, the Old 97's, went into the studio last year to record their fifth album, "Satellite Rides," the objective was clear: "We wanted to be the saviors of rock 'n' roll," says Miller, with no discernible trace of irony. "But it just seems like a moot point to try and do something like that these days." Miller may be onto something. At a time when rock seems stuck in a perpetually callow adolescence, can a great record make a big enough noise in the culture?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Rhett Miller doesn't look like a guy you'd go to for relationship advice. His lanky, gee-whiz aura exudes innocence of those matters. But when he started singing and talking at Largo on Saturday, it was clear he has a good deal of experience. Still, Miller--taking a break from fronting alt-country band Old 97s for a solo acoustic gig--didn't seem like a great candidate to provide counsel and comfort. Love, to him, is something fated to turn sour, if it even gets started in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2010
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Gibson Amphitheatre: Moein & Jamshid, Jan. 23; Bijan Mortazavi, Feb. 6 (now) Glass House: Moving Units, Jan. 30 (now) El Rey Theatre: Fanfarlo, Feb. 20; Little Boots, March 10; Liars, April 10; Dark Star Orchestra, April 28 (now); the New Mastersounds, March 11 (Fri.); Kaki King, May 22 (Sat.) Wilshire Ebell Theatre: Krishna Das, March 27 (Fri.) Troubadour: Rhett Miller, Feb. 5; Mumford & Sons, Feb. 9; Wild Beasts, Feb. 10 (now)
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April 30, 1999 | MARC WEINGARTEN
*** Old 97's, "20 Fight Songs," Elektra. Despite the Americana tinge of its name, Old 97's are not your standard-issue neo-traditional revivalists. Instead of conjuring evocations of hard-working plain folk and corn-pone heartache, this quartet doesn't flinch from real-life concerns. It also has a stronger taste for hard-driving pop melodies than its roots-rock brethren.
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