April 6, 2014 |
Dee Dee Penny has a real penchant for black vintage garb, such as high-waisted glamazon shorts and sheer mesh tops, and second-skin leather jackets and mini-dresses. It's a gothic-meets-go-go-girl look that signals a readily identifiable aesthetic for Penny - and one that might work well for an indie pop band. Enter the Dum Dum Girls. Penny (born Kristin Gundred in San Leandro, Calif.) created the Girls as a solo project in 2008. Now she's the fashionable frontwoman of a five-member group, comprising drummer Sandra Vu, bassist Malia James and guitarists Jules Medeiros and Andrew Miller, on tour to promote their third studio album, "Too True," released on Sub Pop Records in January.
March 18, 1987 |
It was no surprise to hear Mick Jones proclaim his preference for small clubs over large arenas as his group Big Audio Dynamite opened a seven-night engagement at a small club--the Roxy--Monday night. After all, what rocker wouldn't choose a club atmosphere over arena sterility? And in the case of Big Audio Dynamite, it's not exactly like Phil Collins giving up a big payday at Dodger Stadium. B.A.D.'
January 8, 2013 |
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Palladium Pierce the Veil / All Time Low, May 9; STS9, March 2 (Fri.) Orpheum Theatre Yes, March 6 (Fri.) OC Fair & Events Center MUSINK with Bad Religion and more, March 8-10 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Lotus, March 22; Living Colour, March 30 (Sat.) Roxy Terror and H20, Feb. 14 (now) Fonda Theatre Feed Me, Feb. 16-17; Daedelus, March 29 (now)
December 8, 1995 |
Roxie Roker, the elegant and beautiful actress best known for her role as Helen Willis on the long-running hit CBS television series "The Jeffersons," has died. She was 66. Roker died Saturday in Los Angeles, her publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said this week. The cause of death was not revealed. The actress, also known for her community work, had moved to Hollywood in 1975 when Norman Lear cast her in "The Jeffersons" as part of the upstairs interracial couple.
April 12, 1991 |
Winona Ryder is the best thing about "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael" (Paramount, no list price, PG-13). Once again a young-miss misfit dressed in black, Ryder plays Dinky Bossetti. Dinky wouldn't draw a second glance on Melrose Avenue but gets ridiculed in her small town of Clyde, Ohio. An adoptee, she draws hope from the possibility that Ms. Carmichael--who once fled the same burg and now is returning a semi-celebrity--may be her long-lost real mom.
June 29, 1990 |
Forget about 3-D. One D, singer-songwriter David Baerwald, was all it took Wednesday at the Roxy to give an arresting musical portrait of the cracks in Los Angeles' social sidewalk. Supporting his solo debut album, "Bedtime Stories," Baerwald matched the level he and ex-partner David Ricketts attained as David + David on the same stage in 1986, when their songs took on a dimension only hinted at in the duo's lone album, the fine "Boomtown."
September 12, 1992 |
At last, a Madonna for people who don't dance. In her Los Angeles debut at the Roxy on Thursday, touted newcomer Sophie B. Hawkins molded several pop-music archetypes into her unique persona, but the one that came out on top was the Ambitious Blonde, full of erotic charge and with severe tendencies toward self-glorification. This is one case where the ambition should be a little more bland.
October 30, 1989 |
Randy Jackson was slouched in a chair in a nondescript office in a Westside rehearsal hall. His body was there but his mind was miles away. The young singer-songwriter, the latest of the Jackson clan to do a solo album--"Randy & the Gypsys," on A&M Records--had just finished rehearsing with his band in preparation for tonight's show at the Roxy--the group's official debut. A study in preoccupation, Jackson was staring at the ceiling, at his shoes, at the table, at the walls.
February 9, 2003 |
"Chicago" (Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax) *** The visual razzle-dazzle and structural fluidity of the new movie "Chicago" are surprising, because the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical had previously seemed a very proscenium-centric show, especially in its popular 1996 incarnation. Nor were there many indications in Rob Marshall's 1992 staging of the show for Long Beach Civic Light Opera that, a decade later, he would direct a glitteringly re-imagined film version.
November 24, 1994 |
Pop music titan Lou Adler, credited with many '60s and '70s hits--and now a dad to a toddler and an infant--has turned his attention to music for the younger set, with his Ode 2 Kids record label and last summer's two-day children's music performance extravaganza at Knott's Berry Farm. On Dec. 3, Adler and Parachute Express, a star attraction in the children's music field, will co-present Parachute's first "unplugged" concert, at the Roxy, Adler's 400-seat Hollywood club.