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February 16, 2012
Beyond Ryan Adams' well-documented personal life — his marriage to Mandy Moore; his battle with the hearing disorder Ménière's disease — lies the fleshy heart and soul of a brilliant singer and songwriter. His fragile lyrics and his voice, sounding strong and clear, better than it has in years, twist into a perfect union on "Ashes & Fire. " Still scrappy and floppy-haired at 36, Adams has released an album almost every year since leaving alt-country band Whiskeytown a decade ago, starting with his first solo album, 2000's "Heartbreaker.
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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
If anyone has a great excuse for taking so long to put out a solo album, it's Benmont Tench, longtime keyboardist and occasional songwriter with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Close to 40 years ago he came to Southern California with other members of the aspiring Florida rock band Mudcrutch, which failed to gain any traction and shortly disbanded. Tench and bandmate Stan Lynch subsequently went into a West Los Angeles recording studio with the intention of starting a new band. “We were going to call it the Drunks,” Tench said by phone from New York earlier this week.
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July 5, 2012 | By August Brown
Finally, an excuse to post some adorable cat photos on Pop & Hiss. The story of this little fuzzball comes to us from the Fullerton garage-punk label Burger Records , which found her severely hurt and walking on the freeway during rush hour. The staff rescued her and paid for $2,200 worth of surgery, including pins in her knee and pelvis.  To help offset the costs, the label corralled 50 acts to contribute unreleased music to a two-cassette benefit compilation, "The Kitty Comp . " Burger, being one of the most influential underground labels in Southern California, got some worthy tracks for the effort, including an unreleased Ryan Adams single,  "Dynasty of Troll Loch Ming.
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January 4, 2014 | By Kari Howard
What does it mean for the coming year when New Year's Eve starts out strangely? First, I walked up the middle of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. At rush hour. They had closed off the road for the Grand Park party, and everyone else seemed to be sticking to the sidewalks - out of habit, I suppose. But I wasn't going to lose my chance to own the street itself. Then, at my empty bus stop, a man walked up making a lot of noise. The sound was out of context, so it took a bit to realize that he was crying, and not just the odd-tear-wiped-away kind.
NEWS
January 4, 2014 | By Kari Howard
What does it mean for the coming year when New Year's Eve starts out strangely? First, I walked up the middle of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. At rush hour. They had closed off the road for the Grand Park party, and everyone else seemed to be sticking to the sidewalks - out of habit, I suppose. But I wasn't going to lose my chance to own the street itself. Then, at my empty bus stop, a man walked up making a lot of noise. The sound was out of context, so it took a bit to realize that he was crying, and not just the odd-tear-wiped-away kind.
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January 31, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams will be out of commission indefinitely after falling off the stage and breaking his wrist during a performance last week in Liverpool. He is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his wrist next week. A March tour, consisting of stops in nine states and British Columbia -- including shows at the Wiltern LG and the House of Blues in Anaheim -- has been canceled.
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October 25, 2002 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Going into Ryan Adams' concert Wednesday at the Wiltern, you didn't know whether to give him a review or a report card. Or didn't you hear about the wonder boy's recent Nashville performance where he reportedly got so upset when a heckler requested a Bryan Adams song, "Summer of '69," that he refused to play another note until the offender had left the auditorium.
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October 9, 2011 | August Brown
Meniere's disease is an inflammation of the inner ear. Specifically, a swelling in the tubes of the ear canal that control the body's balance. No one knows its cause, but stress, exhaustion and substance abuse are among the factors thought to contribute. Its symptoms include nausea, physical disorientation and occasionally debilitating bouts of tinnitus and the loss of hearing at certain frequencies. There is no known treatment. For an average person, Meniere's is irritating. For musicians, it can be the end of a livelihood, even a loss of their identity.
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December 20, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
FIVE years into a career that began in a hail of "new Dylan" and "voice of his generation" buzz, Ryan Adams is looking more like a voice in the wilderness. It's not that the singer-songwriter has gone away. On the contrary, with today's release of "29," Adams will have put out three albums this year alone, bringing his total to six since November 2003. That's an unheard-of pace. The problem is, some of the albums have been unheard too.
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December 13, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Every pop fan is a critic at heart, never more so than when listening to a favorite artist's new album for the first time. The invariable question: Is it as good as the past ones? The issue is complicated when that fan also happens to be the president of the artist's record label, which brings us to the sticky case of singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and Lost Highway Records' Luke Lewis. As a fan and record executive, Lewis is concerned with both Adams' art and his career momentum.
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September 7, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who carved out a solo career after a stint with Alabama's Drive-By Truckers band, is on tour for his new album, "Southeastern. " Accompanied by his musician wife, Amanda Shires, Isbell plays the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Sept. 15 and is part of a double bill with Tom Freund at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre on Sept. 14. "Southeastern" has been getting a lot of attention. Has this tour been different for you in any way? Yeah, it seems to be more successful.
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April 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
On his own and as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young), two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills has taken part in many a benefit concert over the last four decades, but usually his role has been that of rock singer and guitarist. That changes with the Light Up the Blues benefit concert on Saturday for Autism Speaks, which CSN is headlining and also features Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, Don Felder, Ryan Adams and several others at Club Nokia.
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July 5, 2012 | By August Brown
Finally, an excuse to post some adorable cat photos on Pop & Hiss. The story of this little fuzzball comes to us from the Fullerton garage-punk label Burger Records , which found her severely hurt and walking on the freeway during rush hour. The staff rescued her and paid for $2,200 worth of surgery, including pins in her knee and pelvis.  To help offset the costs, the label corralled 50 acts to contribute unreleased music to a two-cassette benefit compilation, "The Kitty Comp . " Burger, being one of the most influential underground labels in Southern California, got some worthy tracks for the effort, including an unreleased Ryan Adams single,  "Dynasty of Troll Loch Ming.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012
Beyond Ryan Adams' well-documented personal life — his marriage to Mandy Moore; his battle with the hearing disorder Ménière's disease — lies the fleshy heart and soul of a brilliant singer and songwriter. His fragile lyrics and his voice, sounding strong and clear, better than it has in years, twist into a perfect union on "Ashes & Fire. " Still scrappy and floppy-haired at 36, Adams has released an album almost every year since leaving alt-country band Whiskeytown a decade ago, starting with his first solo album, 2000's "Heartbreaker.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2011
BOOKS Margaret Wertheim and Jim Carter If a successful "theory of everything" is the holy grail of modern physics, then outsider physicist Carter is surely a knight errant. The self-taught free thinker and subject of the new book "Physics on the Fringe" will discuss his radical theory, based on circlon synchronicity, with the book's author, science writer Wertheim. Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free, reservations recommended. (213) 228-7025. http://www.lfla.org/aloud.
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November 6, 2011
UNDERRATED Trains : They've inspired music by Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington and the Yardbirds, yet for some reason California seems hellbent on keeping rail travel sidetracked. The proposed bullet train to San Francisco now won't run until 2033 — if at all, thanks to high cost projections — and given all the in-fighting, it'll take about as many years for the long-promised "subway to the sea" to happen. Luckily, there's still plenty of room for all our cars on the freeway.
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February 3, 2002 | ROBERT HILBURN
It's well into the midnight hour as singer-songwriter Ryan Adams sits at the bar in a crowded music club, a cigarette in one hand and a pen in the other. A couple of fans wander over to say how much they enjoy his music, but he's not using the pen to sign autographs. Unperturbed by the activity around him, Adams is writing a song. On one side of the page of the yellow legal pad he has scribbled nine potential titles. On the other, he's got the opening six or seven lines.
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November 17, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mick Jagger was singing at a party to promote his new album at the El Rey Theatre on Thursday night, but if you were searching for the spirit of classic Rolling Stones, you might have done better over at the House of Blues. Actually, if you were searching for the spirits of Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Van Morrison et al., you would have come across them too at different points during the headliner's set.
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October 9, 2011 | August Brown
Meniere's disease is an inflammation of the inner ear. Specifically, a swelling in the tubes of the ear canal that control the body's balance. No one knows its cause, but stress, exhaustion and substance abuse are among the factors thought to contribute. Its symptoms include nausea, physical disorientation and occasionally debilitating bouts of tinnitus and the loss of hearing at certain frequencies. There is no known treatment. For an average person, Meniere's is irritating. For musicians, it can be the end of a livelihood, even a loss of their identity.
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August 11, 2011
COMEDY Jade Catta Preta hosts a Comedy Juice spectacular featuring "WTF With Marc Maron" host Marc Maron, former "Saturday Night Live" head writer Hugh Fink, "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila" host Ryan Stout, Adam Richmond, Adam Ray, Mark Serritella and Lucas Dick. The Ice House Comedy Club, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 10 p.m. Thu. $10. (626) 577-1894. http://www.icehousecomedy.com.
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