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March 8, 2004 | Geoff Boucher
As trains of thought go, you would be hard pressed to find more unpredictable locomotives than the ones riding rail in the skull of Serj Tankian. The frontman of System of a Down resembles a leaping, wild-eyed Frank Zappa in concert, and the songs, like "Chop Suey," are exercises in metal as dadaism. Still, when he walks onstage at the Greek Theatre for a show called Souls 2004, it's a safe bet his thoughts will be devoted to his grandfather, Stepan Hayatayan, as well as to President Bush.
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October 24, 2007 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Serj Tankian is a thoughtful, erudite man -- especially for a wild-man rock singer -- but sometimes he's simply overwhelmed by an impulse. His decision to quit studying for law school and become a musician came so suddenly that he literally hit the brakes on his Jeep Wrangler one night in the early 1990s. And in 2005 he was accepting a European MTV Award with his band, System of a Down, when something came over him.
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January 9, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS, Natalie Nichols is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Los Angeles is home to the world's largest concentration of Armenians outside Armenia, so maybe it's inevitable that the city would produce a rock band from that community. The members of System of a Down didn't form their group on that premise, and their sound is much more metal than ethnic, but their heritage is nonetheless a key ingredient in the foursome's makeup.
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March 8, 2004 | Geoff Boucher
As trains of thought go, you would be hard pressed to find more unpredictable locomotives than the ones riding rail in the skull of Serj Tankian. The frontman of System of a Down resembles a leaping, wild-eyed Frank Zappa in concert, and the songs, like "Chop Suey," are exercises in metal as dadaism. Still, when he walks onstage at the Greek Theatre for a show called Souls 2004, it's a safe bet his thoughts will be devoted to his grandfather, Stepan Hayatayan, as well as to President Bush.
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October 24, 2007 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Serj Tankian is a thoughtful, erudite man -- especially for a wild-man rock singer -- but sometimes he's simply overwhelmed by an impulse. His decision to quit studying for law school and become a musician came so suddenly that he literally hit the brakes on his Jeep Wrangler one night in the early 1990s. And in 2005 he was accepting a European MTV Award with his band, System of a Down, when something came over him.
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April 1, 2001
System of a Down singer Serj Tankian has launched a Web site, www.serjicalstrike.com, to market his own projects as well as music he says "has not been embraced by the consumer culture." Among the first items on sale is a book of his own poetry, "Cool Gardens," and CDs by indie bands Bad Acid Trip, Kittens for Christian, Lizard and Big Elf.
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November 12, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Linkin Park will headline the first night of the Almost Acoustic Christmas show, the annual KROQ-FM (106.7) holiday concert franchise that began 17 years ago. The Dec. 8 show at Gibson Amphitheatre will be announced officially this morning on the channel's "Kevin & Bean" morning show, and a second night is expected to be announced later. An on-sale date is pending.
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November 1, 2007 | Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer
The top of the U.S. pop album chart gets a country makeover this week, a charge led by Carrie Underwood. The country-pop star and "American Idol" winner follows up her 6-million-selling debut album, "Some Hearts," with a No. 1 bow. Her "Carnival Ride," one of six debuts in the Top 10, sold 527,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its first week in stores. "Some Hearts" peaked at No. 2 on the chart, and it's still in the Top 100 in its 102nd week on the chart.
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July 14, 2010
A list of upcoming shows across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center Muse, Sept. 25-26 (Sat.) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Uproar Festival with Disturbed and more, Sept. 17 (Sat.) Angel Stadium U2 360 Tour, June 17-18 (now) Honda Center Nickelback, Oct. 22 (Sat.) Wiltern Ludacris, Aug. 6; Florence & the Machine, Nov. 6; Paul Weller, Nov. 3; Dr. Dog, Nov. 5 (Fri.) Hollywood Palladium The Black Crowes, Dec. 11 (Fri.
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January 9, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS, Natalie Nichols is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Los Angeles is home to the world's largest concentration of Armenians outside Armenia, so maybe it's inevitable that the city would produce a rock band from that community. The members of System of a Down didn't form their group on that premise, and their sound is much more metal than ethnic, but their heritage is nonetheless a key ingredient in the foursome's makeup.
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April 2, 2004 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
"This machine here, it kills fascists too," said Audioslave's Tom Morello on Wednesday, pointing his acoustic guitar toward the capacity Troubadour crowd during a benefit concert titled "Axis of Justice." The youthful audience cheered, though most probably didn't get Morello's reference to a slogan that once adorned folk singer Woody Guthrie's instrument.
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