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December 6, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Sometimes things fall apart. It's an unfortunate part of the deal. Just because music happens doesn't always mean it happens right, on schedule or as planned. Feedback happens. Budding genius is quashed by forces outside of one's control. Unfortunately, Shuggie Otis at the Echoplex on Wednesday never really got going. Even if the efforts were often valiant, a bum amp and an uncertain performance hobbled the underground soul legend's return. The hurdles proved so obstructive that at one point he stopped playing a song midway through as the band was trying to build momentum and said, "If this show don't start now I'm outta here.
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May 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Below are a few choice Spring releases that have been getting high-volume rotation on the stereo of one particular Volvo rolling the streets of Los Angeles. Bleached, "Ride Your Heart" (Dead Oceans) The two sisters who co-founded Bleached first earned ears in Mika Miko, the incendiary punk band whose sweaty nights at the downtown L.A. club the Smell in the mid-00s helped solidify a small movement. As Bleached, Jennifer and Jessica Clavin have calmed a bit and have a new appreciation for texture, harmony and restraint.
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July 7, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shuggie Otis has frequently been likened to Sly Stone musically, but Otis on Thursday revealed another, less admirable similarity to the leader of Sly & the Family Stone, who made an art of the no-show. With the pieces in place for an escalation of his unlikely career revival, Otis, 47, nearly sabotaged this closely watched event, arriving at the El Rey Theatre just minutes before his scheduled 10 p.m.
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December 6, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Sometimes things fall apart. It's an unfortunate part of the deal. Just because music happens doesn't always mean it happens right, on schedule or as planned. Feedback happens. Budding genius is quashed by forces outside of one's control. Unfortunately, Shuggie Otis at the Echoplex on Wednesday never really got going. Even if the efforts were often valiant, a bum amp and an uncertain performance hobbled the underground soul legend's return. The hurdles proved so obstructive that at one point he stopped playing a song midway through as the band was trying to build momentum and said, "If this show don't start now I'm outta here.
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May 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Below are a few choice Spring releases that have been getting high-volume rotation on the stereo of one particular Volvo rolling the streets of Los Angeles. Bleached, "Ride Your Heart" (Dead Oceans) The two sisters who co-founded Bleached first earned ears in Mika Miko, the incendiary punk band whose sweaty nights at the downtown L.A. club the Smell in the mid-00s helped solidify a small movement. As Bleached, Jennifer and Jessica Clavin have calmed a bit and have a new appreciation for texture, harmony and restraint.
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May 13, 2013
With all the Daft Punk hooha about to be unleashed via "Random Access Memories," it's unfortunate that those so obsessed with hot robotic dance music haven't celebrated DJ Koze with as much vigor. Koze, a German beat producer whose funky, minimal electronic dance music seems one Kanye West sample away from busting out, released the often great "Amygdala" in late March. The record is even better than the producer's excellent breakout from 2005, "Kosi Comes Alive. " That record helped heap worldwide attention on the German Kompakt label.
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June 24, 2003 | Natalie Nichols
Beyonce "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) ** "Dangerously in Love"? The song (technically titled "Dangerously in Love 2") is about being romantically obsessed, but it doesn't feel a bit perilous or crazy. It's just one of many wailing ballads designed to show off the soulful bleating of Beyonce, the centerpiece of R&B star trio Destiny's Child. Her solo debut (due in stores today) demonstrates vocal finesse with everything from a low-in-the-throat purr to a piercing disco falsetto.
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June 2, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
Marla's Memory Lane was the scene Friday and Saturday of such a powerful five-star bill that it was hard to figure out how such an expensive show could be assembled. Not surprisingly, it turned out to be a recording session for a Fantasy album. The strong blues orientation was supplied by Red Holloway, Jack McDuff, Shuggie Otis, Eddie (Cleanhead) Vinson and Etta James. Top honors went to Vinson, the singer and saxophonist whose very lack of effort works for him.
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May 14, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details. A few months back at Sonos Studio in West Hollywood, guitarist Glenn Jones performed solo work in conjunction with a recently completed documentary on the late guitarist John Fahey. Fahey's ability at crafting what he called "American primitive" guitar music resulted in some of the great six-string compositions of the 1960s and '70s. Jones, best known for his Boston instrumental project Cul de Sac, his work with former Can vocalist Damo Suzuki and as the curator of the excellent Fahey box set, "Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You: The Fonotone Years," was stunning at Sonos, and during a pre-performance conversation suggested I keep an eye out for his new record, "My Garden State," put out by the respected Chicago label Thrill Jockey.
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July 13, 2002 | Oscar Garza and Greg Braxton
In case you haven't noticed, funk is making an in-yo'-face return. Eddie Griffin is bouncin' a big Afro in "Undercover Brother," Beyonce Knowles will be flouncin' an even bigger 'fro in "Austin Powers in Goldmember," George Clinton and Bootsy Collins are layin' it down in those time-warp Nike commercials, and "Strawberry Letter 23"--that ultracool slice of '70s funk--is the soundtrack to ... a TV spot for Special K Red Berries cereal?
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July 7, 2001 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shuggie Otis has frequently been likened to Sly Stone musically, but Otis on Thursday revealed another, less admirable similarity to the leader of Sly & the Family Stone, who made an art of the no-show. With the pieces in place for an escalation of his unlikely career revival, Otis, 47, nearly sabotaged this closely watched event, arriving at the El Rey Theatre just minutes before his scheduled 10 p.m.
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July 1, 2001
Movies After raising the bar for outrageous parody (or lowering it, depending on your perspective), director Keenen Ivory Wayans and company have another go at the horror genre in "Scary Movie 2." Starring Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Tori Spelling, Chris Elliott and Tim Curry, the spoof opens Wednesday.
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June 7, 2001 | GEOFF BOUCHER
* Janet Jackson, right, is back in control with her hit album "All for You" and her highly anticipated tour, which visits Staples Center on Oct. 2. Tickets go on sale Sunday morning for the show, which also features R&B quartet 112.... Country star Trisha Yearwood visits the Greek Theatre on Sept. 7, tickets available beginning at noon Sunday. . . . Also on sale now for the Greek Theatre: Georgia-born country singer Alan Jackson on July 29 . . .
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