December 10, 2010 |
Do you know Neil Hamburger? I think he's very funny. He writes such cutting jokes. I'm a fan of characters and I like things that are a little beyond reality. I like a little razzle-dazzle. Have you ever seen him? He's this guy named Gregg Turkington, who's this cool hipster guy who plays this old vaudeville kind of salty, greasy [guy] ? he wears a suit and tells these one-liners, as people usually boo or are confused. He has a show at Spaceland once a month. And he was just on tour with Tim and Eric.
September 14, 2010
POP MUSIC Shonen Knife The J-Pop metal trio Shonen knife will play their pastel-colored instruments with admirable ferocity at Spaceland with Neverever and Fantastica Bastidas. The band has been an alt-music staple for nearly 30 years, having been introduced to Western audiences by the likes of Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Spaceland , 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $14. (323) 661-4380; http://www.clubspaceland.com . Daughtry The Idol alum, one of the few to maintain a vibrant career post-show, talks about his transition into a legitimate rock songwriting force in the intimate show and conversation with producer Howard Benson.
September 3, 2010
ART Yumiko Kayukawa Well known for her Pop art paintings of beguiling young women in fanciful backdrops, Japanese Pop artist Yumiko Kayukawa will be signing her work at the opening of her new show, "49 Days. " Kayukawa's show runs through Sept. 26 in conjunction with surrealist painter and Otis professor Nathan Ota's new exhibition, "An Unforeseen Homecoming. " La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Artist reception, 8-11 p.m. Free. http://www.laluzdejesus.com POP MUSIC Earth, Wind & Fire Four decades into a celebrated career, the R&B group is still going strong.
August 23, 2010
POP MUSIC John Mayer After getting himself into hot water with a controversial Playboy interview this year, guitar dude John Mayer has kept a low profile, toning down the shtick and letting his blues-tinged songs speak for him. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7 p.m. $48.10-$94.90. (949) 855-8095. http://www.livenation.com Dave Matthews Band Didn't fulfill Delta Chi's bro-folk quota at John Mayer? Try for more at this blowout set from the Dave.
August 5, 2010
The Silversun Pickups, the Silver Lake poster band for indie-meets-arena success, will headline a night at the Greek Theatre with Against Me! and fellow Spaceland denizens the Henry Clay People. Expect lots of fuzzed-out guitars, bombastic drumming and almost-anthems that spiral in and then blow out with force. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $35-$38. http://www.Greektheatrela.com.
June 30, 2010
POP MUSIC Hot Hot Heat Post punk impresarios from British Columbia, Hot Hot Heat returns with "Future Breeds," its first album since 2007's "Happiness Ltd." The dudes have been burning up the Bootleg Theater every Wednesday this month, and Wednesday they'll be closing out their residency with Voxhaul Broadcast and the Union Line supporting. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. 8:30 p.m. $12. www.foldsilverlake.com. Damien Jurado With his ninth album, "Saint Bartlett," misty-eyed troubadour Damien Jurado has turned in a steadily affecting batch of rustic songs made lush with unexpected instrumentation and a wider sense of space.