January 29, 2011 |
It is 1984, in an eighth grade typing class in rural New Hope, Pa. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman are ignoring the lesson, preferring instead to reflect upon the inherent merits of the Beatles, Prince and Syd Barrett. This discussion later results in an impromptu jam session, Aaron on vocals, Mickey on guitar, both preternaturally proficient for their age, tearing through Led Zeppelin covers with a primal frenzy. And it feels good. In fact, it feels like destiny, like family, as if the two had been birthed from loins of the same blazing rock 'n' roll god ?
January 25, 2011
BOOKS Maxine Hong Kingston The author, whose books weave myths, dreams, history and personal experiences together, will read from and discuss her work, including "I Love a Broad Margin to My Life," her unique new memoir told in verse. Andrew Lam, editor and co-founder of New America Media, will moderate. (Kingston will also appear at the Hammer Museum in Westwood on Wednesday at 7 p.m.) Central Library , 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended)
January 24, 2011
Iron & Wine When: Tuesday and Wednesday Where: The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd. Price: $25 (plus $10.25 surcharge) Info: http://www.ironandwine.com
November 6, 2010
Florence and the Machine When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday Where: The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Price: $29 (sold out) Info: http://www.livenation.com
October 28, 2010
The Wiltern plays host to a star-studded tribute to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" with Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Billy Idol, "Glee's" Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele (plus many more) all slated to perform. Who'll don the Frank-N-Furter fishnets? It's anyone's guess, but we know for sure that it's all for a great cause: the Painted Turtle Summer Camp for children with chronic illnesses. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd. 8 p.m. Thur. $68-$121.50. http://www.livenation.com . (213)
October 21, 2010
Motor City-reared, Brooklyn-based Sufjan Stevens , whose new album is "The Age of Adz," brings his idiosyncratic electro-orchestral alt-folk to the Wiltern. The new album, his first all-song full-length since 2005's critically acclaimed "Illinois," draws its aesthetic strength from the work of Southern outsider artist Royal Robertson. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $35. (213) 388-1400. http://www.livenation.com.
May 28, 2010
MUSIC Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley The New York rapper and the youngest son of Bob Marley have teamed again to go on tour in support of their album "Distant Relatives." They'll be making a number of L.A. stops, including a Memorial Day appearance at UCLA's Jazz Reggae Festival and a show at the Wiltern. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 9:30 p.m. Fri. Ticket prices vary. (213) 388-1400. http://www.livenation.com. David Sanborn Best known for agreeable crossover jazz and R&B, the saxophonist has also recorded with the avant-garde-leaning Tim Berne and the powerhouse Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
April 7, 2010
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: Jack Johnson, Oct. 12 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre: Backstreet Boys, June 26; Magneto, May 2 (Fri.); Tony Bennett, Sept. 24 (Mon.) Hollywood Palladium: HARD Festival with the Bloody Beetroots, April 25 (now); Angels & Airwaves, May 29; El Gran Combo, June 5 (Fri.) The Wiltern: Jakob Dylan, May 13 (now); Massive Attack, May 20; Wolf Parade, July 31 (Fri.
January 11, 2010 |
Sonic Youth has traveled far with the sounds of beauty and noise, stretching out its repertoire to include no-wave, alt-rock and wild experiments with the music of John Cage. After nearly three decades together, the band's open-ended approach is essentially unchanged and uncompromised, fueled on harmonic intensity, not pop convention. At the Wiltern Theatre on Saturday, Sonic Youth again harnessed a storm of melody and feedback, opening its 90-minute performance with the hurried guitar riffs of "No Way," as singer-guitarist Thurston Moore sang urgently of pain and temptation: "Renounce your lies sweet succubi . . ."