April 10, 2014

L.A. previews April 11-17: Tesseract/Intronaut, Motorhead, Tony MacAlpine, Todd Sickafoose, Shackle/Young-Day.

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March 25, 2014

Live review: Kraftwerk at Disney Hall, March 21.

Hard to believe that everybody used to get frigid vibes from Kraftwerk's '70s proto-techno. In today's Auto-Tuned world, they exude a Beach Boys level of warmth.

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March 24, 2014

Live review: Garretson & Gorodetsky, "What Must the Hummingbird See?" at Automata, March 23.

Put a couple of wide-open musicians together, you never know where it's gonna go.

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March 8, 2014

Record review: Behemoth, "The Satanist" (Metal Blade)

Tradition holds that Lucifer/Satan got tossed from heaven for the sin of pride. Why? say most Satanists. Pride's no sin.

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February 28, 2014

Conversation: The Spring Quartet (Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese) at Royce Hall, February 22.

I didn't attend this one, but Deb went with a friend, so we talked about it.

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February 12, 2014

Event: Launch party for "Black SoCal" Venice Biennale art exhibition at Fais Do-Do, February 9.

Minority art tends to get stuck between bus stops, Lyn Kienholz thinks. Inspired by L.A.'s 2011 "Dig This!" exhibition, the president of the California/International Arts Foundation started to wonder what might happen if attendees of the prestigious 2015 Venice Biennale could glom the often underexposed visuals produced hereabouts.

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February 7, 2014

Combination: "The Grapes of Wrath" and Kris Kristofferson at the Cinerama Dome, January 31.

A fella from the Modern School of Film talked to archetypal outlaw country songwriter Kris Kristofferson after a screening of director John Ford's 1940 commie manifesto "The Grapes of Wrath." That seemed like a good idea.

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January 24, 2014

RIP: Yusef Lateef, 1920-2013.

The voice at the other end of the line was stern, and I was knocked back. First, I couldn't believe that the great jazzman Yusef Lateef was calling me unsolicited at L.A. Weekly from Amherst, Massachusetts, where he taught. Second, I had to accept the fact that he was giving me a D in jazz criticism.

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December 19, 2013

List: Albums I liked in 2013.

Occasionally somebody asks why I don't do year-end lists anymore. Okay, shut up for a year.

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December 11, 2013

Review: Charlie Haden's CalArts Liberation Music Orchestra at REDCAT, December 10.

We like our heroes when they're old and frail, maybe even more than when they were young and slashing those heavy swords around. So we liked Charlie Haden a lot when at 76 he rose from his post-polio sickbed to remind us what his whole depth and freedom and lyricism and idealism thing was about.

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