April 29, 2016

L.A. previews April 29-May 5: Keith Jarrett, Rob Waller/Spy Car, Malibu Guitar Fest, Anthony Wilson, Tigran Hamasyan, Logan Hone, Tortoise, Avishai Cohen, Billy Cobham, Ill NiƱo.

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April 20, 2016

Live review: Fanny Ara Flamenco Ensemble at Blue Whale, April 16.

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Rechanneling the sexual tension.

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April 14, 2016

Live review: The Darkness, RavenEye at Belasco Theater, April 12.

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It would be more accurate but less fun if they were called the Lightness.

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April 7, 2016

RIP: Merle Haggard, 1937-2016.

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Mama tried, but Merle Haggard never sounded like he was trying.

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April 5, 2016

Live review: Go: Organic Orchestra, Hu Vibrational at Electric Lodge, April 2.

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Newborn.

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March 10, 2016

Record review: Esperanza Spalding, "Emily's D+Evolution" (Concord)

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She sings it "devilution," so maybe Esperanza Spalding knows what spirits possess her.

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March 3, 2016

Ponderation: The usefulness of metal's holy wars.

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Some say holy violence is bad. But what about imaginary slaughter?

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February 4, 2016

Bible passage of the month: How to choose a king.

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The proper way to choose a king is not by caucuses, conventions and elections; it is by ascertaining the will of the Almighty.

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January 28, 2016

List: Top ways Volkswagen's "Beth" commercial castrates men.

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Once upon a time, Kiss had a hit called "Beth." Forty years later, we can't escape the tune, harnessed to sell Volkswagens on TV. Males: If you identify with the song or the gutless dad in the commercial, and especially if you buy a VW, here are some of the ways you have identified yourself as a royal pussy.

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January 21, 2016

List: Four reasons David Bowie's "Blackstar" and Charles Lloyd's "I Long To See You" are frequently bought together on Amazon.

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Released a week apart, "Blackstar" by David Bowie and "I Long To See You" by Charles Lloyd & the Marvels don't scan as twins.

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