April 21, 2017

L.A. previews April 21-27: Cosmosquad, Microfest, Ghost Bath, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Anthrax, Elliott Caine, Julian Lage, Asphyx, Kandinsky Effect, Superjoint, Rachelle Ferrell, RIP Allan Holdsworth.

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April 17, 2017

Live review: Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Royce Hall, April 14.

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Recognizing at 79 that he’s become a rare depository of American music, Charles Lloyd is taking a step down from his cloud to emphasize the soil we share.

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April 11, 2017

Scene: Afro-Cubanism in Cuba.

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Communism and crucifixes.

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March 23, 2017

Record review: Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra, "Oceans of Vows" (Cryptogramophone)

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Folks sometimes err in thinking that the spirit must exclude human meat.

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March 7, 2017

Celebration: Improviganza for 20 years of Sunday Evening Concerts at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, March 5.

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It was 20 years ago today / Cline and Salmon brought the weird to play

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Live review: Nick Mancini Septet at the Blue Whale, March 4.

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You never know what's coming.

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March 3, 2017

Record review: Cosmosquad, "The Morbid Tango" (Junkman)

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It's easy to be crazy, but the true achievement is channeling your craziness into vital, coherent, exciting art.

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February 28, 2017

Scene: Opening for "BlackMusic BlackWork" exhibit at the California Jazz and Blues Museum, February 23.

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Things ain't what they used to be, but they ain't what they could be.

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February 23, 2017

Record review: Immolation, "Atonement" (Nuclear Blast)

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"Atonement" is a death-metal landmark for Immolation. No need to belabor the point; they didn't.

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February 14, 2017

Ponderation: Metallica with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards.

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Now that all the musics have been stuck in a blender and whirled around, we need to listen fresh. Was that Fishbone or Blind Lemon? The Honeydrippers or the Sugar Hill Gang? Merengue or meringue?

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