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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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