February 21, 2018

Live review: Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Black Nile at Zebulon, February 18.

Since Arks are built to weather the storm, it's natural that modern Bible geeks have claimed to locate Noah's original craft on Mt. Ararat, and that a version of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra continues to ride the waves 40-some years after the late Horace Tapscott founded it in South L.A.

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February 16, 2018

L.A. previews February 16-22: Justo, Dave King, Bradford, Nick Mancini, QOTSA, Pan Afrikan, Black History, Alan Chan, Elliott Caine, All Pigs Must Die, 1000mods, Septicflesh, David Binney, Hawks.

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February 15, 2018

Record review: Black Label Society, "Grimmest Hits" (eOne)

Now that every pussy has a tattoo and Disneyland fan clubs are sporting biker vests, how is Zakk Wylde supposed to display his bad Otherness?

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February 5, 2018

Another dream: Minesweeper Technology.

Just following orders.

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January 16, 2018

Live review: Alex Cline & Nels Cline at Moss Theater, January 13.

Twins are family, it doesn't get any closer than that.

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January 5, 2018

Scene: Bourbon Street, rootless in Xmastide.

You can't tip every musician on Bourbon Street. You must discriminate, even during the lavish holidays.

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December 20, 2017

Live review: Mike Stern Quartet plus Leni Stern at Catalina's, December 17.

Mike Stern holds his guitar in that S-curve posture like a rocker, of course he does.

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December 12, 2017

Scene: Elliott Caine Quartet at Colombo's, December 10.

There's a difference between a throwback and a classic; it's the difference between nostalgia and discrimination. Elliott Caine's twice-a-month jazz cushioning at Colombo's steakhouse in Eagle Rock provides an opportunity to dig the distinction.

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December 8, 2017

Ponderillo: The Virgin of Guadalupe.

As Catholics celebrate the Dec. 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Dec. 9-12 anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's appearances in 1531, let's consider the ways we honor our goddesses.

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November 23, 2017

Usage: Chick Hearn's "No harm, no foul."

At the 101st birthday (Nov. 27) of sports' jazziest announcer, I take the opportunity to support the late Chick Hearn's legacy with a correction. His classic "No harm, no foul" is almost always misused by others.

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