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Glendale rocker, ex-Pixies bassist Kim Shattuck reunites with former Pandoras bandmates

Glendale rocker, ex-Pixies bassist Kim Shattuck reunites with former Pandoras bandmates

Guitar slinging, garage rock shouter Kim Shattuck is rock ‘n’ roll’s penultimate bad girl. Lanky, gregarious and boundlessly talented, the Glendale resident doesn’t candy-coat anything, never runs from controversy, and her role as both an unvarnished truth-teller and...

The Standells still kick up their singular sound

The Standells still kick up their singular sound

If you happened to pass longtime Burbank resident John Fleckenstein on the street, it’s unlikely he’d rate a second glance. A veteran cinematographer, Fleckenstein also ineradicably altered American culture through his alliances with two of Los Angeles’ most critically important...

Pisano and Bisharat join for Guitar Night

Pisano and Bisharat join for Guitar Night

The first and probably most important European jazz stylist is also proving to be the most enduring. Django Reinhardt, the Belgian Gypsy guitarist created a wholly original way of playing that has captivated audiences and inspired musicians around the world. Reinhardt tribute concerts and...

A guitarist finds connection through music

A guitarist finds connection through music

Solo recitals can be the most vulnerable format, especially for guitarists. The balancing act of approximating an ensemble on one instrument and making the music varied and interesting is no task for a dilettante.

Dano fine-tuned his role to the music

Dano fine-tuned his role to the music

Paul Dano has been known for his darker film roles in recent years: the cruel slave owner in “12 Years a Slave,” the young fire-and-brimstone preacher in “There Will Be Blood,” and the troubled disabled victim in “Prisoners.” So it’s with some surprise to...

Free music is on the menu for lunch hour Pop Up! series

Free music is on the menu for lunch hour Pop Up! series

The most cherished part of the workday, the lunch break, can be a slice of heaven or a trip to hell, depending on how you play it. Technically, there are no “bad” lunch breaks — they all go too fast — but you may find yourself jostling in line for fast food you didn’t...

Sikorski and Leslie flex their rockabilly muscles

Sikorski and Leslie flex their rockabilly muscles

The intersection where hard country and volcanic rockabilly cross paths is fertile territory, and when the duo of veteran musicians Jerry Sikorski and Jim Leslie fire up their amps at Burbank’s Viva Cantina on Friday, June 12, it’s guaranteed to be a gale force session.

Virtuoso clarinetist to blow into in Eagle Rock

Virtuoso clarinetist to blow into in Eagle Rock

Jazz has always had its share of mavericks, iconoclasts and will-o’-the-wisps. These outliers have continually spiked the music’s punch with their unique musical visions. New York-based clarinet virtuoso Perry Robinson has been all three, often at the same time.

A traveling man stops in Pasadena

A traveling man stops in Pasadena

When the Los Angeles Jazz Institute’s biannual big band festivals convene, SoCal always sees a certain amount of musical collateral associated with it. That’s why the swinging clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski appears at Bacchus Kitchen in Pasadena Saturday.Peplowski, an...

A 'spitfire' takes it to heart

A 'spitfire' takes it to heart

Alabama-born country singer Tonya Watts radiates an unusual kinetic energy. Impossibly blond, stunningly beautiful, Watts, who begins an every-Thursday-night residency this week at Burbank’s Viva Cantina, specializes in an outspoken and expressive brand of contemporary country.

Christopher Brothers, La Cañada natives, rising to popularity

Christopher Brothers, La Cañada natives, rising to popularity

Things are getting weird for the Christopher Brothers, a teenage band that aims to do for La CaƱada Flintridge what you-know-who did for Liverpool.

Rick Nelson: From teen idol to immortal legend

Rick Nelson: From teen idol to immortal legend

The celestial trajectory of actor-singer Rick Nelson’s career was one of pop culture’s greatest, tinsel-draped, star-crossed tragedies. Growing up on his parent’s network television show “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” Nelson was publicly transformed from bashful...

Rosie Flores: Happy to be a Working Girl

Rosie Flores: Happy to be a Working Girl

Singer-guitarist Rosie Flores gets around. She’s undertaken more than 20 European tours, rocked from Tokyo to Auckland and stormed through just about every honky tonk, dance hall and rock club in the United States. But Flores isn’t taking anything for granted. “The guitar is the...

A Police story not all black and white

A Police story not all black and white

It’s been nearly 30 years since the legendary British band the Police officially announced they were splitting, following a seven-year run of hits such as “Roxanne” and “Every Breath You Take” and arena-busting shows around the world. Those turbulent years are addressed...

Bringing us back to Bach

Bringing us back to Bach

Taking an art form out of its natural habitat — be it theater, gallery, museum, recital or concert hall — risks diminishing the art to the extent that it’s no longer displayed to the best possible advantage. On the other hand, giving a particular art the daylight test, and...

Still plumbing the blues

Still plumbing the blues

Epiphanies can be spurred by the most unlikely occurrences. That can certainly hold true for practitioners of the blues.

Echosmith's Sydney Sierota: Staying cool after going platinum

Echosmith's Sydney Sierota: Staying cool after going platinum

It’s a busy afternoon at home for Sydney Sierota, just weeks away from her 18th birthday, sitting by the light of a living room window as a hair and makeup artist prepares her for another night onstage. Waiting on a nearby hanger is a sparkling silver dress.

Music Review: Alex tribute concert does justice to the 'White Album'

Music Review: Alex tribute concert does justice to the 'White Album'

The Beatles’ “White Album,” which befuddled fans and divided critics upon its arrival in 1968 in a plain sleeve embossed with the band’s name, is a work of broad scope and meticulous detail.

A legacy set in Stone

A legacy set in Stone

In 1922, when 5-year-old Clifford Gilpin Snyder moved to Burbank with his parents, no one could have guessed he’d end up as the patriarch of a West Coast country music empire. The family bought 5 acres on rural Pass Avenue, where they ran a nursery and kept a dog kennel. When Cliffie was...

Rockin' from the golden age

Rockin' from the golden age

Pioneering Chicano rock ‘n’ roll originator Chris Montez, famed for frantic international 1962 hit “Let’s Dance,” is one of the most exciting performers still working from that era. Now 73 years old, Montez, who appears Saturday at Joe’s Great American Bar &...

A trombonist takes the lead

Trombonist Michael Vlatkovich’s recordings are musical journeys. He writes and works in many different modes of ensemble expression: Pieces and passages may float weightlessly, roar like fire trucks through a busy intersection, or converge with layers of instrumental counterpoint. True to...

Musicians swarm around Beatles' tribute concert

Musicians swarm around Beatles' tribute concert

“You never know who’s going to steal the show,” says Paul Rock, talking about the Wild Honey Orchestra & Special Guests perform the Beatles’ “White Album” concert that’s set to take place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Classical album is a gathering of forces

Classical album is a gathering of forces

Never let it be said that concert pianist Gloria Cheng isn’t up for a challenge. She’s known for tackling some of the knottiest and most technically difficult contemporary classical music of the last century. Nor does she lack for inspired conceptual premises. In her newest album,...

The 'serious fun' of John Lennon's art

The 'serious fun' of John Lennon's art

As a young man in Liverpool, John Lennon had two creative passions in life: art and rock ‘n’ roll. One fed the other, and each revealed something of an emerging personality with a playful, sometimes biting view of the world around him. The Beatles eventually made him famous, but he never...

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