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The surf-inspired Mystic Braves make waves

The surf-inspired Mystic Braves make waves

As a blood moon casts its red hue over Sunset Boulevard, a lo-fi guitar haze rips the night air and five long-haired, moustached men in trim jackets and denim pound their leather boots. They lure bouncy babes to the psychedelic sway of their kaleidoscopic “Dockweiler.”

Coachella: The Bots click into success

Coachella: The Bots click into success

The Bots are as surprised as anyone about how things have gone with their little band. A few years ago, brothers Anaiah and Mikaiah Lei were a couple of Glendale kids who...

Ground Control Karaoke celebrates a year at Complex

Ground Control Karaoke celebrates a year at Complex

It's Monday night and Miley Cryus' mega-ballad "Wrecking Ball" is playing in G-major, morphing the Billboard hit into a demonic electronic haunt that shakes the walls at Glendale's industrial club, Complex. A crew of loyal karaoke aficionados move steadily inside, imbibing on the liquid courage they...

Glendale Youth Orchestra keeps things fresh

Glendale Youth Orchestra keeps things fresh

Conductor Brad Keimach aims to keep the programs fresh for the audience and musicians of the Glendale Youth Orchestra.

Object Lesson: No Age forges its path through the evolving music frontier

Object Lesson: No Age forges its path through the evolving music frontier

From the very beginning of their career, Los Angeles-based noise-pop duo No Age has dug into rock's past, while side-stepping many of its clich├ęs. The band, which consists of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt, was spawned from the Smell, a downtown L.A. all-ages...

Jimmer Podrasky: Back on the scene

Jimmer Podrasky: Back on the scene

Back in the mid-to-late '80s it appeared that singer/songwriter Jimmer Podrasky and his band, the Rave-Ups, were on the verge of bigger things. "Town & Country," the band's 1985 full-length debut indie album, generated critical acclaim. They appeared in the film "Pretty in Pink," graduated to...

Smiths remain an area jazz fixture

Smiths remain an area jazz fixture

Pasadena and its environs have had a jazz presence since at least the 1950s, when artist Jirayr Zorthian hosted a clothing-optional party for Charlie Parker in 1952. A few years later, youngbloods like vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassists Albert Stinson and Herbie Lewis, drummers Mike Romero...

'Idol' isn't idle

'Idol' isn't idle

For every Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, there are dozens of "American Idol" contestants who have yet to find stardom, but haven't given up on their rock 'n' roll dreams. Burbank resident Mary Powers is one of them.

Sandoval performs an energetic show

Sandoval performs an energetic show

Every time trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval plays, he gives a tutorial. The same can be said of many musicians, of course, but what sets Sandoval apart is his example as a man and as an American. Those qualities were on full display Saturday, as he performed with his renowned big band and a high...

An unlikely pair gets ready to swing

An unlikely pair gets ready to swing

When swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy formed in 1993, they were a severe anomaly, one that seemed destined to be overshadowed by the Nirvanas, Tupacs and Whitney Houstons who ruled the pop charts. Twenty years later, the brassy septet has outlived them and their appearance Saturday, Feb. 22,...

Guitar veteran Bob Summers has distinguished bloodlines

Guitar veteran Bob Summers has distinguished bloodlines

When veteran guitarist Bob Summers hits the stage at Pasadena jazz joint Red White & Bluezz next Saturday, it'll be much more than a hometown hoedown. The 74-year-old Pasadena-born musician's family helped pioneer the Los Angeles music scene, performing gospel, country, pop and rock 'n' roll,...

Dick & Jane Family Orchestra is still alive and kicking

Dick & Jane Family Orchestra is still alive and kicking

There's really no way to adequately prepare one's self for a performance by the Dick & Jane Family Orchestra. The Hollywood underground quintet, who appear Friday at Burbank's Viva Cantina, squall, roar and strum through a dizzying barrage of idiosyncratic original material. Put across by brash,...

Little Victor to present two energetic shows

Little Victor to present two energetic shows

If you dig Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, you're going to hate Little Victor, an untamed maverick whose raw, primitive sounds are the utter antithesis of the contemporary blues model. The offbeat singer-guitarist, who appears at Burbank's Joe's Great American and Viva Cantina this week, eschews...

Moby chats with Los Angeles Academy of Music students

Moby chats with Los Angeles Academy of Music students

For a man who’s sold some 20 million records, collaborated with the likes of Michael Jackson, Bono, Public Enemy, Lou Reed, Daft Punk and Britney Spears and revolutionized electronic dance music, Moby admits he “doesn’t have a lot to complain about… except having no hair.&...

Eye doctor has a SoCal jazz presence

Eye doctor has a SoCal jazz presence

Walk into the Highland Park office of optometrist Dr. Elliott Caine and you'll see framed photographs of jazz greats of the Blue Note Records era on the walls. The doctor also swings, as he will do at Colombo's Steakhouse in Eagle Rock on Friday.

Burbank native Brian Hogan ready to rock

Burbank native Brian Hogan ready to rock

Singer Brian Hogan is an old-school showman, an entertainer who blends hard-charging retro rock 'n' roll with broad theatrical flair. The Burbank native, who appears at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill on Wednesday, has developed a striking physical presentation, brandishing his guitar like a...

A trash-pop princess brings her solo act to South Pas

A trash-pop princess brings her solo act to South Pas

New York singer-guitarist Palmyra Delran epitomizes the East Coast underground rock ’n’ roll ethic. The tenured princess of trash-pop, who makes a rare California appearance at South Pasadena’s the Barkley on Friday, has been banging out her primitive, stomping brand of big beat...

Lofgren to perform at Jax

Lofgren to perform at Jax

Bruce Lofgren is a stone jazz cat. His guitar sidles along at a decidedly hep angle, with a warm, sensual tone and a strategically relaxed plan of attack, one that allows him to pull the listener in and really communicate some purely emotional psychic information.

Carolyn Martin: A personal stake in Western swing

Carolyn Martin: A personal stake in Western swing

Nashville-based singer-guitarist Carolyn Martin is a die-hard tradition bearer, one dedicated to country music's wild little cousin, Western swing. While the jazz-informed style has largely fallen from favor in mainstream circles, Martin, who appears Thursday at Burbank's Viva Cantina, is a favorite...

A haole picks up the slack

A haole picks up the slack

Guitarist Jim "Kimo" West divides his time between two dramatically different musical worlds. His mainstay job is as lead guitarist from the famed, freewheeling musical satirist Weird Al Yankovic, but West's heart and soul are completely invested in the lush exotic Hawaiian slack-key acoustic guitar...

Spotlight on the holidays: Local stages are filled with holiday cheer

Spotlight on the holidays: Local stages are filled with holiday cheer

It's that time of year when, once again, local stages light up with holiday-themed treats for audiences of varying ages. The festive offerings range from the soulful (a symphonic concert) to the intentionally ridiculous (anarchic clowning, a British-style panto), topped off, of course, by “The...

McNalley plays past the musical standard

McNalley plays past the musical standard

If at first you don't relate what 31-year-old Tom McNalley plays to what you know of the guitar, don't be put off. He's not approaching either the instrument or his music in a conventional way.

No mere echo: Echosmith rises on pop music charts

No mere echo: Echosmith rises on pop music charts

So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith are unquestionably the exception which...

Rebel to expose 'gorgeous' Baroque music at Cal Tech

Rebel to expose 'gorgeous' Baroque music at Cal Tech

The world of Baroque chamber music usually isn't the place to look for rebellious ways to present and interpret that style of musical expression. After all, it's a genre of the 17th and 18th centuries, and one might think that the last word has been heard on the subject. Just don't tell that to...

A woman's place is in the band

A woman's place is in the band

It's rare for a symphony conductor to be passionate about bringing jazz to young people. But Rachael Worby is a rarity just for being a female conductor. She is artistic director of Mus/ique, a live series that stages music in unlikely settings. True to form, Mus/ique celebrates women jazz musicians...

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