| Feb 24, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Exene Cervenka needs no introduction -- or shouldn't, if you have any sense of the history of L.A. music. As singer for X, the Knitters and her own solo work with the Original Sinners, Cervenka has created an essential body......
| Aug 10, 2011
| 9:36 PM
The black and white stencil of Elliott Smith's visage, as seen on the "Figure 8" cover, was a sweet touch, especially on the occasion of his birthday. That said, would it have been that much extra work to tape off some lines for the stripe design?...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Jani Lane, the lead singer for Hollywood metal band Warrant, was found dead in a Woodland Hills hotel on Thursday evening. With the news of the death of Jani Lane, a whole generation of fans who grew up in the late 1980s and early '90s is reliving some...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 11:35 AM
COSTA MESA — To Costa Mesa native Dan Bradley, it wasn't a question of if he would open Memphis Café, but when.
A UCLA graduate and former club promoter, Bradley, 44, knew he wanted to open the restaurant in his hometown.
A marketing executive...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:13 PM
Club Mesa, a popular Costa Mesa destination for punk shows in the 1980s and '90s, is long gone.
A decade ago The Memphis Group transformed the old club at 843 W. 19th St. into Detroit Bar. It hasn't stopped rocking Orange County.
On Saturday, Detroit...
| Jul 7, 2011
The chewy chips at Más Malo will ruin your appetite if you're not careful. Eat one and the blind flirtation of grease and salt on your tongue will cause you to reach for another, and then another. And before you know it you will become a mindless hand-to-...
| Jul 7, 2011
Anatomy of Frank
Heirloom Arts Theatre, 155 Main St., Danbury. Monday, July 11, 7 p.m. $10. www.heirloomarts.org.
If record stores go the way of video rental shops, one of the most culture-killing downsides would be the loss of gathering places for music...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 9:10 AM
I first heard Led Zeppelin IV, which turns 40 this year, on New Year’s Eve, 1983, when I was in sixth grade.
My friend Chris Ward had an older brother, Tom, who was a Led Zeppelin fan. I can’t remember why, but Chris spent that New Year&...
| Nov 9, 2006
He's got it down to a science
Never tell a rocket scientist "it's not rocket science" — particularly a guy who issues a short treatise on how music defies the Second Law of Thermodynamics along with a copy of his album.
"Some of the scientists I...
| Jun 7, 2009
Rock stars, Jazzers, Pachucos...they may have grown up somewhere else quaint, like Sandusky, Ohio, or Canada, but they made their mark herelived, created and died here. Music is as much a part of the L.A. legacy as film and television. From the bebop...
| May 18, 2008
JON BRION'S last night at Largo was epic. The singer-songwriter's free-for-all Fridays at the tiny Fairfax Avenue nightclub had been drawing capacity crowds for more than a decade, but his May 2 show was historic: his final turn before owner Mark Flanagan...
| Jun 24, 2008
"Largo" the movie is a lot like Largo the club. The lighting is low, its attention is 100% on the performers and it doesn't make things easy for its customers.
"I don't really know what the audience would be," says the film's producer and co-director,...