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  • Rockin' Detroit Bar celebrates 10 years

    Rockin' Detroit Bar celebrates 10 years
    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...
  • Album review: 'Soldier of Love' by Sade

     
    The refined vocalist takes a more aggressive approach than usual. First, a moratorium: no more mentions of Sade and products for the bath in the same paragraph. The impossibly refined vocalist Sade Adu and her faithful band reinvented singer-...
  • Fantasy 'Idol': Big Star night

     
    Like many longtime music journalists, I mourned the death of power pop pioneer Alex Chilton last week. He was the frontman of Big Star, one of the most underappreciated bands of the 1970s whose musical legacy far outlasted their album-making years. Anyone...
  • Turn It Up

    Turn It Up
    TÊTE-à-TÊTE: M.I.A. Maya Arulpragasam is an anomaly in many ways. As M.I.A., she has had a lightning-fast rise. From her early singles “Galang” and “Sun­showers,” which spread virally through the Web in 2004, to her 2005 debut album, Arular (named...
  • Largo gets new lease on life at the old Coronet

    Largo gets new lease on life at the old Coronet
    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...
  • A curious night at Largo

    A curious night at ‘Largo’
    "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,...
  • New CDs: Earlimart and Los Lonely Boys

    New CDs: Earlimart and Los Lonely Boys
    Earlimart "Hymn and Her" (Majordomo) * * * 1/2 The kind of emotion-drenched indie-pop that fills "Hymn and Her" is nothing new for Earlimart -- the group delivered a fine album of confessional lyrics and inventive, engaging music last year with...
  • New CDs: Beck, Kerli and Greg Laswell

    New CDs: Beck, Kerli and Greg Laswell
    Beck "Modern Guilt" (DGC Records) * * * There are many probable reasons Beck made "Modern Guilt," his concise yet deliberately cosmic collaboration with fellow shaggy pop auteur Danger Mouse. He's finishing up a long contract with his record label; he...
  • L.A. Story

    L.A. Story
    Rock stars, Jazzers, Pachucos...they may have grown up somewhere else quaint, like Sandusky, Ohio, or Canada, but they made their mark here—lived, created and died here. Music is as much a part of the L.A. legacy as film and television. From the bebop...
  • Middle management

    Sometimes it's the most profound part of a song, or the moment that interrupts a narrative's confident surface. Often, it's a backing up, a taking stock, a few seconds of reflection, poignant or even painful. The bridge -- also known as the "middle-...
  • Long road down

    In a bohemian stretch of Sunset Boulevard that winds through Silver Lake, there's a stereo repair shop with an exterior that seems, for some, oddly familiar: The coiling red and blue lines on its external wall served as the cover for an album by a...
  • 'Misery' Has Company

    'Misery' Has Company
    A few weeks ago, Elliott Smith performed his Oscar-nominated song "Miss Misery" for more than 55 million on the Academy Awards telecast. A month earlier, he was playing the tiny L.A. rock club Spaceland. A year ago he was trying to kill himself. This...