| Dec 15, 2009
| 9:34 PM
The Los Angeles County Coronerâs Department has ruled that violinist, singer and songwriter Amy Farrisâ death on Sept. 29 was a suicide. Farris, an active member of the roots-music communities of Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles after relocating here...
| Oct 30, 2009
| 4:34 PM
Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Stan Ridgway and other members of the Southern California roots music community will play Nov. 8 at McCabeâs in Santa Monica in a memorial concert for Austin-bred, L.A.-based musician Amy Farris, who died Sept. 29 at......
| Dec 28, 2008
Pop music and jazz figures
Bob Popescu, 77; co-owner of Catalina Bar & Grill, turned the Los Angeles club into one of the top jazz venues in the country (Jan. 5)
Ken Nelson, 84; longtime Capitol Records talent scout had an ear for country music (Jan. 6)...
| Jun 4, 2008
"Whatever you do, do not play 'the Beat!' "
That was the first thing Bo Diddley said to us before we walked onto the stage of the Music Machine club in West L.A. for two sets in 1983. We were a mix of members of the Blasters and X who had agreed, with...
| Jun 24, 2008
The Watson Twins Fire Songs (Vanguard)
* * * (three stars)
Languor is a risky quality for musicians to cultivate: The Path of Slow has led countless down-tempo electronica acts into the dead-end of dinner music. But when slow works, it can be...
| Jan 6, 2008
Ask Dave Alvin where he lives and you get a long answer. "I've lived in L.A. proper since 1980 or 1981 now, but I still feel like a stranger in a way. And you know, I don't consider myself an L.A. songwriter. I'm a Downey guy."
So although Alvin's...
| Oct 2, 2009
Fiddler, singer and songwriter Amy Farris, an in-demand session and touring musician who became a regular presence on the Los Angeles roots music scene after moving from Austin, Texas, to launch a solo career, has died. She was 40.
Her body was found...
| Nov 2, 2006
It's barely dawn, but the cars, pickups, vans, trailers and U-Haul trucks are lined up around all four sides of Veterans Stadium's parking lot, each vehicle filled with the detritus of American consumer culture. The engines are off, and vendors...
| Sep 27, 2008
Most Southland music fans know McCabe's Guitar Shop for the innumerable folk, country, blues, jazz and world-music concerts presented over the decades in the tiny back stockroom that can hold about 150 folding chairs when all the instrument cases are...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 8:59 AM
Roger Knox is proof that country music knows no geographical or cultural boundaries. The Australian aboriginal country music artist is about to receive American attention.
“My music is basically country with an influence of aboriginal...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 7:31 AM
City Winery is positioning itself at the upper crust of the Chicago music scene, a venue where patrons can sip vintage wine and dine on pricey food while listening to top-shelf musicians in what is billed as a state-of-the-art listening room.