| May 6, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd found himself in a whirlwind of negativity when employees pasted over the Elliott Smith memorial in Silver Lake. To promote an upcoming revival tour for Pink Floyd, the band posted a painting with a President......
| Mar 22, 2010
| 4:33 PM
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...
| 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-...
| Feb 5, 2010
| 4:34 PM
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-...
| 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,...
| Jul 1, 2008
Earlimart "Hymn and Her" (Majordomo)
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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...
| Jul 8, 2008
Beck "Modern Guilt" (DGC Records)
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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...
| Apr 19, 1998
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.