May 22, 2015

L.A. previews May 22-28: Richard Wood celebrates Mark Trayle, Alan Pasqua, Small Drone, Kamasi Washington, Nyaz, SASSAS bootleg art, Tony MacAlpine.

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May 20, 2015

Kamasi Washington, "The Epic" (Brainfeeder)

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"The Epic" can make you smile, breathe, feel optimistic. It unfolds with boundless generosity, as if we can relax past doomsday to receive inspiration after inspiration, and as if we deserve the gift.

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May 5, 2015

Live review: John Zorn Triple Threat at Royce Hall, May 2.

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"Triple Threat & the Hermetic Organ," the title of the Royce Hall evening concluding a full day of Zorn presentations in Los Angeles, carried a connotation beyond run, pass and kick.

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April 28, 2015

Live review: Syd Straw at McCabe's, April 11.

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Syd Straw blames her manager for everything. The singer's manager is her new dog, Carol Burnett; lying on the stage, the dog takes responsibility without complaint or pay, which makes her more useful than most managers.

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April 20, 2015

Media: The value of the last word.

peace%20business.jpg From a recent cable-TV listing: "Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Byrds, Santana. Woodstock epitomized an era of peace, love and revolution. Relive the spirit. (Business)"

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April 15, 2015

Live review: Leni Stern & Emily Elbert at Room 5 Lounge, April 10.

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A torrent of musical information and inflection.

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April 7, 2015

Record shorts: Scorpions-related releases by Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, UFO, Scorpions.

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Like chicken pox, some strain of rock occasionally erupts into a mini-epidemic.

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March 24, 2015

Homeless art: Underpass.

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A scene from a Los Angeles underpass.

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Homeless art: "Priority Mail"

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Poem: Red Gum

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