May 27, 2016

L.A. previews May 27-June 2: Joe Lynn Turner, Rachelle Ferrell, Otep, Balkan I OtvÅ­d, Joshua White, Alphonse Mouzon, John Daversa, Anvil, Voivod.

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May 26, 2016

RIP: Megadeth/Ohm drummer Nick Menza, 1964-2016.

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Fate has dealt the members of the heavy fusion band Ohm many a blow, the last being the death of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza from heart failure onstage at the Baked Potato last Saturday.

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May 18, 2016

Live ponderation: Eric Reed at LACMA, May 5.

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Breathing the air of free expression.

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May 5, 2016

List: More ways Volkswagen commercials castrate men.

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Earlier this year, I suggested that a Volkswagen commercial based on the Kiss song "Beth" was an attempt to exploit suburban American men's fear that they are pussies. An analysis of another commercial for the same car -- the, er, Passat -- leaves no doubt that the campaign is a systematic attempt to castrate men and render them helpless consumers.

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April 20, 2016

Live review: Fanny Ara Flamenco Ensemble at Blue Whale, April 16.

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Rechanneling the sexual tension.

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April 14, 2016

Live review: The Darkness, RavenEye at Belasco Theater, April 12.

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It would be more accurate but less fun if they were called the Lightness.

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April 7, 2016

RIP: Merle Haggard, 1937-2016.

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Mama tried, but Merle Haggard never sounded like he was trying.

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April 5, 2016

Live review: Go: Organic Orchestra, Hu Vibrational at Electric Lodge, April 2.

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Newborn.

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March 10, 2016

Record review: Esperanza Spalding, "Emily's D+Evolution" (Concord)

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She sings it "devilution," so maybe Esperanza Spalding knows what spirits possess her.

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March 3, 2016

Ponderation: The usefulness of metal's holy wars.

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Some say holy violence is bad. But what about imaginary slaughter?

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