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The Move, English Rock Group, Plays At Whisky

Live Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, 1969

THE FACT THAT England’s The Move, completing an abbreviated booking Sunday night at the Whisky, is unknown to all but the most devoted of anglophile ...

Donovan: Poet-Minstrel Donovan Plays At Hollywood Bowl

Live Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, September 1969

EVERY YEAR at this time Donovan Leitch seats himself beatifically on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, plays the gentle poet/minstrel from another time and ...

Jefferson Airplane: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, November 1969

GLORIOUSLY RESPLENDENT in crushed velvet and faded Levis, and backed by what was possibly the Glenn McKay troupe’s most breathtaking lightshow since Monterey, Jefferson Airplane, ...

The Band Comes Back to California

Live Review by uncredited writer, Los Angeles Times, November 1971

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was exactly 9:30 p.m. Saturday when Bill Graham, far more relaxed than in his intense Fillmore days, walked on stage at ...

Tom Waits: Personality Without Pretension

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, March 1976

THERE'S NO PLACE like Tom Waits' home. There's no home, at any rate, quite like Tom Waits' place. The Silver Lake court cottage looks like ...

Thin Lizzy

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1978

CHANCES ARE GOOD that this time last year you had never heard of Thin Lizzy, let along heard them. Young veterans of the British music ...

The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope (Epic JE 35543)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1978

THE CLASH IS A PUNK ROCK BAND and proud of it, but fans who dismiss it for that reason alone are making a mistake. This ...

The Beatles: Mistakes And All: Recreating The Fab Four in Beatlemania

Report and Interview by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, April 1978

IF THE FOUR young musicians who portray the Beatles in Beatlemania deliver anything less than the "incredible simulation" a sign in the Shubert Theater ticket ...

Lou Reed: The Bells

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1979

LOU REED IS one of the major influences on '70s rock, but consistency has never been his strong point. As the creative catalyst of the ...

Aging Musicians’ Dilemma: Is There Rock After 30?

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, March 1979

AT THE APOGEE of Beatlemania, Paul McCartney was asked at a press conference how long the Beatles would last: "Dunno," he replied, "but I can’t ...

Utopia: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1979

IT'S NOT SURPRISING that when Todd Rundgren first spoke to the crowd Tuesday night at the Roxy he mentioned recognizing a lot of familiar faces. ...

Generation X: Valley Of The Dolls (Chrysalis)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1979

MOST NEW-WAVE bands decry the jet-set life styles of established rock stars, but it's a safe bet to assume many were attracted to rock by ...

The Motels: Booked Solid

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1979

MOST LOCAL BANDS have drawn inspiration from the classic rock bands of the '60s – notably the Rolling Stones and the Who. The chief exception ...

Robert Gordon: Changing Style

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1979

Robert Gordon: The Roxy, Los Angeles ...

Willie Dixon Loves To Write The Blues

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1979

WILLIE DIXON'S name doesn't pop up frequently on lists of great songwriters, but American music wouldn't sound the same without him. Muddy Waters and Howlin' ...

Lowell George: Thanks I'll Eat It Here

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1979

THE IMMINENT RELEASE or this, the first solo LP by Little Feat mainstay Lowell George, was a rumor in good standing among certain segments of ...

Lowell George: Artists Salute

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1979

GRAHAM PARKER'S salute to Lowell George at the close of his Santa Monica Civic concert last weekend symbolized the respect the rock community held for ...

Dire Straits: Communique (Warner Bros.)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1979

THE GREATEST CHALLENGE facing a band that has enjoyed sudden commercial success is to avoid churning out subsequent LPs that are carbon copies of the ...

The Who: What's What With The Who Movie

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, July 1979

THE KIDS Are Alright movie – opening Thursday at the Cinerama Dome – begins with the Who performing their ode to teen inarticulateness, 'My Generation', ...

Pere Ubu Plays for Body, Brain

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1979

Pere Ubu: The Whiskey, Los Angeles ...

Herman Brood, The Kinks: The Kinks, Herman Brood & His Wild Romance: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1979

Kinks Are Still Crowd-Pleasers ...

Blue Oyster Cult at Pauley Pavilion

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1979

THERE WERE enough guitar solos at Blue Oyster Cult's concert at UCLA'S Pauley Pavilion Friday to satiate even the most dedicated ax fanatic. But, judging ...

Nils Lofgren: Nils

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1979

NILS LOFGREN was widely regarded as a sure bet for rock stardom during the mid '70. The singer-songwriter-guitarist's early solo albums and efforts with the ...

AC/DC Plugs Into Primitivism

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1979

AC/DC: Long Beach Arena ...

New Orleans: Crescent City's Other Legacy

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1979

NEW ORLEANS IS widely recognized as the birthplace of jazz, but the Crescent City has also played a part in rock 'n' roll. Its rhythm ...

Van Morrison: Into The Music

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1979

LAST YEAR'S Wavelength may have dispelled lingering doubts about Van Morrison's creative talents, but it did so only at the expense of some of the ...

J.J. Cale's Cooking a Low-Burner Affair

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1979

J.J. Cale: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles ...

David Johansen: In Style

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1979

DAVID JOHANSEN'S first solo effort last year was a satisfying effort which found the former New York Dolls lead singer working on musical turf halfway ...

Judas Priest in Santa Monica

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1979

WHILE THE PRESS has been busily lavishing attention on punk bands, a new wave of groups has been quietly – well, not exactly quietly – ...

Rock's Fiery Jamaican Connection

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1979

REGGAE MUSIC was widely tabbed as pop's Next Big Thing five years ago. With fiery lyrics of social protest wedded to a catchy dance rhythm, ...

Iggy Pop: New Values

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1979

REEMERGENCE OF IGGY POP ...

Prince: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1979

IT MUST BE A daunting prospect for anyone to make his or her performing debut, save for a couple of hometown Minneapolis tuneups, before an ...

Bonnie Raitt Plus a Surprise Co-Star

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1979

Bonnie Raitt: Santa Monica Civic, Los Angeles ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Confrontation (Island)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1980

MOST RECORD COMPANIES waste little time in emptying the vaults when a major artist dies, but Island has refrained from pursuing that course with the ...

Squeeze: British Squeeze at the Whisky

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1980

AN ECLECTIC MUSICAL approach can be a double-edged sword for a rock band. Incorporating a wide variety of styles can prevent a group from becoming ...

Queen Ida: Zydeco Is Her Realm

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1980

IN THE LAST 18 months, zydeco musician Queen Ida Guillory has spent more than 250 days on the road. Contributed some background music to Francis ...

Nazareth: 'Skunk' Leads Nazareth To '80s

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1980

A RECORDING STUDIO can make strange bedfellows. Guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter is best known for his work with the sophisticated rock of Steely Dan and, ...

Tom Waits Does New York Shuffle

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, January 1980

IF NEIL SIMON can relocate from New York to Los Angeles, it's only fair that one of our local fixtures should return the favour. Tom ...

Kurtis Blow Takes The Rap

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1980

ASK KURTIS BLOW about 'Another One Bites the Dust' and his reply is quick and to the point. "That's my 'Christmas Rappin''." ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa Zeros In On L.A.

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1980

FRANK ZAPPA'S CONCERT at the Sports Arena tonight will be his first local appearance in 2 years, but rock's iconoclastic satirist certainly isn't viewing it ...

Dave Davies: AFLI-3603

Review and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1980

STAUNCH KINKS fans have been predicting anticipating a solo album from lanky lead guitarist Dave Davies ever since his single 'Death of a Clown' reached ...

Yes: The Band That Punks Say Is A 'No'

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, September 1980

Question: Do you imagine it impossible to sum up in a single word all that rock's third generation, that is, the punks and their new ...

Burning Spear Debuts At The Roxy

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1980

THE WEST COAST debut of Burning Spear before a packed house at the Roxy Tuesday night may not have matched the excitement of Bob Marley ...

The Stranglers: Live at the Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1980

THE STRANGLERS, the British band which opened a four-night stand at the Whisky Friday night, didn’t waste any time in letting the packed house know ...

The Specials: More Specials (Chrysalis)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1980

CAUTION: Anyone expecting More Specials to duplicate the ferocious wallop of the British ska band’s live performances or debut LP is in for a surprise. ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1980

New Feelgoods know the ropes ...

Dr. Feelgood: At the Whiskey

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1980

Dr. Feelgood's Los Angeles debut four years ago was an impressive and welcome breath of fresh air. The British quartet's lean, mean brand of English ...

Disc Haven For Rockers: Rough Trade

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1981

SMALL, INDEPENDENT labels have introduced many of rock music's most influential figures. Elvis Presley (on Sun Records), Chuck Berry (Chess) and Little Richard (Specialty). Even ...

Gil Scott-Heron

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1981

GIL SCOTT-HERON was widely viewed as a potential superstar in 1974 when he became the first performer signed by Clive Davis at Arista Records. The ...

Throbbing Gristle Makes L.A. Debut

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, May 1981

Throbbing Gristle: Veteran's Auditorium, Culver City, CA ...

Moog On The State Of The Synthesizer

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1981

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL for a musician to become controversial, but it is rare for a musical instrument to be debated. Robert Moog may have envisioned ...

Kurtis Blow: Rap, Rap, Rapping At Top 10’s Door: Kurtis Blow and Company

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1981

Twas the night before Christmas and allthrough the house...Hold it, hold it. That’s PLAYED OUT.Don’t give me all that jiveAbout things you wrote before I ...

‘Home Runs, No Bunts’ — Solar Power On The Rise

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Los Angeles Times, December 1981

Does the Stones' latest album fail to start you up? Has your affair cooled with the New Romantics? You say you didn't grow up to ...

James Blood Ulmer: Guitarist Ulmer At Club Lingerie

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1982

NEW YORK-BASED guitarist James (Blood) Ulmer has become a cause celebre in hip jazz and rock circles over the past few years. Several Big Apple ...

Sly & Robbie: Sly and Robbie: Laying Reggae's Bottom Line

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1982

QUESTION: WHAT do chic chanteuse Grace Jones. English rockers Joe Cocker and Ian Dury and reggae power house. Black Uhuru have in common? ...

Professor Longhair: The Longhair Legacy

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1982

MOST ROCK fans have never heard of Professor Longhair, but lots of their favorite musicians certainly have. The New Orleans-based piano I player, who died ...

Rock Sax: Resurgence Of The Saxophone

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1983

THE SAX IS BACK.Honking saxophones played a major part in shaping '50s rock 'n' roll, but the instrument's role was virtually eliminated by the guitar ...

In Search Of The L.A. Black Beat

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1983

LOS ANGELES IS the home of black music stars. Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Earth, Wind & Fire, ...

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats: Synchro System (Mango)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1983

APPROACHING SUNNY ADE'S juju music from a Western pop perspective is difficult, because his creative objective is a smooth flow with nothing much happening in ...

Duane Eddy and A Band He Couldn't Refuse

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1983

DUANE EDDY's "twangy" guitar sound on hits like 'Rebel-Rouser' established him as a major star during the golden era of rock instrumentals, so his return ...

Clifton Chenier: Club Lingerie, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1983

CHENIER GETS THE LINGERIE ON ITS FEET ...

Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh: Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1983

REGGAE RAUCOUSLY RECEIVED AT GREEK ...

James Jamerson: Motown's Unsung Hero

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1983

THE EMPHASIS IN pop falls on people in the spotlight but some of the biggest contributions to our pop culture come from the musicians who ...

Albert King: Full Circle For Albert King

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1983

Albert King is no stranger to passing pop fashions. ...

Ray Manzarek: Manzarek Hears Echoes Of Doors

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1983

Ray Manzarek's Carmina Burana will distance him even farther from his days with the Doors. ...

ZZ Hill: Z.Z. Hill Is Happy He's Got The Blues

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1983

Z.Z. Hill's most recent blues albums have surpassed the sales of those recorded by bigger names. ...

Uncle Jam’s Army: Mobile Disco Dances To A Different Beat

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1983

A GROUP OF MODS, coats festooned with badges of their favorite bands and likenesses of the "Two-Tone" man, snake around the perimeter of the dance ...

Jaco Pastorius: Beverly Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1983

JACO PASTORIUS established himself as the most influential bassist of the late '70s during his extended tenure with Weather Report. But if Sunday night's 90-minute ...

James Booker: R&B's Invisible Great

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1983

The late James Booker fit comfortably into the New Orleans R&B piano tradition of Fats Domino but he also was a contemporary equivalent of the ...

Herbie Hancock: Beverly Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

HERBIE HANCOCK still refuses to put all of his eggs in one basket. The veteran keyboard player blithely continues to release both funk-oriented material geared ...

The Brat, El Chicano, Los Illegals, Los Lobos, Tierra: Latino Bands

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

EVER SINCE Ritchie Valens rocketed into the national spotlight a quarter century ago with 'La Bamba', Los Angeles' Latino musicians have made repeated attempts to ...

David Williams, Michael Jackson: David Williams: A Slight Case Of No Credit

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

Session guitarist David Williams' name was left off Thriller album. ...

Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey: New Orleans R&B Hits The Club Lingerie

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

Bill Bentley and Harold Battiste hope to trigger renewed local interest in New Orleans music at Club Lingerie. ...

Hal Willner, Thelonious Monk: Interpretations Of Monk By Jazz, Rock Musicians

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

WHAT DO FELLINI soundtrack composer Nino Rota and the late jazz great Thelonious Monk have in common? ...

Thee Midniters: Zyanya: Tuned To New Latino Rock

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1984

THE LOCAL Chicano rock contingent has a new outlet for its music, courtesy of Rhino Records. The plucky independent label recently inaugurated a subsidiary label, ...

The Meters: Leo Nocentelli Looks Back

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1984

LOS ANGELES is a Mecca for hungry musicians...and not only those with dreams of stardom. The constant demand for movie and TV soundtracks, commercial jingles ...

Steel Pulse: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1984

STEEL PULSE'S strong performance before a capacity audience at the Hollywood Palladium Friday night confirmed the veteran British sextet as one of the leading contenders ...

George Duke, Mtume: Mtume, Duke et al: Class Of '74 Pops Into The Mainstream

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1984

LOOK AT WHAT 10 years can do to jazz mavericks. A decade ago, George Duke, James Mtume, Reggie Lucas, Ndugu Chancler and Stanley Clarke were ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1984

OK, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN can play the everlovin' bejeesus out of the guitar, but packing a flash Stratocaster just ain't enough.  ...

Alton Ellis: A Reggae Pioneer Who Preceded Marley

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

Artist: Alton Ellis. Personnel: Ellis, vocals, backed by local reggae musicians. ...

KACE's High: Funky Music In The Park

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

'And the winner is band number....Number...." ...

R.E.M.: The Reckoning of R.E.M.

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

R.E.M. DIDN'T go courting success but the acclaimed Georgia quartet is learning to deal with it. ...

Solomon Burke: Soul Alive!

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

APPARENTLY THE audience at this 1981 D.C. club date didn't realize that classic, gospel-rooted soul is hopelessly unhip, because it responds to Burke's impassioned performance ...

The Fleshtones Let the '60s All Hang Out

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1984

CAN THE FLESHTONES prosper in today's slick, sophisticated pop world of Michael Jackson and Boy George? Percentage players would probably bet against the irreverent New ...

Fela Kuti: 'World Festival'

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1984

SUNDAY'S "WORLD Cultural Music Festival" was postponed Friday after two key performers coincidentally ran into customs difficulties, festival publicist Jeff Gans said. He expects the ...

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Energetic Updating Of Brass-Band Sound

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

NEW ORLEANS — This city is a hotbed of jazz tradition, but the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has come up with a new twist on ...

Denise LaSalle: Right Place, Right Time: The Return of Denise Lasalle

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

DENISE LASALLE THOUGHT her singing career was over three years ago. The blues-soul singer, who appears at the Long Beach Blues Festival Saturday, was a ...

Trouble Funk On A ‘Go-Go’

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

WASHINGTON – Ronald Reagan may preside over official Washington, but Trouble Funk rules the inner city surrounding it. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley To Live On Through Reggae Tour: Rita Marley talks about her late husband's legacy and U.S. tour

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

THREE YEARS AFTER Bob Marley succumbed to cancer, his old Wailers band and three backing vocalists — including his widow — are embarking on an ...

Johnny Adams Creeps Up On Some Recognition

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

NEW ORLEANS — Sometimes talent alone isn't enough to forge a successful career in pop music. ...

Augustus Pablo.: A Shadowy Reggae Legend

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

Personnel: Pablo, keyboards-melodica; Liebert (Gibby) Morrison, lead guitar; Fazal Prendergast, rhythm guitar; Anthony (Asher) Brissett, Errol (Tarzan) Nelson, keyboards; Christopher Meredith, bass; Harry (Harry T) ...

The Last Poets: Last Poets: The First And Lost Poets Of Rap

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1984

Group: The Last Poets. Record: The Last Poets (Celluloid 6101). Personnel: Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, Omar Ben Hassen, vocals. Nilaja, percussion. ...

Cannibal & The Headhunters, Lil' Julian Herrera, Thee Midniters: Lil' Julian Herrera, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Thee Midniters et al: The Sound Of East L.A., 1964

Retrospective and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1984

That was the Baby Boom age. There were more Mexicans being 15, 16, 17 years old than you can think of. Everybody seemed to be ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Aston Barrett: Rhythm Behind The Reggae

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1984

THE BARRETT BROTHERS may be the most influential unsung heroes in pop music. ...

Los Lobos: How Will The Wolf Survive?

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1984

THE EAST L.A. musical landscape is littered with one hit wonders who plunged back to obscurity as swiftly as they escaped from it, but the ...

Ry Cooder

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1984

"PARIS, TEXAS IS like a perfect career job," reflects Ry Cooder, the composer of the film's haunting score. "It's the kind of film that if ...

Bull Moose Jackson: A Bull Moose Party

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1984

Personnel: Jackson, vocals, backed by the Flashcats: Cindy Sotak, vocals, guitar; Dave Kent, vocals, guitar; Pete Loria, trumpet; Phil Brontz, saxophone; Jim Fanning, bass; Carl ...

Al Green: The Gospel According To Al Green

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1985

Al GREEN was the hottest soul singer this side of Stevie Wonder in the early '70s but don't expect to hear old hits like 'Tired ...

Magic Sam: Bluesman Magic Sam: His Legend Lives On

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1985

WHAT IF HE HADN'T died so young? Among rock fans, that kind of speculation usually centers on icons like Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Holly. Among ...

Eek-A-Mouse: Reggae For The Fun Of It

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1985

REGGAE ARTISTS usually strive to appear as visionary prophets in concert, but Eek-A-Mouse will bring a more light-hearted approach to the Music Machine on Saturday ...

The Blasters: Hardline (Slash/Warner Bros)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1985

THE BLASTERS FACE a perennial battle in balancing their allegiance to roots forms of American music with the ever present danger of becoming predictable purists ...

Rockin' Dopsie: Hail The Crown Prince Of Zydeco: Rockin' Dopsie

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

ARTIST: Rockin' Dopsie & the Cajun Twisters. PERSONNEL: Alton Rubin (Rockin' Dopsie), accordion, vocals; John Hart, saxophone; Russell Gordon, guitar; Alonzo Johnson, bass; David Rubin, washboard; ...

UB40

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

"REGGAE IS JUST as much a part of my culture as it is for any Jamaican guy my age," contends guitarist/vocalist Robin Campbell of UB40. ...

Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon: Fela

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

THE CONCEPT OF combining music with a strong political message is a romantic, enticing notion to many young musicians but it's a harsh, often painful ...

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon

Film/DVD/TV Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

THE IDEA of combining music with a strong political message is a romantic notion to many young musicians, but the concept is a harsh reality ...

Roland Alphonso: Kingston 12, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

THE START of saxophonist Roland Alphonso's second set at the Kingston 12 Friday brought to mind those uncomfortable evenings with aging blues legends where the ...

Otis Rush Singing The Blues About Obscurity

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1985

THE IMAGE OF THE under-appreciated blues artist laboring in obscurity has almost become a cliche, but Otis Rush genuinely fits that description. ...

James Blood Ulmer: The 'Harmolodics' Of James Ulmer

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1985

NEUTRAL GROUND doesn't seem to exist when it comes to James (Blood) Ulmer's music. ...

Rockin' Sidney: It's Time For 'Toot Toot'

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1985

You can look as much But if you as much as touch You're gonna have yourself a case I'm gonna break your face So don't ...

Dr. John: Nights For Trippin' With Dr. John At The Lingerie

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1985

DR. JOHN SHOULD feel right at home this weekend at the Lingerie in Hollywood. ...

Alex Chilton: Feudalist Star: Alex Chilton

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1985

AFTER YEARS of maintaining a low musical profile, southern pop cult hero Alex Chilton's star may be on the rise again. ...

Chris Strachwitz: Slices From Arhoolie

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1985

EL CERRITO, Calif. – "Since I only record music I really love, it's like being a preacher or a junkie," mused Chris Strachwitz, founder of ...

Aswad: The Palace, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1985

STEEL PULSE spearheaded the charge of British reggae artists to America, but Aswad served notice at the Palace on Wednesday that it's ready to claim ...

Johnny Otis, Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Thee Midniters: Solomon Burke, Willie Garcia, Johnny Otis, Little Richard: Four Souls – From Music To The Ministry

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1985

SOLOMON BURKE looked more like Don Corleone surveying his domain in The Godfather than a preacher preparing to conduct a recent late-afternoon service. ...

Joe Higgs Seeks Reggae 'Triumph'

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1985

"IF I WAS A prophet, I wouldn't have left the Wailers, but I didn't know they were going to become this monstrous," Joe Higgs said ...

Linda Hopkins Sticks To The Gospel Truth

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1985

GOING FROM the glitzy glamour of opening four shows for Joan Rivers to the down-home atmosphere of the Long Beach Blues Festival this Saturday afternoon ...

Steel Pulse

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1985

DAVID HINDS was not in the mood to mince words. The lead singer and chief songwriter of Steel Pulse was furious over the delay in ...

Memphis Slim: McCabe's, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1985

Sly Slim ...

Robert Cray Bringing The Blues Up To Date

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1985

YOU CAN UNDERSTAND why Robert Cray felt uncomfortable about the stir he created among blues fans two years ago. The arrival of an accomplished young ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited (EU), Redds And The Boys, Trouble Funk: The Capital Gains Of Go-Go

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1985

IS WASHINGTON'S explosive Go-Go funk Style destined to follow New York's rap/scratch/hip-hop brigade into the pop mainstream? ...

Allen Toussaint

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1985

THE EXCITEMENT of performing before a live audience is the incentive for most pop artists to enter show business but it's taken Allen Toussaint almost ...

Dr. Ross: Blues – What The Doctor Ordered

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1986

SAM PHILLIPS' Sun Records has a special place in rock history as the musical birthplace of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny ...

Bunny Wailer Goes To Market

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1986

BUNNY WAILER, who formed the creative nucleus of the Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh when the group became Jamaica's reigning pop heroes in ...

Judy Mowatt: Mowatt's Winding Path To Success

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1986

JUDY MOWATT'S Working Wonders album has received a Grammy nomination, but that isn't the only reason she'll remember the record. A succession of studio disasters ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1986

GEORGE THOROGOOD & the Destroyers have added a few wrinkles, but the quartet hasn't changed much since Thorogood first danced on local tabletops seven years ...

Merry Clayton, The Rolling Stones: 'Shelter' from the Storm: Merry Clayton

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1986

MERRY CLAYTON'S spine-chilling vocal in the middle of ‘Gimme Shelter’ is one of the most electrifying moments in rock history but you couldn't blame Clayton ...

Bunny Wailer: Wailers 'Together Again'

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1986

THE UPCOMING Wailers album Together Again isn't just your average reunion record. Besides Bunny Waller, Peter Tosh, Junior Braitwaithe and Constantine Walker, the lineup will ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny: Dancing The Night Away With The Jukes

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1986

"YOU SWEAT HERE as much as anywhere else in the world, let me tell ya," said Southside Johnny Lyon, and that sentiment aptly summed up ...

The Skatalites: The Fathers Of Ska

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1986

Personnel: The 11-man lineup will include charter members Johnnie Moore (trumpet), Lester Sterling (alto sax), Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook (tenor sax), Rico Rodriguez (trombone), ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1986

PAUL BUTTERFIELD played a vital role in popularizing blues with the '60s rock audience but the Chicago-born harmonica player/singer never experienced them as acutely as ...

Ziggy Marley: Marleys' Melodious Messages

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1986

REGGAE FANS may still mourn the death of Bob Marley from cancer five years ago, but the next generation of the Marley clan is already ...

Johnny Otis: Blues, R&B, Jazz

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1986

"THE BARRELHOUSE used to be right down there on the northeast corner of Wilmington," Johnny Otis said Saturday afternoon, referring to the nightclub – a ...

The Swan Silvertones: Pet Sounds: Get Right With the Swan Silvertones (Archives Alive/Rhino)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1986

GOSPEL MUSIC GENERALLY gets much lip service as an influence on R&B (and indirectly rock) vocalists but short thrift when it comes to re-issues of ...

Jimmy Johnson: Johnson At Peace With His Music

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1986

LARGE EGOS are common in the music world, but Jimmy Johnson is one performer who doesn't believe in loudly trumpeting the virtues of his music. ...

Little Milton: Long Beach Blues Festival, Long Beach

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1986

IF SOMEONE HAD distributed a checklist following Little Milton's set Saturday afternoon – rating his performance for singing, instrumental solos, arrangements, set pacing, use of ...

Motorhead: No Sleep 'Til San Diego: Motorhead

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1986

IT'S BEEN A TOUGH five years for Motorhead. The English heavy metal quartet, which appears Saturday in Santa Monica, Sunday in San Bernardino and in ...

Motorhead Guitarist Is Running On All Cylinders

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1986

WURZEL BURSTON'S road to Motorhead qualifies as one of rock's more implausible success stories. Originally a drummer, Burston switched to guitar at the advanced age ...

Cameo Wins Funk Fans With Sly Wit

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1986

Cameo: Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica ...

Billy Vera's 'Moment'

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1986

'AT THIS MOMENT' is fast becoming the left-field pop success of the year. The soulful ballad by Billy & the Beaters, a popular fixture on ...

Youssou N'Dour: Super Star of Dakar: Youssou N'Dour

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1986

PETER GABRIEL HAS often acknowledged the influence of Third World styles on his recent songs and the veteran British rocker is paying back that debt ...

Billy Vera: Billy & the Beaters et al: Bar Bands Make The Rounds

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1986

THE SATURDAY NIGHT crowd packed into At My Place in Santa Monica whooped it up as Billy & the Beaters kicked off their opening set ...

Joe Louis Walker: Blues With A Gospel Tint

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1987

Band: Joe Louis Walker & the Boss Talkers.Personnel: Walker, guitar and vocals; Kevin Zuffi, keyboards; Henry Oden, bass; Sieve Griffith, drums. ...

Charlie Haden Recalls Lessons Of Cuba Visit

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1987

CUBA IS A RARE tour stopover for any American, artist, but Charlie Haden’s appearance in Havana last month fulfilled a dream the eminent bassist had ...

Robert Cray: New Twist On The Blues

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1987

"IT'S REALLY FUNNY now, because when you're really down and out, nothing comes to you," reflected Robert Cray. "But when things start going for you, ...

Malaco: Rhythm & Business

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1987

MALACO RECORDS isn't exactly a household name in the music industry but the Jackson, Mississippi-based label was behind one of the surprise grass-roots success stories ...

Clarence Carter: Dr. Carter To You

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1987

CLARENCE CARTER decided to challenge himself last year and hit the jackpot with the best-selling album of his career. ...

Ornette Coleman: Music Dreams Are Made Of: Ornette Coleman at Town Hall, New York

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1987

NEW YORK – Funny, the pent-up anticipation that usually wells up before a concert didn't hit me until a half hour before Ornette Coleman took ...

James Carr: At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1987

Artist: James Carr.Album: At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side). ...

Snooks Eaglin: The Eclectic Blues Of Unpredictable Eaglin

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1987

WHAT DO WASHINGTON'S Go-Go masters Trouble Funk, California instrumental rockers the Ventures and New Orleans R&B singer Smiley Lewis have in common? ...

Peter Tosh, The Wailers: Reggae: Can The Beat Go On?

Comment by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1987

THE DEATH OF Peter Tosh, gunned down Sept 11 at his Kingston, Jamaica, home during an apparent robbery, is only the latest tragedy in the ...

Little Milton: Touring Little Milton Still Big On The Blues

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1987

LITTLE MILTON'S set was the clear highlight of the 1986 Long Beach Blues Festival, and it turns out that performance was just as memorable for ...

Albert Collins' Showdown

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1987

ALBERT COLLINS' CAREER has been on the upswing since he signed with Alligator Records in 1979 but the veteran blues guitarist has shifted into overdrive ...

Cecil Taylor: Pianist Cecil Taylor Makes Poetry Of His Jazz

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1987

"GREAT MUSICIANS are more than musicians – they are poets and spiritual forces," said pianist Cecil Taylor. "It is the sensitivity and the concept of ...

Clifton Chenier: Remembering Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1987

THE ONLY WAY Angelenos could get a true glimpse of the musical world of Clifion Chenier, who died last weekend at 62, was to attend ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Strummer on Man, God, Law – and the Clash

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, January 1988

HAS JOE STRUMMER lost his ambition and drive? It was strange last month to see one of rock's all-time most involving performers serving simply as ...

Irma Thomas: Time On Her Side: Irma Thomas

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1988

IRMA THOMAS' entrance into the music business is the kind of story rock dreams are made of. ...

Buckwheat Zydeco Happily Plays to the Younger Set

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1988

STANLEY (BUCKWHEAT) DURAL Jr. played organ with Clifton Chenier from 1976 to 1978 – a stint that left more than a musical mark on the ...

Global Music With a Single Heart

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1988

QUICK, WHAT do English rock star Peter Gabriel, L.A. club favorites the Bonedaddys, West African vocalist Salif Keita, Israeli pop star Ofra Haza and the ...

Robert Johnson: Demons on the Delta

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1988

Standing at the crossroadsI tried to flag a rideNobody seemed to know meEverybody passed me by.– 'Crossroads Blues' by Robert Johnson ...

Pere Ubu: The Picturesque Sound of Pere Ubu

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1988

IS THE ROCK world finally ready for Pere Ubu? The critically acclaimed sextet from Cleveland, which finishes a two-night stand at Club Lingerie tonight – ...

Howard Armstrong: Louie Bluie Still Plucking Away at Strings of His Heart

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1988

HOWARD ARMSTRONG may be the music world's leading 79-year-old rapscallion. ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots In Memphis

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1989

REGGAE GOT SOUL was the title of a 1976 Toots & the Maytals album, and Frederick (Toots) Hibbert decided to re-emphasize the connection when he ...

The Memphis Horns: Two-Man Memphis Horns Keep Punching Those Sounds

Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, January 1989

QUESTION: What do recent hit albums by Peter Gabriel, Steve Winwood and Robert Cray have in common with earlier best sellers by Otis Redding and ...

Burning Spear, Judy Mowatt, Pato Banton: Second Generation Picks Up the Torch From Bob Marley

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1989

Bob Marley Day: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles ...

Bob Mould: Ex-Husker Du Bob Mould Offers an Exercise in Angst

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1989

TO BORROW two titles from bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson, Bob Mould could be Mr. Downchild taking up permanent residence on Bummer Road. ...

Charles Brown: The Rebirth Of Charles Brown And His Blues

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1989

A resurgence of interest in a big man of the post-World War II era ...

Sampling: A Creative Tool or License to Steal?

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1989

Guitarist Leo Nocentelli vividly remembers his first exposure to sampling in 1982. "I was on a session and the guy pressed one note on the ...

Ziggy Marley Livelies Up Himself in the Nick of Time

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1989

ZIGGY MARLEY did not wait a minute too long to dip into his father's songbook for 'Lively Up Yourself'. ...

Burning Spear Aims to Stay True to Roots Reggae

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1989

THERE IS no more pure exponent of roots reggae than Burning Spear. Reggae has gone through a number of permutations in the 15 years since ...

Little Feat: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1989

SO MUCH attention was focused on the late Lowell George's central role as the chief singer-songwriter for Little Feat that the inimitable funky boogie style ...

Daniel Lanois: A Nomad Settles Down to Record His Own Album

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1989

DANIEL LANOIS is best known for co-producing such chart breakthrough albums as U2's The Joshua Tree and Peter Gabriel's So. But you won't find much ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Palomino, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, October 1989

Mayfield Performs Cream of His Crop of Hits ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Automatic

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, November 1989

THE BROTHERS REID have made an art form of abrasiveness: a first album that dragged you through thickets of distortion to reach the sweetness at ...

Marcia Grifiths, Ziggy Marley: The Resurgence of Reggae

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1990

Pop music: Major labels sign more artists and watch sales rise. The Jamaican style enjoys renewed popularity with a new generation of performers and fans. ...

Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1990

"OUR MUSIC IS primarily intended to stimulate thought, to get people to make new rationales," said Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter Lester Bowie. "We're expanding ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Reggae's Pioneer Poet Has Picked Up His Pen Again

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1990

Music: Linton Kwesi Johnson took a break because he was afraid he'd run out of things to say, but Europe thought otherwise. ...

Johnny Adams, Percy Mayfield: Johnny Adams and Percy Mayfield: A Blues Gem From A Surprising Pairing

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1990

Walking on a Tightrope album mixes Johnny Adams' vocals and Percy Mayfield compositions ...

Albert King: An Old Blues Artist Is Easing Away

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1990

"It's Time to Quit," Says Famed Guitarist Albert King, 67 ...

The Motels: Not Long Ago, But Far, Far Away: They Were There When L.A.'s Vital Club Scene Was Reborn

Retrospective and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1990

IT WAS 1976 and they were five newcomers in three bands. Together, they helped stage 'Radio Free Hollywood' and opened the door for hundreds of ...

Youssou N'Dour is All Set

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1990

YOUSSOU N'DOUR has supplanted King Sunny Ade as the most visible African artist to Western pop audiences since the current surge of international interest in ...

Koko Taylor: A Blues Belter Bounces Back From Adversity

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1990

Pop music: Koko Taylor was injured in a van accident and then suffered the death of her husband-manager. ...

T-Bone Walker: The Complete Recordings of T-Bone Walker, 1940-1954 (Mosaic)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1990

The Complete Recordings of T-Bone Walker, 1940-1954 display the bluesman's seminal influence on the genre ...

Charles Brown: His Blues Get a New Audience

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1990

Comeback: The low-key, urbane music of veteran singer-pianist Charles Brown fell out of favor during the rock era, but he is winning new fans opening ...

A Special Time In Rock: 1966 On The Sunset Strip

Retrospective by Roy Trakin, Los Angeles Times, 1991

THE SUMMER of 1966 on L.A.'s Sunset Strip was a time when many young musicians thought anything was possible. A teenager from the San Fernando ...

Maxi Priest: Reggae's Maxi Priest Wins Mainstream Favor

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1991

Pop music: The British singer adds an R&B flavor to the Jamaican sound. He and his band play San Diego and Long Beach this weekend. ...

C+C Music Factory: This Ain't No Disco

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1991

UNLIKE THE '70s, today's dance music is based on a radical mix of styles that may signal a new era in pop. ...

Soundgarden: Fertile Ground: Soundgarden

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, August 1991

MIXING ENGINEER Ron St. Germain stands at a tape machine in a Tarzana studio, twisting the reels by hand until he creates the perfect space ...

Donald Fagen, Steely Dan: Donald Fagen: Return of the Nightfly

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, November 1991

Steely Dan co-creator Donald Fagen resurfaces after nearly a decade of silence, with new works and a new outlook on life. ...

Roger Waters

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1992

YOU CAN TELL a lot about your view of Roger Waters by your reaction to those terms. As the creative force of Pink Floyd from ...

Chic: They're Still Family

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1992

AFTER AN 8-year layoff, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards relaunch their group Chic but worry that their soulful sound may be dated. Can the architects ...

Chic: The Return of Chic

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1992

THE COMMERCIAL savvy which made Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards hit pop producers for 15 years nearly derailed their Chic reunion. ...

Little Feat: The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1992

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Figures that Little Feat would show up Thursday for the first night of three "all-acoustic" shows at the Coach House with ...

The Lemonheads' Evan Dando

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, July 1992

WHEN EVAN Dando came to L. A. to record the latest album with his two partners in the sort of Boston-based band, the Lemonheads, the ...

Charlie Mingus: Charles Mingus: What’s Everyone Got Against a Legend?

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1993

In his lifetime, Charles Mingus was a rebel and a true giant of jazz, Now the Library of Congress has acquired his works and he’s ...

Tom Verlaine: Viper Room, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, May 1996

LIKE ITS SPIRITUAL forbearer, the Velvet Underground, the New York band Television was vastly more influential than the brevity and low commercial showing of its ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: The Last Brother

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Los Angeles Times, July 1998

ALL OF ST. CHARLES is racing to eat before the sunsets and the kids melt down. At 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday, a time when ...

Eurythmics

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 1999

First they were lovers. Then they created one of the great pop groups of the ’80s. Then they didn’t exchange a word for four years... ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: on The Who and Lifehouse

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 1999

The Who on the road in America again, just 18 years after their farewell tour? "It’s a long story and not a particularly nice one," ...

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, May 1999

By the summer of 1975 Cat Stevens had it all. In the previous four years he had scored six American Top 10 albums in a ...

For CD Guru, Masters Are His Domain

Profile and Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, October 2000

SOME PEOPLE have the best jobs. ...

Coldplay, Craig David, David Gray: Letter From London: Garage and The New Soft Rock

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, December 2000

"TO ME, ALL MELODIES were pure embarrassment," said Radiohead's Thom Yorke recently as he struggled to explain the making of Kid A. It hardly seems ...

Craig David

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, February 2001

OUTSIDE THE REAR door at the BBC Radio Theatre in central London there's an air of restless tension. A gaggle of girls giggles. A pack ...

Coldplay, So Solid Crew, Starsailor: Letter from London, January 2002

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, January 2002

WHILE, SINCE The Beatles, we British music fans have often affected insouciant confidence in the superiority of our taste over the rest of the world's ...

Steely Dan: Hey 19: It's About Time

Profile and Interview by Wayne Robins, Los Angeles Times, March 2002

"WHAT RECORD COMPANY are we on, by the way?" Donald Fagen wants to know. "I'm not kidding." ...

Elvis Costello: Classics and Newer Tunes, a Full-Circle Mix by Elvis Costello

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, May 2002

Elvis Costello: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom, Los Angeles ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Osbournes Conquers Britain

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, June 2002

PICTURE THIS. It's next Monday night at Buckingham Palace, the grand finale of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee concert. Stars of the British rock'n'roll firmament crowd ...

The Strokes, The White Stripes: Of Strokes and Stripes: An American Invasion

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, July 2002

LAST SUMMER THERE was a sign outside British music’s front door. It read "SITUATION VACANT", and then, in smaller print, "Wanted: the Next Big Thing". ...

Ms Dynamite, The Streets: Letter from London: The Streets and Ms Dynamite

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, March 2003

WHEN THE BEATLES flew over from England in the '60s, it seemed the whole of young America gathered at the airport to scream a welcome. ...

Neil Young: A Family Album: Neil Young's Risky New Project Traces A Fictional Clan's Story In Song

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, July 2003

LONDON -- Sitting on a stool amid a half-circle of racked guitars, two pianos and a pipe organ, lit by candles and an overhead spotlight ...

The Darkness: Permission To Like The Darkness

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, April 2004

YOU GUYS WONDER about us Brits sometimes, don't you? We're so proper and reserved, so tea and scones, so cricket, so ... just so. Then, ...

The Beastie Boys: The Beasties and their Boroughs

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, May 2004

"HEY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE!" says Mike Diamond in high, pinched New York tones as Beastie Boys' mini-bus swings past the ugly royal pile. "Hence all the ...

The NME Today

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, June 2004

"IT'S OUR job to serve the lives of music fans," enthuses Conor McNicholas, editor of the NME, last survivor of the UK's once thriving weekly ...

Tom Waits: A Cluttered Harmony

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, September 2004

THE LITTLE AMSTERDAM sits incongruously in the rolling expanse of Sonoma County farmland, a low white building adorned with a Dutch windmill - a "fake" ...

The Beach Boys, James Brown, Lesley Gore, Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones: The TAMI Show Remembered

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, Los Angeles Times, October 2004

THE ROLLING Stones were there, along with James Brown, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye and more, filmed live before their screaming ...

Chronicle Of A Mythic Concert: The TAMI Show Remembered

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, Los Angeles Times, October 2004

THE ROLLING STONES were there, along with James Brown, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye and more, filmed live before their screaming ...

Klaus Nomi Lives Again In The Nomi Song

Report by Steven R Rosen, Los Angeles Times, February 2005

THE ARTIST KENNY SCHARF was listening to "Jonesy's Jukebox" on Indie 103.1 FM recently when he was startled to hear a Klaus Nomi song – ...

Warren Zevon: Crystal Zevon's Story: Warren from A to Z

Interview by Fred Schruers, Los Angeles Times, May 2007

Through interviews and diaries, the musician's ex-wife chronicles the hedonistic life of one of the genre's bad boys. ...

Miami Sound Machine: The Hit Factory Criteria Studio

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, July 2008

MIAMI – On any given night, as the fabled moon rises over Miami, the densest concentration of pop stars per square foot is likely to ...

Portishead is reunited and ready to play in the desert

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, Spring 2008

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — As Portishead takes the carefully backlighted stage at the ancient, tatty Manchester Apollo, heavy shadows fall across the band's members. The concert ...

J.J. Cale Rolls On

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, February 2009

ESCONDIDO — J.J. Cale is enjoying his lunch in a corner booth at Olive Garden, cloaked in the anonymity he's taken pains to cultivate throughout ...

Chris Clark: Motown's Great White Hope: Chris Clark

Retrospective and Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, August 2009

CHRIS CLARK was a 17-year-old, 6-foot platinum blond when she arrived at Motown's Detroit headquarters in 1963 -- demo in hand -- to audition for ...

Bikini Kill: Sara Marcus: Girls to the Front

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, October 2010

BROOKLYN-BASED writer and musician Sara Marcus deserves a medal just for daring to write a book about Riot Grrrl, the fiercely uncompromising feminist movement of ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Decoded

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, December 2010

JAY-Z IS A GREAT American artist — and he'd be the first to tell you so. Decoded is an elegantly designed, incisively written bid for ...

Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj: Staples Center, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, June 2011

Haters Go Home: Britney Dominates L.A. Show ...

Björk: A New Map to Björk's Music

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, October 2011

IT'S A SAD IRONY: The digitization of music has impoverished the average listening experience. Not only do compressed files sound meagre compared to the sonic ...

Kim Fowley: Impresario, Svengali, Saint, Devil

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, April 2012

KIM FOWLEY pulls DVDs, fliers, CDs, a hospital admission slip and more DVDs out of a jumble of media on the mixing board of a ...

Yo La Tengo: Jesse Jarnow: Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (Gotham Books)

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, July 2012

THIS IS AS SCINTILLATING as it gets: The opening and closing anecdotes of Big Day Coming revolve around typos. Shockingly, promoters and newspapers have had ...

Pussy Riot and the Politics of Grrrl Punk

Comment by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, September 2012

I WONDER, as they sit in their separate cells, what songs the three jailed members of Pussy Riot sing to themselves to keep their spirits ...

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