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LA CityBeat

LA CityBeat

LA CityBeat was an alternative weekly newspaper in Los Angeles, California, which was published between 2003 and 2009.

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Argent, Colin Blunstone, The Zombies: Zombie Heaven: Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone

Profile and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, LA CityBeat, 27 August 2003

MOJO MAGAZINE recently anointed the Zombies the fourth unluckiest band in pop history, largely because it scored its biggest hit, ‘Time of the Season’, more ...

The Association, Curt Boettcher: Ray of Light: The World of Sunshine Pop

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, LA CityBeat, 27 May 2004

ONE DAY RECENTLY, after listening to the latest Dirtbombs CD in my car and then hearing the Music Machine’s 1966 proto-punk hit ‘Talk Talk’ for ...

Lester Bangs: My Black Pages: Lester Bangs' Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste

Book Review by Don Waller, LA CityBeat, 21 August 2003

BACK FROM THE dead and bigger than ever! As a writer – hell, more importantly, as a reader – the Editorial We wuz turnin' cataleptic ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Perfect Harmony: Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary Show Celebrates Brian Wilson's Pop Legacy

Live Review by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 9 November 2006

OUT OF CURIOSITY and love of a good story, I've had a longstanding parlor question for jazz-minded friends on the far side of 60. What ...

Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden: Jazz Critic's Choice: Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden

Profile by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 4 November 2004

IN 1954, IF you had stepped through the door at 309 N. Main St. in downtown L.A., you would've entered a netherworld of vice called ...

John Densmore: Opening New Doors

Live Review by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 21 December 2006

SANTA MONICA'S THIRD STREET PROMENADE got an extra measure of holiday cheer last Wednesday evening. Drummer John Densmore's Tribaljazz convened in front of the ...

Paul Desmond: Doug Ramsey: Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond (Parkside Publications)

Book Review by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 18 August 2005

HE GAVE UP writing because playing jazz seemed like an easier way to make a living.  In the era dominated by Charlie Parker, he developed an ...

Nick Drake's Black Eyed Dog

Comment by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 4 October 2007

HOW MANY of us wish we could have seen and heard Ellington's Jump For Joy musical at the Mayan Theatre, Charlie Parker at the Finale ...

The Go-Betweens: The Yin and Yang of the Go-Betweens

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, LA CityBeat, 23 June 2005

LIVE, THE GO-BETWEENS may just be the most perfectly balanced rock band around. And it's nice to have a rare chance to witness it. Last ...

Petra Haden, The Who: She Can Sing For Miles And Miles: Petra Haden

Report and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, LA CityBeat, 30 June 2005

WHEN I WAS SINGLE, I had a litmus test for first dates: If a woman could tolerate my musical taste, she was worth a second ...

Janiva Magness: Company at the Crossroads: Blues Singer Janiva Magness Makes Life's Journeys A Little Less Lonely

Report and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 24 February 2005

THE BAR AT THE RITZ-CARLTON in South Pasadena has hand-rubbed wood on the walls and a copious amount of plush sofas and chairs. Bookcases ...

Raspberries: The Raspberries: House of Blues, Los Angeles

Live Review by Bill Holdship, LA CityBeat, 27 October 2005

IN 1972, NOTHING sounded quite like the Raspberries' 'Go All the Way' and 'I Wanna Be With You' when they came roaring out of mono ...

Emitt Rhodes: Happy Happy, Joy Joy: Emitt Rhodes

Retrospective and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, LA CityBeat, 22 January 2004

EMITT RHODES still doesn’t know what hit him. Thirty years ago, he was the new Paul McCartney, an ambitious kid who craved the perfect pop ...

Matthew Sweet: Revisiting Rainy Day: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs get Under the Covers

Interview by Steven R Rosen, LA CityBeat, 20 April 2006

THERE ARE THOSE who say, with good reason, that 1984's Rainy Day is one of the great L.A. pop albums. And while not a sequel, ...

Steven Van Zandt: The Ramones Connection: Steven Van Zandt Explains The Secret Ingredient Behind His Garage-Rock Radio Show

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 28 August 2003

WHEN BRUCE Springsteen slipped into his Baptist-preacher mode and acknowledged E Street Band members at the Forum in Inglewood last year, he concluded his round-robin ...

Martha Wainwright: Going Her Own Way: Martha Wainwright Makes Her Musical Mark

Report and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, LA CityBeat, 31 March 2005

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT almost didn't bother to pursue music. Because of her parents, singer-songwriters Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, who occupy certain esteemed places in ...

Paul Westerberg: Controlled Chaos

Live Review by Bill Holdship, LA CityBeat, 3 March 2005

At Paul Westerberg’s show, rock energy and stage entropy wrestle to a draw ...

Hal Willner and the Creation of the Modern Tribute Album

Profile and Interview by Steven R Rosen, LA CityBeat, January 2004

"SORRY," Hal Willner says, sheepishly. He has just been complimented — or so this writer intended — for being the father of pop culture's rampant ...

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