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563 articles

The Flower Children and How They Grow

Essay by Richard Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 1967

Richard Goldstein is a young writer with a special view of the Flower Children and their contribution to modern American culture. He has been called ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charlatans, The (US), Grateful Dead: Chet Helms: Hurok of Haight Street

Report and Interview by Richard Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 27 August 1967

HIS DESK looks impressive. A clean blotter is piled high with correspondence. A vertical file bulges with memos. A calendar and a trash can are ...

Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Paul Revere & The Raiders: Dick Clark: Packager of Pop

Profile and Interview by Richard Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 7 January 1968

Though the folk-rock era ended his pop music dictatorship, there are signs Dick Clark is inching his way toward the center of the scene again. ...

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 ...

Aum, Chicago, Kaleidoscope, Procol Harum, Santana, Spirit: Spirit, Kaleidoscope, Chicago Transit Authority: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA; Procol Harum, Santana, Blue Morning, Aum: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 17 April 1969

Spirit, Procol Play Concerts ...

Deep Purple, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Sanpaku: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 24 April 1969

Rock Shows Held at Pasadena Rose Palace ...

Brian Auger, Elvin Bishop, Julie Driscoll, Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin, Brian Auger's Trinity, Elvin Bishop: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 1969

Rock Show Staged at Pasadena Rose Palace ...

The Byrds, Albert King: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 1969

Byrds in Spotlight at Pasadena Rose Palace ...

Lee Michaels, Big Mama Thornton: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 1969

Rock Show Given at Pasadena Rose Palace ...

Joe Cocker, The Sons of Champlin: Joe Cocker, Grease Band: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 1969

JOE COCKER and the Grease Band proved the most exciting British rock band to visit America since the Who in their weekend performance at the ...

Pentangle: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 1969

THE PENTANGLE, a five-sided English folk-based group comprising two of the folk genre's most enthusiastically acclaimed guitarists, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, plus singer Jacqui ...

Joe Cocker: A New Blues Boy Blows In From Britain

Interview by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 3 August 1969

JOE COCKER, the most recently emerged and most wildly received British soul artist since Stevie Winwood (of the Spencer Davis Group and later Traffic and ...

Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie & Friends, Free: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 19 August 1969

BLIND FAITH'S Los Angeles debut Friday night at the Forum turned out to be as much a Hollywoodish spectacle as it was a performance by ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 9 September 1969

Smokey Robinson Crew Performs in Inglewood ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Dylan at Wight: A New Voice and a New Style

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, 14 September 1969

THE TRAIN carrying us from Waterloo station in London to Portsmouth and the ferry across to the Isle of Wight Festival was full of newly ...

The Grass Roots, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night: Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Grass Roots: Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 16 September 1969

Dog Night Joins Roots, Steppenwolf at Forum ...

Donovan: Poet-Minstrel Donovan Plays At Hollywood Bowl

Live Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, 30 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 ...

The Zombies: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 16 October 1969

Zombies Debut Here but With Some Changes ...

Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna: The Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 4 November 1969

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

Gypsy, The Kinks: The Kinks, Gypsy: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 22 November 1969

England's Kinks Return After 5-Year Absence ...

The Byrds: Thelma's, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 25 November 1969

Byrds of a Different Feather Open at Club ...

Gypsy, King Crimson: King Crimson, Gypsy: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 5 December 1969

King Crimson Opens Its Rock 'n' Roll Stand ...

Spooky Tooth, The Stooges: Albums from Spooky Tooth and the Stooges

Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 7 December 1969

Spooky Tooth: Spooky Two (A&M SP 4194) This is quite representative of the latest albums by unfamiliar British rock groups (in which category Free, ...

The Rolling Stones: Altamont: 300,000 Jam Rock Festival Near S.F.

Report by uncredited writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 December 1969

Youth Stabbed to Death; Cars Tied Up for Miles ...

Eric Burdon, War: Eric Burdon & War, Elyse Weinberg: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 11 December 1969

Eric Burdon Back on Scene With War Band ...

Allman Brothers Band, Ten Wheel Drive: Allman Bros., Ten Wheel Drive at the Whisky

Profile by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 24 January 1970

THE ALLMAN Bros. Band and Ten Wheel Drive, who will be co-featured at the Whisky A Go Go through Sunday, are respectable entries in their ...

Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys, Smokestack Lightnin': Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 31 January 1970

Lightnin', Cat Mother Share Musical Billing ...

Elvin Bishop, Santana: Santana, Elvin Bishop: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 3 March 1970

Santana Plays Two Rock 'n' Roll Shows ...

The Who: Who interview... Got Love, Zoot Suits, Tarzan... If You Want It

Interview by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 6 March 1970

GRANTED, OF course, that you're conceivably up to here with P. Townshend interviews (that gentleman having made himself available for comment to seemingly everyone with ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 2 April 1970

Neil Young Appears Singly ...

Fairport Convention: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 1970

English Folk Material by Fairport Convention ...

Terry Reid: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 1970

Songwriter Reid Does His Bit as a Performer ...

Grand Funk Railroad, Pacific Gas & Electric, Ten Years After: Grand Funk Railroad, Ten Years After, Pacific Gas & Electric: Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 1970

Grand Funk, Other Rock Groups on Stage ...

The Mothers Of Invention, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 24 August 1970

WITH HIS latest assortment of the Mothers of Invention, which was on display Friday evening at the Santa Monica Civic, Frank Zappa, America's most beloved ...

Led Zeppelin: Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 7 September 1970

Led Zeppelin Plays for Forum Audience ...

Mungo Jerry: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 23 October 1970

Mungo Jerry Performing in Hollywood ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones and a Rocky Night in Paris

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, 15 November 1970

PARIS — "Funny," said Philippe Paringaux (chief writer for Rock 'n' Folk), "how English freaks refer to pop festivals in Britain as psychedelic concentration camps." ...

Derek & The Dominos, Toe Fat: Derek & the Dominos, Toe Fat: Santa Monica Civic and Pasadena Civic, CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 24 November 1970

Derek and Dominos in Two Concerts ...

The James Gang, Steve Miller: The Steve Miller Band, James Gang: Civic Auditorium, Pasadena and Santa Monica, CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 1 December 1970

James Gang Backs Up the Steve Miller Band ...

Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band: Bitter End West, West Hollywood CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 5 December 1970

CAPTAIN BEEFHEARTS MAGIC BAND PERFORMS ...

Dreams, J. Geils Band: J. Geils Band, Dreams: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 2 April 1971

J. GEILS BAND PLAYS WHISKY ENGAGEMENT ...

The Rolling Stones: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 1971

Getting Lots of Satisfaction From Mick, Stones ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Olympia, Paris

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 1971

Author's note, 2018. The piece below describes the Ike and Tina Turner concert at the Olympia, Paris, in May 1971. I prefer Ike and Tina ...

Juke Boy Bonner, Freddie King: Freddie King, Juke Boy Bonner: The Ash Grove, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 1971

Freddie King Performs on Ash Grove Stage ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer, Humble Pie, Edgar Winter: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Humble Pie, Edgar Winter: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 1971

ELP Group Presents a Mixed Bag at the Bowl ...

Carole King, James Taylor: Carole King — Secret Star on the James Taylor Tour

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, 15 August 1971

Author's note, 2018: A transcendent moment in Carole King's life was during the evening of 7 December 2015 in Washington. She is sitting next to ...

Donny Hathaway, Ian Matthews: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 26 August 1971

THE TROUBADOUR this week is the scene of one of those unfortunate billings, a pairing whose promise as one of the club's most attractive one-two ...

Augie Meyers, Sir Douglas Quintet: The Sir Douglas Quintet, Augie Meyers: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 September 1971

His Lordship at Troubadour ...

Black Sabbath, Stoneground, Sweathog: Long Beach Arena, Long Beach CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 27 September 1971

CONSIDERING THAT Black Sabbath's popularity seems to be increasing almost logarithmically, as was suggested by its filling to capacity the enormous Long Beach Arena Saturday ...

Pink Floyd: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 19 October 1971

Pink Floyd Performs at Santa Monica Civic ...

Fanny, Wet Willie: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 October 1971

Fanny Rock Group in Engagement at Whisky ...

Jeff Beck, Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Wet Willie: Jeff Beck, Flash Cadillac, Wet Willie: Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 1 November 1971

New Jeff Beck Group in Long Beach Concert ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Ambassador's Son to Recording Biz Mogul

Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, 14 November 1971

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The Band Comes Back to California

Live Review by uncredited writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 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 ...

Merry Clayton, Danny Cox: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 2 December 1971

Merry Clayton Tops Lineup at Troubadour ...

The Osmonds: Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 December 1971

BUSINESS AT the bar Saturday in the Inglewood Forum lobby isn't brisk. The odor of hot dogs fills the room. Daddy Whitebucks, Pat Boone himself, ...

Billy Preston: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 December 1971

Billy Preston Show Opens at Troubadour ...

Labelle: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 21 January 1972

THE IDEA of wedding an English or other foreign fan's perspective on the idiom with a fading American rhythm-and-blues group looks fine on paper, and ...

Alan Lomax: Making a Science of Man's Music

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, 23 January 1972

Alan Lomax, the man who went into the fields of the southern states in the 1930s and brought the glory of the blues to the attention ...

Black Sabbath, Yes: The Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 17 March 1972

Black Sabbath and Yes in Concert at Forum ...

J.J. Cale, Bonnie Raitt: The Ash Grove, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 17 March 1972

J. J. Cale on Stage at Ash Grove ...

Little Feat, Osibisa: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 1972

FEW INDEED are the groups whose emergence has been heralded by more glowing reviews than Little Feat. It's my guess, though, that few indeed who ...

Tower of Power: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 November 1972

THE POOR Whisky stage has never been made to bear so much weight to so little avail as it must this week. Tower of Power ...

Steely Dan: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 December 1972

Steely Dan and the Visual Side of Rock ...

Azteca, Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 7 March 1973

THERE ARE innovative artists and there are great entertainers, but for one reason or another the twain seldom seem to meet. Stevie Wonder is remarkably ...

It's a Beautiful Day, Sylvester & the Hot Band: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 30 March 1973

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY GOES ON A TIME TRIP ...

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks: Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1973

DAN HICKS, HOT LICKS ON TROUBADOUR STAGE ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power (Columbia KC 32111).

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 1973

The Genuine Depravity of Iggy ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy and the Stooges, Rufus: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 1973

Iggy and the Stooges —Theater of Cruelty ...

Sylvester & the Hot Band: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 1973

Hot Band Sizzles for Fourth ...

Danny O'Keefe, Bonnie Raitt: Bonnie Raitt, Danny O'Keefe: The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 2 November 1973

Bonnie Raitt Leans Heavily on the Blues ...

Todd Rundgren: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 1974

Rundgren Pop Machine at Santa Monica Civic ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band: Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 1974

THE MARSHALL Tucker Band has in a relatively short time picked up a large enough following to achieve headline status, but its Santa Monica Civic ...

Kiki Dee, Steely Dan: Steely Dan, Kiki Dee: Civic Audiorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 1974

Steely Dan Shows Its Mettle ...

Jobriath: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 August 1974

Jobriath Potent, but Not Nuclear ...

Elvin Bishop, ZZ Top: ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop: Long Beach Arena, Long Beach CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 August 1974

ZZ Top a Sell-Out Sleeper ...

Utopia: Todd Rundgren: Out of the Mainstream, Into the Mystic

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 26 January 1975

City in my head/Utopia/Heaven in my body/Utopia/It's time for me/For me to go — Todd Rundgren's 'Utopia' ...

Tim Buckley: Starwood, West Hollywood, CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 1975

Tim Buckley and His Band: Sinuous Folk-Rock ...

Kraftwerk: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 1975

Kraftwerk — 'Fun, Fun' at Civic ...

Steely Dan: Whole Is Greater Than Parts

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 1975

"It has been said many times and in many ways that what the world needs now is another rock 'n roll band. This could very ...

The Runaways: Starwood, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 2 February 1976

At The Starwood: Runaways Catch New Rock Wave ...

Tom Waits: Personality Without Pretension

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 14 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 ...

The Beach Boys: The Surf's Up and Brian Wilson's Ready

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 1976

There's a world where I can go And tell my secrets to In my room... Now it's dark and I'm alone But I won't be ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: L.A. Rock Resurgence

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 18 December 1976

LOS ANGELES is the home of countless musicians and the center of the music industry, but in terms of nurturing local teen-on-the-street talent, the city ...

Van Halen: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 24 December 1976

Spreading Out From Punk-Rock ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Jeff Lynne Orchestrates ELO's Success

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 January 1977

MOST ATTEMPTS to combine rock and orchestral formats have led to uncomfortable mergers at best, and more often to utterly pretentious and insignificant music. The ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Gets Some Satisfaction

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 February 1977

AMID CONTINUING speculation in rock circles over Brian Wilson's future productivity, the new The Beach Boys Love You album arrives with solid evidence that his ...

Latimore: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1 April 1977

Latimore: Simple, Earthy Approach ...

The Damned: the Starwood, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 20 April 1977

THE DAMNED, the first representative from England's Blank Generation of punk-rockers to reach America, proved more harmless Monday at the Starwood than dispatches from abroad ...

Little Feat, Little River Band: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 1977

Big Step Forward for Little Feat ...

Wild Cherry: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 1977

TEN YEARS ago, a blue-eyed soulster like Mitch Ryder filled the role that Wild Cherry occupies today with its funk-rock. Basically a Midwest bar band ...

Gene Clark: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 1977

A Forgotten Man in the Spotlight ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols Trigger Punk Rock Invasion

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 1977

DESPITE ENORMOUS media attention, the U.S. music industry has maintained a hands-off policy toward new wave or punk-rock music, probably hoping that it will go ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols Trigger Punk Rock Invasion

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 1977

DESPITE ENORMOUS media attention, the U.S. music industry has maintained a hands-off policy toward new wave or punk-rock music, probably hoping that it will go ...

The Runaways, The Weirdos: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 29 August 1977

Jett, Ford Grab Runaways' Reins ...

Steely Dan: Aja (ABC Records AB 1006)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 October 1977

Welcome to Steely Dan's World ...

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 ...

Jackson Browne, Kaleidoscope, David Lindley: David Lindley: Stringing Together an Aesthetic Sound

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1 January 1978

LOS ANGELES folkies fondly remember David Lindley as the perennial winner of the Topanga banjo-fiddle contest. Some rock fans, among them Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page ...

Captain Beefheart: Musical Rash of Capt. Beefheart

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 January 1978

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART'S songs aren't exactly the sort to replace 'You Light Up My Life' in America's heart. The jagged, jerky music of such numbers as ...

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

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 16 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 ...

Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, The Stooges: Lou Reed: From Genius to Jerk and Back

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 12 March 1978

LOU REED has been called everything from genius to jerk, and in the course of his career he's lived up to it all. With New ...

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

Report and Interview by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, 9 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 ...

The Alley Cats, The Consumers, The Dils, X: The Dils, X, the Alleycats, the Consumers, F-Word: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 1978

Five Punk Bands on Bill at Whisky ...

Todd Rundgren, Utopia: Todd Rundgren in Retrospect

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 1978

TODD RUNDGREN, who usually alights in medium-size halls with his band Utopia, opens a week-long solo stand Wednesday at the 500-seat Roxy. The show will ...

Blue Öyster Cult's Bivalve Personality

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 August 1978

BLUE OYSTER Cult's lead singer Eric Bloom was never comfortable with the band's original image — a tongue-in-cheek, leather-bound melange of macabre, tough guy and, ...

Nick Gilder, Anne Murray: Gilder, Murray: On Top of the Pops

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 12 November 1978

FOR WEEKS, Nick Gilder's 'Hot Child in the City' and Anne Murray's 'You Needed Me' have jockeyed for the top position on the national singles ...

Blondie, Greg Kihn: Blondie, Greg Khin: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 November 1978

"BLONDIE IS a group!" is the band's battle cry, raised against the public's tendency to focus strictly on vocalist/sex symbol Deborah Harry and to overlook ...

Steely Dan's Greatest-Hits & Quips

Interview by Wayne Robins, Los Angeles Times, 10 December 1978

NEW YORK — Maybe it's the air quality. Or fear of earthquakes. Or brushfires. Or terminal boredom. Whatever the reasons, a number of musicians long ...

Tom Waits: Blue Valentine (Asylum 6E-162)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 10 December 1978

TOM WAITS, BEAT-ERA RELIC ...

The Alley Cats, The Screamers, X, The Zippers: L.A. Bands: Rocking Or Reeling?

Report by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 January 1979

A YEAR AGO, Pasadena's Van Halen was just a promising band on the L.A. scene. Its most stellar dates were in Glendora, Redondo Beach and ...

Lou Reed: The Bells

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 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 ...

Ronnie Laws: Flame (United Artists UA-LA881-H)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 4 February 1979

LAWS' FLAME SET ON LOW ...

Aging Musicians’ Dilemma: Is There Rock After 30?

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, 25 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, 19 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, 29 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, 29 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, 5 May 1979

Robert Gordon: The Roxy, Los Angeles ...

Rickie Lee Jones, Chuck E. Weiss: Chuck E. Weiss: Hanger-Out Is Moving Up

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 1979

CHUCK E.'S IN business. Thanks to Rickie Lee Jones' hit single 'Chuck E.'s in Love', one of L.A.'s perennial hangers-out is emerging from the shadows ...

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' ...

Blondie's Disco Detour: Big Seller or Big Sellout?

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 1979

"DEATH TO DISCO" T-shirts weren't an uncommon sight among the new wave audience that formed Blondie's first base of support. But, as it turns out, ...

Lowell George: Thanks I'll Eat It Here

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 3 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, 8 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, 22 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, 29 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', ...

Jackson Browne, Lowell George, Nicolette Larson, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt: Lowell George: Festive Wake for an Enigma

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 4 August 1979

"I FEEL LIKE I'm in an old MGM photo," cracked Bonnie Raitt as she and the other participants in tonight's "Tribute to Lowell George" concert ...

Pere Ubu Plays for Body, Brain

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 4 August 1979

Pere Ubu: The Whiskey, Los Angeles ...

Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Nicolette Larson, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt: "Tribute to Lowell George" — Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt et al: Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 August 1979

Concert Tribute to Lowell George ...

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

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 August 1979

Kinks Are Still Crowd-Pleasers ...

Blue Oyster Cult at Pauley Pavilion

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 28 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, 2 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, 12 September 1979

AC/DC: Long Beach Arena ...

New Orleans: Crescent City's Other Legacy

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 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 ...

Talking Heads: Fear Of Music (Sire/Warner Bros. SD-6076)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 September 1979

THE TALKING HEADS' FEARS, FIXATIONS ...

Van Morrison: Into The Music

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 23 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, 16 October 1979

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

David Johansen: In Style

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 21 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, 25 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, 11 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, 25 November 1979

REEMERGENCE OF IGGY POP ...

Prince: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 29 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 ...

Rock Dreams Come True For Rodney

Interview by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 9 December 1979

"IN GOING FROM a kid standing in utter terror outside Connie Stevens' house to a Monkee's double to the king of the local nightclubs, he's ...

Bonnie Raitt Plus a Surprise Co-Star

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 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, 20 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, 20 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 ...

The Specials Are Ska High

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 3 February 1980

MADNESS PROVIDED the L.A. rock audience with its first tantalizing taste of the ska sound that has taken off in England in the past six ...

Little Feat, The Big Split

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 17 February 1980

DOWN ON the Farm is Little Feat's best-selling album ever — but don't chalk that up as merely a posthumous tribute to Lowell George, the ...

Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman: Old and New Dreams: Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 March 1980

JAZZ: OLD AND NEW DREAMS AT UCLA ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa Zeros In On L.A.

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 6 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 ...

The Michael Ochs Archives: An Obsession that Grew Into a Business

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 April 1980

MICHAEL OCHS was caught red-handed in 1958 stealing a copy of the Five Shillings' 'Letter to an Angel' single from a Columbus, Ohio, department store. ...

Joan Jett: At 21, a Survivor

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 1980

AT 21, JOAN Jett is a five-year rock veteran. She was a 15-year-old San Fernando Valley high schooler when L.A. entrepreneur Kim Fowley recruited her ...

Grace Jones: New Wave for a Disco Diva

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 1980

Grace Jones' new LP tailors the music to fit her flamboyant visual concepts. ...

Dave Davies: AFLI-3603

Review and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 31 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 ...

McCabe's Fights the Folk Yoke

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 31 August 1980

YOU WOULD expect a venue that's been presenting live popular music longer than any local club this side of the Lighthouse to be a familiar ...

The B-52s: The B-52's: Wild Planet (Warner Bros. BSK 3471)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 September 1980

WILD TIMES ON PLANET B-52 ...

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

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, 28 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, 24 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 ...

Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light (Asylum BB704)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 2 November 1980

JONI'S NEW ALBUM STAYS IN SHADOWS ...

The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta (A&M SP-4831)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 2 November 1980

POLICE STATE: SLUGGISH ...

Talking Heads: The Transfiguration of Talking Heads

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 2 November 1980

VISITING A rock star at a Hollywood hotel is usually a bit like attending the circus, with publicists, aides, new and old friends, ringing phones, ...

The Stranglers: Live at the Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 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, 20 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. ...

Smokey Robinson: Smokey — Once & Future

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 23 November 1980

THE TEST OF time is one accepted yardstick for determining great songs and, by that standard, Smokey Robinson certainly ranks as one of the premier ...

Steely Dan: Gaucho (MCA MCA-6102)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 30 November 1980

AN LP WITH IRONIES IN THE FIRE ...

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

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 30 December 1980

New Feelgoods know the ropes ...

Dr. Feelgood: At the Whiskey

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 30 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, 2 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 ...

Kurtis Blow Takes The Rap

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 January 1981

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

Gil Scott-Heron has Staying Power

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 21 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 ...

Chic Gets Its Class Act Together

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 8 February 1981

NEW YORK — Chic's 1978 hit, 'Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah. Yowsah, Yowsah)', was the kind of novelty record that can ruin an act's career. The ...

The Plimsouls: The Plimsouls (Planet P-13)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1 March 1981

Plimsouls: L.A.'s Savior? ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Real Eyes (Arista AL 9540)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 8 March 1981

REAL EYES, Gil Scott-Heron's eighth Arista album, is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. It's the poet-cum-songwriter's first recording without Brian Jackson, his musical partner ...

Sun Ra Returns From Hyperspace

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 4 April 1981

SUN RA doesn't take a back seat to anyone when it comes to transforming a live performance into a musical and visual spectacle. ...

The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson: Carl Wilson: Testing The Waters Without The Other Beach Boys

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 April 1981

CARL WILSON has performed in Los Angeles countless times, but tonight at the Roxy things will be a little different. Instead of sharing the stage ...

The Jam: Sound Affects (Polydor PD-1-6315)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 26 April 1981

SPARE SOUND FROM THE JAM ...

Throbbing Gristle Makes L.A. Debut

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 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, 7 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, 21 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 ...

James Booker, The Neville Brothers: Roots Music In The Crescent City: The 12th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 1981

This year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival included veterans like Dexter Gordon, bluesman Muddy Waters and local favorite Allen Toussaint. ...

The Adolescents, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, The Crowd, The Minutemen, T.S.O.L.: Southland Punk Discs: A Primer

Overview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 1981

BESIDES MAKING names for themselves in local rock clubs and in the hearts of the police and the media, the Southland's hard-core punk bands have ...

The Ramones: Pleasant Dreams (Sire SRK 3571)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 8 August 1981

ANOTHER PIONEERING punk band that's broadened its base will be in town next weekend — the Ramones. The New York quartet also has a new ...

X Marks a New Rock Spot at the Greek Theater

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 8 August 1981

X AT THE Greek Theater? ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Time (Jet FZ 37371)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 August 1981

E.L.O. FAILS TEST OF TIME ...

Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 12 September 1981

WATERS SHORTAGE ...

U2: October (Island ILPS9680).

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1 November 1981

U2 FOLLOW-UP STALLS OUT ...

James Chance & the Contortions, Ornette Coleman, Defunkt, Ronald Shannon Jackson, The Lounge Lizards, James Blood Ulmer: Will Punk Jazz Replace The Sounds Of Funk?

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 November 1981

PUNK JAZZ? It's hard to imagine a more unlikely musical combination. Punk rock favors short, fast songs and disparages musical technique in favor of "anyone-can-do-it" ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam & the Ants: Prince Charming (Epic ARE37615)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 5 December 1981

Adam and Ants Back as 'Prince Charming' ...

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

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Los Angeles Times, 6 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 ...

AC/DC: For Those About To Rock We Salute You (Atlantic SD 11111)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 6 December 1981

ROCK'S A-B-C'S FROM AC/DC ...

Chic: Take It Off (Atlantic SD 19323)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 20 December 1981

CHIC ON A COLD STREAK ...

Foreigner, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker — A Soul Man

Report and Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 4 January 1982

BY 10:30 SATURDAY night, the line in front of the Club Lingerie, a trendy Hollywood rock spot catering to in-crowd tastes, stretched around the corner. ...

Van Halen: Diver Down (Warner Bros. BSK 3677)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 1982

'DIVER DOWN' IS UP WITH THE BEST ...

Van Dyke Parks: McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 1982

ESOTERICA FROM VAN DYKE PARKS ...

8-Eyed Spy, Bad Brains, James Chance & the Contortions, The Dictators, The Germs, New York Dolls, The Stimulators, Suicide: Traditional Discs: Is It R.I.P. FOR R.P.M.?

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 1982

IS THE phonograph record on its deathbed? Neil Cooper, who runs a record company that doesn't sell records, thinks so. "Within five years, vinyl will ...

The Weavers: The Warp and Woof of the Weavers' Decade

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 1982

THE QUARTET came out of nowhere early in the decade and turned popular music around, taking over the Top 10 with a fresh sound that ...

James Blood Ulmer: Guitarist Ulmer At Club Lingerie

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 22 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, 7 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? ...

Rick James, Ray Parker Jr.: Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 23 August 1982

RICK JAMES AND THE FUNK CAPADES ...

Professor Longhair: The Longhair Legacy

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 5 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 ...

Van Halen: From Tahiti to the 7-11

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 5 September 1982

"SUMMERTIME BLUES HIT CONCERT BUSINESS." bemoaned the headline in a recent Billboard magazine survey of America's troubled pop-music promoters. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Moving Target (Arista AL 9606)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 26 September 1982

A WEAK MOVING TARGET ...

The Time, Vanity 6: The Time: What Time Is It? (Warner Bros. 1-23701); Vanity 6: Vanity 6 (Warner Bros. 1-23716)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 24 October 1982

HOT FUNK IN DOUBLE TIME ...

Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic QE 38112)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 12 December 1982

JACKSON GOES OVER THE WALL ...

Grace Jones: Living My Life (Island 90018)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 January 1983

GRACE NOTES FROM A CULT QUEEN ...

Malcolm McLaren: McLaren: Svengali or Superpro?

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 January 1983

SEVEN YEARS ago, boutique owner and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren propelled four hostile London youths on one of rock's most tumultuous chapters. As manager of ...

Rock Sax: Resurgence Of The Saxophone

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 6 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, 8 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, ...

Jackie Wilson: The Jackie Wilson Story (Epic EG 38623)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 1983

JACKIE WILSON: FADE TO BLACK ...

Black Flag Hangs At Half-Mast

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 1983

MOST ROCK bands send out photos and press clippings with their records. But inside the new album Everything Went Black is a copy of a ...

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

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 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, 27 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, 6 August 1983

CHENIER GETS THE LINGERIE ON ITS FEET ...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Punch The Clock (Columbia FC38897)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 7 August 1983

COSTELLO CLOCKS OUT ...

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

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 August 1983

REGGAE RAUCOUSLY RECEIVED AT GREEK ...

James Jamerson: Motown's Unsung Hero

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 28 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, 11 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, 18 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, 2 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, 30 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 ...

The Cramps: Cramps Rocks 'N' Rolls Out Of An Early Grave

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 16 November 1983

A DISPUTE with their label kept them from releasing a record for more than two years. ...

Jaco Pastorius: Beverly Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 23 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, 4 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 ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Life For Jay Hawkins Is Still A Scream

Profile and Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 25 December 1983

"MAN, I WAS 20 years ahead of my time," says rocker Screamin' Jay Hawkins, whose early '50s recording of 'I Put a Spell on You' ...

The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson: Ironic Loss In Saga Of Beach Boys

Report by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 30 December 1983

THE IRONY IS heavy and inescapable: Dennis Wilson, who introduced the Beach Boys to surfing, died in the Pacific Ocean, the ultimate source of the ...

Herbie Hancock: Beverly Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 2 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, 8 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, 15 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, 15 January 1984

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

Lee Dorsey: Club Lingerie, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 23 January 1984

DORSEY'S NEW ORLEANS R&B SOUL ...

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

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 28 January 1984

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

Van Halen: Life With The Top Down

Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 5 February 1984

"A LOTTA PEOPLE figure, 'Oh, Diamond Dave, he gets all the women he wants,'" says David Lee Roth with a cat-that-ate-the-canary gleam in his eye. ...

Thee Midniters: Zyanya: Tuned To New Latino Rock

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 5 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, ...

Lonnie Brooks' Bayou Blues

Guide by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 12 February 1984

PERSONNEL: Brooks, lead guitar/vocals. Dion Payton, guitar. Tom Giblin, keyboards. Lafayette Evans, bass. Earl Howell, drums. ...

Cyndi Lauper, The Three O'Clock: Cyndi Lauper, the Three O'Clock: Beverly Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 29 February 1984

CYNDI LAUPER: DAFFY BUT ENDEARING SPECIAL DATE ...

The Meters: Leo Nocentelli Looks Back

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 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, 21 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, 3 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, 18 June 1984

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

Roy Head: Club Lingerie, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 1984

YEAAHHH, MAH man. As a semi-legend, Joan Rivers has nothing on Roy Head, whose '65 smash 'Treat Her Right' remains one of the toughest, most ...

Alton Ellis: A Reggae Pioneer Who Preceded Marley

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 1984

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

Tina Turner: Onstage A Blaze In Total Control

Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 1984

"I'M NOT A mystery," says Tina Turner. "Look what's in now — body building, aerobics, exercise — I've been yelling and running for 20 years! ...

KACE's High: Funky Music In The Park

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 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, 18 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, 29 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, 11 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, 18 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, 2 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, 8 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, 9 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, 13 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, 23 September 1984

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

Sheila E.: Palace Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 September 1984

SHEILA E. IN LOCAL BOW AT PALACE ...

Augustus Pablo.: A Shadowy Reggae Legend

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 30 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, 14 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, 28 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, 2 November 1984

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

Michael Jackson, The Jacksons: The Jacksons: Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 3 December 1984

JACKSONS FALL SHORT OF A CLEAR-CUT VICTORY ...

Los Lobos: How Will The Wolf Survive?

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 10 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, 16 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, 30 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, 6 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, 18 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, 26 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, 10 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; ...

Allan Holdsworth: Guitarist Making Up Lost Time

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 February 1985

HOW DOES ALLAN Holdsworth react to being labeled a "guitarist's guitarist"? ...

UB40

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 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, 21 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, 23 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, 25 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 ...

Richard Thompson, Richard and Linda Thompson: Richard Thompson: A Rock Veteran's New Beginning

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 17 March 1985

RICHARD AND Linda Thompson, whose 10-year marriage and musical partnership ended in 1982, were a decidedly low-profile couple by rock standards. In fact, they were ...

The Power Station: The Power Station (Capitol)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 14 April 1985

SCHIZO SUPERGROUP ...

Otis Rush Singing The Blues About Obscurity

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 17 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, 10 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, 19 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, 23 May 1985

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

Eugene Chadbourne: Chadbourne Country: A Rake 'N' Roll Hybrid

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 1985

"PEOPLE HAVE said to me, 'You could be as good on guitar as Al Di Meola if you quit screwing around,'" says Eugene Chadbourne. "Well, ...

Alex Chilton: Feudalist Star: Alex Chilton

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 20 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, 30 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 ...

Film Fest To Offer Jazz, Reggae Documentaries

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 1985

THE PAIR OF 1981 documentaries making their local premieres this weekend as part of the Fox International Theater's ongoing Summer Music Film Fest offers an ...

Aswad: The Palace, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 19 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 ...

Mutabaruka: Reggae Star Is More Than A Poet

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 1985

"I DON'T LIKE being classified as a dub poet because dub poetry is a limit to one's expression," Mutabaruka declares. "It's like saying that you're ...

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, 4 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. ...

Lonnie Mack: Guitarist Mack Brings Varied Life To L.A. Concert

Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 10 August 1985

"FIRST TIME I met Jeff Beck was when they were doin' that benefit for Ronnie Lane down in Dallas. Ah came in the door and ...

Joe Higgs Seeks Reggae 'Triumph'

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 14 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 ...

Sheila E.: Romance 1600 (Warner Bros.)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 1 September 1985

SHEILA E.: GENDER IN A BLENDER ...

Linda Hopkins Sticks To The Gospel Truth

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 13 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, 22 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 ...

Bruce Springsteen... More Than Just Words?

Report by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 30 September 1985

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN closes his 15-month world tour tonight and Wednesday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as more than just the biggest star in rock. ...

Memphis Slim: McCabe's, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 14 October 1985

Sly Slim ...

Robert Cray Bringing The Blues Up To Date

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 17 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 ...

Etta James: Her Voice Can Get A Hold On You

Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 26 October 1985

"WHAT'S HAPPENING now is that all the kids who grew up listening to me on their transistor radios in the '50s and '60s are now ...

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, 27 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? ...

The Five Blind Boys of Alabama: Fountain, Five Blind Boys Spout The Gospel

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 14 December 1985

"ACTING? IT'S nothing complicated. All you have to do is remember your lines," Clarence Fountain was saying. "I can talk — that's my job, talkin', ...

Sade: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 December 1985

Sade Seeks to One-Yup the Competition With Its Sultry Yet Sedate Approach ...

The Long Ryders: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 21 December 1985

LONG RYDERS: WHO WERE THOSE COUNTRY-ROCKERS? ...

Allen Toussaint

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 23 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, 16 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 ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Palace Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 7 February 1986

PEPPERS' HIGH JINKS ...

Bunny Wailer Goes To Market

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 13 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, 13 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, 4 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, 13 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 ...

Merry Clayton: Gardenia Room, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 17 March 1986

WITHOUT A SONG... ...

Bunny Wailer: Wailers 'Together Again'

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 20 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 ...

The Bangles: Local Girls Make Good

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 1986

FOUR WAYS to tell when you've made it, courtesy of the Bangles: Drummer Debbi Peterson: "It's so amazing, standing on the corner — this happened ...

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

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 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 ...

Run DMC: Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (Profile)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 1986

RUNNING ON FULL ...

The Skatalites: The Fathers Of Ska

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1 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), ...

Charles Brown: Music Machine, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 1986

BROWN: SMOKY BLUES ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 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 ...

The Cramps: Palladium, Hollywood CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 1986

A DATE WITH CRAMPS ...

Ziggy Marley: Marleys' Melodious Messages

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 19 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, 26 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 ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 1986

YA-HOO! STEVIE VAUGHAN AT GREEK ...

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

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 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 ...

Phranc, The Smiths: The Smiths, Phranc: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 August 1986

MORRISSEY SPILLS HIS SOUL FOR FANS ...

Jimmy Johnson: Johnson At Peace With His Music

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 19 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, 22 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, 7 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, 10 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 ...

Sky Saxon: The View From The Haze

Profile and Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 12 October 1986

BEHIND THE door of the aging, cracker-box Hollywood apartment sits a velvet-covered table strewn with rose petals. Two white candles cast flickering shadows over plates ...

Timbuk3's Hit Twosome: Their Future's Bright

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 8 November 1986

"THE ONLY thing we've got that's been kind of weird is people offering endorsements, people wanting to use the song 'Shades' to endorse their products." ...

Peter Guralnick's Soul Hits Sweet Spot

Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 9 November 1986

DO YA like good music? (Yeah, yeah.) Then Peter Guralnick's new book Sweet Soul Music (Harper & Row) is right down your alley, two steps ...

Fela Kuti: Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 17 November 1986

KUTI IN HIS OWN GROOVE ...

The Smithereens: Success Dawns for the Smithereens

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 22 November 1986

"I THOUGHT I would like the desert, going through Arlzona," said the Smithereens' lead singer Pat DiNizio. "But it scared me more than anything." ...

Cameo Wins Funk Fans With Sly Wit

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1 December 1986

Cameo: Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica ...

Billy Vera's 'Moment'

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 4 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, 8 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, 21 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 ...

The Knack Rises Out Of The Ashes

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 December 1986

REMEMBER THE Michael Jackson backlash? You think Madonna and Sean are facing one now? Those are nothing compared to the greatest rock backlash of them ...

Joe Louis Walker: Blues With A Gospel Tint

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 25 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, 27 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 ...

Meat Puppets: Mirage (SST)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1987

AIRY 'N' EERIE ...

Robert Cray: New Twist On The Blues

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 26 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, 9 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, 18 June 1987

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

Ornette Coleman Explores Old, New

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 1987

APPEARS WITH HIS TWO BANDS ...

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

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 5 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, 12 July 1987

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

Faster Pussycat, Guns N' Roses: Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction (Geffen) **; Faster Pussycat: Faster Pussycat (Elektra) **

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 9 August 1987

WHAM, GLAM, NO THANK YOU, MA'AM ...

Snooks Eaglin: The Eclectic Blues Of Unpredictable Eaglin

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 19 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, 27 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, 2 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, 3 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, 10 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 ...

Ry Cooder Charts His Own Course

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 28 October 1987

RY COODER'S atmospheric film scores, eclectic albums and collaborations with prestige performers like Randy Newman and John Hiatt have created an image of the musician ...

Rosie Flores, George Jones, Ricky Van Shelton: George Jones, Ricky Van Shelton, Rosie Flores: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 2 November 1987

George Jones' Myth Persists at the Greek ...

Tom Waits: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 9 November 1987

Tom Waits Shines His Lamp on Sleazy Underside of Life Quirky Sounds, Offbeat Lighting, Wiggy Jigs Make for a Highly Stylized, Intimate Concert ...

Clifton Chenier: Remembering Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 20 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, 31 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, 9 February 1988

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

The Gun Club: Reloaded Gun Club Takes Aim Again

Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 3 April 1988

SITTING AT the coffee table at his mother's West Hollywood apartment, Jeffrey Lee Pierce keeps jumping up to change records. Sly & the Family Stone's ...

Peter Tosh: Andrew Tosh Shoulders Reggae Legacy

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 7 April 1988

"YEAH, I ALWAYS think that I might be a target," said Andrew Tosh, son of gunned-down reggae star Peter Tosh. "I keep a good watch ...

Morris Day: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 1988

Sellout Time for Day but the Routine's Dated ...

Buckwheat Zydeco Happily Plays to the Younger Set

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 26 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 ...

Stanley Clarke Lets His Bass Do the Talking in Solo Album

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 1988

STANLEY CLARKE got an offer last year that he couldn't refuse... once he picked himself off the floor. ...

Global Music With a Single Heart

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 7 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 ...

Sinead O'Connor: The Pluck of the Irish

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 7 August 1988

"DO RICH people live there?" asked Sinead O'Connor, gazing at the hillside homes opposite her Hollywood hotel room. ...

Laura Nyro Returns for a Soulful Connection

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 August 1988

IN THE YEAR of the comeback, the touted returns of Brian Wilson and Patti Smith are no more startling than the re-emergence of Laura Nyro, ...

Robert Johnson: Demons on the Delta

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 14 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, 28 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, 20 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, 23 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, 27 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 ...

Charlie Sexton: Charlie Sexton (MCA) **½

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 29 January 1989

SAL, BABES, have you heard this kid, here, Charlie Sexton? That's right, kid. Yeah, he's all of 20 years old now and this is his ...

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

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 7 February 1989

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

Experience Unlimited (EU): E.U.: Livin' Large (Virgin) ***

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 5 March 1989

YOWL, Y'AWL. Let's git LARGE. Big Time big time. For their major-label debut, the D.C.-based veteran "go-go" outfit not only reprises last year's booty-bustin' dance ...

Public Enemy: Ackerman Ballroom, UCLA, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 10 March 1989

Public Enemy Raps the System ...

Bananarama: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 10 April 1989

Bananarama Half-Packs Universal Amphitheatre ...

The Replacements: Palladium, Hollywood CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 1989

Replacements Aren't Replaceable at Palladium ...

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

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 1989

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

Half Pint Making a Splash With Rebellion

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 1989

HALF PINT'S 'Greetings (to All Ragamuffins)' was the Jamaican equivalent of Tone Loc's 'Wild Thing' — a record that went beyond hit status to become ...

Inner City, Marshall Jefferson, JM Silk, Frankie Knuckles, Ten City: House Music: The Blues for Dance

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 1989

The new sound pumps up the volume and eyes a move from R&B underground to the pop mainstream. ...

24-7 Spyz: Spyz Call Their Tune and 'Go for the Throat'

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 1989

JIMI HAZEL got hooked on the guitar when he was 6 years old and his brother took him to see Jimi Hendrix at the 1970 ...

Charles Brown: The Rebirth Of Charles Brown And His Blues

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 23 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, 6 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, 7 August 1989

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

10,000 Maniacs: The Queen of Nostalgia Gets Real

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 13 August 1989

10,000 Maniacs' Natalie Merchant puts focus on the here and now ...

Tony Williams: Jazz Drummer Tony Williams: A Lifetime of Risky Riffs

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 17 August 1989

"Every time I go on stage to I play, I'm risking," declared jazz drummer/bandleader Tony Williams. "That's part of my job and part of my ...

Burning Spear Aims to Stay True to Roots Reggae

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 11 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, 15 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, 17 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, 23 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, 12 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 ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Chili Peppers Taste Success at Last

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 7 January 1990

After seven long years, L.A.'s loony punk-funk band finally gains respect for its music as well as its off-stage antics ...

The Residents Keep an Eye on Their Secret Identities

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 26 January 1990

San Francisco's visionary underground musicians will surface tonight with a unique take on Elvis. ...

Marcia Grifiths, Ziggy Marley: The Resurgence of Reggae

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 3 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. ...

Experience Unlimited (EU), Skyy (US): Skyy, E.U.: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 5 February 1990

Skyy Pales Before the E.U. Groove Machine ...

Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 2 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, 6 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, 15 April 1990

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

Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Priority) **

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 1990

LIKE HIS new cohorts Public Enemy, Ice Cube is fueled by persecution. The rapper's first solo album since leaving N.W.A. opens with the sounds of ...

Digital Underground: Palace Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 1990

Digital Underground Can't Get Over the Humpt ...

Mazzy Star: She Hangs Brightly (Rough Trade) ***½

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 1990

Mazzy Star Debut a Fine Fix of Country Blues ...

Albert King: An Old Blues Artist Is Easing Away

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 1990

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

The Breeders: A New Breed of Women in Rock

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 1990

TAKE A PIXIE, add a Muse, throw in a Perfect Disaster and you've got the Breeders. ...

The Smithereens: Palladium, Hollywood CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 1990

Smithereens Deliver Right-Left Combination ...

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, 29 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, 1 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 ...

Mazzy Star: Club Lingerie, Hollywood CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 August 1990

Hipster Hypnotists at the Lingerie ...

Perry Farrell, Jane's Addiction: An Offbeat Addiction

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 2 September 1990

Perry Farrell inflames passions and plays for high stakes as he leads Jane's Addiction in its quest for importance ...

Koko Taylor: A Blues Belter Bounces Back From Adversity

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 6 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, 16 September 1990

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

The Replacements: All Shook Down (Sire)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 23 September 1990

IN WHICH Paul Westerberg completes the progression from unruly rocker with a tender heart to tender-hearted tunesmith given to rock spasms. All Shook Down erupts ...

Charles Brown: His Blues Get a New Audience

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 29 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 ...

The Pixies, Clarence Reid (aka Blowfly): The Pixies, Blowfly: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 December 1990

Pixies Play Nice and Rough ...

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 ...

The Replacements: Palladium, Hollywood CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 January 1991

The Replacements Face Their Future ...

Maxi Priest: Reggae's Maxi Priest Wins Mainstream Favor

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 21 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, 28 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. ...

The La's: Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 1991

The La's: Tuneful, Fiat-Footed at the Fonda ...

Soundgarden: Fertile Ground: Soundgarden

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 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 ...

Dave Alvin, The Blasters, Rosie Flores, Big Joe Turner: A Headstone for Big Joe Turner Is Aim of Benefit Concert Sunday

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 4 October 1991

BIG JOE Turner's powerful vocals on the original version of 'Shake, Rattle & Roll' propelled the late blues shouter into the Rock and Roll Hall ...

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

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 3 November 1991

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

John Mellencamp: 10 Questions: John Mellencamp

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 10 November 1991

ROCK STAR and grandfather, oil paint and electric guitar, proud and self-deprecating, cynical and idealistic... At 40, John Mellencamp remains a feisty bundle of contradictions. ...

Queensrÿche: Guns N' Roses They Ain't

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 12 December 1991

For a heavy-metal group, Seattle's Queensrÿche is positively low-profile — yet its albums sell in the millions. ...

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 ...

Willie Dixon: Dixon Wrote His Blues With an Eye to the Future

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1 February 1992

The late, great songwriter saw his craft as a fountain of wisdom for people to draw upon. ...

Chic: They're Still Family

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 5 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 ...

Diamanda Galás: Palace Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 20 April 1992

Intensity, Thy Name Is Diamanda Galás ...

Chic: The Return of Chic

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 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, 25 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 ...

Lyle Lovett: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 1992

Lovett and Band Stretch Beyond Country's Borders ...

The Lemonheads' Evan Dando

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 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 ...

David Rudder: the Music Machine, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 1992

David Rudder's Potent Soca ...

R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (Warner Bros.) ***½

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 4 October 1992

Playfulness, Profundity From a Rusticated R.E.M. ...

Shabba Ranks: Taking Reggae Beyond Marley

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 4 October 1992

Dancehall is the sound of young Jamaica, modern reggae in a faster, electronic style, and it's winning a once-elusive African-American audience ...

Etta James: Rollin' With Etta

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1 November 1992

Etta James has sung and lived the blues, but these are good times for the R&B matriarch bound for the Rock and Roll Hall of ...

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Sequoia Athletic Club, Buena Park CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 10 November 1992

A Spirited Performance of Qawwali: Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his eight-man group deliver an impressive set of intricate compositions to an appreciative ...

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

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 8 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 ...

Beck: One Foot in the Grave (K) ***

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 1994

Minimalist Hootenanny From Independent Beck ...

Vince Gill: Dedicated to Just Plain Foik

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 September 1994

How has Vince Gill's success changed his life? Well, if you ask him, he says he's just an ol' guitar player who likes people. (Oh, ...

Reverend Horton Heat: Palace Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1 October 1994

Rockabilly Power ...

Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee & Love: Club Lingerie, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 25 November 1994

Hendrix Birthday Love-In Skips a Beat at Club Lingerie ...

Travis Tritt: Q&A with Travis Tritt: "I've Put a Lot Into This"

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 2 February 1995

TRAVIS TRITT is a study in contradictions. ...

Trisha Yearwood: Thinkin' About You (MCA)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 12 February 1995

Crossover Queen Is on the Move Again With her latest album, Trisha Yearwood shows that her inner fire is burning anew. ...

Alison Krauss: A Hit From One of Country's Kinfolk

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 March 1995

Bluegrass's most prominent figure makes her way into the Top 10. But even Alison Krauss can't explain it. ...

Mary J. Blige: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 August 1995

Blige Is Solid but Elusive Hip-Hop Queen ...

Sheryl Crow: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 8 September 1995

There's Nothing Much to Crow About at the Greek ...

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Pyramid Arena, Long Beach CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 September 1995

Khan Rocks Cal State's Pyramid Arena ...

Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball (Elektra/Asylum) ***

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 24 September 1995

ARE FANS of the Sweetheart of the Rodeo ready for EmmyloU2? ...

k.d. lang: All You Can Eat (Warner Bros.) **

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 10 October 1995

Lang Delivers Torch Music Without Fire ...

Shaggy: Palace Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 21 October 1995

Shaggy Wraps Past Into Fun, Sexy Package ...

Son Volt: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 December 1995

Son Volt's Engaging but Not Deep at the Troubadour ...

Patty Loveless: Trouble With the Truth (Epic/Nashville)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 20 January 1996

FOLLOWING HER best-album honors at last fall's Country Music Assn. Awards, this most reliable of today's female country singers offers another solid but unspectacular showcase ...

Bo Diddley: He's Fighting Mad and Mad That He Has to Fight

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 February 1996

Q&A with Bo Diddley ...

Emmylou Harris: Singing With a Voice That's Always True to Her Heart

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 April 1996

EVEN WHEN Emmylou Harris was a fixture on the country charts for a decade starting in 1975, her music was marked by an uncommon sense ...

Tom Verlaine: Viper Room, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 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 ...

Beck: Nobody's Fool

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 1996

Beck casts aside the label or slacker savant — who needs all that alternative angst, anyway? — and lets out a yelp or sonic joy ...

BR5-49: LunaPark, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 19 September 1996

BR5-49 Gives Off Mixed Vibes as an Alternative Presence ...

Sleater-Kinney: An All-Grrrl Band at Heart

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 16 March 1997

In true, independent Riot Grrrl fashion, the Sleater-Kinney trio is getting heard far and wide (No. 3 in Village Voice) without abandoning its community. ...

Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, The Sugarhill Gang: The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel: The Dragonfly, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 3 November 1997

Godfathers of Rap Churn Out Boogity Beat for Willing Crowd ...

Everclear: Attitude Adjustment

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 9 November 1997

Success has wrought some changes in Art Alexakis. Everclear's newest album shows a broader range — and hints at hopefulness. ...

Cornershop: Hollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 14 November 1997

Cornershop Falls Far Short of Album ...

Beck: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 November 1997

Beck's Acoustic Outing Is Quirky, Rewarding ...

RuPaul: Billboard Live, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 19 December 1997

RuPaul's Act Could Use Dressing Up ...

Dwight Yoakam: Billboard Live, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 23 December 1997

Yoakam Leaps Musical Fences in Benefit for L.A. Mission ...

Backstreet Boys: And They Can Sing Too

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 January 1998

Two years ago, the Backstreet Boys struggled to find an audience in America for their clean-cut songs. Now, after mega-star success in Europe and Canada, ...

Missy Elliott: All Made Up, Ready to Go

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 1 February 1998

There's no stopping Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott as she shakes up the male-dominated hip-hop world. ...

Goodie Mob, The Roots: The Roots, Goodie Mob: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 1998

Roots, Goodie Mob Get Back to Basics ...

Rufus Wainwright: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 1998

Wainwright an Engaging, Versatile Singer ...

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

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Los Angeles Times, 12 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 ...

DMX, Jermaine Dupri, Missy Elliott, Goodie Mob, Master P, Puff Daddy, Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Rap: Large and In Charge

Report by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 1998

Rap hasn't merely survived the shocking deaths of hip-hop leaders Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. It's thriving now, thanks to a fresh infusion from today's ...

Welcome to Studio City

Overview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 27 September 1998

When it comes to top-flight recording studios, Los Angeles has no equal. A tour or some or the best facilities. ...

The Dixie Chicks: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 8 October 1998

Dixie Chicks Display Slick, High-Energy Showmanship ...

Chaka Khan, Prince: Chaka Khan: Fighting to Reclaim Her Crown

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 17 October 1998

Chaka Khan's Forum concert might have been canceled but she's still eager to jump back into the music scene. ...

Faith Evans: Keep the Faith (Arista) **½

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 26 October 1998

TWO YEARS after the murder of her husband, the rapper Notorious B.I.G., Evans has made an album that both pays homage to him and bemoans ...

A Tribe Called Quest: The Final Gatherings — A Tribe Called Quest: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 3 December 1998

In its last LA shows, the influential hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest injects new life into its hit jams. It's a joyous party — ...

Busta Rhymes: Extinction Level Event (The Final World Front) (Elektra) **½

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 13 December 1998

Content Doesn't Rise to Level of Inventiveness ...

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," ...

TLC: Fan Mail (LaFace/Arista)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 21 February 1999

TLC Takes Care to Adopt Streamlined Approach ...

DC Talk: At a Crossroads, dc Talk Keeps the Faith

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 25 February 1999

Christian rock's most successful band remains true to its spiritual roots as its popularity grows. ...

Wynonna Judd: A Winding Country Road

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 March 1999

Though she has hit a few bumps, Wynonna Judd just keeps driving ahead. ...

The Roots: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 March 1999

A Stripped-Down Hip-Hop Beat ...

Kelly Willis: Well Traveled but Hopeful

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 April 1999

Singer Kelly Willis has stayed true to herself despite a turbulent country career. Now, things are looking up. ...

Limp Bizkit: Anything but Stale

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 18 April 1999

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst combines charisma with marketing instincts that have spelled success for the rap-metal band. Up next: movies and more. ...

Dru Hill, Faith Evans: Faith Evans, Dru Hill: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1999

Evans and Dru Hill Outshine Lackluster Material ...

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 ...

Jordan Knight: Jordan Knight (Interscope)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 1999

KNIGHT MAY have served his musical apprenticeship by doing the electric boogaloo in stone-washed jeans when he was a member of New Kids on the ...

Moby: Play (V2) **½

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 1999

HAVE PITY on Moby. Five years ago, he was techno's poster boy, the artist who was largely responsible for pushing electronic music up from the ...

Missy Elliott: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: Da Real World (Gold Mind/EastWest)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 1999

JUST TWO albums into her solo career, Missy Elliott understands all too well that trying to keep one step ahead of the Zeitgeist isn't easy. ...

K-Ci & JoJo: K-Ci & Jojo: The Kings of Sing

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 1999

Two brothers raised on gospel are at the forefront of R&B's current renaissance ...

98 Degrees, B*Witched, Aaron Carter, E.Y.C., Monica, No Authority: B*Witched, 98 Degrees, Monica et al: Nickelodeon's All That Music & More, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 1999

A Smartly Wrapped Package: All That Music & More tour's acts fly by in a format tailored to kids. ...

Dido, Kendall Payne: the Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 27 August 1999

Dido's Electronic-Folk Goes in Search of Depth ...

No Doubt: House of Blues, L.A.

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 8 October 1999

No Doubt, Stefani Leave Fans in High Spirits ...

Backstreet Boys: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 16 October 1999

There's a Backstreet Boy for Every Teenage Girl ...

Wyclef Jean: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 18 October 1999

Wyclef Jeans Moves Keep 'em Guessing ...

The Olivia Tremor Control, Stereolab: Stereolab, Olivia Tremor Control: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 23 November 1999

Stereolab Piles On Sounds to Create an Eclectic Tempest ...

Steely Dan: Hey 19: It's About Time

Profile and Interview by Wayne Robins, Los Angeles Times, 27 February 2000

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

MC5, The Stooges: From The Vaults: A Look Back at Bad-Boy Pioneers MC5, Stooges

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 March 2000

RECORDINGS OF THESE TWO MIDWEST REBEL BANDS REVEAL THE HUGE INFLUENCE THEIR LANGUAGE AND SOUND HAVE HAD ON CURRENT ACTS. ...

For CD Guru, Masters Are His Domain

Profile and Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, 31 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 ...

Madlib: Grooving on Artistic Freedom

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 20 January 2002

Madlib's funhouse creations have won a notable following. But rap stardom isn't his goal. ...

Chuck E. Weiss: When the Gig Ended, His New Career Began

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 27 January 2002

Story line: Los Angeles club legend records first album in his late 40s, and now follows it with a stellar effort that includes a 32-year-old ...

Mary Chapin Carpenter/Anne Lamott: Royce Hall, UCLA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 28 January 2002

THE PAIRING OF author and singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter at UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday could have gone any number of ways. ...

N*E*R*D: Producers Who Shape-Shift

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 February 2002

After years of helping others create hip-hop hits, N*E*R*D makes its own album and turns the genre inside-out. ...

Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Bubba Sparxx: Busta Rhymes/Bubba Sparxxx/Ludacris: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 2 March 2002

ANYONE WHO attended the rap triple bill at the Universal Amphitheater on Thursday looking for a complex worldview or an evolved take on the usual ...

R&B's Good Times Roll on KLON

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 2 March 2002

The musical genre finally gets its day in the sun with an intimate and detailed documentary that's a coup of sorts for the lower-profile station. ...

N*E*R*D: N.E.R.D.: In Search Of... (Virgin)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 March 2002

AS THE IN-DEMAND production team the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have tended to build hip-hop hits around hard, in-your-face hooks that aren't easily ...

Sonic Youth: All Tomorrow's Parties: A Festival That Pops With Edge

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 13 March 2002

UCLA's ambitious All Tomorrow's Parties fest, curated by avant-rockers Sonic Youth, embraces the underground. ...

Nas: House of Blues, West Hollywood

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 29 March 2002

THE CYCLES OF pop music history are as hard to fathom as the mysteries of the cosmos, or at least the logic behind choosing Grammy ...

Carla Bozulich, Willie Nelson: Carla Bozulich: Cafe Club Fais Do-Do

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 3 April 2002

A CANNY BLEND of leather-worn country standards and original compositions that sound like they could be, Willie Nelson's 1975 album Red Headed Stranger functions as ...

OutKast, The Roots: Audiotistic: "Happy Hip-Hop" Sets Festival's Vibe

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 11 April 2002

The organizers of Audiotistic expect 37,000 fans to show up for an event that plays against type. ...

Incubus: Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 20 April 2002

ALL THE PARENTS who dropped off their kids at the Incubus concert Thursday at the Forum, and all those middle-aged chaperons with earplugs conspicuously shutting ...

The Coup: Working Through His Anger

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2002

Boots Riley of the rap group the Coup lashes out against the war in Afghanistan and the corporate co-opting of hip-hop music. ...

Afrika Bambaataa, Slum Village: Afrika Bambaataa/Slum Village: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2002

HIP-HOP'S PAST and present converged at the El Rey Theatre on Thursday, and the results were predictably erratic. The first act, Slum Village, is a ...

The Vines: Troubadour, West Hollywood

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2002

JOINING THE growing parade of raw, stripped-down rock bands (the Strokes, the White Stripes, the Hives, etc.), the Vines played the requisite big-buzz show at ...

Warren Zevon: A Literary Answer to Lyricist's Block

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2002

Musician/bookworm Warren Zevon recruits famous authors for lyrics on a new album. ...

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

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2002

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

Trey Anastasio: Greek Theatre, L.A.

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2002

TREY ANASTASIO has found the funk. For his first tour as a solo artist, the guitarist and primary songwriter for Phish has left that band's ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Osbournes Conquers Britain

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 1 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 ...

Badly Drawn Boy: Amoeba Records, Hollywood

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2002

WITH HIS WOOL skull cap, scraggly beard and black T-shirt bedecked with glitter graffiti, English singer-songwriter Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, could have been ...

Raphael Saadiq: Instant Vintage

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2002

SAADIQ WOULD rather lay back than throw down. He's got a touch of Smokey Robinson's liquid satin in his phrasing and a complete absence of ...

The Promise Ring: Breaking Out of the Emo Ghetto

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2002

Faced with health problems and a genre that felt confining, the Promise Ring chose a radical-and lush-new direction. ...

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". ...

Nelly: There's Joy in Nellyville

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2002

A potential big-league baseball player, the St. Louis rapper keeps his eye on the ball when it comes to music. ...

Sparta: Recharged and Ready

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 8 August 2002

Last year, Jim Ward and his cohorts in At the Drive-In did the unthinkable: They broke up a successful band. After seven years and on ...

Robert Plant: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 14 September 2002

AS A '70s icon, Robert Plant can't help it if he evokes fuzzy nostalgic feelings, but he is trying his best not to simply phone ...

Rush: Staples Center, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 25 September 2002

SOME MIGHT ARGUE that change is the sine qua non of musical artistry, but Rush fans might contend that predictable output yields greater rewards. ...

Cody ChesnuTT, CeeLo Green, N*E*R*D, Iggy Pop: Shortlist showcase stumbles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 31 October 2002

THE SHORTLIST PRIZE for Artistic Achievement in Music is out to rectify years of Grammy frustration, and as it attempts to become an American analogue ...

Porcupine Tree, Radiohead: Old and New Wave

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 7 November 2002

Underground movement nurtures new progressive rock bands and supports existing ones. ...

Dru Hill: Dru World Order (Def Soul)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 1 December 2002

FUNNY HOW A little taste of failure can send a high-flying artist crashing down to earth. Two years ago, Sisqo's 'Thong Song' was a ubiquitous ...

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

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 23 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 ...

Rodney Bingenheimer: L.A.'s own Mayor Zelig

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 March 2004

A new film follows Rodney Bingenheimer's journey from a torn childhood to hanging with the hip bands of the music scene. ...

The Darkness: Permission To Like The Darkness

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 4 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, 9 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, 13 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, 26 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, 29 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, 29 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, 3 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 – ...

The Chantays, Dick Dale, Kathy Marshall, Social Distortion, T.S.O.L.: Orange County: Upon this rock, a scene was built

Retrospective and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 17 February 2005

O.C. was the birthplace of surf music and the fabled, amped-up Fender guitar. So take that, L.A. ...

DC Talk, Jars of Clay: Christian Rock is on a mission

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 14 April 2005

It's about new audiences and a stronger genre, the promoter of Fishfest says. ...

Moby's Sampler Unplugged

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2005

The electronic music poster boy picks up a guitar and uncages his rock 'n' roll animal. ...

Kasabian: Dreams of Brit-rock Empire

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2005

The four mates of Kasabian would like a shot at the crown before the sun sets on the new UK scene. ...

Lamb of God: Coming in Loud: Sounds of the Underground

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2005

The Sounds of the Underground tour screams into L.A., delivering what's new in metal. ...

Avril Lavigne: Just where is the next stop on this tour?

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 11 August 2005

HO-HUM. Another city, another sold-out concert date for Avril Lavigne. Not that the punky pop star could tell you exactly where the next arena full ...

Mudvayne: Same sound, cleaner faces for Mudvayne

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 18 August 2005

WHEN KISS wiped off the makeup in the early 1980s, heavy metal's cartoon Gorgons rubbed away much of their mystique as well. Hence, the band's ...

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

Interview by Fred Schruers, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2007

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

Walter Becker's Circus Money

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2008

"THEN YOU find you're back in Vegas with a handle in your hand" goes a memorable line from Steely Dan's debut hit, 'Do It Again'. ...

Miami Sound Machine: The Hit Factory Criteria Studio

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 22 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, 25 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, 24 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, 21 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, 10 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, 3 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 ...

Dan Charnas: The Big Payback – The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 4 January 2011

"HERE'S A LITTLE story that must be told," Dan Charnas writes by way of an ironic introduction to his brick-sized epic, quoting a classic rap ...

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

Live Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 21 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, 18 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, 1 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 ...

Carole King: A Natural Woman: A Memoir

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 25 April 2012

MY FAVORITE SCENE in Carole King's long-awaited A Natural Woman comes near the beginning — appropriately, since the teen hitmaker was the epitome of an ...

Patti Smith: Banga

Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2012

AFTER HER National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids greatly expanded her audience, Patti Smith could have done the usual aging-rock-legend safety move: record an album ...

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, 8 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 ...

Jack White: With Blunderbuss, Jack White aims for new beginning

Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 4 August 2012

The former White Stripes leader takes his first solo album through Memphis for soul and Nashville for honky tonk. Many of the album's songs are ...

Pussy Riot and the Politics of Grrrl Punk

Comment by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 13 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 ...

The Riot Grrrl Collection by Lisa Darms (The Feminist Press)

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2013

The Riot Grrrl Collection spreads girl germs of the '90s movement ...

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