Everyone has a story. Most of the time, Ed Tree helps other artists give life to their stories while playing guitar in their band or producing them in his San Gabriel studio. But the Tall Men Group member and beloved bastion of LA’s acoustic music community has a particular story of his own to share, rooted in his Southern childhood. “I was born in New Orleans, and I grew up in south Mississippi, 18 miles north of Bo Diddley and nine miles south of Robert Johnson,” he recalls with a laugh. He grew up hearing Dixieland around the house...Read More
Author: Bliss Bowen
Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, the setting of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town,” is a mythical place. Wilder positioned it as the quintessential small town, its universality undergirded by the specificity demanded in his script. While some of the stage conceits that were wildly experimental in his day are no longer unconventional, such as having the Stage Manager break the fourth wall to narrate action to the audience directly, what remains unusual about “Our Town” is its lack of a traditional set, and the way actors are required to mime the opening of doors and collecting of...Read More
PHOEBE BRIDGERS, Stranger in the Alps (Dead Oceans): 4 Stars Melancholy melodies and vital pop hooks form connective tissue throughout the former Pasadena resident’s proper album debut, following her 2015 EP “Killer” (its title track and fan favorite “Georgia” are reprised here). Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, it dynamically mines the friction between Bridgers’ girlish vocal vulnerability and thematic undercurrents darkening standout tracks like “Demi Moore” and catchy single “Motion Sickness” (“I have emotional motion sickness/ Somebody roll the windows down/ There are no words in the English language/ I could scream to drown you out”). Beautiful...Read More
Why don’t more people know about Dolores Huerta? Born Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta in 1930 in New Mexico, she tirelessly worked for decades alongside labor, civil and human rights icons (César Chávez, Bobby Kennedy, Gloria Steinem) who celebrated her as peer and inspiration. In her mid-20s in 1959, already a political director for the Community Service Organization, Huerta helped draft legislation ultimately approved by Sacramento’s white, male-dominated Legislature. In 1962 she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (which became the United Farm Workers) with Chávez; they led the farm workers movement together, yet news and historical accounts often sideline...Read More
Local country-rock hero Rick Shea & the Losin’ End celebrate new album with special guest Brian Whelan at Viva Fresh Saturday
“Work’s hard to find in the town where I live And it all seems to take a lot more than it gives They say you’re too young or they say you’re too old Or the job’s just been filled, boy, you’re moving too slow” The wise title track of Rick Shea’s new album “The Town Where I Live” depicts a “ragged and old” town where “if you ain’t got much choice, man, your choice is real clear.” It could be Covina, the bedroom community outside a music mecca that he long ago adopted as his hometown. It could be...Read More
THIS WEEKS COVER
- Winecats September 14, 2017
- Glenn C April 17, 2017
- Nome' March 30, 2017 on Café Birdie
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