Author: Bliss Bowen

Reunited duo Mr. Airplane Man mixes blues, punk, droney rock and new material at Buccaneer Lounge Saturday

Mentored by Morphine frontman Mark Sandman, who produced their self-titled 1998 debut EP, Mr. Airplane Man were enthralling listeners in Boston-area dives with their mysterious blues-punk sound before anyone had heard of the White Stripes or Black Keys. But according to guitarist/vocalist Margaret Garrett, her duo with drummer/keyboardist Tara McManus was an organic extension of being “totally obsessed” with music since they were kids. “I’d like to be able to say we were so intentional about being this gritty blues two-piece, way before the White Stripes,” Garrett says. “The truth is, I didn’t feel that comfortable playing with anyone...

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Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Live in HD’ series broadcasts Thomas Adès’ surrealist opera ‘The Exterminating Angel’ at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 Saturday morning

I’ve made and bought a lot of gifts for my mom over the years, and other than a three-hour backrub, by far the best present I ever gave her was a trip to the opera. During one of her visits here she was over the moon to experience LA Opera’s production of Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann.” She still talks about it. Not even nosebleed seats could dim her delight.. Like many other people, she lives in a small town where there’s no proper concert venue to host touring opera companies, and making the three-hour trek to the...

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Susan Compo’s ‘Earthbound: David Bowie and the Man Who Fell to Earth’ looks at rock icon’s fascination with the popular story that helped shape his career

For her extensively researched new book “Earthbound: David Bowie and the Man Who Fell to Earth,” South Pasadena author and former Pasadena Weekly writer Susan Compo dug into the project that helped shape Bowie’s reputation as a rock star whose creativity couldn’t be limited to one medium: Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 cult film “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” in which Bowie starred as an uncertain extraterrestrial from a drought-stricken planet. Writing about Bowie himself “seemed quite overwhelming,” she admits, but librarians and newspaper archives helped her unearth new information and people who’d worked firsthand on the film.  “They brought...

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Rickie Lee Jones shares stories and songs during ‘an intimate evening’ at The Rose Sunday

There’s a lot to be said for mystery, its appeal and uses, and throughout her career Rickie Lee Jones has embodied it even while seeming to reveal her internal monologues. That’s given her rare cachet among singers and composers, especially those sensitive to her jazzy sensibilities. Listen to her singing on early career singles like “Chuck E.’s in Love” and more recent forays like 2003’s politically inspired “The Evening of My Best Day” or 2009’s splendid, inwardly focused “Balm in Gilead.” Her melismatic twists and moans resemble not at all the melodrama of pop divas but instead bear the emotional...

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TRAX – 11.09.17

CURTIS HARDING, Face Your Fear (Anti): 4 STARS Modern soul that doesn’t shy from dark complexities. Danger Mouse-produced opening track “Wednesday Morning Atonement” sets the tone; against a backdrop of eerie, rippling synth notes and a downward-marching bass line, Harding sounds ominous even when singing of second chances in his nimble falsetto (“I finally can stay ’cause I love you”), which may be the point. The politically inspired title track and thumping anthems “On and On” and “Till the End” hark back to late ’60s soul, while statement-making tracks “As I Am” and the “Shaft”-evoking “Go as You Are”...

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Author and jazz historian Steven D. Harris presents “Centennial in Swing: The 100th Anniversary of Jazz on Record,” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The program covers the first jazz recordings in 1917, progressing to the[...]
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Pasadena Readers Book Club at Ce... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
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Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
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Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
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