Bliss Bowen | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Bliss Bowen | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 TRAX 01.17.19 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/17/trax-01-17-19/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/17/trax-01-17-19/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:17 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109013 THE FLESH EATERS, I Used to Be Pretty (Yep Roc): *** Chris D, Dave Alvin, Bill Bateman, John Doe, D.J. Bonebrake and Steve Berlin — all members of the Blasters, Divine Horsemen, Los Lobos and/or X — reteam for some grizzled yet inspired delirium in the buzzy side project that arose from Hollywood’s punk sanctuary […]

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Badass blues and more from Juno-winning songwriter/guitarist Ray Bonneville at Wine & Song Wednesday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/17/badass-blues-and-more-from-juno-winning-songwriter-guitarist-ray-bonneville-at-wine-song-wednesday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/17/badass-blues-and-more-from-juno-winning-songwriter-guitarist-ray-bonneville-at-wine-song-wednesday/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:10 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108992 It’s always enlightening to witness a musician who not only has something to say, but who also does so within the contours of a sound that is immediately, recognizably their own. Such is the case with Ray Bonneville, whose alchemical grooves are as intriguing as his poetically flinty lyrics. Songwriters, virtually by definition, have stories […]

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Trax 01.03.19 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/03/trax-01-03-19/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/03/trax-01-03-19/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:00:32 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108748 Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour  — Brimming with pop hooks and keen observations, the country artist’s luminous “Golden Hour” was hard to beat for sheer melodic buoyancy and lyrical uplift, with reverb-polished gems like “Slow Burn,” “Butterflies” and “Oh, What a World” exerting a magnetic pull. The last of our freedoms is to choose our response […]

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TRAX 12.27.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/27/trax-12-27-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/27/trax-12-27-18/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:00:41 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108571 CEDRIC BURNSIDE, Benton County Relic (Single Lock): ***½ Recently nominated for a Best Traditional Blues Album Grammy alongside blues and rock heroes (Buddy Guy, Ben Harper), Burnside, who first earned notice playing drums behind grandfather R.L. Burnside, ably carries forward the family tradition of flouting convention while honoring Mississippi hill country forebears. Leaner than 2015’s “Descendants […]

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Songwriting substance from Rick Shea and Austinite Terry Klein at Coffee Gallery Backstage Saturday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/27/songwriting-substance-from-rick-shea-and-austinite-terry-klein-at-coffee-gallery-backstage-saturday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/27/songwriting-substance-from-rick-shea-and-austinite-terry-klein-at-coffee-gallery-backstage-saturday/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:00:29 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108573 Despite some of America’s best-known and most influential singer-songwriters arising from LA’s fertile music community, we do not really have the reputation for nurturing deep, standard-setting songwriters that both Austin and Nashville enjoy. Yet exemplary local artists such as Claire Holley, Ted Russell Kamp, Jason Mandell, Sam Morrow, Chris Pierce, David Serby, Rick Shea, Brian […]

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TRAX 12.20.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/20/trax-12-20-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/20/trax-12-20-18/#respond Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:00:57 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108462 ALOE BLACC, Christmas Funk  (CD Baby): **** Blacc brings the groove to the Christmas celebration with this earnest, convivial outing. “All I Have is Love” grounds a hard-luck tale (“Daddy ain’t got no Christmas money”) in a positive message, and highlights like “Tell Your Mama,” “Funky Ass Christmas” and a clap-happy take on George Michael’s […]

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Radio play production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Pasadena Playhouse enhances core joys of Frank Capra’s iconic Christmas story https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/radio-play-production-of-its-a-wonderful-life-at-pasadena-playhouse-enhances-core-joys-of-frank-capras-iconic-christmas-story/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/radio-play-production-of-its-a-wonderful-life-at-pasadena-playhouse-enhances-core-joys-of-frank-capras-iconic-christmas-story/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:00:49 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108325 In the 1930s and ’40s, when the Golden Age of radio reached its apex, television was not yet a mainstream entity, and Americans struggling through the Depression and World War II congregated around radios to listen to favorite programs, entertainers like Jack Benny and Bing Crosby, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s legendary fireside chats. By […]

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Trax 12.13.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/trax-12-13-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/trax-12-13-18/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:00:34 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108332 VARIOUS ARTISTS, Something Shocking From the Stocking (JoZee): ***½ If traditional Christmas carols make you green as the Grinch, this 19-track rock and punk collection might jingle your bells. From the confrontational churn of Santa Sabbath and the Real Oh My (featuring Mike Watt) to the stomping soul of the Schizophonics (“Casbah Christmas Party,” a […]

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NYC combo Svetlana & the Delancey Five brighten PBDA swing dance Saturday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/nyc-combo-svetlana-the-delancey-five-brighten-pbda-swing-dance-saturday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/nyc-combo-svetlana-the-delancey-five-brighten-pbda-swing-dance-saturday/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:00:18 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108320 In the spirit of the holiday, organizers of the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association’s Saturday night swing dance are planning a Jingle Bell Jack & Jill contest for the evening, with prizes for the top lead and follow. They’re also importing a snazzy ensemble for the occasion, Svetlana & the Delancey Five. Based in New York […]

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Theater leaders hope broadcasts of the Bard’s timeless plays from London to American cinemas will spark interest in Pasadena productions https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/06/theater-leaders-hope-broadcasts-of-the-bards-timeless-plays-from-london-to-american-cinemas-will-spark-interest-in-pasadena-productions/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/06/theater-leaders-hope-broadcasts-of-the-bards-timeless-plays-from-london-to-american-cinemas-will-spark-interest-in-pasadena-productions/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:00:38 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108205 On this side of the Atlantic, we often hear of fabulous productions of Shakespearean plays being staged over on the West End and elsewhere in London, with renowned actors like Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred as “Hamlet” in 2015 at the National Theatre. Rarely are those shows revived in New York or LA, so unless we […]

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