Bliss Bowen | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 18 May 2018 19:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 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 Pretty Polly (aka Jessie Payo and Leeann Skoda) celebrate new album ‘Smoking Gun’ at York Manor Friday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/pretty-polly-aka-jessie-payo-and-leeann-skoda-celebrate-new-album-smoking-gun-at-york-manor-friday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/pretty-polly-aka-jessie-payo-and-leeann-skoda-celebrate-new-album-smoking-gun-at-york-manor-friday/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:10:00 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103559 There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned murder ballad to inspire sweet harmony. Arizona native Leeann Skoda was singing with Westside bluegrassers the Get Down Boys at a college show in Pomona about three years ago when she caught a set by fellow LA singer-songwriter Jessie Payo. Bonding over mutual love of old folk and country, […]

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TRAX – 05.17.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/trax-05-17-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/trax-05-17-18/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:55 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103561 LEON BRIDGES, Good Thing (Columbia): ***½ The limber crooner stays focused on matters of the heart, but where his splendid 2015 debut “Coming Home” vocally evoked Sam Cooke and ’60s Motown in arrangement, this smooth follow-up recalls early ’70s soul ensembles like the Stylistics, with seductive grooves (“Shy”) and jazz lines rippling through standout tracks […]

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LitFest Pasadena brings 150 authors, artists and speakers to the Playhouse District Saturday and Sunday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/litfest-pasadena-brings-150-authors-artists-and-speakers-to-the-playhouse-district-saturday-and-sunday-2/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/litfest-pasadena-brings-150-authors-artists-and-speakers-to-the-playhouse-district-saturday-and-sunday-2/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:13 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103587 Savvy culture consumers shouldn’t be surprised if they spot the likes of bestselling “White Oleander”/ “The Revolution of Marina M.” novelist Janet Fitch, poet/filmmaker Edoardo Ponti, or Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Inside Amy Schumer” writer/producer Jessi Klein enjoying a literary pub-style trivia contest or a walking tour around the Playhouse District this weekend. Thanks to […]

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Trax – 05.10.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/trax-05-10-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/trax-05-10-18/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:40 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103446 BRENT COBB, Providence Canyon (Low Country): **** The Georgia-raised songwriter’s Grammy-nominated “Shine On Rainy Day” was one of 2016’s most impressive releases, and this follow-up — likewise recorded with cousin and Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton/Jason Isbell producer Dave Cobb — ingratiates with a similarly melodic ’70s vibe while exploring the Southern country-funk-rock nexus. Cobb’s a smart […]

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Psychologist Lorin Lindner discusses inspiring new book ‘Birds of a Feather,’ about sanctuary for wounded veterans and parrots, at Vroman’s https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/psychologist-lorin-lindner-discusses-inspiring-new-book-birds-of-a-feather-about-sanctuary-for-wounded-veterans-and-parrots-at-vromans/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/psychologist-lorin-lindner-discusses-inspiring-new-book-birds-of-a-feather-about-sanctuary-for-wounded-veterans-and-parrots-at-vromans/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103427 Serenity Park, founded by clinical psychologist Lorin Lindner, is a nonprofit sanctuary for parrots and military veterans with trauma issues, tucked inside the 387-acre Veterans Administration Medical Center grounds in West LA. Strolling between its 16 spacious aviaries, the mad vehicular rush on Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway sounds as muffled as eucalyptus leaves […]

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Trax 05.03.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/trax-05-03-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/trax-05-03-18/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:57 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103268 BIRDS OF CHICAGO, Love in Wartime (Signature Sounds): 3 ½ stars Striking a balance between the austere reverence of 2016’s Joe Henry-produced “Real Midnight” and the easy rusticity of last year’s “American Flowers” EP, clarinetist/banjoist Allison Russell and guitarist/husband JT Nero’s third studio album frames their fervent vocal chemistry and Nero’s poetic, metaphysical lyrics with dynamic […]

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Sean Wheeler & the Reluctant Messengers continue their May Redwood Bar residency with longtime pals Fatso Jetson Wednesday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/sean-wheeler-the-reluctant-messengers-continue-their-may-redwood-bar-residency-with-longtime-pals-fatso-jetson-wednesday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/sean-wheeler-the-reluctant-messengers-continue-their-may-redwood-bar-residency-with-longtime-pals-fatso-jetson-wednesday/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:37 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103259 May is a good month for fans of LA punk veterans who’ve gone to roots. Sean Wheeler, whose bands Mutual Hatred, Sun Trash and especially Throw Rag have kept him at the forefront of the desert punk and rock community since the 1980s, will be trekking into town from the Coachella Valley each Wednesday for […]

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Bestselling author Christopher Moore discusses his hilarious new novel ‘Noir’ at Vroman’s tonight https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/bestselling-author-christopher-moore-discusses-his-hilarious-new-novel-noir-at-vromans-tonight/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/bestselling-author-christopher-moore-discusses-his-hilarious-new-novel-noir-at-vromans-tonight/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:30 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103256 That bestselling novelist Christopher Moore’s page-turner “Noir” opens with discovery of a dead body and wraps its prologue with foreboding mention of a blonde — “the dirty kind” — is de rigeur in a mystery set in 1947 San Francisco. That said corpse is leaking blood alongside an empty crate labeled “DANGER!” and that irreverent […]

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TRAX – 04.26.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/trax-04-26-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/trax-04-26-18/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:37 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103109 LIZ BRASHER, Outcast (Fat Possum): *** The Memphis singer/guitarist grew up in North Carolina singing hymns in a Spanish church, and claims Dominican and Italian ancestry and the Beatles, Delta blues, Dylan, Mahalia Jackson and the Staple Singers as musical antecedents. The sonic cocktail Brasher (rhymes with “Frazier”) fashions from that may not seem discernibly […]

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Chelsea Williams caps One Colorado’s Happy Hour Week Tuesday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/chelsea-williams-caps-one-colorados-happy-hour-week-tuesday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/chelsea-williams-caps-one-colorados-happy-hour-week-tuesday/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:15 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103102 Heartfelt songs, striking vocals and relaxed informality will highlight a series of acoustic concerts at One Colorado’s courtyard this week. Having kicked off with Katie Ferrara on the 25th, Happy Hour Week continues with performances by native New Zealander Eden Iris (tonight, Thursday, April 26), Eagle Rock’s Eric Kufs (Saturday, April 28), Pasadena-raised soulman Chris […]

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