| Oct 23, 2012
| 2:52 PM
If Tom Waits and Ella Fitzgerald had a baby, it would be Golden Afternoon.
The Huntington Beach band performed a set of unique and creative songs, as well as covers, to an intimate crowd at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa on Monday night.
| Mar 27, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Growing up, Dallas-born, Nashville-raised singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose initially rebelled against her country roots. Well, maybe "rebellion" is too strong a term.
"As a teenager I'd tell my parents, 'I'm going to play in a punk club and y'all stay...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 8:26 AM
Best Singer-Songwriter: Becky Kessler
Becky Kessler's sound is moody and low, electric, resonant, and influenced by a combination of folks like Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Morphine, Chris Whitley, Tom Waits and Nina Simone. She's been in the process...
| Oct 12, 2011
Robert Boochever, a judge who honed his legal skills in the wilds of pre-statehood Alaska before his elevation to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 94.
Boochever died of natural causes at his home in Pasadena on Sunday, the court...
| Oct 9, 2011
| 3:04 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
What’s Bjork going on about now? The Icelandic singer transforms herself into the world’s wiggiest science teacher amid the ultra-ambitious, sometimes lovely, more often ponderous or precious “Biophilia”...
| Oct 23, 2011
| 12:39 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
In a recent interview, Tom Waits mentioned that while recording music, “You have to work with people that know when to trick you.”
Coldplay pays lip service to the element of surprise on its fifth studio album, “Mylo...
| Oct 2, 2011
| 7:51 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
“All aboard,” Tom Waits hollers at the outset of his 17th studio album, “Bad as Me” (Anti).
It’s an invitation to a typically wild ride through the nether regions of Waits’ subconscious, a...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Willis Earl Beal wandered through most of his 28 years on the planet without a steady job or much direction until his loneliness become so consuming that he began to sing. Now he finds himself as a labelmate of Radiohead, M.I.A. and Adele. His debut album...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Dmitry Samarov, like Travis Bickle, is God's lonely man, cruising the streets of Chicago, watching for your arm to shoot out and beckon him, taking note of the odd, offhanded things you say after you climb into his cab.
He is a taxi driver, and with...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 9:05 AM
It started with a story for a magazine. In 2008, during a trip to Japan, New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear decided to write about cellphone novels, a phenomenon — involving young women writing largely for young women, posting fiction from...