Brian Wilson Delivers a Gift with ‘Christmas Album Live’ at Cerritos Center for Performing Arts

By DAN MACINTOSH The first few songs into Brian Wilson’s The Christmas Album Live concert were awkward and – truth be told – just a bit creepy. Wilson, who required help walking to, and sitting […]

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Review: Sparks Captivates Audience at The Palace with Palette of Songs from Catalog

By DAN MACINTOSH Sparks ended its Hippopotamus Tour with a rousing performance at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Backed by a strong and enthusiastic five-piece band, brothers Russell (vocals) and Ron Mael (keyboards) […]


Crooked Flower Dreams Up a Unique Ska-Rock Collection with ‘Into The Light’

By JOHN DALY Psychedelic rockers from Northern California, Crooked Flower, have produced a dreamy ska-rock collection with their latest album, Into The Light. It’s a wide-ranging musical landscape that Crooked Flower is securely planted in. […]


For Richard Thompson ‘The Rattle Without’ Gives ’13 Rivers’ Its Appeal

By DAN MACINTOSH The album 13 Rivers finds Richard Thompson in a comfortable rock trio workspace, playing alongside drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk. These two talented musicians also regularly tour with Thompson, so […]

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REVIEW: Rastafarian Message Not Lost During Fun at KCRW’s Reggae Night XVII

By DAN MACINTOSH HOLLYWOOD, CA – KCRW’s Reggae Night XVII demonstrated reggae music’s wide diversity. Whether you came for dread serious beats, spiritual meditation or lighter lover’s sounds, you likely left happy. Protoje, fronting a […]

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Record Review: Good Field’s ‘Surface Tension’ Impresses with Diverse Sound

By DONNA BALANCIA Good Field has scored another winner with the album Surface Tension, a beautiful work that incorporates diverse sounds from different eras to elicit tremendous emotional response. The Austin-based outfit has mastered a […]