Author Archives: Bob Lee

Live Review: Black Flag at House Of Blues Sunset Strip

I want to preface this review by saying one thing – I have a fair amount of reverence toward Greg Ginn. Music that he was involved in, as composer, guitarist or record label executive changed my life forever. Literally, it … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: City Of Butterflies with Jeffertitti’s Nile, May 31

Here’s an event for cool parents to get behind – a show where “kids are free and VIP”, at least for the first two hours. The junior-set VIPs arriving at 6pm will presumably include participants in the “Sock Puppet Sitcom” … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Allen Toussaint At Lyric Theater This Monday

You’ve probably been singing along to Allen Toussaint songs for years, whether you know it or not. Deeply rooted in the good-time music of his native New Orleans, Toussaint has decades of hits under his belt, though most of the … Continue reading

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Live Review – Goblin, Pinkish Black at the Music Box

During their late-seventies heyday, Italian progressive-rock band Goblin never once toured the States or had a properly promoted US release. For the longest time, they remained the sole property of horror-movie buffs that were also heavy-duty record collectors, the kind … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Big Hair – The Life & Times Of Tomata Du Plenty

Tonight (starting in just minutes, I’m sorry I kept you waiting so long to find out!) and tomorrow, Art Beat LA will be presenting the visual art of Tomata Du Plenty, one of LA punk’s most radical and singular figures. … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Louder Than Hell Book Signing This Thursday At Book Soup

Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, authors of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal, will be at Book Soup this Thursday, May 1, “presenting and signing” their voluminous and immensely readable tome, which is now available in paperback … Continue reading

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Book Review: No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes: An Oral History Of The Legendary City Gardens

While the So Cal punk scene has inspired enough publications to fill a shelf, it’s rare that I’ve heard about any serious attempts to recollect what was going on in my neck of the woods, New Jersey, back in the … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Cheetah Chrome and Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs Tonight

Folks with a taste for eardrum-damaging rock and roll guitar of a particular mid-seventies vintage will want to venture out to the Whisky A Go Go tonight – probably for the first time in a long time – for a … Continue reading

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A Terrible Weekend For Proto-Punk: RIP Gary Burger of the Monks and Scott Asheton of the Stooges

This has been a weekend of calamitous loss for fans of hard American music, with the passing of Monks lead singer and guitarist Gary Burger announced on Saturday, with news of Stooges and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band drummer Scott Asheton’s passing … Continue reading

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Live Review – Prince and the New Power Generation at the Palladium

LA, you blew it. There was room for at least another thousand people to get into the Palladium to see Prince and the NPG last Saturday night. How you let that one slip by, I have no idea. But actually, … Continue reading

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