Author Archives: Bob Lee

Beat Recommends – Lowrider Band at the Starlight Bowl This Saturday

The LA music scene has an extensive and dark history of shady deals, but the one that currently affects the former members of South LA funk pioneers WAR has got to be among the shadiest. Under its terms, one guy … Continue reading

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Live Review – The California Philharmonic Presents Beatles and Beethoven

The California Philharmonic opened its 2015 season last weekend with a truly up-tempo afternoon, pairing Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, which conductor Victor Vener called “the apotheosis of the dance,” with the music of the Beatles. The Sunday afternoon performance at Disney … Continue reading

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An Interview With Alice Bag

In the earliest years of LA’s punk scene, Alice Bag was one of its leading lights. The Bags – or Alice Bag Band, as we on the east coast whose only exposure came via the Decline Of Western Civilization on … Continue reading

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Remembering Ornette Coleman And Our 2010 Interview

“But what I really don’t understand, what is race? Does race have to have anything to do with what you don’t do and what you do do? It shouldn’t be that way. And if it is that way, what is … Continue reading

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Randy Bachman at Saban Theater – Live Review

Randy Bachman’s return to LA last weekend was one of the most welcome sets by a classic-rock veteran in recent memory. During his years in the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, he wrote, sang and played lead guitar on a hell … Continue reading

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LA Wine Fest Saturday – Photo Gallery

Winos of both pro and amateur status, take note – LA Wine Fest is back, and Saturday’s event was a celebration of all things grape-related. A gentle afternoon breeze was taking the edge off the baking sun as we arrived, … Continue reading

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Roky Erickson and Hounds Of Baskerville at the Roxy – Live Review

It’s been ten years since legendary Texan howler Roky Erickson first emerged from decades of untreated physical and mental illness, healthy enough to start performing again.  He’s made half a dozen trips to LA in the years since, and each … Continue reading

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Sushi Roku Pasadena Offers a Preview of its Spring Menu

All photos by Elise Thompson for the Los Angeles Beat. Sushi Roku in Pasadena is renowned for its innovative preparations using classic techniques. Chef Tyson Wong’s new spring menu definitely shows off his playful side. When biting into a chunk … Continue reading

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Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed at LA House Of Blues: Live Review And Photo Gallery

Barney and Shane of Napalm Death at House Of Blues. All photos by Bob Lee for the LA Beat. This winter’s Through Space And Grind tour brought together Napalm Death and Voivod, two of metal’s most forward-thinking bands circa 1988, … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: William Mortensen Slide Show & Book Release Party at La Luz

Paging through the handsome 300-page tome American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen (Feral House), it’s easy to get caught up in the technical brilliance of the photographs, the photographer’s mastery of light and shade, and his use of innovative special … Continue reading

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