Author Archives: Bob Lee

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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Sheila E Opens The E Spot In Grand Style

For the Grand Opening weekend of her new club venture the E Spot Lounge, situated directly above Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City, Sheila E decided to christen the place herself with a rare club appearance. The multi-instrumentalist has put together … Continue reading

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James Williamson & Friends, Cheetah Chrome With Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs – Live Review and Photo Gallery

When the Stooges splintered in 1974, they left unfinished business: at least two albums’ worth of songs that never received a proper studio recording. There’s an entire chunk of the band’s history when James Williamson and Ron Asheton were both … Continue reading

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“Hardcore DEVO Live!” at The Egyptian with Q&A

When Devo first arrived on the rock scene in 1978, they seemed to have arrived fully formed, their de-evolutionary concept and absurd visual aesthetic already developed. By the time of their Warner Bros, debut, the group had been honing this … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: James Williamson & Cheetah Chrome

This Friday night presents no small dillemma for the proto-punk nut seeking live entertainment in LA. You’ve got the Dictators NYC (Manitoba and Ross but not Andy Shernoff) with the Angry Samoans at the Roxy, and you’ve got the Pagans … Continue reading

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