Author Archives: Bob Lee

Yoshiki Dazzles With Private Performance At Launch Party For His Self-Directed Concert Film And Pommery Champagne Edition

Yoshiki, the prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist whose solo Requiem Tour hit the Dolby Theater last month, threw a party at the Ross House in the Hollywood Hills  last weekend. The event celebrated the release of a new concert film, his … Continue reading

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The Darkness Envelops The Wiltern For Its 20th Anniversary

Justin Hawkins rocking the Wiltern. Photo by Bob Lee for the LA Beat.  It’s a strange thing, watching the Darkness play a full show in celebration of a twenty -year-old record with a fifty-year-old sound. Their appeal is easy to … Continue reading

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Uncover The Meaning Of Life House In The Ten-Disc Super Deluxe Edition of Who’s Next

What is Life House? Does Life House exist? If it does, what exactly is it? What is the meaning of Life House? These are questions that Who fans have asked since first hearing it described by Pete Townshend in interviews … Continue reading

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Os Mutantes Bring The Psychedelic Psamba To the Ford

In the history of Great Second Acts for rock bands, one of the most rewarding returns to the stage has to be that of the Brazilian band Os Mutantes. Virtually unheard in the US from the time they started in … Continue reading

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DakhaBrakha At The Ford – Ukrainian Quartet Rakha Our Blakha Off

DakhaBrakha at the Ford. Photo by Bob Lee for the LA Beat. The Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha have a sound that is at once ancient and modern, unlike any other music in my collection but somehow familiar. They are drawing from … Continue reading

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LA Beat Recommends: DakhaBrakha At The Ford This Friday

This Friday, the Ukrainian folk group DakhaBrakha will pay a visit to LA. Their endlessly inventive and stirring sound will inevitably take on a different resonance in the wake of the violence being directed at their homeland. There have been … Continue reading

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Sparks Give “All That and More” to Finish Their World Tour at The Hollywood Bowl

Photo by Bob Lee for the Los Angeles Beat. In the fifty-odd years that they have been a band, Sparks have never been more widely loved by the public than they are at this moment. They haven’t even had a … Continue reading

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Kool & The Gang Bounce The Hollywood Bowl

There is perhaps no live show you can go to that is more deeply joyful and soul-affirming than a funk show with a big crowd. When the band is on, connecting, you can look across the audience and see your … Continue reading

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Dudamel Conducting Verdi’s Requiem At The Hollywood Bowl – Killed By Death Mass

There’s no getting around it, no point avoiding it – the more years you spend on this planet, the more likely you are to end up at a performance by the LA Phil of a famous composer’s Requiem Mass and … Continue reading

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This Is A Hell Of A Week For Good Shows At The Hollywood Bowl

This is your week to indulge in the summertime fun at the Hollywood Bowl, with shows worth going to for the next six days solid. Tickets remain available for all of these, starting near $20. Tonight – LA Phil/ Dudamel … Continue reading

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