• Hitting the Heart(beat)


    Louie Cruz Beltran Embodies the Last Soldier of Spirituality

    By Kym Cunningham, Contributing Writer Although many musicians speak of feeling the rhythm of their music, few embody it the way that percussionist, singer and all-around musician

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  • FRIDA @ Long Beach Opera

    When basing a work of art on historical figures or events, you should ask yourself: Would this be interesting if it were pure fiction? This must be an old adage, but it's not popular enough, because too often such works seem to lean on the crutch of audience familiarity, as if the fact that we know/care about real-life such-and-such means the artis

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  • Widow, Pearl Return to the Grand Annex

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude The Grand Vision Foundation brings Dave Widow and The Line Up with Bernie Pearl, June 3, back to the Grand Annex. This the third pairing of these artists in what has become an annual event. On this night, singer and songwriter Widow and The Line Up will

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  • Jazz Giants Deliver Musical Enlightenment

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist   When you go to see a performance by musicians whose very nature it is to play, it’s as though you’ve crossed a threshold. The seamless flow between their individual expressions, the continuity of harmony, the building of melody and bridges, and

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  • Local Band Hangout Jams with Elan Atias

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Elan Atias of the Wailers recently performed a special acoustic set while hanging at the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar. The jam was the third concert of Local Band Hangout, a live music series. Atias is best known for performing with The Wailers on and o

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  • Philip Glass’s THE PERFECT AMERICAN @ Long Beach Opera

    Philip Glass just won't go away. That's a good thing. In this 21st century of ours opera needs a guy who can marry classical orchestral paradigms with the computer age, all strange loops and binary repetitions and cold confusing realities, some new to modernity, some as old as wishing upon a star. And God bless him, Glass could not have picked a

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  • Director Kickstarts Campaign for Biondi Film

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Radio Jockeys in the United States have occupied a special place in our communities. Operating at once as a community voice that is as familiar as a family friend; a trusted news source and sometimes community therapist.  But the primary role that American r

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  • QM’s Local Band Hangout Makes Waves

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation="bounceInRight"]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The Queen Mary, an attraction in Long Beach since 1967, is making things new again with a breakout live music series, Local Band Hangout. The event happening every third Thursday of the month in the ships art deco style Observat

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  • The Growth of a Musical Legend:

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    A Conversation with Howard Scott

    Correction: A caption on page 14 of the March 2 edition of Random Lengths News incorrectly associated an artist with his former band. Guitarist and songwriter Howard Scott is performing, on his own, March 16 at JDC Recor

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  • REDCAT Stages Expansive Range of Urban Diversity

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist A double billed concert with Steve Lehman and Georgia Anne Muldrow at REDCAT, CalArts on Feb.4, presented both esotericism and consciousness in music. It was a sonic excursion, rooted in the wind of Steve Lehman’s alto sax followed by the sage expressions of Ge

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