• Exene Cervenka, John Doe Reignite a New Generation

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist For a culture obsessed with youth, authenticity matters. This is especially true if golden age artists are able remain relevant, when decades separate them from their audience. Exene Cervenka and John Doe, members of the punk band X, are perfect exam

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  • Angel City Jazz Celebrates the Iconic Monk

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist In its 10 years, The Angel City Jazz Festival has garnered a reputation as Los Angeles’ most adventurous jazz festival. It features some of the most innovative and original established jazz artists and emerging talent working today with a focus on west coa

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  • Punk is Never Out of Session

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Christian Simac, Contributing Writer Recess Records is the household name within the microcosm of San Pedro punk. First we were given the legendary Minutemen, who put San Pedro on the punk music map,  and brought along neighboring acts like Saccharine Trust, Bla

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  • Grand Annex Showcases Electrifying Hispanic Beats in October

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Melina Paris, Music Columnist One of Spain’s finest guitarists and an all-female salsa band are slated to get all feet on the dance floor this month at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Spanish guitarist El Twanguero performs Oct. 13 and Las Chik

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  • Hancock and Washington Break through New Dimensions at the Bowl

    [vc_row content_placement="top" el_class="frontpagetop"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_separator border_width="2"][vc_column_text]Seeing Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington share the stage would be way too powerful. The masters must be taken in synchronized doses to let us take in the magic. Read More

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    Entertainment for the Masses on Labor Day

    By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer The Los Angeles / Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition presents the largest Labor Day event in the western half of United States, Sept. 4 at Wilmington’s Banning

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  • Nasty Woman Concert Delivers Great Pleasure

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Nasty women gathered all around for the inaugural Nasty Woman Concert Series kickoff July 8 at diPiazza’s Restaurant, Lounge and Nightclub in Long Beach. Named after Donald Trump’s description of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle, this to

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  • Here’s a Concept: Quality Radio in Español

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor A few months ago, I stumbled upon a radio station playing Celia Cruz’s hit song, Carnaval. I lingered on the dial hoping to catch some more cumbia, merengue or salsa. (I grew up listening  to tropical rhy

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  • With Resonance, Jimetta Rose Evokes Metta

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist In a space inhabited with luminous, clouds Jimetta Rose provided both poetry and music, June 30, during her Resonance presentation at Zebulon in Los Angeles. It was about, in her words, “healing tones, words and visuals.”

    Jimetta Rose’s

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  • Standing Where U2 Stood Against the Joshua Tree

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Lyn Jensen, Contributing Writer In the darkness of the reactionary Reagan era, U2 lit a candle, an unforgettable fire of music that mattered. Throughout the 80s these four white Christian street punks from Dublin — Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. — gave us songs that honored M

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