It’s kind of a glorious time to be a punk rocker in Los Angeles.
Who could have imagined “X Day” at Dodger Stadium? But there it was, this past August, with LA’s professional baseball club honoring the city’s most decorated punks, and then the Grammy Museum following suit in October with an exhibit dedicated to the acclaimed band.
Fearless freaks and purveyors of rapturous live shows, both visually and aurally, The Flaming Lips will land their rock ‘n’ roll spaceship in Pomona Monday, October 9 for an 8:30 p.m. performance at the Fox Theater.
And though the band has upped its game on the production end of things since 2005—fans can expect substantially more than balloons and blood at Monday’s show—The Lips’ 56-year-old singer, lyricist and co-songwriter Wayne Coyne’s mantra remains charmingly intact: let’s love one another for a while.
Local heavy rock band Ojos Rojos is releasing a new five song EP Friday, “Sons of Love and Death,” and will be celebrating with a free 10 p.m. record release show at The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont.
The Claremont-based band blends the riff-heavy psychedelia of desert rock with the snotty but tuneful Manchester sound.
The Dustbowl Revival is making a mid-career pivot. The acclaimed Venice, California band—which plays a free outdoor show Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Scripps College’s Bowling Green—released its new self-titled record last Friday, and fans may be surprised to hear some of the new flavors in the grooves.
David Lovering is loving his life a lot. The 55-year-old drummer is touring the world with his famously dysfunctional band, Pixies, but any signs of the old acrimony have long dissipated. In fact, being a Pixie these days is downright fun.
“We’re getting along incredibly well, and that’s the best thing about it,” Mr. Lovering said.
Nostalgia can be a tricky business. Sure, there is joy to be found in re-living pleasant memories, but if you choose to stay in the past you run the risk of becoming a novelty.
Janet Klein, who appears tomorrow at Claremont’s Folk Music Center, has solved this conundrum. Ms. Klein, with her band the Parlor Boys, brings a charming authenticity to the music of the early part of the 20th Century.
THE BLACK WATCH PUB: 497 N. Central Ave., #B, Upland. Live music at 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and occasional Sundays. No cover. Info: theblackwatchpub.com or (909) 981-6069.
—Saturday, December 31: British New Year with Paddy’s Pig, 3 p.m.
EUREKA CLAREMONT: 580 W. First St., Claremont. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday; closed at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. “Hoppy” Hour daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Information: (909) 445-8875.
If one is lucky, time can bring an artist a certain degree of gratitude, and the decades spent striving and careering can give way to a moment of quiet where one takes stock of one’s blessings. Dave Alvin, the “King of California,” is there.
“I am a very lucky guy,” the 61-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter said.
The legend of the Violent Femmes’ big break is a classic “Kid, I’m gonna make you a star” tale. It’s 1981, and Chrissie Hynde and the late James Honeyman-Scott happen upon the nascent Femmes busking on the street near the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee, where their band, The Pretenders, is playing that night.
The rockstars offer the upstart kids a slot on the big stage.
It’s not quite the story of Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab’s, but it’s still kinda neat.
“The flute came to me in an odd way,” recalled award-winning Native American flautist Steven Rushingwind. “About 14 years ago I was a painter, living in Joshua Tree, and every time I’d finish a painting I’d always play my flute. It kind of gave it a little blessing.”
Well-traveled troubadour Peter Case returned to Claremont in what has for some time been a favorite stop for the acclaimed singer-songwriter.
“I love the Folk Music Center,” Mr. Case said when the COURIER reached him this week at his San Francisco home. “It’s a great place to play.” Over the many appearances he’s made at the Folk, he’s grown fond of its unique qualities.