Category: New Discoveries

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LA Helicopter Noise Initiative

For those of us who feel like Brentwood is starting to sound like Baghdad, a quasi-war zone, with helicopters hovering and circling and buzzing the neighborhoods below, as though we’re being invaded (or reprising Vietnam), relief — or at least a digital venting — has arrived. The LA Helicopter Noise Initiative, in conjunction with the...

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Brody Stevens: Enjoy it!

Originally a Comedy Central documentary-style series that morphed into an HBO Digital series spearheaded by Zach Galifinakis, “Brody Stevens: Enjoy it!” is simultaneously funny, disturbing, encouraging, entertaining and sort of heartbreaking. “Brody” is Steven Brody Stevens, an eccentric but lovable “comedian’s comedian” who suffers from bi-polar disorder (a diagnosis he ultimatey rejects.) The series, which...

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The Comedy Bureau

The Los Angeles comedy scene is so fertile and frenetic that figuring out which funny person is performing where and when can be frustrating — if you’ve not yet discovered “The Comedy Bureau.” Maven and aficionado Jake Kroeger maintains a reliable calendar of events, a frequently updated comedy-centric newsfeed, and a keen sense of who...

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Wake Owl

“The Private World of Paradise,” the latest from Wake Owl, is a trip. It’s trippy. It’s hippy. It’s hip. It’s the 1960’s. It’s now. Those who enjoyed Wake Owl’s debut EP “Wild Countrry” will find “Paradise” a sonic departure from indie-pop-folk. More like…hard to say. (And that’s good.) But the tunes are still subversively catchy,...

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Neurons to Nirvana

Among the catastrophic costs of our absurd “War on Drugs,” the virtual halt to scientific study of the medical benefits of psychotropics is one of the saddest. The stylishly constructed documentary “Neurons to Nirvana” combines archival propaganda footage of the “Reefer Madness” variety with enlightening interviews from some of the leading academics in the field, including...

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Hypercolor

If, like us, you’ve wondered what would happen if a punk band (or at least one with a punky aesthetic of reject-the-rules) had conservatory training and could apply virtuoso technique and advanced understanding of musical structure to their rockin’, kickin’, slammin’ music — the answer has arrived. Hypercolor, the self-titled debut recording of guitarist Eyal Maoz,...

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Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic is one of the most powerful artists of our time. Her medium is performance, the human body as a maker and object of art. In the arresting and illuminating documentary “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” about her landmark 2012 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art — entitled “The Artist is...

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Slow/Fast’s “Settle”

Reedman, composer, Bang-on-a-Can-All-Star and Gutbucket alum Ken Thomson leads his Slow/Fast Quintet – Russ Johnson, trumpet; Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Armstrong, bass; Fred Kennedy, drums — through a universe of musical possibilities on the group’s September, 2014 release “Settle.” Everyone here is a virtuoso, which helps with music as technically demanding and intricate as Thomson’s, but that’s...

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Kira Hooks

The Los Angeles-based Filipino-American singer-songwriter Kira Hooks has a beautiful life ahead of her. Based on her debut recording, “Elephant Heart,” twelve well-produced original songs that defy strict genre categorization — think “jazz and soul-inflected pop” — almost anything’s possible for this extravagantly talented musician. Hooks is a good writer, and a good instrumentalist. But...

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Richmond Confidential

The nice folks at Chevron are attempting to buy another election in Northern California, spending millions to defeat a Proposition that would limit the amount of damage Big Oil can do to the environment. Illuminating coverage of the underhanded shenanigans can be found not in any of the area’s large newspapers but in a maverick...