Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

By Don Heckman It’s that time of year again.  Thanksgiving Day has arrived.  And here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many  reasons I have to be thankful. Let’s start with my most important reasons to be thankful: For my beautiful, loving, caring wife: Faith For my two incomparable children: Allegra and Alex… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

Live Jazz/Rock/Fusion: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein On Wednesday night UCLA Live presented John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension to a hugely enthusiastic if not quite capacity crowd at Royce Hall.   This was an opportunity to get a glimpse of a cornerstone figure in the jazz/rock/fusion field and, moreover, of a man who puts his music on a vigorous… Read More Live Jazz/Rock/Fusion: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension at Royce Hall

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead…Reborn

by Casey Dolan Conrad Keely sits behind a desk sketching. His alert brown eyes dart up, absorbing what bandmates Jason Reece and Kevin Allen are saying regarding the upcoming album for …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. The academic Keely provides a deep foil for Reece, who displays a voluptuous, convivial athleticism. Reece is talkative despite… Read More …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead…Reborn

The Dears Disappoint at the Key Club

by Casey Dolan The Canadian band, The Dears, led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Murray Lightburn and his wife Natalia Yanchak on keyboards, have had a hard time keeping it together since its inception in 1996. Mass defections have occurred and the married couple remain the only constant. The current and fourth studio album, “Missiles,” is full of… Read More The Dears Disappoint at the Key Club