Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween musings

Happy Halloween!

I wish everyone a safe and fun day!! And for my friends on the East Coast, I also want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'll try to send you some of my California sunshine!


Circus Vargas in Arcadia Nov. 22-Dec. 3

Who: Circus Vargas
Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 91066
When: November 22 – December 3
Cost: $20-$65

You’re invited to come see the thrilling world of Circus Vargas.  The new production is full of musical magnitude and is the most exciting, innovative edition ever! 

See what new surprises await you and your family under the big top like the all NEW HUMAN ROCKET!  The first in Circus Vargas’ 43 year history. 

Arrive thirty minutes early for the interactive pre-show, where your KIDS are the STARS in center ring!

Tickets and show times at or 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861).

Upcoming Nederlander concerts week of Oct. 31


An Evening With Jonas Brothers
ON SALE                               Sat., Nov. 3 at 10:00 AM
SHOW DATE                       Nov. 27 & 28 at 8:00 PM
TICKET PRICES                   $89.50 / $69.50 / $49.50


Clay Aiken Joyful Noise Tour
Clay Aiken
ON SALE                               Fri., Nov. 2 at Noon
SHOW DATE                       Fri., Dec. 21 at 8:00 PM
TICKET PRICES                   $69.50 / $49.50 / $39.50

DSB (America's Favorite Tribute to Journey)
Plus special guest The PettyBreakers (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute)
ON SALE                               Fri., Nov. 2 at Noon
SHOW DATE                       Sat., Jan. 12 at 8:00 PM
TICKET PRICES                   $20.00 / $22.50 (day-of-show)

ON SALE                               Fri., Nov. 2 at Noon
SHOW DATE                       Feb., 6 at 8:00 PM
TICKET PRICES                   $85.00 / $65.00 / $45.00

Upcoming Goldenvoice concerts week of Oct. 31

On Sale Friday!
Everclear with special guests Eve 6, NamesakeNovember 18th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $31.50 / on sale 11/2 @ 10am
Goldenvoice and The Hip Hop Gods present
The Hip Hop Gods Classic Tourfest Revue! 
Public Enemy 
with X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School, Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), Son of Bazerk & No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy DMX and DJ Johnny JuiceDecember 13th / Club Nokia / Doors: 7:30pm / $29.50-$35 GA adv, $40 GA dos, $48.50 VIP/PIT / on sale 11/2 @ 10am

The 95.5 KLOS Christmas Show 
Starring The Doobie Brothers, KLOS All Star Band and so much more!
December 13th / Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Doors: 7pm / $49.55, $59.55, $69.55, $79.55, $125 / on sale 11/2 @ 10am
2nd show added!
KCRW presents
Local NativesJanuary 28th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $25 / on sale 11/2 @ 10am

February 17th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7:30pm / $20 / on sale 11/2 @ 10am

Ra Ra Riot
February 12th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $20 / on sale 11/2 @ 10am

On Sale Saturday! 

January 24th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $25 / on sale 11/3 @ 10am

Cockney Rejects and Youth Brigade
February 18th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $20 adv, $22 dos / on sale 11/3 @ 10am

Added Support
with Anna NelsonNovember 1st / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / ADV $20, DOS $25, VIP $35 / on sale now

Dom Kennedy 
with special guests Ty Dolla $ign, Niko G4 and Audio PushNovember 23rd / Club Nokia / Doors: 8pm / GA $25 adv, GA $28 dos, VIP $35 adv VIP $40 dos, $50 Meet and Greet / on sale now

Zion I and Minnesota 
with Free The RobotsDecember 14th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $22 / on sale now

The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza 10th Anniversary 
with Gustafer Yellowgold and Wild WondersDecember 6th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 6pm / $22.50 / on sale now

The Vaccines 
with San CiscoFebruary 14th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $25 / on sale now

January 16th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $20 / tickets from the 10/24 show originally taking place at the Fonda Theatre will be honored on the new date or refunds at point of purchase 

Sandy Ross in North Hollywood Nov. 1

Thursday, November 1st
8 pm (one 50-min. set)
Republic of Pie
11118 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: 818-308-7990
(Lots of other performers, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Great pie and coffee drinks. Go to to see the night's lineup and the menu. Neat new place to play if you're a performer looking for places. . .come check it out.)
Sunday, November 4th
9 pm (one 50-min set)
the Talking Stick
1411C Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA
Phone: 310-450-6052
(Music starts at 7 pm and goes to 10. Other performers on that night are Jody Alis and Susan Rumor.)

Upcoming Live Nation concerts week of Oct. 31


On Sale Friday November 2 at 10 AM:
Power 106 Announces:
Featuring Performances By:
Plus Special Surprise Guests & More!
Gibson Amphitheatre
Friday – December 14

On Sale Saturday November 3 at 10 AM:
Pantages Theatre
November 27 & 28

On Sale Friday November 2 at 12 Noon:
-Reuniting with the band’s original vocalist, Jim Lindberg!
With Special Guests:
Strung Out - Pulley
Hollywood Palladium
January 18, 2013

Eminem to executive produce Skylar Grey album

 13-time GRAMMY winning producer, songwriter and rapper Eminem has signed on as executive producer of the hotly anticipated debut album from five-time GRAMMY-nominated singer songwriter Skylar Grey, it was announced today. The first single, “C’mon Let Me Ride” featuring Eminem, which is produced by Alex Da Kid and mixed by both Eminem and Alex, will be released to all digital retailers on December 11. Grey’s debut album, now titled Don’t Look Down, is due out Spring 2013 from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope

“When I was working on Recovery I was introduced to Skylar by Alex Da Kid and I was blown away with her talent as both a songwriter and vocalist,” said Eminem. “This album is really going to give her a chance to connect with the fans who probably know her music, but might not know her yet.  I think they will be as impressed as I am.”

"Putting out a debut album is a bit scary – I want it to be just right so I took some extra time to finish it. Eminem's increased involvement has been such a blessing; I'm getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust,” said Grey. “Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change. This new single with Em, in particular, is very exciting. We have worked on so many serious songs together – it’s a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic."

“Skylar is one of the first artists that I worked with in a meaningful way. I was immediately impressed with her vision, fearlessness, artistic talent and overall musicianship. I was determined to make her the first artist signed to KIDinaKORNER. KIDinaKORNER was founded on the principals of signing innovative artists that have the ability to blur our perceptions of genres. To me, Skylar Grey represents the embodiment of this principal," said Alex.

The music video for “C’mon Let Me Ride” featuring Eminem was shot in Detroit last week and will also be released with the single on December 11. Currently, Grey can be heard on two tracks on Slaughterhouse’s Welcome to Our House on Shady Records/Interscope  –  the title track “Our House,” which also features Eminem, and “Rescue Me” – and on the song “Building a Monster” on the soundtrack for the new Tim Burton animated film Frankenweenie.

Grey is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is responsible for co-writing some of the most memorable songs to light up the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes sales charts, totaling more than 25 million singles globally.  Grey co-wrote the biggest selling single of 2010: Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” which earned her two GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Song and Best Rap Song of the Year. She also co-wrote and appeared on Dr. Dre’s “I Need A Doctor,” which she performed alongside Dre and Eminem on the 2011 GRAMMY Awards telecast and for which she was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards. This past January, Grey released The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey, which featured special acoustic performances by Grey of three songs she wrote and produced:  the original demo of “Love the Way Part III” (the original “Love the way You Lie” made popular by Eminem and Rihanna), “Coming Home Part II” (originally performed by Diddy-Dirty Money) and “Words” (originally “Words I Never Said,” performed by Lupe Fiasco).

More from Skylar Grey:

Berberian Sound Studio soundtrack to be released


Stream track “The Equestrian Vortex” :
Watch the trailer for Berberian Sound Studio:

Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio has emerged as one of the most critically acclaimed indie films of the year, gaining comparisons to the mastery of David Lynch and Francis Ford Coppola with Time Out London saying the “stylistically ambitious, morally radical, thematically complex work…deserves the highest praise”. This turns out to also be an apt description of the film’s sublime soundtrack, composed by Broadcast (aka Trish Keenan and James Cargill), before Trish’s untimely passing last year.

Initially conceived as the soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, the film-within-a-film (watch opening credits here: around which Berberian Sound Studio unfolds, it would eventually spill outwards to encapsulate the entire world Strickland had created and populated with eccentric, magnetic characters. On it’s own, the music sets a sinister and atmospheric tone that still exists well within Broadcast’s sonic universe.

The film’s plot, which involves a British sound recordist’s slowly degenerating mental state while working in an Italian film studio, has clearly been one driving force behind the music as has the work of pioneering Italian composers such as Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai. Working closely with Strickland as well as the film’s supervising sound editor Joakim Sundstrom, Cargill wove in sound effects, screams and snatches of dialogue in order to bring elements of the film back into the soundtrack. The outcome is the rare piece of film music that not only enhances the visual, but exists on it’s own as an independent work, and one that is an invaluable edition to Broadcast’s inimitable history.

Broadcast 'Berberian Sound Studio' is released on CD, Vinyl & Digital on January 8, 2013. Pre-order from Bleep: & Amazon:


01 A Breeze Through the Burford Spur
02 The Equestrian Vortex
03 Beautiful Hair
04 Malleus Maleficarum
05 Mark of the Devil
06 Confession Modulation
07 Monica’s Fall
08 Teresa’s Song (Sorrow)
09 The North Downs Dimension
10 Collatina is Coming
11 Such Tender Things
12 Teresa, Lark of Ascension
13 Monica’s Burial (Under the Junipers)
14 Found Scalded, Found Drowned
15 Monica (Her Parents Have Been Informed)
16 The Fifth Claw
17 Saducismus Triumphatus
18 The Gallops
19 They’re Here, They’re Under Us
20 Collatina, Mark of Damnation
21 Treatise
22 A Goblin
23 The Equestrian Library
24 The Serpent’s Semen
25 Burnt at the Stake
26 All Chiffchaffs
27 The Curfew After the Massacre
28 Poultry In Mind
29 The Sacred marriage
30 Valeria’s Burial (Under the Fort)
31 Edda’s Burial (Under the Clumps)
32 The Game’s Up
33 It Must’ve Been the Magpies
34 The Dormitory Window
35 Anima di Cristo
36 His World is My Shed
37 Collatina’s Folly
38 Here Comes the Sabbath, There Goes the Cross
39 Our Darkest Sabbath

LA Master Chorale concert Nov. 18

Los Angeles Master Chorale
“Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610”
Grant Gershon, Conductor
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7 pm (Listen Up!, pre-concert talk, 6 pm)

MONTEVERDI              Vespers of 1610

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Concert Tickets: $29 - $134;
Student Rush seats available at box office two hours before the performance;

(Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.)

Artists, program and ticket prices subject to change.

Frank Cano in Fullerton Nov. 3

This Saturday - Nov 3 at Steamers Jazz Club in Fullerton.
8:30 pm - 12:30 am $8.00


Trumpeter, composer, and arranger Frank Cano a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico received his music studies at California State University Long Beach and has gone on to perform with many diverse artist in The United Stated, Canada, Mexico and Asia.

Frank performed for 3 years with legendary conguero Francisco Aguabella with Roberto Torres, Ralfi Pagan, Tony Orlando, Jose Feliciano, Marisela.

For three years Frank was the musical director for the Nosotros/Golden Eagle Awards Show. Frank's debut CD "A Beautiful Day/Un Lindo Dia" has been very well received in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.