2014 Archive Stories

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  • Babyface bringing back romance at the Grove By: VANESSA FRANKO, STAFF WRITER
    Like a modern-day Lord Byron, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is a poet of love, penning romantic verse that
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • St. Lucia impresses in L.A., heads to Santa Ana By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Modern indie electro acts, like their synth-pop forebears from the ’80s, tend to function one of two ways
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Review: Remake builds a subtler 'RoboCop' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    In his spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Leone surrounded Clint Eastwood’s tall, monotone killer with extroverts and comic grotesques who kept the audience primed for action and made his antihero look supercool. In his reboot of “RoboCop” (1987), Brazilian director Jose Padilha does something excitingly similar. He encircles his talle
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Seven sweet spots for Valentine's Day BY THERESA WALKER
    In case anyone out there (hello, dudes) forgot, Friday is Valentine’s Day. If you’ve got a sweetheart – or hope to seal that particular deal today – we suggest these seven romantic ways to celebrate your heart’s content. After all, when you have Orange County, who needs Paris? Savor some c
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Band of Horses still ambitious at acoustic show By: PHILIP COSORES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    The popularity of artists indulging acoustic sets dates back to before MTV Unplugged, KROQ's Alm
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Courtney Barnett a sharp addition to Coachella bill By: PHILIP COSORES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    The Coachella late-add is a phenomenon that takes over many post-lineup announcement discussions, particularly on years when the roster underwhelms or a high-prof
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • New Marvel-themed race coming to Disneyland By SARAH TULLY
    ANAHEIM – Disneyland Resort will host a new half-marathon weekend this fall with a Marvel theme and characters cheering along runners, the company announced Tuesday. The 13.1-mile race will go through Disney’s two theme parks as well as along city streets on a new course yet to be revealed. The Avengers Super Heroes Half Mara
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • Pixies to make Hollywood Bowl debut in fall By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    KCRW’s annual World Festival series at the Hollywood Bowl already looke
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • Bowie's pianist, Hoag doctor change lives with music By LORI BASHEDA
    Nancy DuFault was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 17 years ago. She shakes so much she has trouble bringing a fork to her mouth. But on March 1 she will let go of her walker, take her husband Bob’s hand and dance the Argentine tango. On stage. At Segerstrom Hall. In front of 1,700 people. And making
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • 'True Detective,' 'Friday Night Tykes' among TV's few winter winners BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Is television's Second Golden Age coming to a close? The explosion of quality and novelty that began with “The Sopranos” in 1999 and “Survivor” in the summer of 2000 is still going strong, but that's largely because of the significant number of excellent shows that have been around for a while. The new nuggets are becomin
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars team for tour By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    We knew a tour announcement had to be forthcoming. What other reason would there be for gathering up members o
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Sublime with Rome's frontman slates solo show By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    So December's benefit Mouse House benefit shows from Sublime with Rome didn't sate your appetite for blunt
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Lewis Black brings 'The Rant is Due' to Anaheim BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Lewis Black is known for his quick wit, sharp tongue and no-holds-barred approach to stand up comedy. The 65-year-old’s fiery rants often lead him to tightly ball his fists and cause veins to protrude from his neck and the middle of his forehead, as he vents frustrations via smart satirical bits about politics, religion and basic human stu
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Johnny Carson's best 'Tonight Show' interviews get new life on TCM BY PETER LARSEN
    There was a kind of magic that happened many nights when Johnny Carson, the legendary host of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” invited a Jimmy Stewart or an Angie Dickinson, a Sylvester Stallone or a Lucille Ball onto his stage and into our homes, says documentary filmmaker Peter Jones. For one thing, they’d o
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Krewella heads to Coachella ready to roar By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Some people go to Coachella strictly to spend thre
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Lady Antebellum stays on the road to maturity By: TIMOTHY GUY, STAFF WRITER
    Lady Antebellum – the trio of Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, which has become
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Kristen Bell still rings true in tinny 'Veronica Mars' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    In movies as diverse as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008) and “When in Rome” (2010), Kristen Bell has been a first-rate comic actor with a mastery of pert, fed-up, sometimes wistful deliveries. In “Fanboys” (2009) she was a subtle and beguiling parodist, echoing the spunky, curvy tomboys of George Lucas and S
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • IQs fall as MPH rise in 'Need for Speed' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Can Aaron Paul be as dynamic a big-screen star as he was a cult figure on AMC’s “Breaking Bad?” Not if he acts the way he does as an underground street-racing champ named Tobey Marshall in “Need for Speed.” He glares at the bad guy, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), and lowers and roughens his voice to gravel –
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Arts focus of Santora building gets fuzzier BY ALEJANDRA MOLINA AND RICHARD CHANG
    Kathie Warren was working as a graphic artist when she stumbled upon a thriving art scene in downtown Santa Ana. It was the late '90s. Neutral Grounds, where Lola Gaspar restaurant now stands, would host poetry readings and open mic sessions. She found herself in the presence of muralists such as Emigdio Vasquez and Sergio O'Cadiz.
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • For Foose, 'Overhaulin' is just as often getting back in touch BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    It’s the rare builder who sees design improvements in the gentle curves of a classic Porsche, or who can craft a musical instrument out of a car. Millions of garage monkeys can only dream they had such an eye and the ability to make their visions a reality. But for Chip Foose, “It’s almost a curse,” he said. &ldqu
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Review: 'Captain America' a real marvel BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    “I’m 95 – I’m not dead!” declares Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. You can say that again. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” injects new life into the Marvel movie universe and the superhero genre. The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo fulfill Captain America’s potential as a un
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Schoolboy Q lives up to the hype at the Observatory By: RAMON GONZALES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    The first of a pair of sold-out show
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold plan big shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Arctic Monkeys: Yes, they did co-headline the Hollywood Bowl last year with TV on the Radio, and the Brits, led by Alex Turner (above), finally have
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • 'Mamma Mia' bandleader recalls his O.C. roots BY PAUL HODGINS
    When he was a student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach many moons ago, Kevin Casey wasn’t dreaming of being a professional musician. But then he played keyboards with the Mariners, the school’s show choir, and everything changed. “That was the first time I had ever played with other musicians,” Casey reca
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Review: Down the rabbit hole with Donald Rumsfeld in 'The Unknown Known' By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    “Cheshire Cat.” That’s one note I made after watching Errol Morris’ Q&A-based documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, “The Unknown Known,” culled from 33 hours of interviews the filmmaker conducted with the two-time secretary of defense. Morris himself has since compared Rumsfeld to that grinning feline
    Thu Apr 03, 2014