At a 2016 concert in Palos Verdes for local school kids, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington joined fellow rock stars and the Palos Verdes High choir in singing Bob Dylan’s elegiac “Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” On Thursday, Bennington was found dead in his Palos Verdes Estates home, of an apparent suicide.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Dirk Hamilton performed regularly at the now legendary Sweetwater in Redondo Beach. He returns to the South Bay this Saturday, November 19 for a performance at Alva’s in San Pedro. He recently released “Touch and Go,” recorded and produced by Rob Laufer.)
by Ryan McDonald Flick the volume knob far enough to the right, and the first sound you will hear on “Wait, What?,” the new EP from Kevin Sousa, is the faint murmur of a steady rain. In a state suffering through a five-year drought that even El Niño couldn’t slake, that may qualify as […]
Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts Por Favor, Hermosa Brett Dennen conjures California by way of shimmer and shine
Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts Por Favor, Hermosa Brett Dennen conjures California by way of shimmer and shine by Rachel Reeves Brett Dennen’s folk music conjures the spirit of Southern California — light, happy, the essence of summer — though its influences derive from places as distant as Africa and the Caribbean. His tunes are […]
Summer-long concerts each Wednesday evening at Malaga Cove Malaga Cove is an enclave unto itself, and it’s also one of the first things we see when we drive up from Redondo Beach and into Palos Verdes Estates. In the plaza, landmarked by the statue of Neptune, there are art shows each month, but a little […]
The Blue Ribbons have been flowing with a Stoli or two on the rocks thrown in. Anticipation fills the air. People are wearing local surf shop T-shirts and hats along with those of Black Flag, Pennywise and of course Descendents.
by Whitney Youngs Reggae is in the midst of revival, but to imply the music died and needed reviving is to misunderstand the movement. It’s less of a revival and more of a revitalization. One of the movement’s key figures is Protoje, a vibrant singer with eclectic tastes who seeks to re-energize the creative spirits […]
by Whitney Youngs Funneling water from a fire hose into a garden hose to put out a blaze doesn’t make much sense, and the same is true for running rich, low-fidelity sounds through a high-tech professional audio recording system. Producer and entrepreneur Scott Eric Olivier, who has worked with a wide range of artists, from Michael […]
Mike Watt keeps sailing around the country, but always finds himself returning to the South Bay by Ryan McDonald It took a postcard for Mike Watt’s dad to finally understood punk rock. It was the early ‘80s, and the bassist was on tour with Minutemen, the seminal San Pedro group he co-founded with singer/guitarist D. […]
Georgette Gantner brings live music to a local picture gallery Last month the Torrance Art Museum tried something a little different. In the main gallery, surrounded by four walls of art, a small jazz combo performed. It was a soft opening, you might say, and the turnout was modest, but the event heralded a new, […]