There’s something special about a duo. More than a band, where it’s easy to replace a weak or insane link (usually the drummer), a duo has to have complete trust and respect in each other to work. There’s no replacing anyone in a duo, and the fragile nature of that relationship is what can create powerful music and performances. From Lennon and McCartney to Simon and Garfunkel to The Captain and Tennille (well, maybe not the Cap), when a duo works, it works on an entirely different level than a band or a solo artist. If there’s anyone on...Read More
Author: Chris Jay
FAVORITE SHOWS OF THE YEAR | Local scenesters share their picks for the brightest musical moments of 2017
About the best thing anyone can say about 2017 is good riddance. Nonetheless, we reached out to members of the local music scene — including one who was almost killed at the Las Vegas concert massacre and another who lost a house to the Thomas Fire — to find out what shows stood out most and provided a little sonic joy. Pink Mist at the Deer Lodge in Ojai. Heavy, sludgy and the right amount of loud. The crowd was locked in and even though I was doing sound, I was locked in, too. Just a great, great performance....Read More
Imagine if a band just set out to write and record a few great songs. No gimmicks. No frills. Almost a throwback, if you will, to before artists became slaves to genres, scenes and gimmicks. That is exactly what Thousand Oaks’ Goodnight Kiss accomplished with its debut EP, Abandon Ship. And for that reason alone it is one of the better local releases of the year. The EP’s opener, “River Bends,” is simply a straightforward rock song, and its simplicity is what makes it so good. It’s well-written, -performed and -recorded — not to mention that it has an...Read More
You know the scene in countless 1980s movies where a detective investigating a case has to visit a seedy punk rock club? You know how there’s always a house band and a bunch of actors, dressed like stereotypical punks, dancing in the audience? If they cast that band today, members of The Rouse were born to play the part. Sounding exactly like what would happen if a pissed-off Grace Slick fronted an ’80s-era Los Angeles punk band, if The Rouse’s full-length release proves anything, it’s that there’s a good chance one of the best female vocalists in the county...Read More
It’s hard to write a review of the new Chris Hillman album because it can quickly turn into a bio about the mind-blowing career that the man has had, from his time in The Byrds to the Flying Burrito Brothers to the Desert Rose Band. There’s also the fact that you can make a good argument that he helped birth country rock — the good country rock, by the way, not the commercial radio drivel. Hillman is a living legend and to top it off he’s basically a local. Hillman’s latest release, and first in 12 years, Bidin’ My...Read More
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