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Songwriter Jason Isbell reaches for 'Something More' -- Twitter involved

latimes.com — Born just outside the storied music crucible of Muscle Shoals, Ala., the 36-year-old Jason Isbell has been regarded as a songwriter's songwriter since gaining wide acclaim with Southern rock band the Drive-By Truckers. Since leaving the band in 2007, Isbell has released three albums before his breakthrough in 2013 with "Southeastern."

Angel City Jazz Festival lineup looks global for its 2015 lineup

latimes.com — The Angel City Jazz Festival has announced its lineup for its 2015 installment, and much like Los Angeles, it's a sprawling affair. Spanning the city with 13 performances in seven venues from Sept. 25 to Oct.

'Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975': How many Miles do we have left?

latimes.com — My name is Chris, and I am getting tired of Miles Davis. I recognize this is a little like a food critic declaring they are sick of tacos, or - more specifically - a rock writer claiming they've had enough of the Beatles (guilty on that front too, I'm afraid), but this is the knee-jerk response when another lushly packaged dip into the archives arrives on the release calendar.
Jul 17, 2015

My name is Chris, and I'm getting tired of Miles Davis: On the Bootleg Series at Newport, 1955-1975 latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 20, 2015

RT @tedgioia: "My name is Chris, and I am getting tired of Miles Davis...." dld.bz/dM3gB (from @chrisbarton). pic.twitter.com/JPkdmqjAvt

Jul 20, 2015

Too much Miles? @chrisbarton on a new compilation. "My name is Chris and I am getting tired of Miles Davis." latimes.com/entertainment/…

Chris Barton: Brewery tries to bottle the essence of the Grateful Dead

herald-review.com — Can a beer taste like a band sounds? It's an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don't mind asking again and again.

Making the move to the Mac

nzherald.co.nz — The unbearable lightness of a MacBook Air. It's been about 25 years since I last used an Apple computer. My reluctant retirement from the Mac world was forced upon me. At the time I was editing New Zealand PC World, so working on a Mac really wouldn't do - although I always thought the fact that the magazine was produced on Macs was an unacknowledged hypocrisy.

Dogfish Head's American Beauty bids the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well

latimes.com — Can a beer taste like a band sounds? It's an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don't mind asking again and again.
Jul 02, 2015

'Europe 72' and @dogfishbeer's American Beauty didn't quite make me a Grateful Dead fan, but they came close latimes.com/entertainment/…

Makaya McCraven's 'In the Moment' captures the spirit of Chicago jazz scene

latimes.com — Makaya McCraven, "In the Moment" (International Anthem) Home to a wealth of riches such as the Jazz Record Mart, the Green Mill and the ever-fertile Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Chicago's modern jazz scene continues to be one of the most vibrant in the country.

Playboy Jazz Festival keeps the party moving at the Bowl

latimes.com — "We'd like to play a piece for Ornette Coleman," Jason Moran told the Playboy Jazz Festival crowd late Saturday afternoon. Moran was midway though a rambunctious set with his R&B-soaked tribute to Fats Waller, and the Hollywood Bowl crowd, perhaps a little distracted by the approaching dinner hour and occasional low-flying beach ball, didn't respond to the mention of the groundbreaking saxophonist, who died Thursday at age 85.
Jun 14, 2015

My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 14, 2015

RT @chrisbarton: My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 14, 2015

RT @chrisbarton: My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

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Playboy Jazz Festival still an L.A. star after 37 years

courant.com — Even after 37 years, the Playboy Jazz Festival remains the biggest event of its kind for Southern California music fans. Now in its second year as a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic (and Herb Hancock, its creative chair for jazz), the latest installment of the festival is among its strongest in years, particularly for those who never fully embraced its annual nods toward the crowd-pleasing smooth-jazz genre.

Playboy Jazz Festival still an L.A. star after 37 years

latimes.com — Even after 37 years, the Playboy Jazz Festival remains the biggest event of its kind for Southern California music fans. Now in its second year as a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic (and Herb Hancock, its creative chair for jazz), the latest installment of the festival is among its strongest in years, particularly for those who never fully embraced its annual nods toward the crowd-pleasing smooth-jazz genre.
Jun 09, 2015

RT @anthony__wilson: Gerald Wilson's orchestra & I will see to it that the Hollywood Bowl is filled with his spirit on Saturday evening. ht…

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Aug 25, 2015

Lost my mom to ALS 15 years ago today. Unreal. Not sure if it's better or worse that I just now saw the date and remembered.

Aug 25, 2015

"What’s painful about writing is the fear that I can’t realize what I’m envisioning": Must read more Ottessa Moshfegh electricliterature.com/why-we-do-weir…

Aug 23, 2015

@fullyaltered Yeah, I watched them all out of obligation. Nostalgia and a few laughs but...no one can conjure that kind of magic twice.

Aug 23, 2015

Over/Under this week: We're good on young people in NYC stories, and there really is a song called Go Big or Go Home latimes.com/overunder

Aug 21, 2015

Enjoying the Amazon follow-up stories advising the concerned "Oh no no, absolutely, you can still shop there." Let's not get crazy, right?

Aug 20, 2015

Some good news: First wolf pack found in California since long before Taylor Swift was born latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 20, 2015

Could be the antibiotics, but Mac Miller and Mac DeMarco just became the same person in my head.

Aug 15, 2015

Not helping that parched unforgiving hellscape rep with these 100 degree temperatures, Los Angeles.


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