California Literary Review


Album Review: Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do


June 21st, 2012

Yet there is power in childishness, and strength in it as well – there is innocence inside of it, and precociousness – and the petulance and raw emotion of a wounded child can strike more sincerely at the chords of the heart than the tantrum of an emotionally-constrained adult ever will.

Ben Vereen Opens Up About Fame, Addiction and Love


June 15th, 2012

I love my public, and if I’m walking down the street and someone wants to take a picture with me, I’m happy to do it. After all, they’ve taken the time to come to my show. Gilda Matthews sent me t-shirts that say “Spread the love,” and I think we should, we don’t have to hoard love any more than we’d hoard water; there’s enough for everyone.

EP Review: Sara Bareilles’ Once Upon Another Time


June 12th, 2012

Opening with such an incredibly slow track, melodic but free of refrain and rambling, is a fairly bold move.

The Cunning Little Vixen, Live-streamed from Glyndebourne Opera House


June 11th, 2012

It has not been an altogether popular production, not least with the huffy Glyndebourne reactionaries who have found plenty to be affronted about in this raunchy, grotty vision of Janácek’s world.

Album Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Here


June 6th, 2012

This is the music of firepits and families, and tells the story of the everyman trudging through this similar, yet often surprising world.

Dance to the Music: National Youth Orchestras of Chile


June 4th, 2012

My father, Hugo Domínguez, had been Hen’s assistant, and one day they were walking in a poor neighborhood, where the kids played soccer barefoot in the dust with a sweater rolled up as a ball. Jorge said to my father, “How many Claudio Araújo’s do you think there are there in that group?” That was his vision.

Trailer Watch: Les Misérables


May 30th, 2012

This is, in showbiz terms, the textbook definition of “a big deal.” After all this anticipation, it will almost certainly become the definitive film version of the show, for good or ill. And so it must be done right the first time. We are a long way from Spider-Man now.

Album review: Silversun Pickups’ Neck of the Woods


May 29th, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins themselves were not the sort of people who listened to Melon Collie on repeat while reading Philip K Dick novels, not taking any drugs and staring at their own socked feet on the end of their bed. Silversun Pickups are.

Album Review: The Shallows from I Like Trains


May 26th, 2012

If ever there was a soundtrack for a party held on the oil-drenched shore of a Malibu beach house in Blade Runner, this is it.

Album Review: Iggy Pop’s Après


May 18th, 2012

To those unacquainted with Iggy Pop’s vocals let it be known that they are not merely idiosyncratic, they are bewitching – a feast of aural mesmerism that groans, quavers, and wavers with bass-driven emotion.

Album Review: Nick Waterhouse’s Time’s All Gone


May 8th, 2012

There is the distinctly unnerving sensation of both familiarity and newness; the sound of another era that growls, glows, and swings all at once while creating something fresh that was never there before.

Album Review: Rufus Wainwright’s Out of the Game


May 7th, 2012

Underneath the skin of the music there is the pulse of the long car trip, songs that tell stories casually and with the easy rhythm of dotted white lines whipping by along the asphalt.

Album review: Deuce’s Nine Lives


May 3rd, 2012

…and we have achieved triple threat; misogyny, racism and homophobia. Quite an achievement for a guy with a vocabulary of about 300 words.

Album Review: This Machine from The Dandy Warhols


April 27th, 2012

At times it’s hard to escape an identity that a band has established over the years, and when a group evolves it can be as awkward as the growing pains of adolescence.

Album Review: Dapayk & Padberg’s Sweet Nothings


April 19th, 2012

Bold, elegant and tender, with enough will towards experimentation to reward repeat listenings enormously this is a tremendous album and an early contender for best of 2012.

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