Month: April 2006

No LNG

An SUV in the parking lot of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center pulls double duty as a billboard protesting LNG at last Wednesday’s highly controversial public hearing on the...

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Good-bye to the Livery … for now

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Still, the inevitability of the circumstance doesn’t make it feel any less like receiving a bucket of ice to the face: After five years of serving Ventura County’s all-ages music community, Blackbird Music is bringing an end to its Sunday night concerts at the Livery Theater. Citing the upcoming deadline for the renewal of its insurance policy, the Ventura-based promotion company/ record label has announced that June 11 will mark the final show at the historic former horse stable, which will return — for the moment, anyway — to being the exclusive home of Ventura Area Theatre Sports. “Over the last two years,” wrote Blackbird head Brian Parra in a letter posted on its Web site, “we have had diminishing returns when it comes to benefits to cover the cost of the policy, and attendance at individual shows has dropped to the point where from week to week just covering the rent for the theatre was becoming uncertain.” Indeed, the Livery’s prominence as the county’s top spot for live local music has dipped considerably in recent months, a fact Parra attributes to the glut of venues that have sprung up in its wake. But with the theater’s reign coming to a close, that surplus is again looking more like a deficit. Aside from Alpine, which, with rooms both upstairs and downstairs, may...

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~ WORTH THE DRIVE ~

Ladytron By taking their name from a song off Roxy Music’s visionary debut, Liverpool’s Ladytron make their modus operandi immediately known: This is 21st century glam, with an emphasis on the “21st century” part. Feminizing the fashion-conscious ‘tude of dudes like Marc Bolan and David Bowie and throwing them into modern machinery, the band created a hybrid sound fusing disco and new wave with pop and electroclash, utilizing a detached European iciness that made them the toast of the indie scene when their debut long player, 604, hit in 2001. For Witching Hour — their third album, held up...

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