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  • Free and mesmerizing jazz from singer Thurston every weekend

    Free and mesmerizing jazz from singer Thurston every weekend
    Saturday mornings in Burbank have gotten a lot cooler recently, thanks to jazz singer Perlene Thurston’s free, weekly 11 a.m. gigs at Olive Avenue’s Backstage Café. Teamed with the veteran guitarist Doug McDonald, Thurston’s brand of straight ahead jazz vocals are lush and evocative, fraught with warmth and emotion and communicates volumes of psychic information with an instinctive artistry that’s near mesmerizing.
  • Messaround at Viva Cantina: A showcase for 'Messfits'

    Messaround at Viva Cantina: A showcase for 'Messfits'
    Looking out over a roomful of cowboy hats, full-sleeve tattoos, and Ramones T-shirts, Jonny Whiteside — who's been promoting a once-a-month musical series called "The Messaround" at the Viva Cantina in Burbank for the last four-and-a-half years...

    Burbank label, Alive Naturalsound, keeps the record alive

    Burbank label, Alive Naturalsound, keeps the record alive
    Not far from where the old train tracks dead end at the lumber yard in industrial Burbank, there’s a nondescript warehouse that, if one is lucky enough to get inside, turns out to be both a museum-quality, wall-to-wall archive of rock ‘n&...

    Laurence Juber: Awkward start, smooth finish

    Laurence Juber: Awkward start, smooth finish
    Renowned guitar player Laurence Juber possesses such a staggering facility that in performance, his combination of technique, sensitivity, feel, melody and harmonics is nearly overwhelming. The British-born musician, who appears at Burbank's Viva...

    Rude imagination: Lurid, horrific artwork blends B-movie sensibility with professional design

    Rude imagination: Lurid, horrific artwork blends B-movie sensibility with professional design
    At a towering 6 feet 4, artist Bill Rude is a figure somewhat akin to the grotesque and menacing characters which populate his extraordinary work. A full-time effects, graphics and animation professional in film and television, Rude leads a shadowy Jekyll...