Articles by Kurt Orzeck

Special Arrangements

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto turns deconstructed floristry into fine art.

Worlds Without End: The Art of Seonna Hong

The Los Angeles artist surveys the scene from her Mt. Washington home studio.

LIVE: “Weird Al” Yankovic Takes the Hollywood Bowl (7/23/2016)

The entertainer’s gravitas was undeniable in the glow of the Bowl—his first time playing with a live orchestra.

Politicon 2016: Fear, Loathing, and Some Laughter in Pasadena

With tensions at a neck-popping high, the unconventional political convention tries to knead a little levity into the political conversation.

Stumbling Into Brilliance: An Oral History of “The Daily Show”’s Early Years

Even before it was shaping the national conversation and hosting sitting presidents, The Daily Show was skewering the way the media delivers the news. Ahead of their panel at Politicon, the show’s creators and early correspondents tell us how it all came together.

White Zombie, “It Came From N.Y.C.”

Before they became astro creeps, White Zombie were a horror-influenced no-wave group in the New York underground.

In Conversation: Montage of Tim Hecker

With the California sun in his eyes, the dark master of atmosphere and ambience has just released his lightest-ever record, the appropriately titled “Love Streams.” But that doesn’t mean he’s going soft.

PJ Harvey, “The Hope Six Demolition Project”

All good things come to an end.

Parquet Courts, “Human Performance”

Parquet Courts possess a unique skill: making each of their albums sound as if it was their first.

Wind the Clocks: Iggy Pop’s New Leash on Life

Stirring up dirt in the Joshua Tree desert with Iggy Pop and Josh Homme—the world’s smartest Dum Dum Boys—to talk “Post Pop Depression,” this year’s most devastating rock album.

Kate Brady Wins, City and Colour Wows At Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 5

Ariel Rechtshaid knows how to pick ’em.

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, “A Man Alive”

With some infectious dance moments in the mix, “A Man Alive” is a complex journey into the soul with life-affirming side effects.

So Pitted, “neo”

So Pitted pulls the cloth off the table, but instead of trying to execute a magic trick, the band gleefully lets all the dishes crash to the floor.

Breaking: So Pitted

Nathan Rodriguez and his band are boldly going where no rock band has gone before—and fucking around a bit, too.

LIVE: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Gather the Masses at LA Church (2/4/2016)

Canada’s greatest post-rock band provokes introspection, obedience, and awe.

Naked Lights, “On Nature”

“On Nature” continues to energetically vacillate between tight and drifting experimentation.

LOL in DTLA: The 2016 Edition of the Riot LA Comedy Festival Takes Over

This weekend’s fourth edition of the massive alternative comedy fest sprawls across downtown Los Angeles.

Six Degrees of Alt-Comedy Nation: The Inbreeding of Comedy Fest Riot LA’s Lineup

All of your favorite comics—and their favorite comics—will be in downtown LA this weekend.

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