There’s a sweet sadness to the music of Daniel Johnston. He has been around for a while and there is an excellent documentary about him, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, from 2005, that chronicles his life and career, as well as his struggles with manic depression and schizophrenia. His songs have been covered often by artists including Beck (covering the song below for an album of Johnston covers by various artists) Beach House, Yo La Tengo and many more. Johnston also has two songs included on the soundtrack for the movie Kids.
Daniel Johnston is playing tonight (11/02/17) at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
Artist Nao Bustamante will be discussing certain works on a walk-through Hammer Museum’sRadical Women exhibit. There will also be music for Latinas Out Loud:Ayer Es Hoy with Sotomayor, Sin Color and Chulita Vinyl Club performing (free)
Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha are playing at The Echo with JJUUJJUU
Metro Art is screening Agnés Varda’s film Mur Murs at Union Station as part of its series of documentaries about Los Angeles (free)
A Giant Dog are playing with Wild Wing and Chief White Lightning at the Bootleg Theater
The Drums are playing at the Fonda Theatre with Methyl Ethel (also Thursday, and Saturday with Slow Hollows)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Ian Sweet opening
“Weird Al “Yankovic, John Stamos, Elle King and more will be singing iconic songs from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film as it plays on the Hollywood Bowl movie screen
Dopium.LA is a one night event in Chinatown where artists will create “original pieces to bring the plaza (aka the “Canvas”) to life through mixed media, from sculptures, paintings and photographs to video and light projections” plus music, food and drink (free but register)
“Cannonball” was The Breeders’ biggest hit off their 1993 album Last Splash. Lead singer Kim Deal started the band (while still with The Pixies) with Tanya Donelly, then with the Throwing Muses. Kim’s sister Kelley, seen in the video, joined later. The lineup for their current tour is Kim and Kelley Deal, Jim Macpherson, and Josephine Wiggs.
This video was directed by Spike Jonze and Kim Gordon.
They are playing with Neutral Milk Hotel and Daniel Johnston at the Hollywood Bowl, tonight, 9/18.
It’s Tarfest at the LaBrea Tar Pits Park- live bands include Hunter Hunted and The Moth & the Flame; there will be live painting by Craig ‘Craola’ Simkins, Nicola Verlato, and devNgosha; as well as food, drink and activities (FREE)- http://www.tarfest.com/