Keven Mcalester

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  • 10 years ago | Longform

    Thirty-five years ago, on June 12, 1970, Pittsburgh Pirate and future Texas Rangers pitcher Dock Ellis found himself in the Los Angeles home of a childhood friend named Al Rambo. Two days earlier, he'd flown with the Pirates to San Diego for a fou...

  • 11 years ago | Longform

    Wednesday, July 22, 1959: As near as he can remember it, Robert LeRoy Miller was just sitting on the porch of his parents' home. He was 13, about to enter the seventh grade, and he'd been idling away his summer in a languid blur of marbles, neighb...

  • 14 years ago

    Well, this is disappointing. There are better synth-pop songwriters than Richard James. (Stage name: Aphex Twin.) There are better electronic-music composers, better drum 'n' bass programmers, better ambient musicians, better found-sound collector...

  • 15 years ago

    Among Dave Matthews' charms, quality has never been chief. He traffics in standard-issue folk-pop that occasionally gets confused with something greater--mainly because Matthews, like Sting, has learned that by adding the vaguest suggestion of wor...

  • 15 years ago

    Listening to Shipping News is a bit like getting into a drunken car accident: You're not entirely sure what just happened, but you're almost certain you don't want it to happen again. The band's songs favor length: Their average duration is about ...

  • 15 years ago

    Afew years ago, former New Times Los Angeles music editor Keven McAlester (who once held down the same post at the now-defunct Met) came up with a system to determine the worst albums of the year, a scientific formula that separated the chaff from...