You either see L.A. or you be L.A. Pokey LaFarge chose the latter. His 2018 move from St. Louis to Los Angeles almost killed him. And quickly. So while Rock Bottom Rhapsody (New West) was written during his demonic downward spiral in the City Of Angels, the album was recorded the next year in Chicago when LaFarge returned to the heartland of the living. These 13 timeless tunes about a dude dead set on destruction are sung by a wretch who reached redemption. It’s not quite a Hollywood ending, but at least LaFarge will be around to make the sequel.