September 22, 2011 |
Vevo, an online music video start-up, is pressing play on its latest product — a Facebook app that lets bands and musicians showcase their music, sell albums and merchandise, live stream concerts and collect mail addresses from their fans, among other things. The New York company, jointly owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, is the latest player to dive into the crowded do-it-yourself market for apps and services for musicians. Digital start-ups such as ReverbNation, RootMusic, Bandcamp, Topspin and Songkick, as well as established giants such as Live Nation Entertainment, are rushing to be the online broker between bands and fans on Facebook and other digital platforms.
September 28, 1986
The real reason bands like Billy & the Beaters, Jack Mack & the Heart Attack and other bands of equal caliber are ignored by the record companies is so simple and stupid that nobody wants to admit it ("Bar Bands Make the Rounds," by Don Snowden, Sept. 21): No matter that the type of music played by these bands is very popular all over the country in almost every bar in the country, the simple truth is the people who hold the power at the record labels just don't like this kind of music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1992
Somewhere lost in the shuffle of the NEA debates and arguments over what art the government should fund and even if the government should fund art, is the following fact: The Bush Administration, while cutting the overall military budget, has upped the budget for 91 military bands from $194.1 million to $195.2 million. These 91 bands receive $20 million more than the entire NEA budget. These 91 bands are actually getting an increase in budget while bases that have provided the economic backbone for many areas are closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997
Re: "Students March to Beat the Bands," Nov. 10. It is always enlightening to read about the great things teenagers are doing, but sadly programs like marching band are the first to feel the sting of budget cuts. The article mentions the opportunity for middle school students to look up to older musicians. Unfortunately, it is the programs in the feeder schools that get cut first. Having a background in music myself, I understand the importance of these feeder programs. It should be mentioned that this budget struggle is constant and vital to the continuance of the great bands that the Los Angeles area is so lucky to have.
September 29, 1989 |
On a sun-drenched USC field, under orders, they stand in a torture drill like unflinching flamingos. Then comes the running of laps while toting pounds of polished brass. Nearby, perched on a platform 20 feet above the lawn, their leader, Arthur Bartner, flies into overdrive, arms waving, hips boomeranging, voice exploding into a microphone: We are in this thing together! We've got one or two guys out there who are not with the program! I'm just not going to accept that! Everyone, again!
November 9, 2012 |
Marc Rose and Med Abrous, owners of Hollywood's the Spare Room bar, like to support L.A. artists and high-minded causes. The Echo Park band Spirit Vine enjoys getting outside its Eastside comfort zone once in a while. And Paul Beahan, owner of the L.A. indie record label Manimal, just loves "freakin' people out. " Fine, you say. But what's any of this got to do with bowling, male facial hair or testicular cancer prevention? Glad you asked. This month, those mix-and-match imperatives are rubbing shoulders in the "Manimal for Movember" live-music benefit at the Spare Room, the neo-Gilded Age gaming parlor and cocktail lounge that threw open its doors in January 2011 on the mezzanine level of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.