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September 22, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nike has reportedly laid off most of the employees it had working on its line of FuelBand fitness devices, signaling that the sporting equipment giant is likely exiting the wearable-device market. The Beaverton, Ore., company Thursday told as many as 55 employees of the 70-person team it had working on FuelBand devices that their jobs had been cut, according to CNET . The report also said Nike has shelved plans for a follow-up device to its FuelBand SE fitness tracker, which is worn like a bracelet and counts the number of steps users take via a connection to their smartphones through Bluetooth.
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.
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
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.
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 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, Times Staff Writer
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 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
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.
July 18, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Entertainment industry veterans, young musicians and fans of emerging bands will gather Aug. 1-3 at the Vegas Music Summit. Various venues in downtown Las Vegas will host a mix of concerts and workshops, all with an emphasis on nurturing and promoting the city's live music scene. The summit kicks off the evening Aug. 1, when various bands will take to the stages of three clubs: Backstage Bar & Billiards , Beauty Bar and Commonwealth . The afternoons of Aug. 2 and 3 will be chock-full of panel discussions.
July 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
(This story has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.) Converse Rubber Tracks, the musical/marketing concept that the shoe company launched in 2011 with a full-service recording studio in Brooklyn, is coming to Los Angeles in the form of a pop-up studio, and the first roster of bands chosen to participate has been announced. The studio will be popping up at Swing House Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood and will offer no-strings-attached music-making time for young bands and solo artists, who are invited to record a song that will be distributed via Converse's Rubber Tracks website, but which the artists retain the ownership rights to. Those selected for this installment are Holladay, Nola Darling, Rocky Business, Marz Lovejoy, Vince Staples, Def Sound and Coultrain.
April 15, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. " Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely automated, pre- and post-crash stock market of the first two decades of the 21st century, human traders have become superfluous. Stocks are bought and sold inside computers, and a new brand of high-frequency trader is making a fortune thanks to a precious new commodity - speed.
April 12, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
No one remembers full sets at concerts. They remember moments. Snapshot memories of a particular singer's stage maneuvers. An excellent organ solo. An amazing EDM break. A bitter bit of banter from, say, Morrissey about the smell of burning flesh.  The early part of Saturday at Coachella will be defined in my memory for one incident as young band Unlocking the Truth made its festival debut. "Young" is an understatement. The Brooklyn band's members are all in junior high school, but it didn't show.
April 12, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band held up one hand each, making the “V” for victory sign Saturday morning at the opening ceremony for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Five cheerleaders clutching pompoms did the same. And it was almost like looking in a mirror for the performers as dozens of children and adults in the crowd followed suit. It was a "victorious" kickoff to the 19th festival sponsored by The Times. Children sat on parents' shoulders for a clear view of the band; other parents bounced their toddlers on their hips to classic fight songs and even a 1980s favorite, Pat Benatar's “Heartbreaker.” Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein and USC Senior Vice President of Media Relations Thomas Sayles welcomed the crowd, promising two days of exciting events from authors, poets, artists and more.
April 11, 2014
An in-demand bassist who studied under Charlie Haden and has performed with a rich roster of talents that includes Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Nels Cline and Scott Amendola, Todd Sickafoose's knotted and lovely 2008 album, "Tiny Resistors," was one of the top jazz releases of that year. Finally at the cusp of delivering an encore, Sickafoose reunites an all-star band that includes violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg and drummer Allison Miller to premiere a piece dubbed "Bear Proof," a work commissioned by Chamber Music America.
April 11, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
I've been a runner for more than 30 years, but I'm something of a serial monogamist when it comes to fitness classes. (At the moment, I'm hooked on Ken Tietjen's classes at my neighborhood Pilates studio, Whole Body Fitness.) But I know what it's like to be on the prowl for a new class. So we're going to do some of the work for you. Each week, we'll try a new class and let you know what it's like. And, please, let me know if you have suggestions by email or on Twitter ( @mmacvean )
April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"It's the same case -- do the same thing!" So barks Ice Cube to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the new expletive-filled red-band trailer for their upcoming buddy-cop comedy "22 Jump Street," which finds the latter two once again starring as goofball narcs Jenko and Schmidt. The line functions as marching orders for the undercover duo, who busted a high-school drug ring in the 2012 surprise hit "21 Jump Street" and this time around are sent to do the same at a college. (Watch the new red-band "22 Jump Street" trailer here ; parental guidance suggested.)
November 10, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
At a time when most teenagers' musical tastes run more toward rap, rock and pop, thousands of young musicians are showing that marching bands' music can be just as cool. About 3,000 youths from 29 bands and color guards representing schools from throughout Southern California took the field Saturday for the 15th annual Highlander Field Competition at Granada Hills High School.
March 31, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM
A couple of Orange County-based rock acts are scheduled to have videos debut on MTV. "Gettin' Close To God" by National People's Gang debuts this weekend on the "120 Minutes" alternative-rock video program, which runs from 11:30 p.m. Sunday to 1:30 a.m. Monday. The video includes live concert footage shot at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, plus an appearance by the band's manager, former Safari Sam's impresario Sam Lanni.
April 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down. Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game.
April 5, 2014 | By Susan King
Just two weeks after the Beatles' landmark appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964, the British group the Dave Clark Five - the Beatles' biggest rivals in the U.S. - had its own remarkable debut on the hugely popular Sunday night CBS show. It was the start of something big. The DC5 performed "Glad All Over," which had knocked the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the U.K. charts earlier in the year. The members of the group from Tottenham in North London were handsome and well dressed, and their music was a pulsating mix of percussion, vocals, sax and sex appeal.
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