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August 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, an influential producer, songwriter and engineer who had been revered in country music since the 1950s and was later sought out by rock acts for his creative input, has died. He was 82. Clement died Thursday of liver cancer at his Nashville home, his friend and fellow producer Dub Cornett told the Associated Press. Clement was the first to record Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. He arranged the signature mariachi horn part for Johnny Cash's original recording of "Ring of Fire," persuaded George Jones to record "She Thinks I Still Care," and produced Waylon Jennings' "Dreaming My Dreams," considered one of the finest albums of the 1970s "outlaw" movement.
November 8, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Ke$ha is calling her upcoming album "Warrior," so we can't be surprised to find the pop star busting up chairs and kicking down doors in the music video for the disc's lead single, "Die Young. " But that hardly means that the clip, posted to YouTube on Thursday, fails to raise eyebrows. A fast-moving pastiche of occult imagery, Nat Geo-style wolf footage and lots (and lots!) of black leather, it presents a darker, sexier version of Ke$ha than we saw back in the party-starting "TiK ToK" days.
May 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Rolling Stones rolled into Staples Center on Monday night for what Mick Jagger described as the band's last show in Southern California -- “for a while, anyway.” Following an earlier Staples gig, two at Anaheim's Honda Center and a warm-up throwdown at the Echoplex, Monday's 2½-hour concert concluded the group's extended stay in the region Jagger said he and his mates had been visiting since 1965. They're off next to the East Coast, where they'll continue their so-called 50 & Counting tour before returning home to England for a headlining appearance at the massive Glastonbury Festival.
January 8, 2011
SERIES Celebrity Ghost Stories: This spooky-story series ends its season (6, 8 and 10 p.m. Biography). The Bachelor: ABC encores the season premiere of the latest edition of the romance-and-reality series (9 p.m. ABC). Austin City Limits: Monsters of Folk, the alt-rock supergroup featuring M. Ward, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Bright Eyes' Connor Oberst and Mike Mogas, performs in this new installment (9 p.m. KLCS). Independent Lens: An all-male synchronized-swimming team is featured on a new installment of the documentary series (11 p.m. KLCS)
May 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts reported in his review , Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban made surprise appearances during the Rolling Stones' show Friday night at Staples Center, where the legendary English band kicked off a new North American tour scheduled to run through June 21. On Sunday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Stones brought out another famous pal in Tom Waits, who lives in nearby Sonoma County and dueted with...
October 8, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Perhaps you've already noticed that Kid Rock doesn't have much patience for political correctness. (His album titles, such as "Rock n Roll Jesus," offer one tip-off.) But the rock-rapper from suburban Detroit does take a passing interest in politics, as he proved earlier this year when he began stumping for the Republican presidential ticket. Tonight, Kid Rock will be back on the campaign trail, or thereabouts: The Detroit News reports that Kid Rock will be attending a rally for GOP vice-presidential nominee  Paul Ryan at Oakland University in the Motown 'burbs.
December 7, 2011
The Early Show 7 a.m. KCBS Today Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efron; Garry Marshall. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Rachael Ray Nanny Jo Frost; Avril Lavigne. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL The View Bill Clinton; Cheryl Hines. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk NeNe Leakes; Donald Faison; Jackie Evancho performs. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors Safeguarding a baby against SIDS; a man who lost 300 pounds; surgery to prevent cancer. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS Dr. Phil Grown offspring freeloading. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS The Nate Berkus Show Molly Sims; chef Hugh Acheson.
May 9, 1987 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Monday will be the 99th birthday of the composer of "That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune," "How Do You Do It, Mabel, on Twenty Dollars a Week?," "Ragtime Mocking Bird," "Keep Away From a Fellow Who Owns an Automobile," and something like a thousand other popular songs. Irving Berlin's other songs, of course, are a bit better known. Like Berlin himself, who is quietly entering his centennial year, his songs have an extraordinary longevity.
April 29, 2011
MUSIC Jessica Lea Mayfield The young multi-instrumentalist, who has collaborated with the Black Keys and Danger Mouse, lays down a set of her soothing-yet-pensive neo-folk songs for the Southland. Her most recent long-player, "Tell Me," was released in February. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8:30 p.m. $14. (310) 276-6168. EVENTS Skydreamers It seems appropriate that the scientific triumphs of aviation are so vividly expressed by photography, itself a technology-based medium.
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