February 1, 2013 |
“Rick Springfield, you have a song that people recognize after three frigging notes. Congratulations, Rick frigging Springfield,” Dave Grohl said on Thursday to his colleague in a new band celebrating the former Van Nuys recording studio Sound City. Springfield, for his part, looked tickled to be onstage at a sold-out Hollywood Palladium hearing praise from the Foo Fighters frontman seconds into his own 1981 hit “Jessie's Girl.” Grohl's friendly jibe - a mix of jealousy and bonhomie in the dark arts of rock hitmaking - showed the point of his entire Sound City Players project.
October 24, 2011
MUSIC Steve Lukather Best known as the guitarist for Toto, Lukather also is one of the world's top session men, having played on more than 1,500 records by artists such as Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and Aretha Franklin. Hear him in discussion about his lengthy career followed by a performance of some of his signature guitar licks. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. $15. (213) 765-6800. http://www.grammymuseum.org. Gold Panda The U.K. producer deftly blends crackly vinyl samples with ambient synths and a consistent ear for screwball melody.
September 22, 2011
The legendary 1970s chart toppers Cheap Trick revisit their most successful studio album, "Dream Police," more than 30 years after its original release. The hard-rockin' but delectably poppy quartet will perform songs from the platinum record, with orchestral help from the Bombastic Symphonic Philharmonic with Rhythmic Noise Mind Choir in 4D. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $35-$75. (323) 665-5857. http://www.greektheatrela.com.
January 13, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Ron Howard. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Kim Raver; Mark Nepo; Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.). (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Michael Symon. (N) 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Kevin James; Patti Stanger; co-host Christian Slater. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino; the Miss America pageant; Ron Howard. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Painful heartburn. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Nanny Jo Frost.
March 19, 2010 |
I was supposed to go out and hear some music. I didn't know if it would be some clanging revelation, a sound I'd never heard before, or a blast from the past given new oomph by some young punks so in love with the big, crazy history of American music that they have to rip it open and devour it. I'm at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, the biggest, wildest annual gathering of melodic music-makers this nation knows, where old and new collide in an...
April 30, 2009 |
"We got something," Taylor Hanson of Tinted Windows sang Tuesday night at the Troubadour, "Yeah, we got something." There's no denying that: A new supergroup featuring veterans of Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson, Tinted Windows has a self-titled debut full of near-perfect power-pop songs, as well as a frontman who couldn't look better in his soccer-mom shag and tight white trousers. Yet more than anything else, Tinted Windows' first Los Angeles show emphasized what the band doesn't have -- namely, any collective sense of rock-star charisma.