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May 10, 1987 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Nostalgia, as they say, isn't what it used to be. And nowhere is the truth of that maxim any more apparent than in the crusty, moldy, positively moribund world of rock radio--where a new mutant format, "classic rock," has reared its doddering head with a ratings splash in many major metropolises. In Los Angeles, the recent addition to the airwaves is KLSX-FM (97.
April 14, 2013 | By August Brown
When did you first hear the Postal Service? If that question has any particular resonance for you, then the answer is likely "10 years ago, in high school or college, on a CD-R mix comp from somebody I was awkwardly pursuing romantically. " And that, Coachellans, is the short version of why a band with one album that rarely toured upon its release 10 years ago can play one of the biggest slots at one of America's preeminent music fests. The electro-pop duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello got under your skin at a sensitive age, and stayed there.
May 24, 1987
In the Popping Off column on May 10, Chris Willman criticized the "classic rock" radio format for its narrow definition of classic rock and for discouraging diversity in programming. Here's a sample of reader response. Having lived my teen years smack in the middle of 1972-78, a lot of the music receiving air play on KLSX, etc., is the stuff I grew up on. I feel there's a place for this music--mainly on the shelf in my home record collection. I can't help but feel that those stations are for those who are feeling temporary attacks of nostalgia and for those who can't let go of the "good 'ol days" and move on. CATHERINE ZIELIN Santa Monica
March 28, 2013
The L.A. duo Foxygen had a rough go at this year's South by Southwest, canceling several shows and getting in some verbal altercations with their crowd. But it was a rare misstep in their meteoric rise, on the strength of their glammy, trashy classic rock that takes old ideas (T. Rex pomp, Zeppelin riffage) and plays them for a caffeinated digital generation. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $10. .
January 31, 1995 | JAN STEVENS
The entire compact disc selection for a local nostalgia and classic rock station was missing Monday morning and its computers were unhooked over the weekend--incidents that have undermined its ability to provide local programming. Carl Goldman, general manager of nostalgia station KKZZ-AM and the new "Octopus" FM classic rock station, labeled the computer incident a "sabotage." Goldman said workers arrived at the station at 2244 S. Victoria Ave.
September 14, 2002 | Marc Weingarten
As a '70s icon, Robert Plant can't help it if he evokes fuzzy nostalgic feelings, but he is trying his best not to simply phone it in as an oldies act. The ex-Led Zeppelin singer's invigorating performance at the Greek Theatre on Thursday rejiggered classic rock warhorses in compelling ways and found the common ground where hard rock eddies back into vernacular music. Even when he was a heavy metal Bacchus, Plant flashed his love for folk and blues all over Led Zeppelin's albums.
August 30, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
Americans are starting to get a better feel for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who gave an impassioned -- some would say hard-rocking -- speech at his party's national convention Wednesday night.  We learned more about the Wisconsin House member's family, his youth, his beliefs. But most important for Pop & Hiss, in one revealing moment, Ryan shed light on his relationship with running mate Mitt Romney as the 42-year-old Ryan noted the team's diverging musical tastes.
June 27, 2012 | By Chris Erskine
McCarran Airport in Las Vegas opens its newly expanded Terminal 3 today (Wednesday), a 14-gate addition that took six years. By the end of the summer, “T3” will house nearly two dozen international and domestic air carriers . . . . Heading to Tahoe? To catch the busy live-music scene, check out , which covers free events and ticketed performances in north Lake Tahoe . Up Friday, surf guitar legend Dick Dale, at the Crystal Bay Club . . . .  Squaw Valley hosts free outdoor movie nights every Thursday in July and August.
May 19, 2012
Short Order A retro-ish mix of blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, unconventional folk and indie rock, to go with burgers, shakes and fries, courtesy of resident "music guy" Josh Pressman. "Meet Me in the City" Junior Kimbrough "Oh Well (Live at the BBC)" Fleetwood Mac "Ten Thousand Words" the Avett Brothers Bazaar Electronic with a lot of European, particularly Spanish, music to match the modern tapas at the Bazaar and "salt air" margaritas at Bar Centro, courtesy of Prescriptive Music.
July 8, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's a hot, bone-dry, blue-skied day in the hills above Los Angeles — the kind of crystalline morning one might expect to see Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and the Byrds' Gene Clark relaxing on a redwood deck strumming acoustic guitars. But the guys from canyon-rock band Dawes — acolytes of this very era — sitting on a tree-shaded porch beside the house they share, are not wearing western shirts. The air is scented with eucalyptus, but they are not smoking weed. Inside their home, the bookshelves hold stacks of the Believer, not yellowed copies of Mojo.
January 25, 2011 | By Tony Pierce, Los Angeles Times
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period.  They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Jan. 10 . Temptations. Everyone wants to know about temptations. Do I freak out when I see someone eat a cheeseburger? How do I handle three pizzas being delivered to our part of the office? How do I deal with the L.A. food trucks lurking around every palm tree? Yes I want those things. Badly. January is almost over, and I haven't had anything from a fast-food window for most of the month, and last night I was more tempted than ever to eat bad things.
January 30, 2010
SERIES Demons: While investigating a strange murder in the capital with Galvin (Philip Glenister), Mina (Zoe Tapper) has a startling premonition of Luke's (Christian Cooke) death in this new episode (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). 48 Hours Mystery: This new episode details the case of a 911 operator who went missing (10 p.m. CBS). Four Weddings: Four brides agree to be guests at each other's nuptials then score which wedding was the best (10 p.m. TLC)
May 22, 2009 | Mikael Wood
While tens of millions of television viewers watched Kris Allen and Adam Lambert battle for the title of American Idol on Wednesday night, a different kind of showdown was taking place at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, where Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction -- two veterans of the late-'80s/early-'90s alternative-rock boom -- played to a packed house nostalgic for an era when guyliner wasn't quite ready for prime time.
April 27, 2009 | August Brown
Just as last week's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival turned to the sweet-tempered hits of Paul McCartney, this weekend's two-day Stagecoach country music festival celebrated easy, universal pleasures -- like a spirited afternoon drinking game.
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