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January 29, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Bach and Handel did not lead intersecting lives. Bach never left central Germany, while Handel became a cosmopolitan Londoner. Bach was a man of the church and had 20 children. Handel caught the theater bug and was not a family man (recent musicology presumes him to have been gay). But what are the odds that these two pillars of the Baroque would be born less than a month apart in the winter of 1685 and 90 miles away? And in another magnificent coincidence, each produced his most compelling spiritual summing-up, a resplendent working through of crises of faith, in 1749.
January 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Pussy Riot may no longer be a formal band , but the activists will still make a high-profile appearance at a Brooklyn music venue next month. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear alongside the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill and many others for Amnesty International's  Bringing Human Rights Home event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Feb. 5. "We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina said in a statement.
January 19, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
There's nothing like attending a concert while traveling. Not only do you experience great music, but you also catch a glimpse of local fashion, dances, drinks and customs. And isn't experiencing life like the locals what traveling is all about? Here's a selected list of 14 places around the globe that offer concert-goers more than just a band on stage. Gypsy Joynt Café, Massachusetts: With a bohemian décor and lively roster of musical acts, this Great Barrington, Mass., venue/restaurant is a trip, man. Don't believe me?
January 18, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Country star Luke Bryan was forced to postpone Friday night's concert in Lexington, Ky., after his stage was damaged while it was being dismantled in Columbus, Ohio. A statement posted to Bryan's official website on Friday said the tour's team was working to make repairs. Thus far, only one date has been postponed. The Lexington concert has been rescheduled for Feb. 21. The Columbus Dispatch reported that four workers were "slightly injured" in the incident, which occurred after the concert at Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center . The paper reported that it appeared to be an accident involving a forklift and it ultimately resulted in a "portion of the stage" being "toppled.
January 17, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Powerful spotlights illuminated a fresh coat of red paint, stately Roman-style columns and a renewed sense of possibility as concert-goers filed into the grand opening of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood. "It's awesome," Leslie Yamamoto, 30, and sister Kristy, 23, said almost in unison. They'd come from Lomita with their parents Wednesday night to see the Eagles open a six-night run. "We used to come here as kids," Leslie said. "A lot of memories are coming back. " Home of the Southland's top concerts and sporting events for more than three decades, the Forum lost its luster, its resident teams and most of its revenue when Staples Center opened downtown in 1999.
January 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile this week announced it would hold a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert, just one week after the company's chief executive was thrown out of the hip-hop duo's concert in Las Vegas that was put on by AT&T. The two wireless carriers have been at each others' throats the last few weeks, and T-Mobile's upcoming concert seems to be the latest shot in its fight with AT&T. The concert will be held Jan. 23 in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theatre. T-mobile and AT&T recently escalated their rivalry by announcing new strategies to poach customers from each other.
January 13, 2014 | By August Brown
For those of you who haven't stopped thinking about a tomorrow when Christine McVie returns to Fleetwood Mac, your wishes have been granted. The return of McVie, a songwriting and vocal linchpin of the group, was confirmed onstage by the band's Mick Fleetwood during a concert in Maui on Saturday. According to various sources including Consequence of Sound , he told the crowd, " This is the worst-kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac. " McVie, who wrote such Mac staples as "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun," had previously appeared with the group during a London concert last year, and had expressed interest in returning  in a  Guardian interview . " I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted…but it hasn't happened so we'll have to wait and see," she told the paper.
January 11, 2014 | By David Colker
When Elaine Redfield arrived in Fullerton in 1950, it was a culture shock. Mainly because, in her view, there wasn't much culture at all in Orange County. "When I came here, the county was a great wasteland, really, culturally and intellectually," she said in a 1979 Los Angeles Times interview. Redfield, who had visited Carnegie Hall and other famed concert venues while growing up in New York, was an arts lover who became an indefatigable arts activist for her new home region.
January 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Imagine Dragons, the Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids and Colbie Caillat are among eight acts confirmed to play a new-generation Human Rights Concert benefiting Amnesty International on Feb. 5 at the Barclays Center in New York. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, the Fray and Cake are also confirmed to be on the Bringing Human Rights Home concert, which is being organized to raise awareness of human rights for young musicians and fans. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster. Amnesty International's concerts of the 1980s and 1990s were a key component of the era's pop music with a social conscience, and drew attention around the world with performances by U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Police, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and many others.
January 9, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows that lie ahead: Robert Hurst at the Blue Whale A onetime member of "The Tonight Show" band who has also been a part of Diana Krall's touring group, Detroit bassist Robert Hurst has an eclectic, richly rewarding output in his own right that includes last year's elegant "Bob: A Palindrome" and "Unrehurst Vol. 2," a 2011 live album recorded with drummer Chris Dave and Grammy-winning keyboardist-of-the-moment Robert...
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