December 20, 2012
Christmas can be an occasion for jumping, jiving and wailing — when the old familial arguments bubble up again. Brian Setzer will provide an easier go at it with his annual holiday spectacular, at which the Stray Cats frontman takes on seasonal hits and his own rockabilly standards. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 8:15 p.m. Sat. $15-$79.75. http://www.livenation.com.
April 5, 2012
COMEDY Corporate alt-rock titans KROQ make their annual leap into comedy with Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness. Hosted by the station's morning show merry pranksters, the show features a U.K.-leaning bent with comics Tim Minchin and Eddie Izzard as well as appearances by Bob Saget, Jay Mohr and, somewhat inexplicably, Larry King. Ticket proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 8:15 p.m. Sat. $29.75-$103.75. http://www.livenation.com .
November 25, 2010
It seems Rivers Cuomo and the rest of Weezer have been feeling nostalgic lately. Earlier this month they released "Death to False Metal," a collection of previously unreleased songs (including some from the early days) and reissued "Pinkerton," their 1996 flop turned fan favorite. This weekend kicks off their Memories tour, on which they'll play their self-titled debut album in full one night and "Pinkerton" the next. The band will perform other material following the album sets.
December 15, 2011
MUSIC Drake, hip-hop's current reigning angsty king, headlines Power 106 FM's Cali Christmas, a compendium of rap-adjacent artists including Big Sean, J. Cole and YG. Drizzy Drake is clearly the main draw here, as the smash success of his new album "Take Care" indicates, and its woozy, piano-driven atmosphere will be an interesting fit in a large amphitheater. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $45-$125. livenation.com.
February 9, 2012
MUSIC It's a little bit before Valentine's Day, but we defy you to not get in the mood early at Hot 92.3's Love Affair. The bill features R&B touchstones the Intruders, Bloodstone, the Impressions and seven others. If you don't walk out of this having earned some smooches, you must have really messed up. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 8:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $25-65. http://www.Hot923.com .
April 24, 2013 |
File this under the Universe Abhors a Vacuum in Pop Music Too file: Just as news came down that the long-running Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City will close in September and be razed to make way for a new Harry Potter attraction, a new pop music venue is about to come online in Los Angeles. Nederlander Concerts has entered a deal to book concerts at USC's Galen Center, a sports arena that can handle events for audiences of 5,000 to 11,000 capacity, Nederlander Concerts Chief Executive Alex Hodges told The Times on Wednesday.
July 31, 2008 |
Now that their feud is up in smoke, Cheech & Chong are high on plans to reunite for their first comedy tour in more than 25 years. Comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong unveiled plans Wednesday for a U.S. tour of 24 dates, beginning Sept. 12 in Philadelphia and including a Dec. 6 stop at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. Marin and Chong, who broke up amid creative differences, have tried to reunite before, but have always fought too much. Marin, 62, said: "It takes about 3 minutes for that to happen.
November 22, 2012
MUSIC Gwen Stefani poses some big questions on "Push and Shove," the first album in 11 years from her SoCal ska-pop band No Doubt. "What happened to us?" she wonders in the shimmering, neo-new wave "Undercover," while the bass-heavy "Sparkle" finds her asking, "Do you remember how it was?" Yes, it's been a virtual lifetime in pop since we last heard new music from No Doubt, which rocketed out of Orange County with 1995's gazillion-selling "Tragic Kingdom" and went on to become one of that decade's most important acts.
April 26, 2013 |
"The amazing thing about James Brown, for me," says R.J. Smith, "is you can't figure him out. " That's not uncommon for a music journalist, but it reveals just how complex Brown was -- Smith was his biographer. Smith, the author of 2012's "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown," dropped by our video booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his book and about James Brown, the godfather of soul. "He was a civil rights arbiter, and he was a Republican," Smith tells L.A. Times features editor Alice Short.