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 25, 2013 |
First they put a lid on it, and now they're pulling the plug. Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre, a fixture on the Southern California live music scene for more than 40 years, will close in September and be demolished to make room for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios theme park, officials announced Wednesday. The announcement came a day after Universal Studios Hollywood won approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to begin construction on its planned $1.6-billion expansion of the theme park.
December 19, 2012 |
At the Wednesday public memorial service that celebrated her tragically short life, Jenni Rivera was hailed as "the eternal diva," "la gran señora," "mariposa de barrio" (butterfly of the barrio) and other terms of deep affection and respect. But there was another title that Rivera had aspired to and earned: the Latin American Oprah Winfrey. Like Winfrey before her, the Long Beach native, who died with six other people in a Dec. 9 plane crash in northern Mexico, was more than simply a multitalented, multi-tasking woman of a certain age, ethnicity and oversize personality.
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 .
December 3, 2010
Power 106's Cali Christmas is ensuring there won't be a dull moment as we hurl into the holiday season with full, bass-banging enthusiasm. On the lineup for this year's blowout: Ice Cube, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Far East Movement, New Boyz, Waka Flocka Flame & YG. Expect lots of crowd-rousing on the part of zealous hype men and plenty of the kind of tough-guy mugging that Ice Cube has spun out into an actor's franchise. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.
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.
July 25, 2013 |
One Direction's “Best Song Ever” video has bolted out of the gate with viewers, piling up more than 20 million views in its first 48 hours. The video premiered on Monday and Vevo, the record industry's official platform for music videos, initially reported that it had eclipsed the previous record of 10.7 million views in 24 hours set by Miley Cyrus' “We Can't Stop,” with 10.9 million views. On Thursday, however, Vevo updated that figure, saying final calculations across all its platforms yield a total of 12.3 million views during the first day, and another 10.2 million on the second day. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Although the rapidly popular pop vocal quintet surpassed Cyrus, her video remains a hot property in the music video world.
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.