November 10, 2012 |
Major Harris, a smooth-toned R&B singer whose work on his own and with the Delfonics helped popularize the so-called "Philadelphia sound," died Friday at the age of 65 in his hometown of Richmond, Va. The cause was congestive heart and lung failure, his sister told the Associated Press. Harris did time with a series of groups (including Frankie Lymon's Teenagers) in the 1960s before replacing Randy Cain in the Delfonics, already known by the early '70s for hits such as " La-La (Means I Love You)
June 1, 2011
BOOKS Flavor Flav Flavor Flav loves Flavor Flav and has written a book about himself called "Flavor Flav: Icon. " The former Public Enemy rapper turned reality TV star will appear at the Grammy Museum to discuss his epic life and the many challenges he faced in the studio and behind the camera. And if you want to know what loving New York was really like, he'll be happy to tell you during the Q&A session. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., No. A-245, L.A. 8 p.m. $20. (213)
April 13, 2013 |
When it came to mass recognition in the United States, the late Latin music star Jenni Rivera used to say she wasn't Coca-Cola, and maybe she wasn't Pepsi either. But she wasn't going to let anyone tell her she wasn't at least akin to Fanta. The sentiment - more colorfully expressed in Rivera's words according to friend and manager Pete Salgado during a recent interview in Studio City - may partly explain why the Mexican regional superstar floated under the radar of most non-Spanish-language outlets before her death last year.
August 29, 2013 |
If anyone has the right to release a new single that's unabashedly Beatle-esque, it'd be Paul McCartney, and that adjective surely applies to “New,” the bouncy first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, due Oct. 15 (Oct. 14 in the U.K.) “New” has a rock lilt akin to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “It's Getting Better,” a beat that propels his song about the rejuvenation and anticipation that comes with a new relationship. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The production, by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is loaded with instrumental and vocal hooks, including a hopscotching guitar-keyboard riff at the opening that repeats later in the song, crisp hand claps and a soaring “ooh-ooh-ooh” accent that add up to one of the catchiest tunes McCartney's ever done.
October 26, 2013 |
When I spoke to Vince Gill earlier this year about “Bakersfield,” his album saluting the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, he mentioned that the supporting tour would bring him and his collaborator on the album, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, to the city the collection was named for. I asked whether they'd be performing in the most obvious place: Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. Gill was plainly sad to say no, that they'd be playing the nearby Rabobank Theater to accommodate more people.
May 24, 2010
BOOKS Carlos Ruiz Zafón This Spanish novelist has been living in Los Angeles for more than a decade, but his work reaches far and wide, with millions of copies in 45 countries and 30 languages. His latest book, "The Angel's Game," follows a struggling pulp-fiction writer. Zafón will discuss fiction in a global age with moderator Rick Kleffel. Zócalo Public Square at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave. 7:30 p.m. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org. MOVIES Friday the 13th Part 3 Comedian Doug Benson hosts this special screening, part of the Cinefamily's Comedy Death-Ray series.
July 28, 2010
MOVIES RiseUp The film documents the lives of Jamaican musicians with three very different music and lifestyles, from one who grew up in the ghetto to a wannabe-gangster who plays in dance halls to a singer from the countryside. Filmmaker Luciano Blotta focuses on the undiscovered musicians and the underground Jamaican music scene. Grammy Museum , 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free admission. (213) 765-6830. EVENTS National Storytelling Conference This weekend-long gathering of raconteurs starts early with a pre-conference workshop about storytelling in education and a free story slam.