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)
January 21, 2014 |
Can a jazz guitarist grow up idolizing Stevie Ray Vaughan? That may be a question for the purists in considering “Golden Age,” the debut album from Nir Felder, who took up guitar at age 13 and still plays the $250 Stratocaster he bought with the blues-rock legend in mind. Potential future covers of Kenny Burrell's “Chitlins Con Carne” aside, Felder is after more subtle, yet no less electric pleasures than his idol with a swift, lyrical flow sharpened in stints backing Greg Osby, Jack DeJohnette and Esperanza Spalding.
September 25, 2012 |
Here's something to do while waiting out Carmageddon II this weekend: Get a serious culture fix - for free. Selected museums across the country will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of Museum Day Live. The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and other venues in Southern California will participate in the free day. The deal: Smithsonian magazine hosts this event each year to encourage people to revisit their favorite museum or learn about a new one in their area.
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.