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.
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)
October 24, 2013 |
Conventional wisdom about the Beatles' arrival in the United States in February 1964 for their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is that it was a watershed cultural moment---for Americans. Beatlemania, however, had already been raging back home in England, and in the days before global telecasts were commonplace, the band's journey to the States didn't have anywhere near the same impact on the British. Except for a certain four young Liverpudlians. PHOTOS: 'The Early Beatles Collection' “The Americans will never understand it, but all the music we loved came from America,” Ringo Starr told Pop & Hiss on Wednesday following a brief performance for media and a few invited fans to preview his upcoming tour of Mexico and South America, which opens Tuesday (Oct.
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.
November 6, 2012 |
On "Saturday Night Live" last month, Bruno Mars followed his performance of " Locked Out of Heaven " -- the delightfully Police-ish lead track from next month's "Unorthodox Jukebox" -- with a slow-and-low piano-ballad take on the album's second single, "Young Girls. " It was pretty but a bit slight, not unlike the singer's 2010 smash, " Just the Way You Are " (which nonetheless topped the Hot 100 and sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone). Posted on YouTube on Tuesday, the studio version of "Young Girls" remedies that flavor deficiency with pounding drums, fuzzy synth textures and a soaring vocal performance full of the passion Mars has sometimes sacrificed in the name of polish.
August 15, 2013 |
A new Beatles tribute album featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros , Leftover Cuties and eight other indie rock and folk acts covering songs from the early days of Beatlemania will raise money for Rock n' Roll Camp For Girls Los Angeles . The “Beatles Reimagined” collection, due Oct. 1 on the Community Music label, targets John Lennon and Paul McCartneys songs the Beatles recorded in 1963 and 1964, including “I Saw...
September 12, 2013 |
Beatles fans will soon have access to another batch of the recordings the Fab Four made for airing by the BBC from 1962 to 1965 with the Nov. 11 release of “The Beatles: On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2.” The new set, a companion to the 1994 release of “Live at the BBC,” will consist of 63 tracks on 2 CDs, including 37 previously unreleased song performances and 23 unreleased tracks with conversation and in-studio banter by the Beatles....
November 12, 2013 |
The thought of home movies of a trip abroad can elicit groans, unless they happen to be taken by somebody like Robert Plant. Using footage from a 2003 trip to Mali to take part in the Festival of the Desert, Plant assembled an eight-episode documentary called "Zirka," which boasts a soundtrack that features Ali Farka Touré, Tinariwen and many others. Plant's images -- yes, he did the bulk of the filming himself -- capture the people and landscape of the African nation during a trip he describes in a statement as "a journey of revelation ... one of the most illuminating and humbling experiences of my life.