June 1, 2010
EVENTS Wagner in L.A.: The Opera of the 21st Century? Though his epic four-part opera cycle, "The Ring," is well over a century old, Richard Wagner's influence is still apparent in contemporary music, art and philosophy. This two-day symposium, opening today, will explore Wagner's continuing cultural importance as well as his controversial personal beliefs. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu Great Guitars: Jonny Lang The nimble-fingered guitar prodigy visits the GRAMMY Museum's intimate sound stage to discuss his ample musical skills, his lifelong love of the blues and his latest album, "Live at the Ryman."
November 22, 2010
POP MUSIC Roger McGuinn The rock musician who cofounded the folk-rock band the Byrds in 1964 before pursuing a fruitful solo career will discuss his life and music with critic and music journalist Kristine McKenna. The event is part of the Live Talks Los Angeles speaking series. Track 16 Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station. 8 p.m. General admission, $25; general admission plus CD, $40; admission plus CD and preshow reception, $95. (310) 264-4678. http://www.track16.com.
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.
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)
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.
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....
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.