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April 15, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details.  The riff that San Francisco rock band Thee Oh Sees presented at 3:50 p.m. at the closing moments of their rolling, frantic set, was still running through my head half an hour later, even though half a dozen rhythms from varying locales on the pitch of Coachella had entered it since. That's one tough damn riff, from a new song called "Dead Energy," bass-heavy, smooth-groove house beats 50 yards away in the Sahara tent. The band played a forceful bunch of songs -- at least judging by the four final ones that I saw -- that drove the tightly focused, crowd-surfing fans to adrenaline levels unimaginable the morning earlier.
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April 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- The primary story out of Coachella in 2012 was dance music, the handiwork of oxygen-gobbling sets by superstar DJs such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. And electronic beats are definitely a part of the mix at this year's festival. Witness the addition of a brand-new dance-music tent, Yuma, and the expansion of the Sahara, where Moby and Benny Benassi are scheduled to perform Saturday. But on Coachella's flagship main stage Friday night, guitars made a comeback in the music of Modest Mouse and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, scrappy indie-rock bands gone big. And they figured prominently in performances by the evening's headliners, beat-friendly Brit-pop giants Blur and the Stone Roses.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013
Passion Pit, best known for its anthemic hits "Sleepyhead" and "Little Secrets," has gained a devoted audience with affection for singer Michael Angelakos' soaring falsetto and gymnastic vocal runs. The band is adept at transforming studio creations into human-centered performances, moving from instrument to instrument throughout its set. Sometimes, the group belts out guitar, bass, drum and synth jams; other times, all the members are on synthesizers. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thurs.
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April 8, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Comedic actor Jack Black and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber could soon have a bond. The seven-time Tony winner said he'd like to bring Black's comedy "School of Rock" to the stage. Lloyd Webber told CBC Radio that he was “very excited” about recently acquiring the rights to the 2003 film, which starred Black as a cash-strapped musician-turned-teacher who transforms a prep school class into a rock band. "There may be songs for me in it,” he said of the potential score, “but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2013
Chances are this guitar has nothing to weep about. A Vox electric guitar said to have been played by John Lennon and George Harrison - along with some jewelry given by Elvis Presley to associates and an autographed pillow Michael Jackson threw to a fan - are among a bevy of rock 'n' roll memorabilia items coming up for auction May 18 in New York. The one-of-a-kind Vox guitar was played by Lennon during a video recording session for the song "Hello Goodbye," and by Harrison while he was practicing "I Am the Walrus" for the "Magical Mystery Tour" film, according to Julien's Auctions, which will host the sale.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A Vox electric guitar said to have been played by John Lennon and George Harrison, jewelry given by Elvis Presley to associates and an autographed pillow Michael Jackson threw to a fan from a Paris hotel window are among a bevy of rock 'n' roll memorabilia items coming up for auction May 18 in New York. The one-of-a-kind Vox guitar was played by Lennon during a video recording session for the song “Hello Goodbye,” and by Harrison while he was practicing “I Am the Walrus” for the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, according to Julien's Auctions, which will host the sale at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
There are few people so well suited to pull a song out of a recent sequence of surreal events than Texas country rocker Joe Ely. Ely had a one-of-a-kind custom guitar stolen from him 27 years ago, and he recently learned that it had turned up. On Tuesday night at a gig in San Francisco, the instrument was returned to him by Matt Wright of Merced, Calif., who'd bought it at a pawn shop years earlier, discovering later who the rightful owner was....
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March 6, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At the Woodstock music festival in 1969, the British blues-rock band Ten Years After burst onto the U.S. music scene with a searing rendition of "I'm Going Home" featuring the fleet-fingered Alvin Lee whaling away on guitar. When the "Woodstock" documentary was released the next year, the band's 11-minute version of the song - and Lee's guitar virtuosity - were regarded as a highlight. His speedy, taut playing would earn him the unofficial title of "the fastest guitar in the West.
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March 2, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Attention, rock stars: When Jimmy Fallon introduces you on his chat show as "one of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time," apparently you've got the run of the place. At least that's the message suggested by Prince's appearance Friday on "Late Night," where the Purple One dropped by to perform two songs, including his killer garage-rock single "Screwdriver. " It's one of a handful of tunes Prince is selling through a recently launched website, 3rdeyegirl.com , named after his new all-lady backing band.
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February 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
How much are a punk rock hero's personal items worth? Joey Ramone's vinyl record collection, two electric guitars, a leather jacket, his passport, Rolodex, T-shirts and other items will be auctioned off by the late singer's estate.  A minimum bid of $500 is attached to the collection of nearly 100 LPs, including albums by Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, the Who, Bob Dylan, Donovan, the Beach Boys, and Jimi Hendrix, that were owned and presumably played by Ramone, who died at 49 in 2001 of lymphoma . The guitars, the jacket and the passport each have a minimum bid of $300, while bidding on his stash of 140 T-shirts begins at $500.
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