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December 6, 2012
The British dance-punk band Bloc Party helped make club music safe for young rock fans in the 2000s. Yet Bloc Party shed most of its pioneering club influences on its new album, "Four," a fanged and heavy record that focuses on live musicianship and ferocious guitar work. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. 8 p.m. Sat. $35. http://www.observatoryoc.com.
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April 25, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
There's nothing cooler than an old guitar that shows its years. The paint is chipped straight through to the wood and it's long ago lost its gleam, but the sound only seems to improve as it ages. Scott H. Biram's guitar is a perfect example in this image by Gabriel Carbajal, taken during a show on March 13 at the Echoplex . Carbajal used a Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 lens to make the image. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
What does a company do when it retrieves government-confiscated building materials? If that company is Gibson Guitar Corp., it makes guitars from it. Late last year, the 120-year-old Nashville music company released a limited series of Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars with fingerboards made from wood that federal agents had seized in factory raids. The company produced 750 instruments for that first batch, which quickly sold out. Responding to continued demand, Gibson this year released about 1,000 more Government Series guitars, which sold out "in minutes," according to Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz.  PHOTOS: Daughters of rock stars   "We kept getting calls, and we had wood left over," said Juszkiewicz, 60. Those who still want to get their hands on a Government Series Gibson guitar might have to resort to EBay, though.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Keira Knightley is used to early wake-up calls. The actress has a penchant for period films, and it takes a while to get tied into a corset. But on the set of the modern-day romance "Begin Again," the British star's call time was decidedly later than on "Anna Karenina" or "Pride & Prejudice. " "I'm so used to sitting in a chair for two hours getting my hair and makeup done," she said recently via telephone from the U.K., "but this time I turned up half an hour before I needed to start shooting and chucked my hair in a ponytail.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
January 31, 2002 | Jon Healey
Some of the most fabled rock 'n' roll images involve someone smashing or setting fire to a guitar, which in some circles ranks as the best possible use for the instrument. But for those who love guitars as much for their craftsmanship as their sound, there's GuitarNation at www.guitarnation.com. The site has images of guitars, basses and related instruments from about 60 builders around the world, along with links to the builders' sites.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
Fender Musical Instruments Corp., the iconic company that has been making guitars in California since its inception in 1946, is seeking to raise $200 million in an initial public stock offering. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Fender said it intends to use the money to help pay down $246.2 million in debt and to acquire other businesses. Although its corporate headquarters are now in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company was founded in Fullerton and makes its American Standard Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars at a 3-acre manufacturing plant in Corona.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Like one of its many practitioners who just needs a place to stay between gigs, the National Guitar Museum is in need of a permanent home. But instead of crashing on couches with mumbled excuses about cruel landlords and past-due rent money, the director of the museum, H.P. Newquist, is taking the exhibit on the road as it searches for somewhere to take root. A former editor of Guitar magazine, Newquist has auditioned Louisville, Orlando and Pittsburgh (where it is currently part of the Carnegie Science Center)
NEWS
January 15, 1988
I read "How the West Was Won, Round 2" about the Gene Autry Museum (by Bob Sipchen, Dec. 20) with personal interest, as Gene Autry influenced the course of my life. Because of him I switched from "guns to guitars" as a youngster. My mother always detested the "shootouts" with toy guns that later would lead to real guns and real dying among young people emulating gun-totin' cowboys. These were "accidents," of course, but the real causes were the gun-slinging movie heroes. Gene Autry's guitar strumming and singing started a new trend; singing cowboys sprang up all over the world.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee
Two dozen federal agents outfitted with side arms and bulletproof vests strode past a display of electric guitars signed by Joan Jett and Slash of Guns 'N' Roses and quickly seized control of the cavernous guitar factory. Some workers were caught sanding guitar bodies. Others held newly painted guitars between their bellies and cloth-covered wax wheels, gently swaying and pushing as they buffed the instrument in some kind of tuneless dance. Turn off your machines and go home, they were ordered.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Two years ago during a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Teri “Gender Bender” Suaréz climbed to the top of a lighting rig , locked her legs around a rung and then hung upside and sang. Standing between her skull and a stage was little more than gravity, and while the move was certainly of the don't-try-this-ever variety, Suaréz and her trio Le Butcherettes are committed, aggressively, to the visceral.  But the reckless antics would be just that if the music wasn't also incendiary, where every rant or tear shed is amplified for its maximum emotional venom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014
Arthur Smith, 93, a bluegrass musician who wrote and recorded the sizzling instrumentals "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos," died Thursday at his home in Charlotte, N.C., his family announced. No cause was given. "Guitar Boogie," recorded with the Rambler Trio and showcasing Smith on guitar, helped inspire a country boogie trend when it was released in 1945. Three years later, after the MGM record label reissued it, the song rose to No. 8 on Billboard magazine's country popularity chart.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ares Management gained control of Guitar Center Holdings Inc. in a debt-for-equity swap, the Westlake Village retailer said in a statement. Guitar Center reduced its debt by about $500 million under the deal, which gives Ares Management a controlling interest in the nation's largest guitar retailer. The deal reduces Guitar Center's crushing debt by $500 million and slashes its annual interest costs by about $70 million, the company said. Bain Capital, which bought the chain of about 250 stores in 2007, will retain partial ownership of the company after the deal with Ares Management.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
What does a company do when it retrieves government-confiscated building materials? If that company is Gibson Guitar Corp., it makes guitars from it. Late last year, the 120-year-old Nashville music company released a limited series of Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars with fingerboards made from wood that federal agents had seized in factory raids. The company produced 750 instruments for that first batch, which quickly sold out. Responding to continued demand, Gibson this year released about 1,000 more Government Series guitars, which sold out "in minutes," according to Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz.  PHOTOS: Daughters of rock stars   "We kept getting calls, and we had wood left over," said Juszkiewicz, 60. Those who still want to get their hands on a Government Series Gibson guitar might have to resort to EBay, though.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time. "I'd only ever seen Spanish-style or jazz guitars, and then I saw a Stratocaster," said Beck, 69, of his schoolboy crush. "I was fascinated by the shape, the double cutaways; it was all too cool. It had all these pickups and knobs and controls - it embodied all the excitement of modern living. "A few years later I saw one in London hanging in a window, and the guy let me try it on," said the former member of the Yardbirds.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Lisa Boone, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Calling all punk enthusiasts: Singer Exene Cervenka is downsizing and shedding more than 40 years of antiques in the process at a four-day estate sale beginning Thursday in Santa Ana. "One hundred years of Americana needs a good home," Cervenka said of the upcoming sale. "Treasured memories of the past can live on in your hands. Like a small inheritance, but without the squabbling with siblings. " Items include what you might expect from the former member of the iconic Los Angeles band X: Electric guitars and old carnival chalk prizes.
NEWS
February 2, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Want to feel like a rock star? You don’t need an agent. Just check into the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego and check out a $2,000 electric guitar. On the heels of Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, which began the “ Check In. Rock Out ” program more than a year ago, the San Diego link in the music-themed chain is letting guests use handmade, high-end Gibson guitars for free. Among the models are Les Paul Studios, SG Standards and SG Specials, said Blake Smith, global music marketing manager for Hard Rock International.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2005 | Chris Pasles
The first Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition, named after the L.A.-born classical guitarist, is scheduled to be held at Pepperdine University in Malibu from May 30 to June 2, 2006. The top prize will include a cash award of $25,000, the largest for any such competition in the world. "It has long been my vision for there to be a world-class guitar competition equal to the great piano and violin competitions," Parkening, who is on the Pepperdine faculty, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Todd Martens
In 2013, films such as "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Spring Breakers" and "Pain & Gain" showed us the corrupting power of cash. The just-scraping-by stress articulated by New York rock band the Parquet Courts, on the other hand, captures the souls who just can't get a break - a soundtrack for twenty- and thirtysomethings who graduated college and have found dead-end jobs rather than a career. There's humor, but it isn't always pretty. Stoned, starving and facing a meal that's little more than a bag of Swedish Fish, the souls that populate the Parquet Courts' most recent full-length, "Light Up Gold," are all on a mission of sorts, but what they're searching for often isn't clear.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
UCLA didn't pull off an upset Thursday night over top-ranked Arizona, but at least fans in attendance at Pauley Pavilion got some decent pre-game entertainment. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performed the national anthem before tipoff, showing off some of the skills that have made him a well-known entity in the rock world for decades. Flea keeps things simple at the start of the Star Spangled Banner before unleashing a grinding blast that seemed to work well at getting fans pumped up for the game.
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