February 11, 2013 |
In ever-evolving Palm Springs, a downtown inn will be converted to a Hard Rock Hotel as the desert city continues to crank up its appeal for younger, hipper visitors. By year end, the Hotel Zoso on Indian Canyon Drive will be turned into a 160-room Hard Rock, where guests can borrow electric Fender guitars to noodle on in their rooms or check out a fancy sound mixer to practice their DJ skills. Hard Rock brand hotels, casinos and restaurants operate across the nation and in several countries.
January 24, 2013 |
Add Prince to the growing group of veteran artists releasing new songs seemingly out of nowhere. Like David Bowie and Justin Timberlake before him, the Purple One sprang a new tune -- in this case, a tight little fuzz-rock delight titled "Screwdriver" -- on unsuspecting fans this week, and Pop & Hiss is pleased to report that it's definitely worth your bandwidth. (Watch a lyric video for the tune below.) Prince appears to have recorded the tune with his new backing band, which may or may not be called 3rdEyeGirl.
September 4, 2012
The Venetian's Bourbon Room serves up hard rock, big hair and even bigger bourbons. Based on the Hollywood club from the musical-turned-movie “Rock of Ages,” the all-'80s fantasy features guitar-pick-shaped tables, leather-and-lace clad cocktail servers/dancers and deejays spinning Poison, Joan Jett and AC/DC. As the name suggests, the libations are heavy on bourbon - there are 60 to choose from - but for those who really want a high school flashback, six types of Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers also grace the menu.
August 24, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Home by Novogratz: Courtney and Bob head to Mammoth to meet Tony Hawk, whose 1970s ski lodge is severely outdated and in desperate need of their designer's touch in this new episode (7 p.m. HGTV). Redneck Island: The unscripted competition with a Southern flair wraps its first season (10 p.m. CMT). SPECIALS Katt Williams: Kattpacalypse: Doomsday prophecies, President Obama and other hot-button topics are in the comic's sights in this stand-up special, taped on New Year's Eve at the Nokia Theatre (10 p.m. Showtime)
August 14, 2012 |
Given that many parts of Southern California truly experience summer heat for only a few scant weeks, it's unfortunate that two of the area's most prominent specialty music festivals, Rock the Bells and the Sunset Strip Music Festival, opted to book their big outdoor events smack in the middle of the season. But this weekend as the temperature peaks and the asphalt starts to burn, both will celebrate the past, present and future of music -- albeit with little artistic overlap. Rock the Bells has become the premier hip-hop festival for a reason: Its bookers understand that the music in 2012 is an umbrella term that encompasses many varieties and generations of fans, each of which may need a little schooling in the listening habits of the others.
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July 17, 2012
Jon Lord Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord, 71, a British keyboardist for Deep Purple and Whitesnake, died in London on Monday of a pulmonary embolism after a battle with pancreatic cancer, said a statement on his official website. Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple's most famous tunes, including "Smoke on the Water," and later had a successful solo career after his retirement from the band in 2002. The Leicester, England-born musician got his start playing piano, first taking classical music lessons before shifting to rock 'n' roll.