July 26, 2012
STAGE The Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks musical "The Producers" heads to the great outdoors with a new look led by "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Leo Bloom and Richard Kind reprising his mid-'00s turn as Max Bialystock, the schemers memorably played by Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane on Broadway. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. $11-$164. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com .
September 27, 2012
After making the leap from alt-country experimenters to pop deconstructionists with the landmark "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" in 2002, Wilco could've rested on their laurels blasting past hits "on the landing in the summer" for years. Instead bandleader Jeff Tweedy kept moving forward over albums that found the band further redefining its sound with jagged structures and breezy '70s rock leading up to last year's bold album, "The Whole Love. " Stretching into new territory with songs such as the sprawling folk of "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)"
September 8, 2011
MUSIC Few composers go better with colorful explosions than Tchaikovsky, and at this "Fireworks Spectacular" the L.A. Phil pairs his famous "Rococo Variations" and music from "Swan Lake" with a visual volley capped by the bombastic, cannon-sporting "1812 Overture" featuring the USC marching band. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $11-$158. http://www.laphil.com.
October 20, 2011
A platinum blond proponent of Scandinavian efficiency, the electro-pop singer Robyn lives by the mantra that Fembots have feelings too. At a moment when Lady Gaga found success in hugeness and epic dance beats, Robyn keeps things smaller, using club sounds to get at intimate emotional ideas while never losing a certain sass. With the excellent electronica combo Royksopp. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. $29.50-$87.50. hollywoodbowl.com.
July 5, 2012
MUSIC Now in its 13th year, the KCRW World Festival series showcases big names in international music alongside upstarts from across the planet. Allan Pineda Lindo Jr., a.k.a. Apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas, performs at the Bowl's first night dedicated to original Philippine music. He was born in the Philippines — his mother was Filipino, his father an African American serviceman — but grew up in Los Feliz. He's joined by fellow members of the Black Eyed Peas will.i.am & Taboo, Nicole Scherzinger, Martin Nievera, Sandwich and more.