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January 9, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Leave it to a couple of "ice cold" rap stars to bring the heat back to the desert. OutKast, the trailblazing Atlanta hip-hop duo whose members memorably described themselves that way in their 2003 smash "Hey Ya!," will headline this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, organizers announced late Wednesday. The performance is to be the group's first since it went on hiatus nearly seven years ago, following the release in 2006 of "Idlewild," an ambitious movie musical that spawned a companion album with the same title.
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December 4, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they've never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance. The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won't be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner who's curating the festival as its music director.
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December 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Prince is headed to New Orleans to headline the 2014 Essence Music Festival, the annual three-day festival held over Independence Day weekend, Essence announced Tuesday . Next year's installment will mark the 20-year anniversary of the festival, which is billed as one of the largest gatherings of black artists in the country. Prince previously performed at Essence in 2004 to mark the festival's 10th year. The 2014 festival is set for July 4-6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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October 16, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Club Stagecoach Country Music Festival, April 25-27 (Fri.) Shrine Expo Hall Steve Aoki, Nov. 15 (now) El Rey Theatre The Mowgli's, Dec. 11 (Fri.); the White Panda, Dec. 7 (Sat.) Fonda Theatre Darkside, Jan. 25 (Fri.); the Aquabats, Dec. 7 (Sat.) The Wiltern Panic! at the Disco, Feb. 16 (Fri.); Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer, Nov. 15 (Sat.)
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October 7, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Six years in, it's reasonable to expect some growing pains from the Angel City Jazz Festival. Heading into its third and most conventionally "festival-like" concert on its six-night schedule, which offered a slate of four acts under clear skies at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the festival still couldn't escape the shadow of a run of bad luck with scheduling. With the event's most buzzed-about act -- the Robert Glasper Experiment -- canceling its show due to a scheduling conflict, the festival rebounded fast by booking the Terence Blanchard Quintet in his place for Oct. 12. But just as the sun was setting, festival emcee LeRoy Downs announced from the stage that Blanchard had also canceled his appearance (a festival representative later cited "circumstances beyond our control," and said all pre-sold tickets would be refunded)
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September 19, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
With all the anniversaries upon us - the Los Angeles Master Chorale celebrates its 50thwith a gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall Sunday and the Los Angeles Philharmonic follows that next week with the start of a monthlong celebration of the venue's 10thanniversary - it is too easy to forget about Carlsbad. The quaint seaside village in North San Diego County is best known for Legoland. It is also home to the quirky Museum of Making Music. But 10 years ago, a young composer at USC, Matt McBane, quietly (well, quite loudly, at times)
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September 3, 2013 | By August Brown
Organizers of New York's Electric Zoo dance music festival announced Tuesday that they will offer partial refunds after canceling Sunday's final day of performances in light of two drug-related deaths. The deaths included one 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man. Representatives for the city of New York (which owns the Randall's Island facility where the festival is held) said that use of MDMA is suspected in each death. At least four other festival patrons are currently in the hospital with symptoms apparently related to the drug.
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August 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC went all country Monday night and boosted ratings in the process. The network's three-hour " CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock ," exploded to an average viewership of 8.19 million, according to early numbers from Nielsen, up 44% from last year's telecast. The festival, which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean, roped in a rating of 2 in the key adults 18-49 demographic, an increase of 33% from last year, when the event aired Sept.
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August 11, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of August 11 - 17, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls On the coldest night yet the teams must join forces to rappel down a cliff in this new episode of the unscripted adventure series. 9 p.m. NBC Breaking Pointe In this new episode of the unscripted series revolving around a ballet company Adam finally makes a decision about Rex's role in "Cinderella" and delivers some unexpected news to Allison, who has made up her mind about whether to leave.
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August 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Bloodhound Gang was ordered not to perform at a Russian music festival over the weekend after a recent incident in Ukraine that involved the Russian flag. According to CNN , Jared Hasselhoff, a member of the Pennsylvania-based rock band best known for its goofy 1999 hit "The Bad Touch," stuffed the Russian flag down his pants during a concert Wednesday in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. "Don't tell Putin," the bassist reportedly said. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Video footage that appears to show the stunt -- and contains plenty of explicit language -- has turned up on YouTube, which may be why Russian officials canceled the Bloodhound Gang's appearance at the Kubana music festival, held over the weekend in Krasnodar Krai.
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