June 6, 2013
The 67th Ojai Music Festival has been put together by noted American choreographer and music director Mark Morris. Morris has a special interest in American artists and American music, and his curation includes danceable and moving tunes by Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, Carl Ruggles and Henry Cowell. Libbey Bowl, 201 S. Signal St., Ojai. Thu. to Sun. Ticket prices and times vary. (805) 646-2094; http://www.ojaifestival.org .
June 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK - You hear choreographer Mark Morris before you see him. He's humming as he approaches his front door, maybe a Tchaikovsky fragment, maybe something else. He doesn't even know he's humming, much less what it is, he says later, "but people know I'm coming, like belling the cat. I'd make a bad spy. " But given his passion for music, all kinds of music, Morris should make a good music director for the 2013 Ojai Music Festival. Music is as embedded in his spirit as dance, he says a million ways, and any doubters can only take a look at the eclectic and packed schedule he's put together.
May 21, 2013 |
A Tribe Called Quest will headline the 2013 H2O Music Festival, Univision revealed exclusively to Pop & Hiss on Tuesday. The groundbreaking alternative hip-hop group joins a previously announced roster that includes Ne-Yo, Roberto Tapia, La Santa Cecilia, Prince Royce and Frankie J. H2O Music Festival hits Los Angeles State Historic Park on Aug. 17, and tickets are currently on sale. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Univision Communications, the nation's largest Spanish-language media company, launched the festival in 2012.
May 15, 2013 |
The rap-rock leviathan Linkin Park hasn't played in its L.A. hometown since a small May 2012 benefit show at the House of Blues. Today, the group announced that it will end that absence with a headlining turn at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival. "We started our career playing clubs on the Strip. It's a thrill to be back where it all began," lead singer Chester Bennington said in a statement. The band's fifth and most recent album, "Living Things," topped album charts when it was released last summer, and it was generally praised for its more thoughtful mix of electronics and emotive hard rock.
April 29, 2013 |
In what it billed as its first debut at a music festival, Toyota unveiled the refreshed 2014 4Runner SUV on Saturday at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. Before a crowd dotted with flannel shirts and cowboy hats, and joined on stage by country star Dierks Bentley, the 2014 4Runner showed off a more aggressive style for Toyota's venerable SUV. The updated model has a more muscular front grille, bumpers and headlight design, and new LED taillights. The overall freshening gives the 4Runner a more blocky appearance, as if to reinforce that this tried-and-true SUV is not compromised crossover.
April 25, 2013 |
Jeff Bridges took home the lead actor Academy Award for his portrayal of down-and-not-entirely-out country singer Bad Blake in the film "Crazy Heart," but that star turn on the big screen wasn't entirely an act. Bridges has been as passionate about music at least as long as he has been about acting, and he's about to push that passion center stage as he heads out on a short tour with his country-rock band, the Abiders. The band plays this weekend's Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio and headlines its own show Thursday at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
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April 22, 2013
Richie Havens, the veteran folk singer whose frenetic guitar strumming and impassioned vocals made him one of the defining voices and faces of Woodstock and 1960s pop music, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, N.J. He was 72. His death was confirmed by his booking agent, Tim Drake. The Brooklyn native with the powerful ripsaw voice galvanized rock fans as the opening act at Woodstock, the festival billed as "Three Days of Peace and Music" in upstate New York in August 1969.
April 18, 2013
Coachella's second weekend is upon us, and if you find yourself again frozen out of the desert festival the merry pranksters of Upright Citizens Brigade have assembled in what they're calling the Desert Tent (better known as the UCB stage) for a music festival that features troupe founder Matt Besser along with provocatively named groups such as Hip Hop Penguin, Cosby Sweater and Up Up Up. As an added bonus, chances of heat stroke are considerably diminished here. 5919 Franklin Ave., Sun. 9:30 p.m. $5 (323)
April 15, 2013 |
There are a lot of people in this world, and it seems as if most of them were at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend. A logistical puzzle, certainly, and one that requires feedback in order to improve. The festival continues next weekend in Indio, so now's a good time for a mid-festival debriefing. What didn't work? What could be better? What follows are 10 modest proposals for promoter Goldenvoice that could add more sparkle to the festival. Expand the Yuma tent.