CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 |
Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to downtown, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the event will "shine a spotlight" on Grand Park, the city's up-and-coming Civic Center gathering spot. But what was billed as a coup for a reemerging Central City is also prompting debate about the idea and future of a refurbished and increasingly lively public venue that cascades from the edge of the Music Center to the steps of City Hall. The open space, expanded to 12 acres and relaunched in 2012, hosted free Fourth of July fireworks and a New Year's Eve party, events that each drew tens of thousands of visitors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z are set to appear Wednesday outside City Hall for what is expected to be an announcement on the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival planned for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park. Garcetti sent an advisory saying the news conference will be attended by Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins, along with county Supervisor Gloria Molina and City Council President Herb Wesson. The prospect of a major concert drawing as many as 50,000 people to the heart of downtown had raised red flags for Councilman Jose Huizar , who warned that street closures and beer sales could create "a nightmare" for downtown residents.
April 15, 2014 |
Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them. Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless. Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place. Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas. PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 "We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone.
April 11, 2014 |
When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival launched 15 years ago, creature comforts included any small slice of shade cast by the odd light pole, the occasional working toilet and maybe somewhere to sit other than the dusty desert floor. Today, there are $799 VIP passes that give you cocktail bar privileges, even though you'd have to pay extra for privileged parking. Well-heeled foodies can splurge on a $1,024 gourmet dining package. Shell out more, and you can skip the traffic - round-trip transportation is available via private jet. These pricey add-ons are emblematic of larger shifts for the event, which runs the next two weekends on the manicured grounds of Indio's Empire Polo Club.
April 9, 2014 |
Is Coachella the biggest gift to the fashion industry since Kate Middleton? It certainly seems like it from the marketing blitz that has blown up around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival , which begins this weekend in Indio. We all know that brands have been flocking to the festival for years, hoping to make an impression on tastemakers who attend by hosting star-studded parties at nearby venues. This year, Old Navy , Lacoste , H&M , Teva , Adidas Originals , Guess and Opening Ceremony are just a few of the names on the Coachella branding bandwagon.
April 4, 2014 |
Three recent records by artists playing at the Coachella are worthy of pre-festival attention: The Knife, "Shaking the Habitual" (Rabid Records) Swedish avant-pop duo the Knife have been releasing records for 15 years, confounding expectations, drawing followers, crafting a strange, visually impressive project of which music is the most prominent of many disciplines. Their videos are a trip, and their performances are legendary. Their most recent album, "Shaking the Habitual," came out in 2013 and landed on many best-of-the-year lists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 |
The push to bring a major music festival to downtown Los Angeles - one with rapper Jay Z expected to play a creative role - has set off a tussle between two L.A. politicians. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar contends he was left out of discussions, spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent weeks, over bringing the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival to Grand Park and the nearby steps of City Hall. Huizar, who represents most of downtown, called for the city to withhold approval of any permits for the Labor Day weekend event until the details are properly vetted.
March 31, 2014 |
After unruly crowds trampled a security guard at this year's Ultra Music Festival, Miami's mayor is moving to deny the EDM concert's organizers the permits to operate next year. Mayor Tomás Regalado told WFOR, Miami's CBS affiliate that " in the next weeks, we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami. " The move comes after a massive crowd ran over 28-year-old Erica Mack, a security guard employed by contracting company Contemporary Services Corp., while trying to enter the festival Friday night.
March 17, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Here's to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this vicious cycle earned more respect. This was a year in which Apple infiltrated the event to put on its own "festival" within the festival, and the year that party sponsors required that before entering, attendees sign away their rights for possible commercial use. The keynote speaker, Lady Gaga, trivialized bulimia with a shocking stunt, and the salted snack brand that funded her bull-in-a-china-shop arrival at South by Southwest further insulted the festival's spirit of creation with ham-fisted ploys to link music and munchies.
March 14, 2014 |
Bail has been set at $3 million for a Texas man accused of drunkenly steering his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest music festival, records show. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, of Killeen was booked into Travis County jail and charged with one count of capital murder, though more charges may be added later, the Associated Press reported . A court date was not immediately available. Reports indicate Owens -- an aspiring rapper and music producer -- was in town to try and showcase his music, like thousands of other aspiring artists hoping to get noticed.