September 12, 2012 |
San Francisco's Imperial Teen and funkmaster bassist Thundercat will be among the artists drawing porkpie-hatted connoisseurs of electronic music, indie rock and a grab-bag of other genres to the 14th annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. More than 70 bands and DJs spread across 11 different themed stages and spaces will converge on Colorado Boulevard between Argus Drive and Eagle Rock Boulevard for the event,...
August 23, 2012
MUSIC The first L.A. appearance of Snoop Dogg in his new Snoop Lion reggae visage is the highlight of the H20 Music Festival, with Ozomatli, Gym Class Heroes and Paulina Rubio holding up the undercard. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St, L.A. 3 p.m. Sat. $25. H20musicfestival.com.
August 22, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. When your name is Alex Cuba and you were born and raised on a certain island 90 miles south of Florida, people naturally expect you to make Cuban music. But the Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter isn't a big fan of preconceived expectations. The winner of the 2010 Latin Grammy for new artist, Cuba swings among various hybrids of jazz, funk, pop and traditional Caribbean boleros and sones , playing guitar and bass and singing in both Spanish and English with a gentle sincerity that never subsides into stickiness.
August 19, 2012 |
To get a sense of the booking variety at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which concluded three days of events with a street party Saturday in West Hollywood, it's instructive to look at a single snapshot moment within the roster. In one two-block span at dusk, it was possible to stroll through the event to see gigs by former teen idol and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” star Leif Garrett and his rock band at the Whisky A Go Go, or catch legendary O.C. power punks Bad Religion on one of the two Sunset Boulevard outdoor stages. At the same time at the Roxy, you could check out Das Racist, the Brooklyn rap trio best known for its songs “Michael Jackson” and “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” or walk into the Key Club, where former reality-music-show competitor Vicci Martinez of NBC's “The Voice” was trying to turn that fleeting prime-time moment into a viable career. PHOTOS: The Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 Such is the scope of the Los Angeles music scene, where performers are a dime a dozen and has-beens wrestle with would-bes and wannabes for billing.
August 17, 2012 |
"Days Go By" is the first album since 2008 for the Offspring, and the title's twilight tone makes you wonder what message is being transmitted from the skate park in Huntington Beach. Nostalgia for guitar solos? A lament for long-gone platinum sales? Or maybe just the end of summer school? Dexter Holland, lead singer of the Orange Country pop punk stalwarts, considers the question from the driver's seat of a customized black van with leopard-print upholstery. As he drives toward the Huntington pier he explains that the theme is one of resilience and perseverance - a less-biblical message of "This too shall pass.
August 15, 2012 |
When Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger reformed the Doors with a comeback gig at the Whisky at last year's Sunset Strip Music Festival, it was the hottest ticket at the event, with landmark songs like "Riders of the Storm" and "Light My Fire" echoing once again at the club where the band first made its mark. This year's festival is giving the iconic '60s band an even larger spotlight. Now in its fifth year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival once again pays homage to the Strip's illustrious musical heritage with an event at the House of Blues on Thursday that will pay tribute to the Doors with Krieger, Manzarek and John Densmore in attendance.
August 13, 2012 |
Given that many parts of Southern California only truly experience summer heat for 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 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.
August 5, 2012 |
Amid the bass-heavy bluster at the second night of the electronica festival HARD Summer on Saturday in Los Angeles' Chinatown, the best song anyone played was a Neil Young cover. James Murphy, the LCD Soundsystem frontman and an inspired crate-digger of rare disco cuts, was a few tunes into his late-night DJ set when he quietly slipped in an edit of the folk rocker's “Harvest Moon” by the local dance duo Poolside. It's an unlikely fit for a rave tent, as Young's version is a spooky, minimal tune about maturing love.
July 18, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Details at the bottom. Winston Marshall of the band Mumford & Sons has roofing on his mind. Although music often occupies the multi-instrumentalist's thoughts, this day there are more pressing matters: The British folk-rock band is bringing a group of hand-picked artists to the U.S. in August for its four Gentlemen of the Road festivals, and the question is whether each stage should get a roof - or is that...
July 17, 2012 |
Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk and Sleigh Bells are among the acts slated to play the first-ever Coachella-branded cruise. Officially dubbed the S.S. Coachella, the self-proclaimed music festival at sea will feature 20-plus acts over two December trips, one to the Bahamas and one to Jamaica. Each leg will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cruise represents the first time promoter Goldenvoice has used the Coachella name for a concert event outside its yearly festival in the desert city of Indio.