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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 | By Randall Roberts and August Brown, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 11, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The 2013 Hear Now Music Festival is meant to be the sound of Los Angeles. What does that mean? No one really can say, anymore than what it means to be an Angeleno. Over two programs at the First Lutheran Church of Venice on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, a dozen pieces will be played by a dozen composers. They don't all live precisely in Los Angeles -- Altadena (William Kraft), Claremont (Karl Kohn), even Berkeley (John Adams) counts. The age difference is great. They come originally from Austria, Germany, New Hampshire and elsewhere.
March 30, 2013 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Lihle Muhdin was 11 years old when he first picked up a Kalashnikov rifle, pushed into combat by an Islamist militia in Mogadishu. That was 15 years ago. Now he wields a microphone in his fight for peace. Muhdin is a member of the Somali rap group Waayaha Cusub, or New Era, whose music calls on young Somalis to renounce violence. "I want to tell the Somali youth, don't kill," he said. "We must stop this violence. " The 26-year-old rapper recently returned to Mogadishu after 14 years as a refugee in Kenya to be among the headliners at the Somali Reconciliation Festival, Mogadishu's first major music festival in two decades.
March 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
AUSTIN, Texas - During a highly anticipated club show on the final night of this year's South by Southwest music festival, Prince looked out over the 1,000 or so fans before him at the intimate La Zona Rosa. Their collective roar made it clear - they were ready for a third encore. Still, the impeccably dressed pop-soul icon just had to have some fun with them. "Don't make me hurt you," he said with an impish grin. "You know how many hits I got?" For those who'd forgotten, the performer reaffirmed over the course of his show Saturday - a thrilling funk-rock throw-down that eventually stretched to six encores and featured classics such as "1999" and "U Got the Look" - that Prince lives in a pop scene that he helped create.
March 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Two workers were critically injured Thursday night while helping set up for this weekend's Ultra Music Festival in Miami when a giant LED video screen fell, trapping them under it, the Miami Herald reported. Fire rescue officials said both men suffered life-threatening injuries, one with both his legs broken when the screen fell. Two other workers were less severely injured by falling equipment; one was hospitalized in stable condition, the other treated at the scene. Ultra Music Festival, billed as “the largest electronic dance music festival in the world,” was still set to open at 3 p.m. EDT Friday as scheduled.
March 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
AUSTIN, Texas - A San Francisco start-up that created a tiny motion-sensing device is making a big splash at South by Southwest, overshadowing major tech brands and scores of new apps with its promise of changing how consumers interact with their computers. In its debut appearance at the conference known more as a music and film festival, Leap Motion Inc. wowed attendees with its "Minority Report"-style gesture-recognition controller, which enables users to manipulate what's on their screens with a wave of the hand or lift of a finger.
March 7, 2013
Gear up for St. Patrick's Day by attending the 11th Annual L.A. County Irish Fair and Music Festival. The event features nine stages of Irish entertainment and attractions including a faux ancient Irish village, shamrock rides, sheepherding demonstrations, face painting and Irish beer drinking contests. There's also Rusty O'Flatery: the World's Tallest Leprechaun. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $16. (213) 305-9653; .
February 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Southwest Chamber Music's 2013 L.A. International New Music Festival, in progress at the Colburn School's Zipper Concert Hall, is doing its attentive bit to broaden international musical relations. We hear too little music from Mexican, Korean or even Venezuelan composers. America and Germany lost its two greatest senior composers - Elliott Carter and Hans Werner Henze - late last year, but they have been long lost on the West Coast, where they remain ignored. Thankfully in such matters, Southwest can serve as an indispensable diplomat.
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