March 12, 2013 |
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; http://www.la-irishfair.com .
February 25, 2013 |
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.
February 21, 2013 |
If there was one locale in Los Angeles unlikely to join the neighborhood music-festival wave, it probably would be "The Deepest Recesses of the Santa Monica Mountains. " There, at the site of a new festival called the Ranch, the flannel and beards aren't ironic accessories but necessary wilderness accouterments. Putting a bird on it involves an actual bird landing on something, and the only rock scene is sedimentary. But that rural idyll was precisely the appeal for a trio of young L.A. concert promoters, who estimate that the Ranch will bring around a thousand concert-goers to a sylvan mountain retreat on March 2 for a day and a night of music and roughing it. The site is only a few miles from Malibu, but the Ranch is a world away from anything that's been tried in local music recently.
September 19, 2012 |
It looks as if Shakira won't be performing anywhere this weekend, except possibly at a maternity ward. On Wednesday afternoon, the Colombian pop superstar sent out a message that she was bowing out of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22 at the MGM Grand. It seems that Shakira and her beau, the Barcelona and Spanish national team soccer star Gerard Pique, are expecting their first child, as the global rumor mill has been rumbling about for months.
September 16, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Jeopardy The quiz show hosted by Alex Trebek launches a new season (7 p.m. ABC). The L.A. Complex: The showbiz-themed drama offers back-to-back new episodes (8 and 9 p.m. KTLA). Bones: The forensics drama starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz returns with new episodes (8 p.m. Fox). Alien Deep With Bob Ballard: The oceanographer visits aqua-farmers and checks out new underwater vehicles in this new episode (8 p.m. National Geographic)
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.