June 7, 2013 |
This post has been corrected, please see below for details. In March, the Sunset Strip music venue the Key Club announced that it was closing for good. Few local music fans were especially surprised. The venue had operated in various guises since the '60s - first as Gazzarri's, where it hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty as the Doors, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen - and as the Key Club since 1998. It closed briefly in 2009, but 2013 was to be the final curtain for the club's monthly slate of heavy metal, hip-hop and stuffed local bills where bands sometimes had to prepay for blocks of tickets.
May 2, 2013 |
The death of Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross, recalls a time when the group's biggest hit, "Jump," was a staple in sports arenas around the country. The 34-year-old Kelly died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. "Jump" was he and partner Chris Smith's biggest hit, released in the early 1990s, which also produced several other arena favorites. Among them, House of Pain recorded "Jump Around" and C+C Music Factory produced "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
November 6, 2012 |
Deep within the high-security Iron Mountain storage facility in Hollywood, where nearly every doorway except for the restroom is protected by a security-card swipe lock, sits the Grammy Museum's permanent collection of pop music artifacts, recordings and memorabilia. Hundreds of 10-inch 78 rpm discs - some from Thomas Edison's record label - reside in archival boxes on 20-foot-long metal shelves, near antique radios and phonograph players, musical instruments, posters and some celebrity fashion items stored out of sight in sturdy garment bags.
October 31, 2012 |
There was no mention of Sandy at the Israel Philharmonic's concert in Walt Disney Concert Hall Tuesday night. It wouldn't have hurt to play a little something in solidarity of the millions dealing with the storm's devastation, the Israelis having just appeared at Carnegie Hall last week. Then again, there was something comforting in an uncompromisingly traditional concert at which business was very much as usual. The Israel Philharmonic regularly appears in Los Angeles, where the orchestra has considerable support.
June 26, 2012 |
Singer Julie Fowlis is typically used to songs that are a tad older than the ones she sang in Disney/Pixar's "Brave. "Her comfort zone is about eight centuries ago. There's plenty of fanciful elements in "Brave" -- magical wisps, a crafty witch and a mother turned into a bear -- but when it comes to music, the film is grounded in history. Along with composer Patrick Doyle, Fowlis is part of the Scottish contingent working on the film's score, aiming to marry Gaelic traditions with its symphonic elements.
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April 20, 2012 |
Levon Helm is most widely known for the songs he sang that found their way onto the pop charts during his long tenure as drummer and singer for the Band: "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Don't Do It," earthy and infectious conglomerations of gospel, country, blues, folk and rock music. But the one that might crystallize his approach to music throughout his life was "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show," an ode to the kind of freewheeling gatherings in which the musician, who died of cancer Thursday at 71 in New York, thoroughly reveled.