October 26, 2013 |
Slide shows of amateur photography aren't usually premiered at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, but when you're a Beatle, rules are often bent. "That's one of me!" said Ringo Starr excitedly when he saw his face on the big screen Wednesday. "I like that one!" Starr, 73, was kicking off a day of media interviews pegged to the publication of his visual autobiography, "Photograph," and his forthcoming All-Starr Band tour of South America and Mexico. He offered up dozens of photos of, or by, himself and the three bandmates he refers to as "the lads" - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
October 30, 2012 |
L.A. indie-rock iconoclast Petra Haden is tapping a childhood musical pastime in her new album coming out early next year, "Petra Goes to the Movies," which finds her singing classic movie themes. Not movie songs, but the instrumental themes from the likes of "Taxi Driver," "Rebel Without a Cause," "Superman," "A Fistful of Dollars" and, yes, even "Psycho" in mostly a cappella vocal arrangements. The album isn't the first time Haden has stretched the boundaries of vocals as an interpretive instrument.
January 22, 2013 |
Every year when KOST-FM (103.5) switches to nonstop holiday music, its ratings boost makes other stations look as weak and wan as Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. This season, KOST's audience figures came in as large and gaudy as the pink aluminum tree of Lucy's dreams. During the holidays, KOST claimed 10.2% of the Los Angeles-Orange County listening audience ages 6 and older, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Arbitron ratings service. That crushed second-place KIIS-FM (102.7)
August 31, 2012 |
Like thousands of other Angelenos, Heidi Hamilton was listening to the final "Mark & Brian" show on KLOS-FM while driving to work Aug. 17, and heard a tearful Brian Phelps announce that he - following in his partner Mark Thompson's footsteps - had decided to leave the station. For most listeners, it signaled the end of an era. Hamilton realized she'd just gotten a new job - Brian's. "Oh, my God," she recalled thinking. "I think my life's going to change in a big way. " Hamilton and her partner, Frank Kramer, will debut the "Heidi & Frank" show on KLOS-FM (95.5)
October 31, 2013 |
In his penthouse condo on the toniest block of Westwood, one of the world's biggest dance music producers kicks back at his dining room table in an all-black Armani ensemble. A spread of magazine covers, featuring the producer's face, stares up at him as he talks about his many new projects - remixes for buzzed-about pop acts like Haim and a DJ gig closing out the HARD Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown this weekend alongside Skrillex and Deadmau5. His vocals were a centerpiece for a track on the year's biggest dance album, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," and, like many of the biggest stars of the genre, he's pondering a major Las Vegas DJ residency spanning his whole career.
February 15, 2013 |
Among the most important rap albums released over the last year or so, one contains a song about Nas' complicated relationship with his teenage daughter. Another has a track in which Killer Mike outlines President Reagan's contribution to the prison-industrial complex. A third disc finds Drake pondering the impossibility of real-life romantic connection in the age of the nip-slip Twitpic. The title of Drake's record, which last week won the Grammy Award for rap album? "Take Care.