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July 11, 2013 | By Scott Collins
NBC is doing its part to ease Betty White into retirement: The brass just axed her prank show "Off Their Rockers. " Premiered last year, the show was supposed to exploit the abundant adorableness of the 91-year-old White, a former "Mary Tyler Moore Show" regular whose career reignited after she appeared in a Snickers ad during the 2010 Super Bowl. "Off Their Rockers" is a hidden-camera reality show a la "Candid Camera" or "Punk'd," with the gimmick that White and other seniors are pranking much younger victims, with guests including Kim Kardashian and Nick Lachey.
April 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them. Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless. Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place.  Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas.  PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3 "We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone.
May 17, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
Attention groupies: You may still be able to board the tour bus. Just don't expect ample legroom. In yet another example of downsized American dreams in the struggling economy, many rock 'n' roll bands are finding that touring the country in a tricked-out, old-school tour bus is just too punishing for their bottom line. For some, the solution has been to pack it all into a van -- specifically, the custom Sprinter models by a Tallahassee company called Rock-It Ships. The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the Rock-It Ship company outfits the smaller rides with satellite television equipment, a fridge and Blu-ray DVD player, and sleeping arrangements for up to seven people -- all while getting up to 22 mpg on the freeway.
April 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Get ready for Meryl Streep to strap on a guitar and rock out. The 18-time Oscar nominee is set to play the lead role in the upcoming rock 'n' roll dramedy "Ricki and the Flash," which TriStar Productions announced it has acquired. In the film, to be directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") from a script by "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, Streep will play a grocery store checkout lady by day and by night a fading rock musician who has one last chance to reconnect with her estranged family.
July 5, 2013 | By Chris Willman
The conflict between mods and rockers, two warring factions of youth culture in Britain circa 1965, previously served as the backdrop for a terrifically gritty film, "Quadrophenia," based on the Who's concept album. Now the same conflict is the milieu for a stage musical, "ModRock," that exudes more sunshine than a decade's worth of London summers combined. If Pete Townshend ever deigned to see this show, you wouldn't blame him for succumbing to a fatal case of hives. The "ModRock" now on view at El Portal in North Hollywood almost plays like "Quadrophenia" reimagined by Walt Disney - and not even the modern iteration of the studio, but the Disney that was making frothy musicals such as "The Happiest Millionaire" in the mid-'60s.
October 7, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Neil Young isn't the only rocker vying for readers this fall. Inspired, no doubt, by the critical and commercial success of recent volumes by Keith Richards and Patti Smith (the latter of which won a National Book Award in 2010), a host of musicians have entered the memoir game of late, crowding bookstore shelves with backstage tales of guitars, groupies and how that No. 1 hit has always been misunderstood. Not all of these artists enjoy the respect showered upon Young and his classic-rock cronies.
July 1, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY
vs. Cleveland, 5:30 * Site--Great Western Forum. * Radio--KPLS (830). * Records--Sparks 11-2, Rockers 7-6. * Record vs. Rockers (1999)--2-0. * Update--Hoping to increase their winning streak to eight, the Sparks take on the WNBA's surprise team. Last summer, the Rockers were dead last, finishing 7-25, and prospects seemed dim. But Cleveland led for much of the early Eastern Conference schedule and is tied for second place. Eva Nemcova averages 14 points.
October 7, 2010
Divided among a variety of Silver Lake, Echo Park and downtown venues ? including the Echoplex, Spaceland, Taix and 826LA ? Filter magazine's Culture Collide Festival brings some of the best and brightest indie rockers from around the world. Israel, Norway, Canada and others countries are represented, with two highlights being insolent Georgia garage rockers the Black Lips and England's post-punk alt-favorites, Klaxons. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Thu., 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2:30 p.m.-midnight Sun. Wristbands $20. See website for complete schedule and tickets.
May 21, 2009 | Bloomberg News
One of Bruce Springsteen's old haunts is about to go on the auction block. The building that once housed the Upstage Club in Asbury Park, N.J., a hall in which Springsteen and fellow rockers used to jam in the late 1960s and early 1970s, will be offered for sale next month.
July 31, 1988
If U2's "Running to Stand Still" is held as example of rockers against substance abuse ("Drugs: Just Another Member of L.A.'s Rock Band?," July 17), it's "do as I say and not as I do." I shall never forget the TV shots of the band sucking up Heineken's during the Grammy awards, or the irresponsibility those images portrayed. SCOTT E. McCREARY Glendale
March 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The Rolling Stones have added a June 4 trip to Tel Aviv to the group's 2014 tour itinerary, the veteran band's first performance in Israel and the latest in a growing series of performances in the nation by major pop and rock acts. “We are thrilled to announce the first-ever performance in Israel by one of the most influential musical groups of all time, which further adds to an already dynamic lineup of performances and festivals taking place in Israel this year," Israel's commissioner for tourism, North and South America, Haim Gutin, said in a statement.
March 14, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Maynard James Keenan, the frontman for metal groups Tool, a Perfect Circle and Puscifier, has listed his home in Hollywood Hills at $2.495 million. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2000, features elaborate wooden ceilings, a bar, a den, a wine-tasting room, two fireplaces, four bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and 3,750 square feet of living space. The 11,000-square-foot grounds have a swimming pool and waterfalls. There are canyon, mountain and city views. A separate guesthouse could be used as a recording studio.
February 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Tommy Lee is getting married again: The rocker has popped the question to girlfriend Sofia Toufa. The founding M o tley Cr u e drummer and Toufa, a Greek-German singer, announced their engagement Monday on Twitter.  "There comes a time in a mans life when you just know your partner is for LIFE!!" the 51-year-old  wrote . "Say hello to my fiancé and soon to be wife @SOFIofficial" PHOTOS: Celebrity weddings & engagements of 2014 Toufa, 30, who goes by the stage name SOFI, cutely dubbed herself  "something that rhymes with Beyonce!
February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
VISTA -- Tim Lambesis, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who had filed for divorce. Lambesis, 32, a resident of Carlsbad, faces a possible nine years in prison for soliciting a murder when sentenced May 2, according to prosecutors in the Superior Court case. In divorce papers, his wife alleged that he had become emotionally distant, was preoccupied with bodybuilding and touring, and spent money irresponsibly, including on numerous tattoos.
February 12, 2014 | By Lisa Boone, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Calling all punk enthusiasts: Singer Exene Cervenka is downsizing and shedding more than 40 years of antiques in the process at a four-day estate sale beginning Thursday in Santa Ana. "One hundred years of Americana needs a good home," Cervenka said of the upcoming sale. "Treasured memories of the past can live on in your hands. Like a small inheritance, but without the squabbling with siblings. " Items include what you might expect from the former member of the iconic Los Angeles band X: Electric guitars and old carnival chalk prizes.
January 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Henry Rollins travels with a fierce agenda. He believes if you aren't moved, disturbed or changed by where you go, you're not going to the right places. "Traveling allows the opportunity for humility to creep into your life," says Rollins, a photographer, actor, author, publisher, TV and radio personality, and punk-rock veteran. You can meet the former Black Flag frontman and hear about his travel insights at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the L.A. Times Travel Show at the L.A. Convention Center.
December 17, 2009
Iconic L.A. punkers X bring their signature sharp cords and jagged lyricism to the Wiltern for a performance hosted by KROQ. Rugged rockers Calexico open up. Expect angular and aggressive -- yet perfectly harmonized -- holiday cheer. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. $30. (213) 388-1400.
April 12, 2012
MUSIC Catch hard-driving Brit-pop rockers Florence and the Machine as they take the picturesque stage at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Be ready to sing along to a parade of hits from their popular albums "Lungs" and "Ceremonials. " Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA. 7 p.m. Sat. (877) 686-5366;
January 9, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Five quick reactions to the Coachella 2014 lineup announcement.  1. The Daft Punk factor : The presence of vocalist/Neptune/producer Pharrell Williams as a headliner is notable for a few rumor-fueling reasons. First, he's not necessarily performing in support of a new solo album, but he's been ubiquitous on the charts over the last year. Among his most prominent hits? His vocals on two tracks on Daft Punk's “Random Access Memories,” most memorably “Get Lucky.” That fact will no doubt spark rumors that the two Frenchmen might make a cameo.
November 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The New York Police Department has identified three Iranian musicians killed by a former friend in a Brooklyn murder-suicide that left four dead early Monday. Soroush Farazmand, 27, and Arash Farazmand, 28, of the Iranian rock band Yellow Dogs were shot to death along with fellow Iranian musician Ali Eskandarian, 35, at an apartment in East Williamsburg, police said. Police said Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, 29, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the roof of the victims' apartment.
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