November 25, 2010 |
Roll over Beethoven. At the School of Rock, studying the classics means learning the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," not "Moonlight Sonata. " On Nov. 13, the nationwide chain of music schools opened its 60th location, in West Los Angeles, to teach 7-to-18-year-olds how to jam on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. The Wilshire Boulevard outlet is the second area location for the school, joining the 4-year-old School of Rock in North Hollywood.
October 25, 2008
Re "USC Acts by Popular Demand," by Randy Lewis, Oct. 22: Musicians Institute in Hollywood has been offering accredited bachelor's degrees in popular music performance since 1995. MI's bachelor of music in performance (contemporary styles) includes majors in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and voice. The article raised questions about the potential for coexistence between popular music and higher education. We feel that these concerns were answered long ago by the countless MI students who have gone on to careers in every facet of contemporary music, including members of bands like Weezer, Nine Inch Nails and Red Hot Chili Peppers, artists like Keb' Mo' and Jeff Buckley, and musicians working with artists from Pink and Mariah Carey to Dwight Yoakam and John Doe. The marriage between pop music and higher education has proved to be happy and long-lasting, and we welcome USC to the field.
May 19, 2007 |
If you want to know the state of indie rock in 2007, watch Ben Gibbard perform on a college campus. The Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service frontman is arguably the genre's apotheosis right now. He's got impeccable aw-shucks pop smarts, a gold record with each of his major projects and is on the speed dial of practically every music supervisor in town.
December 19, 2003 |
"If the devil had a voice, this would be it," remarked one of the younger fans out to see ex-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan's set at the El Rey on Wednesday. It was an appropriate comment, considering that Lanegan sings about the devil. A lot. Old Scratch would be proud of that voice, a smoky, whiskey-etched baritone that first earned Lanegan accolades with the Trees' 1992 hit "Nearly Lost You" and which seems to have only increased in power in the intervening years.
September 7, 2003 |
Inside a dim rehearsal studio off Sunset Boulevard, Jack Black is tuning the guitar that rests on his belly. Behind him, a spiky-haired drummer starts the beat. A mop-top guitar player does his imitation Pete Townsend windmill stroke. A button-nosed keyboardist curves his delicate fingers over the keys. And the bass player, cool and aloof, nods rhythmically as she picks at the strings. All eyes turn to Black, waiting, expecting ... something ... as if anything could happen at any moment.
December 2, 1990 |
"Turn up the music, man. Turn it up!" The annoyance on Kid Frost's face looked real enough, even if the rapper's insistence on more volume was probably just hip-hop bravado. At least 1,500 students had scattered across UCLA's central plaza and pressed against a small outdoor stage in anticipation of the week's free noontime concert. Kid Frost was pacing aggressively across the stage in black sunglasses, as if waiting for the sound man to inch up the volume before starting the show.