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November 14, 2007 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Tonight will be 25 . . . along the KOST. It's not the signature weather report from the station at 103.5 FM, but a silver anniversary -- the "soft rock with less talk" outlet launched Nov. 15, 1982. Ever since, it's kept competitors at bay by continually adding new music within its format and maintaining a grown-up environment that's also safe for kids.
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July 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason wasn't kidding when he said he was working on an album: It's now on iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets. Mason, who was fired earlier this year from the company he founded, released his "motivational business music" album "Hardly Workin'" on Tuesday. The album features seven songs intended to help "executives, mid-level management, and front-line employees," the 32-year-old tech entrepreneur says in a  blog post . "This album pulls some of the most important learnings from my years at the helm of one of the fastest growing businesses in history, and packages them as music," Mason said.
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December 29, 1992
Little Rock, these days, rocks around the clock. Some hard rock, some soft rock and some lullaby baby rock. JOHN A. SELEINE Seal Beach
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August 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
In rock 'n' roll history there have existed lines in the sand: Polarizing musical thresholds beyond which your average listener will not step. Bob Dylan's baffling “Self Portrait,” for example, or Lil Wayne's rock album “Rebirth.” Muddy Waters' psych-blues masterpiece “Electric Mud,” the entire output of Northeast family weirdos the Shaggs. Captain Beefheart and/or Frank Zappa. The work of 34-year-old Los Angeles singer, songwriter, bandleader and memory-bending artist Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti is one such line, as evidenced by some of the songs on his wonderfully baffling new album, "Mature Themes.
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April 6, 1986
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC KBIG-FM (104.3) KDOU-FM (97.5) KIQQ-FM (100.3) KJOI-FM (98.7) KOCM-FM (103.1) NEWS/TALK KABC-AM (790) KFOX-AM (93.5) (also country) KFWB-AM (980) KGIL-AM (1260) KIEV-AM (870) KNX-AM (1070) NOSTALGIA KBOB-FM (98.3) KGRB-AM (900) KMPC-AM (710) KWRM-AM (1370) POP / ROCK KBZT-FM (97.1) KEZY-FM (95.9) KFI-AM (640) KGIL-FM (94.3) (soft rock) KIIS-AM (1150) KIIS-FM (102.7) KKHR-FM (93.1) KLOS-FM (95.5) KMET-FM (94.7) KNAC-FM (105.5) (heavy metal) KNJO-FM (92.7) (soft rock) KNOB-FM (97.
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September 16, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
James Blunt "All the Lost Souls" (Atlantic Records) * * 1/2 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds "Playlist" (Mercury Records) * * * 1/2 As oxymorons go, "soft rock" wields more power than most people admit. Largely dismissed as a watered-down, blown-dry corruption of liberated youth culture, it's been shoved into the category of "guilty pleasure" practically since its inception.
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May 19, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
Daryl Hall and John Oates, the Hugo Boss-clad kingpins of Reagan-era pop, seemed destined for the casino-circuit dotage most pop stars eventually face -- their new music largely ignored, their fan base fading to nothingness. But then, around 2005, something strange happened. A real H&O revival began. This reassessment of the most commercially successful duo in pop history hits a peak Tuesday, when H&O receives the Icon award during BMI's 56th annual Pop Awards, joining the likes of Paul Simon, Van Morrison and the Bee Gees.
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October 13, 1985
I could not believe my eyes when I read "The Thompson Twins Are Bitten by Disco" (Record Rack, by Terry Atkinson, Oct. 6). I have purchased the Twins' "Here's to Future Days." Do I like it--love it! I think it's the best album I've ever heard! If this is disco, then Quiet Riot is soft rock! Just because their music is danceable, that does not mean it is disco! Does Atkinson have some sort of psychological hang-up about disco or the '70s? Does he feel he has to prove to the world how much he hates it?
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August 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti "Mature Themes" (4AD) *** 1/2 stars In rock 'n' roll history there have existed lines in the sand: Polarizing musical thresholds beyond which your average listener will not step. Bob Dylan's baffling "Self Portrait," for example, or Lil Wayne's rock album "Rebirth. " Captain Beefheart and/or Frank Zappa. The work of 34-year-old Los Angeles singer, songwriter, band leader and memory-bending artist Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti is one such line, as evidenced by some of the songs on his wonderfully baffling new album, "Mature Themes.
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August 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti "Mature Themes" (4AD) *** 1/2 stars In rock 'n' roll history there have existed lines in the sand: Polarizing musical thresholds beyond which your average listener will not step. Bob Dylan's baffling "Self Portrait," for example, or Lil Wayne's rock album "Rebirth. " Captain Beefheart and/or Frank Zappa. The work of 34-year-old Los Angeles singer, songwriter, band leader and memory-bending artist Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti is one such line, as evidenced by some of the songs on his wonderfully baffling new album, "Mature Themes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Dan Peek, a founding member of soft-rock trio America, which shot to the top of the pop charts in the 1970s with bouncy, lightweight hits including "A Horse With No Name," "Ventura Highway" and "Sister Golden Hair," died Sunday at his home in Farmington, Mo., outside St. Louis. He was 60. Peek's wife, Catherine, found him dead in bed, his father, Milton Peek, told the Associated Press. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Peek rode to mainstream success with half a dozen top 10 singles with fellow band members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell.
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August 24, 2009 | Keith Thursby
Larry Knechtel, a member of the 1970s soft-rock group Bread, who had a wide-ranging career as a studio musician, has died. Knechtel died Thursday at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Wash. He was 69. A hospital official would not release a cause of death, but a report in the Yakima Herald-Republic said he apparently suffered a heart attack. Knechtel played keyboards, bass guitar and harmonica as a member of the Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles studio musicians that included future headliners Glen Campbell and Leon Russell and session drummer Hal Blaine.
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March 27, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Dan Seals, who as part of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley sang the hit "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" and other 1970s soft-rock touchstones, has died. He was 61. His death was caused by complications related to lymphoma, said Marty Martel, a talent agent who worked with Seals. The singer died at his daughter's home in Nashville, the Associated Press reported.
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May 19, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
Daryl Hall and John Oates, the Hugo Boss-clad kingpins of Reagan-era pop, seemed destined for the casino-circuit dotage most pop stars eventually face -- their new music largely ignored, their fan base fading to nothingness. But then, around 2005, something strange happened. A real H&O revival began. This reassessment of the most commercially successful duo in pop history hits a peak Tuesday, when H&O receives the Icon award during BMI's 56th annual Pop Awards, joining the likes of Paul Simon, Van Morrison and the Bee Gees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dan Fogelberg, the singer-songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band," "Part of the Plan" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56. His death was posted on his website Sunday and announced in a statement by Anna Loynes of the Solters & Digney public relations agency.
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June 2, 2003 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
U2's frontman has been referred to as "St. Bono," a facetious reaction to the singer's high-profile social crusades, inspirational music and generally unimpeachable ways. Don't look now, but rock has a new candidate for canonization. At the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Coldplay's Chris Martin seemed to be fitted for a halo as he led the English band through a set of its grand, classically proportioned ballads.
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August 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
In rock 'n' roll history there have existed lines in the sand: Polarizing musical thresholds beyond which your average listener will not step. Bob Dylan's baffling “Self Portrait,” for example, or Lil Wayne's rock album “Rebirth.” Muddy Waters' psych-blues masterpiece “Electric Mud,” the entire output of Northeast family weirdos the Shaggs. Captain Beefheart and/or Frank Zappa. The work of 34-year-old Los Angeles singer, songwriter, bandleader and memory-bending artist Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti is one such line, as evidenced by some of the songs on his wonderfully baffling new album, "Mature Themes.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2007 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Tonight will be 25 . . . along the KOST. It's not the signature weather report from the station at 103.5 FM, but a silver anniversary -- the "soft rock with less talk" outlet launched Nov. 15, 1982. Ever since, it's kept competitors at bay by continually adding new music within its format and maintaining a grown-up environment that's also safe for kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
James Blunt "All the Lost Souls" (Atlantic Records) * * 1/2 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds "Playlist" (Mercury Records) * * * 1/2 As oxymorons go, "soft rock" wields more power than most people admit. Largely dismissed as a watered-down, blown-dry corruption of liberated youth culture, it's been shoved into the category of "guilty pleasure" practically since its inception.
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