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February 5, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Want to hear as well as Stevie Wonder or the late Ray Charles? A blindfold not only might help, it could re-wire your brain in the process, a new study suggests. The study , in mice, was the first to show evidence on a cellular level of a phenomenon that has been relatively well chronicled behaviorally - damage to one sense can be compensated with strength in another. And that compensation can happen later in life, when the brain is generally less susceptible to rewiring, the study found.
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February 5, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Want to hear as well as Stevie Wonder or the late Ray Charles? A blindfold not only might help, it could re-wire your brain in the process, a new study suggests. The study , in mice, was the first to show evidence on a cellular level of a phenomenon that has been relatively well chronicled behaviorally - damage to one sense can be compensated with strength in another. And that compensation can happen later in life, when the brain is generally less susceptible to rewiring, the study found.
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July 16, 2013 | By August Brown
The George Zimmerman trial highlighted the legal and moral complexity of Florida's "stand your ground" laws. Stevie Wonder, for one, thinks it's time to fight back against them. The legendary singer-songwriter told a Quebec City, Canada, crowd on Sunday that he would  boycott Florida on future tours, along with any other state that has passed similar "stand your  ground" legislation. "I decided today that until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder said.
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January 31, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Dave Grohl was on his way to rehearsals for a TV special marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the panic set in. "Suddenly it hit me: Maybe I ought to listen to the record again before we rehearse it," the founding member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters said of his impending run-through of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with guitarists Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. for "The Night That...
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January 6, 2014 | By August Brown
The Grammy telecast is known for one-of-a-kind collaborations. Sometimes they're inspired, sometimes they're head-scratchers, but Daft Punk fans now have a lot to look forward to from the band's 2014 Grammy set. The French electronica duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter previously announced that they would perform on the Jan. 26 telecast, their first live set since the release last year of their album “Random Access Memories,” and...
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October 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Stevie Wonder has something extra special in the bag of goodies he'll be toting to his 18 th House Full of Toys holiday benefit concert in Los Angeles: He's going to perform the entire “Songs in the Key of Life” album at the Dec. 21 show. That double LP was named album of the year for the 1976 Grammy Awards, and earned Wonder three other statues, as producer of the year and pop male vocal performance for the album as a whole and R&B male vocal performance for the track “I Wish.” It held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for 14 weeks, remained on that chart for 80 weeks and has been certified by the RIAA for sales of more than 10 million copies in the U.S., and topped many music critics' year-end best albums lists for 1976.
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August 7, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On Friday, Stevie Wonder showed up unannounced near the end of a downtown concert featuring Los Angeles band Ozomatli. The Grand Performances-produced evening celebrated the release of "Songs in the Key of L.A.," a book on the early Los Angeles sheet music collection held at the L.A. Public Library, by inviting onto the stage a few dozen musicians (Jackson Browne, La Santa Cecilia, Rob Gonzalez, Ceci Bastida, I See Hawks in L.A. and the Petrojvic Blasting...
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December 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The raison d'être of Stevie Wonder's annual holiday concert is the collection of toys for needy children in the Southland, something he's done enthusiastically for 18 years now, each edition featuring a different lineup of friends, musical colleagues and family members. Saturday's installment of Wonder's House Full of Toys at the Nokia Theatre, however, may have given the biggest gift of all to the audience of about 7,000: the first-ever performance of his landmark 1976 double album “Songs in the Key of Life” in its entirety.
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June 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Singer Stevie Wonder has arranged to pay the funeral expenses for five children who were killed in a Philadelphia row house fire, his publicist said. Wonder was heartbroken after hearing about the June 12 blaze and wanted to do something to help the family, said his publicist, Ira Tucker. Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire.
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September 14, 1993 | PHIL GALLO
Stevie Wonder gave a momentary Jamaican flavor Sunday evening to a 4 1/2-hour concert designed to celebrate French and American cultures. Appearing at the "Rendez-Vous in L.A." music and food fair at the Greek Theatre to accept a humanitarian award, the singer-songwriter backed himself on piano for three songs before leading a sing-along on his new "Tomorrow Robins Will Sing," which he sang in dancehall reggae-style.
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January 6, 2014 | By August Brown
The Grammy telecast is known for one-of-a-kind collaborations. Sometimes they're inspired, sometimes they're head-scratchers, but Daft Punk fans now have a lot to look forward to from the band's 2014 Grammy set. The French electronica duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter previously announced that they would perform on the Jan. 26 telecast, their first live set since the release last year of their album “Random Access Memories,” and...
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December 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The raison d'être of Stevie Wonder's annual holiday concert is the collection of toys for needy children in the Southland, something he's done enthusiastically for 18 years now, each edition featuring a different lineup of friends, musical colleagues and family members. Saturday's installment of Wonder's House Full of Toys at the Nokia Theatre, however, may have given the biggest gift of all to the audience of about 7,000: the first-ever performance of his landmark 1976 double album “Songs in the Key of Life” in its entirety.
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December 6, 2013 | By Reed Johnson and Randall Roberts
On “Graceland,” his 1986 Grammy Award-winning album, Paul Simon sang a secular lullaby that could've been addressed to the oppressed black multitudes of apartheid South Africa and their moral leader, Nelson Mandela. “These are the days of lasers in the jungle,” Simon intoned on the album's lead-off track, “The Boy in the Bubble.” “These are the days of miracle and wonder / And don't cry baby, don't cry.” Although the ambiguous lyrics seem to refer to a broader human condition, they also evoke the aspirations that were roiling South Africa in the mid-1980s and that Mandela embodied, both within his country and to the outside world.  FULL COVERAGE: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
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December 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country's rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music. That changed while the former South African president and longtime democratic activist was imprisoned by the pro-apartheid government from 1962 to 1990. He wasn't allowed access to music. Artists, however, used Mandela's jailing to fuel global protest songs, and during his years in captivity, Mandela's messages were delivered on the wings of rhythm and melody.
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October 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Stevie Wonder has something extra special in the bag of goodies he'll be toting to his 18 th House Full of Toys holiday benefit concert in Los Angeles: He's going to perform the entire “Songs in the Key of Life” album at the Dec. 21 show. That double LP was named album of the year for the 1976 Grammy Awards, and earned Wonder three other statues, as producer of the year and pop male vocal performance for the album as a whole and R&B male vocal performance for the track “I Wish.” It held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for 14 weeks, remained on that chart for 80 weeks and has been certified by the RIAA for sales of more than 10 million copies in the U.S., and topped many music critics' year-end best albums lists for 1976.
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August 7, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On Friday, Stevie Wonder showed up unannounced near the end of a downtown concert featuring Los Angeles band Ozomatli. The Grand Performances-produced evening celebrated the release of "Songs in the Key of L.A.," a book on the early Los Angeles sheet music collection held at the L.A. Public Library, by inviting onto the stage a few dozen musicians (Jackson Browne, La Santa Cecilia, Rob Gonzalez, Ceci Bastida, I See Hawks in L.A. and the Petrojvic Blasting...
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January 16, 1995 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the last decade or so, R&B has been overrun by musical wimps--from Boyz II Men to Tevin Campbell to Jade to Brandy. These pretenders have been foisting a brand of gutless R&B--all posturing and passionless note-stretching--on young audiences. Now if you wanted to hear some real R&B singing, the place to be was the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday, where Stevie Wonder--who hasn't toured in several years--was holding court.
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January 31, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Dave Grohl was on his way to rehearsals for a TV special marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the panic set in. "Suddenly it hit me: Maybe I ought to listen to the record again before we rehearse it," the founding member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters said of his impending run-through of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with guitarists Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. for "The Night That...
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August 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Like the nebulous boundaries of Los Angeles itself, encircling the city's musical sound can be tricky business. There are the vibrations of surf and mariachi music, the crawl of Compton G-funk and laid-back '50s cool jazz, Mexican boleros and the ladies (and men) of the canyon, along with K-town K-pop and the rush of Hollywood punk. Around every corner a new rhythm, a fresh melodic burst born under the California sun.  It's a sound that's virtually impossible to put onto one stage, but on Friday night archetypal East L.A. band Ozomatli and fellow artists at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles took a stab at it.  By resurrecting age-old songs about Southern California and weaving in more recent but no less revealing odes to the area -- including punk band X's "Los Angeles" and Richie Valens' "La Bamba" -- musicians illustrated the breadth of the region's experience in the open-air California Plaza.
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July 16, 2013 | By August Brown
The George Zimmerman trial highlighted the legal and moral complexity of Florida's "stand your ground" laws. Stevie Wonder, for one, thinks it's time to fight back against them. The legendary singer-songwriter told a Quebec City, Canada, crowd on Sunday that he would  boycott Florida on future tours, along with any other state that has passed similar "stand your  ground" legislation. "I decided today that until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder said.
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