June 28, 2012 |
The Occupy movement galvanized protest singers to assemble in public spaces and shout their grievances last year. In Los Angeles, the potential arrival of a ChinatownWal-Martmay do the same. Wal-Marthas already begun construction on the controversial store at Grand Avenue and Cesar A. Chavez Boulevard, but this Saturday a bevy of union organizers and local and national acts known for social activism will lead what they're billing as "the largest protest against Wal-Mart ever held in the U.S. " Acts that include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and adventurous folkie Ben Harper (who headlines the Hollywood Bowl the next night)
June 22, 2009 |
Tool, Linkin Park and a revamped Alice in Chains will anchor a new addition to the summer festival circuit. Dubbed Epicenter, the rock-focused event is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Fairplex in Pomona and also will feature Australian metal act Wolfmother and Tom Morello's latest project, Street Sweeper Social Club. Hip-hop artists Atmosphere and Aesop Rock also are scheduled to perform at the all-day event, as are Hollywood Undead, Atreyu and Sonny. Epicenter will be produced by Right Arm Entertainment, which specializes in radio station festivals and has worked with KROQ-FM (106.
July 19, 1999
Hundreds of gaming fanatics lined up around Westwood's Hollywood Video last week because they just couldn't wait to play Sega's much-anticipated Dreamcast system. You may have seen Sega's billboards announcing the system's arrival on "9/9/99." But Thursday morning, at 12:01 a.m., the store made 100 of the consoles available for rental. Verne Troyer (1), better known as Austin Powers' pint-sized alter ego Mini-Me, arrived with an entourage of similarly diminutive bodyguards.
December 31, 2012 |
As we close the book on 2012, which among other things included the ambitious yearlong multifaceted salute to Woody Guthrie on the 100 th anniversary of his birth, Pop & Hiss will take a page from America's most celebrated folk singer and songwriter. Two pages, actually, that contain 33 new year's resolutions that Guthrie concocted just as the year 1942 was about to begin. They range from whimsical (No. 3: “Wash teeth if any”) to serious (No. 27: “Help win war - Beat fascism”)
November 15, 2012 |
More than 100 guitars bearing the signatures of rock, pop and country stars including Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Tom Morello, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney will be auctioned Dec. 1 to benefit the Dio Cancer Fund established in memory of hard rock singer Ronnie James Dio. The instruments will be previewed Nov. 19 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, where they will be auctioned two weeks later. Other artists who have signed donated guitars include members of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Metallica and the Alice Cooper Band. The guitar signed by Van Halen is a prototype electric made for him. The auction also includes a custom hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar made by DBZ Guitars and an acoustic-electric guitar signed by “Twilight” film series star Robert Pattinson.
July 16, 2012 |
Jon Lord, the keyboardist who gave the British classic rock band Deep Purple its depth and heavy sonics, died Monday at the London Clinic after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Lord began his musical life steeped in classical piano, but became a session musician after falling under the spell of early rockers such as Jerry Lee Lewis. He reportedly played an uncredited piano part on the Kinks' “You Really Got Me.” After meeting guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in another band, the two started Deep Purple, known both for such early stoner-rock favorites as “ Smoke on the Water ” as well as for compositional complexity.
April 2, 2004 |
"This machine here, it kills fascists too," said Audioslave's Tom Morello on Wednesday, pointing his acoustic guitar toward the capacity Troubadour crowd during a benefit concert titled "Axis of Justice." The youthful audience cheered, though most probably didn't get Morello's reference to a slogan that once adorned folk singer Woody Guthrie's instrument.
September 15, 2001 |
The politically charged rock band Rage Against the Machine had the bulletin board service on its official Web site yanked Friday after fans made inflammatory postings--including one reportedly threatening President Bush--in response to this week's terrorist attacks. Infopop, a Seattle-based Internet company, cut off its hosting service to the band's message board after being contacted by the Secret Service, according to the company's president, Michael Moore.
August 31, 2012 |
Here's a second example of empty chairs throwing off planned conservative convention festivities this week. A planned anti-President Obama concert, " Rock the Red ," had been scheduled as counter-programming to the Democratic National Convention next week. Country artists including Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels and Lee Brice were booked at the 11,000-seat Bojangles Coliseum for a show organized by Jason Lambert, a North Carolina Republican consultant. Though not an official Republican event, the set was planned as a conservative riposte to the DNC festivities. But the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority , which operates the Coliseum, pulled the plug on the event Thursday. Kimberly Meesters, the director of marketing for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, told Talking Points Memo that organizers "didn't meet their financial obligations by the deadline we require," which appears to be shorthand for very low ticket sales. In a post on their Facebook site , organizers for Rock the Red stated " Bojangles claims the change was due to low ticket sales on Ticketmaster.
October 6, 2011
Today Bryan Cranston; O.A.R. performs; Kourtney Kardashian. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Alicia Keys. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Mike Rowe. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Regis and Kelly George Clooney; Rachel Bilson. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jon and Mary Kaye Huntsman; Scott and Joan Bolzan. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk John Lithgow; Brandy; Molly Shannon and Sheryl Underwood. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors Perks of being petite or a plus size; race and health.