February 4, 2014 |
It was DJ Miguel Garcia's first time at last month's National Assn. of Music Merchants' big trade show in Anaheim, but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. "These are probably the best you can get," said the 18-year-old house music performer, who goes by the stage name MikeeyKrook, admiring the Pioneer DJ digital decks and mixers while pumping out his song "Pyramid. " Although the annual NAMM Show is widely known as the place to check out new guitars and amps, manufacturers, retailers and musicians can hear the crescendo of business in a different venue: DJs making electronic dance music, or EDM. Once relegated to raves in warehouses, the electronic music culture has produced international superstars such as Skrillex and Tiesto and has expanded to events such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo Festival, which have put DJs in front of the glow stick masses.
February 4, 2014 |
The Phoenix Suns have stopped talks to acquire Pau Gasol because they feel the Lakers want too much for the veteran post player, according to a person familiar with the situation. Phoenix could own four picks in the June draft, and the Lakers coveted one of the more valuable two -- the pick the Suns could potentially get from Minnesota or the one they might receive from Washington. Both of those picks are protected and will revert back to Washington and Minnesota if they stumble.
February 3, 2014 |
The Lakers took off Monday for a three-game trip and left behind the injured Pau Gasol. Will he still be there when they return? The Lakers and Phoenix Suns have engaged in trade talks for Gasol, though there is one main holdup to a deal being consummated. The Lakers want a better first-round pick than what the Suns currently offer. The Suns (29-18) are surprisingly good this season, making their draft pick correspondingly low (23rd overall). They own at least one other pick in the NBA draft in June, Indiana's first-round selection, currently 30th overall.
February 3, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The nation's top securities regulator halted the buying and selling of 255 stocks in what the agency called a "massive trading suspension" to curtail a persistent investor fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday the suspensions - part of its "Operation Shell-Expel" - affects stocks of dormant companies based in 26 states and two foreign countries. The action is part of a broader crackdown on fraud involving shares of small, or "micro-cap," companies.
February 2, 2014 |
The Lakers have moved closer to starting their rebuilding process, engaging in trade discussions with the Phoenix Suns for veteran forward Pau Gasol, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Lakers are hoping to shed Gasol's salary and accrue future draft picks before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. It's usually a no-no to deal with a division rival, but the Suns have quietly stockpiled draft choices and can offer the Lakers a first-rounder in the June draft, considered one of the best in years.
February 1, 2014 |
After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. He presents his child, whom he has never seen, a star stolen from heaven. You might expect the title character to break into "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel. " But this is not musical theater. It's a ballet, where the movement alone speaks and sings. Starting Feb. 7, for four performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hamburg Ballett is presenting John Neumeier's "Liliom," a ballet in seven scenes and a prologue.
January 27, 2014 |
His team has the NHL's best record, just swept the rival Kings in consecutive games and is getting career seasons from stars and others alike. Yet, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is taking nothing for granted, telling The Times in a telephone interview Monday that he and his staff spent an hour mulling ways to improve the roster earlier in the day. "This is no different than any year; you're always trying to get better, never satisfied," Murray...
January 26, 2014 |
Paralyzed by ideological divisions, Congress has done little to promote economic growth or reduce unemployment since Republicans took over the House in 2011. One exception has been the approval of free-trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that lower barriers in those countries to U.S. exports and services. Any further trade deals face a huge hurdle, however: The law setting the ground rules for negotiating and approving such agreements expired in 2007. A bipartisan proposal to update the law is pending in both chambers, and lawmakers should make it a top priority to put a version on President Obama's desk.
January 26, 2014 |
RENTON, Wash. - It was more than a bye week for Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt. More like a bye-bye week. Less than three months ago, Moffitt stunned the 7-1 Broncos by returning home to the Seattle area during his week off and deciding to walk away from his NFL career. The Seahawks had traded him to Denver in August, after he had played his first two seasons with Seattle. Now, the Broncos and Seahawks are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII, and Moffitt, a third-round pick in 2011, said he has no regrets about giving up on what millions of people would consider a dream job. "I was just sick of playing football," said Moffitt, 27, sitting on the couch in a modest home he rents about a mile south of Seahawks headquarters.
January 19, 2014 |
"The X-Files" star Gillian Anderson is returning to American series television more than a decade after the groundbreaking science-fiction horror drama ended. But she is Agent Dana Scully no more. The actress who has spent the last several years appearing in film and TV projects in American and abroad is starring in NBC's "Crisis," an upcoming thriller scheduled for midseason. She will play Meg Fitch, the head of a powerful IT company, whose child is kidnapped along with several other children of highly ranked and important parents in an elaborate scheme.