Music

Imagine Dragons ‘Believer’ tops the LA charts |Sep 11, 2017

MUSIC IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A. 1. Believer: Imagine Dragons 2. HUMBLE.: Kendrick Lamar 3. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back: Shawn Mendes 4. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran 5.

This is why ‘It’ director says Stephen King’s killer clown horror movie was so hard to film |Sep 6, 2017

Making “It,” Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel about an alien killer clown who feasts on the fears of children in Derry, Maine, every 27 years, into a feature film was itself a frightening proposition.

Poncho Sanchez, Ozomatli enliven Grand Park Labor Day music festival |Sep 4, 2017

Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles hosted the Nightshift Labor Day Music Fest on Monday. Performers included Pancho Sanchez, Ozomatli, Grace Potter, and many others. • MORE PHOTOS:

Harvard senior Brynn Elliott is taking time off from school to go on tour, will open for Lifehouse, Switchfoot at the Greek |Sep 3, 2017

Brynn Elliott’s college experience has really been anything but typical. The 22-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native, who is currently enrolled in her senior year at Harvard University has been juggling her rising career in music while attempting to maintain a stellar GPA.

Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67 |Sep 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” has died.

Queens of the Stone Age try hotshot producer, new sounds on ‘Villains’ |Sep 2, 2017

@samgnerre on Twitter Queens of the Stone Age prides itself on never sounding the same way twice. The loose aggregation of musicians, founded by Josh Homme in Palm Desert in 1996 after he left his former stoner metal band Kyuss, presents one of its most confounding works yet with “Villains,” its seventh album.

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MUSIC IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A. 1. Believer: Imagine Dragons 2. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back: Shawn Mendes 3. HUMBLE.: Kendrick Lamar 4. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran 5.

Ex-Lakers star Kobe Bryant returns to spotlight at Hollywood Bowl |Sep 2, 2017

Light saber-wielding fans showed up at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, Sept. 1, expecting to hear John Williams conduct the L.A. Philharmonic in, as he called it, “some music from ‘Star Wars.

Steve Smith: Bryan Ferry at the Hollywood Bowl, Todd Rundgren at the Microsoft Theater, more |Sep 1, 2017

Singer Bryan Ferry and his London-based band of art rockers, Roxy Music, first played Los Angeles in December 1972, with shows at the Hollywood Palladium and, a week later, at a more intimate Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more |Sep 1, 2017

If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events.

‘All Eyez on Me’ offers an uneven look at the life of Tupac Shakur |Sep 1, 2017

Your reaction to the biopic “All Eyez on Me” may depend on how much you know about its subject, Tupac Shakur. The film from director Benny Boom is careful in its telling of the rapper’s life, which ended in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

Pacoima’s own Ritchie Valens is getting a stretch of the 5 Freeway named after him |Aug 31, 2017

PACOIMA >> A stretch of the 5 Freeway in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens, thanks to a bill approved by the state Legislature.

Throwing punches and breaking bones, Noomi Rapace brings the pain in ‘Unlocked’ |Aug 30, 2017

Noomi Rapace is a vision in pink. Bubblegum nails and coral, pixie-cut hair. Elaborately ruffled, rosy blouse under a white, charcoal-striped pantsuit. Pink ribbon tie. Don’t call her girly, though.

Daryl Hall and John Oates’ co-headlining Staples Center shows with Tears for Fears promises all the hits, a few surprises |Aug 30, 2017

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears were practically neighbors living in upstate New York back in the ‘80s. And though, Hall said, the two had hung out countless times, they never really thought of, let alone discussed, touring together.

At New Blues Festival, women will run the show at this Long Beach music event |Aug 29, 2017

Step aside gentlemen, because this weekend the ladies are bringing the blues to Long Beach. The fourth annual New Blues Festival returns Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, to El Dorado Regional Park with dozens of performers on the

The Sherlocks breathe new life into guitar rock on ‘Live for the Moment’ |Aug 28, 2017

The Sherlocks’ debut, “Live for the Moment,” excels not by breaking new ground, but by breathing life into familiar territory. The British quartet, which consists of brothers Kiaran and Brandon Crook (vocals/rhythm guitar, drums) and Andy and Josh Davidson (bass lead guitar), scarcely could be more traditional in its guitars-and-drums approach.

‘Baywatch’ offers last look at swimsuits of summer in DVDs this week |Aug 28, 2017

If you saw the poster for “Baywatch” — the feature film that reimagines the swimsuit-friendly TV show of the 1990s — then you know all you need to. It obviously stars Dwayne Johnson — he’s the big guy on the poster — who takes over the adult-on-the-beach duties from David Hasselhoff, who originated the role.

Class Act: Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Pops wrap up summer as LA Opera, others prep for fall |Aug 27, 2017

We’ve reached that semiannual time of the year when seasons change — in this instance, summertime concerts are reaching their conclusions and fall/winter/spring seasons are beginning to ramp up.

Steve Smith: Top 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs, Bonnie Tyler scores another ‘Eclipse’ moment and remembering Jerry Lewis |Aug 25, 2017

To get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, artists only become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record. The popular culture website CultureSonar.

Applications are open for the Music Center’s free Spotlight program |Aug 25, 2017

Southern California high school students interested in exploring a career in performing arts can apply for the Music Center’s free 30th annual Spotlight arts education and scholarship program.

Terror threat cancels LA rock band’s Netherlands concert, suspect detained |Aug 24, 2017

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Alerted by a detailed tip from Spanish colleagues, Dutch police arrested a 22-year-old man early Thursday and said he was suspected of preparing a “terrorist attack” on a concert by an American rock band.

Complexcon returns to Long Beach with N.E.R.D. and Gucci Mane |Aug 24, 2017

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Aug. 25, for the second installment of Complexcon, a two-day concert, art, pop culture and shopping festival at the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday, Nov.

KISS rock stars are becoming Rock & Brews food stars |Aug 23, 2017

The members of KISS are Rock & Roll Hall of Famers whose signature makeup, apocalyptic yet glamorous outfits, and wildly theatrical shows earned them an army of fans since forming in the early 1970s.

Daryl Hall and John Oates’ co-headlining Staples Center shows with Tears for Fears promises all the hits, a few surprises |Aug 23, 2017

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears were practically neighbors living in upstate New York back in the ‘80s.

It’s Not Dead 2 Festival proves that punk is here to stay |Aug 22, 2017

When longtime concert promoter Kevin Lyman put on the first It’s Not Dead punk festival in San Bernardino county two years ago, it was a testament to the genre’s history in Southern California.

10 bands to see at It’s Not Dead 2 |Aug 22, 2017

The punk rock festival It’s Not Dead 2 has scheduled more than 30 bands on four stages for its return to Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino Saturday, Aug.

Morrissey announces new ‘Low in High School’ album and one-off show at Hollywood Bowl |Aug 22, 2017

Fresh off NME’s announcement of his 11th studio album, “Low in High School,” due out Friday, Nov.

Pennywise Partners with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery |Aug 21, 2017

Punk rock music, beer and good times are all pretty much synonymous, which is why it made perfect sense for Pennywise to release its own craft beer. The quartet from Hermosa Beach partnered with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery for the release of Pennywiser, a Session IPA that will be available in limited release in Southern California starting Wednesday, Sept.

Tropicalia Festival in Long Beach will let you eat tacos and get all the music you will ever need |Aug 21, 2017

What do you get when you mix Brazilian Tropicalia and ’70s psychedelic with Norteno music, cumbia and salsa -- and then throw in rap, experimental hip-hop with Colombian R&B, the queen of rockabilly and Mexico’s greatest food? A deliciously schizophrenic lineup and all you can eat tacos at the upcoming

Paul Robeson Theatre Festival celebrates the Harlem Renaissance and LA’s Central Avenue |Aug 19, 2017

When actor and director Ben Guillory came to Los Angeles in 1983, there were more than 200 theaters. There was also a notable lack of diversity, with few Latino, Asian or African-American companies, he said.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ now on DVD, lacks charm of original |Aug 19, 2017

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” brings back almost everything that made the first film a hit — except some of the charm. From writer-director James Gunn, the story revisits the motley space crew led by the carefree Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who calls himself a Star-Lord.

Steve Smith: Former Paul Revere and The Raiders frontman Lindsay in Pasadena and a crocodile named Lemmy |Aug 18, 2017

Mark Lindsay, former lead singer with hugely popular ‘60s rock hitmakers Paul Revere and The Raiders, delivered a marvelous showcase of his bands major rock classics and delightful minor hits during a free picnic concert at the Levitt Pavilion in Old Town Pasadena’s Memorial Park on Sunday evening.

6 questions for Foster the People ahead of Summer Camp concert at the Queen Mary |Aug 17, 2017

It’s not just kids who get to enjoy summer camp. In Long Beach, alternative music fans of all ages can enjoy summer with a concert put on by radio station Alt 98.7 dubbed

LA’s Music Center goes on location (at the Ford) with 3 days of music, dance |Aug 17, 2017

The Music Center is stepping out. Downtown Los Angeles’ performing arts hub will present three days of music and dance at the newly renovated historic Ford Theatres as part of

Here’s what female-powered rap story ‘Patti Cake$’ is all about |Aug 17, 2017

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Young person from wrong side of the tracks has showbiz aspirations. Economic obstacles, crappy home life and public embarrassments stand, seemingly insurmountably, in the way of realizing them.

DJ Richard Blade talks ’80s music, the early days at KROQ and why there’s ‘a lot of sex’ in his upcoming book |Aug 17, 2017

As the sweet, upbeat music of Culture Club filled the air, patrons kicked off their shoes, raised their drinks high in the air and danced in the sand as the sun set into the Pacific Ocean during the inaugural 93.

Country superstar Shania Twain will bring her Now Tour to Staples Center in 2018 |Aug 17, 2017

After a successful headlining performance at the annual three-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio back in April, country music superstar Shania Twain has announced dates for a full fledged 2018 summer tour.

The unlikely story of how rap underdog movie ‘Patti Cake$’ came to be |Aug 16, 2017

Music video director Geremy Jasper’s feature writing-directing debut, “Patti Cake$,” draws on his own youth in a cruddy New Jersey suburb, from which the bright lights of Manhattan were easily visible yet seemed impossibly distant.

Hear the Silver Lake Chorus debut choral arrangements of indie songs in Highland Park |Aug 16, 2017

When he co-founded the Silver Lake Chorus in 2010, Michael Wells says with a laugh, “I didn’t have gray hair, and now I do.” Call it the price of leading an acclaimed choral group.

5 things to know about KCON LA, the Korean pop culture convention and music festival |Aug 15, 2017

Not all news about Korea is troubling. The sixth annual KCON, taking place at Staples Center and the L.A. Convention Center Friday through Sunday under the banner of “Let’s KCON,” introduces fans to the latest in Korean pop, or K-pop, culture and entertainment.

Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Edgar Winter Group electrify Greek Theatre crowd |Aug 14, 2017

Three distinct brands of classic rock were on display Sunday night at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. American blues rocker Edgar Winter, shock rocker Alice Cooper and British heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple all came to the venue armed with their biggest hits delivered via crowd-pleasing, fast-moving sets.

Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival lineup includes Kid Cudi, Lana Del Rey, Solange and Tyler, The Creator |Aug 14, 2017

The announcement of the line up for the 6th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival arrived Monday and once again its creator, the rapper aptly named Tyler, the Creator, has put together a mostly hip-hop-oriented but nonetheless eclectic bill that includes rapper Kid Cudi, indie chanteuse Lana Del Rey, alternative R&B singer Solange, California garage punks Fidlar, and, of course, Tyler too.

Why this Long Beach musician doesn’t care about making it big anymore |Aug 14, 2017

An interesting thing happened when Long Beach musician Dustin Lovelis stopped trying to make it big in music. He felt artistically free to do whatever he wanted without excuses, and more importantly, without any self doubts.

Imagine Dragons top the LA radio charts with ‘Believer’ |Aug 14, 2017

MUSIC IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A. 1. Believer: Imagine Dragons 2. HUMBLE.: Kendrick Lamar 3. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back: Shawn Mendes 4. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran 5.

Michael Feinstein, Pasadena Pops have a special night on tap at the LA County Arboretum |Aug 14, 2017

Although Michael Feinstein has made a career as the foremost proponent of “The Great American Songbook,” the music of George and Ira Gershwin holds a special place in his heart, which makes the Pasadena Pops concert on Saturday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia something special.

Steve Smith: Fleetwood Mac’s Buckingham and McVie at the Greek, ‘Raiders’ at the Hollywood Bowl, remembering Glen Campbell |Aug 11, 2017

A pair of pop music’s most successful pros, teaming up as a duo for an album and supporting tour for the first time in their four-decade association, played the Greek Theatre last Wednesday. Christine McVie, looking and sounding bloody marvelous at 74, and Lindsey Buckingham, her 67-year-old cohort in Fleetwood Mac, put on a display of their ongoing expertise in pop music craftsmanship that was hard to beat.

Dead Rock West’s vocal harmonies light up ‘More Love’ |Aug 11, 2017

Dead Rock West, the Los Angeles vocal duo of Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen, last graced our speakers with “It’s Everly Time” (2015), a clear-eyed, non-nostalgic tribute to 1950s harmony kings Phil and Don Everly.

The evil genius of ‘Ingrid Goes West’ skewers LA stereotypes with plenty of laughs |Aug 10, 2017

“Ingrid Goes West” is a deceptively superficial comedy with unusual emotional depth. In her richest performance to date, bad girl comedian Aubrey Plaza takes on the tricky title role of a social media obsessive who is genuinely disturbed.

Here’s why Postmodern Jukebox featured singer Aubrey Logan feels like a ‘super unicorn’ ahead of Greek show |Aug 10, 2017

When Aubrey Logan popped up on Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox with a vintage jazz-style cover of Taylor Swift’s “

Straight No Chaser brings a cappella to the Greek along with Postmodern Jukebox |Aug 10, 2017

Tight harmonies, smooth moves and a twist of humor make Straight No Chaser’s a cappella performances memorable and have kept the group steadily working for the past nine years.