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  • Angel City Jazz Fest: Dwight Trible, Jeff Parker and Jaimie Branch among the acts not to miss

    Angel City Jazz Fest: Dwight Trible, Jeff Parker and Jaimie Branch among the acts not to miss

    Now celebrating its 10th year, the boundary-pushing Angel City Jazz Festival opened last weekend with a tribute to the great Thelonious Monk, who would have turned 100 this year. How will the festival top an opening night that featured the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Beasley and DJ Logic...

  • Fantastic Negrito: Reimagining the blues for a new age — and audience

    Fantastic Negrito: Reimagining the blues for a new age — and audience

    The musician known as Fantastic Negrito arrives at an old-school Hollywood bar for an interview, fresh from a stop at a favorite thrift store not far away where he’s scored a couple more colorful additions to his wardrobe, including a striking orange Ben Sherman blazer that he said was a steal....

  • Tom Petty's death investigated by L.A. County coroner

    Tom Petty's death investigated by L.A. County coroner

    The Los Angeles County coroner will determine the cause of death for singer-songwriter Tom Petty, officials said Wednesday. Petty, 66, died Monday at UCLA Medical Center after he became unconscious at his Malibu home. A statement from the performer’s manager said Petty died of cardiac arrest. Though...

  • Will the Las Vegas massacre change country music's view of guns?

    Will the Las Vegas massacre change country music's view of guns?

    Country music has long idealized the gun-owning lifestyle. From Johnny Cash in “Folsom Prison Blues” to Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead” and Blake Shelton’s “Granddaddy’s Gun,” the genre’s stars have harnessed gun imagery to bolster their outlaw credibility, connect them with kindred fans...

  • A former Sound City engineer details how Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks' 'duet' came to be

    A former Sound City engineer details how Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks' 'duet' came to be

    As a twentysomething assistant engineer working at Sound City Studios during the ’80s, Brian Hart worked with the likes of Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, Santana, Gentle Giant and Walter Eagan. He also wound up working with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers during the recording of 1981’s “Hard Promises.”...

  • Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more

    Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more

    This is not the Tom Petty story that I intended to write. Though I was more than thrilled to catch up with Petty, whom I had interviewed before, I had no clue that this would turn out to be the last, for me and for him — that he would die just a few days later after going into cardiac arrest at...

  • Pianist Josh Nelson offers an L.A. history lesson with 'The Sky Remains'

    Pianist Josh Nelson offers an L.A. history lesson with 'The Sky Remains'

    Pianist Josh Nelson’s Fairfax District home is squeezed from all sides by the lore of old Los Angeles, and he is a student of the city’s many tales. For Nelson’s newest release, “The Sky Remains,” out now on Origin Records, he invokes a handful of Southern California ghosts for an homage to the...

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