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Iggy Pop and a special vibe conjure magic at Desert Daze

Iggy Pop was not to be missed. That was evident in the crowds that gathered to hear him, filling every inch of the slope down to the main stage — or rather, the Moon Stage, as it was labeled at the Desert Daze festival. Pop headlined Saturday night, lithe and shirtless, hurtling across the stage...

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  • Janet Jackson leaves no idea unexplored at the Hollywood Bowl

    Janet Jackson leaves no idea unexplored at the Hollywood Bowl

    Even if it hadn’t started the way it did, Janet Jackson’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl would’ve made an impression with its ending. Surrounded by approximately two dozen dancers as she stood center stage, the pop star spent nearly 20 minutes Sunday night introducing the performers and embracing...

  • Meet the man determined to make celebrity holograms a major Hollywood draw

    Meet the man determined to make celebrity holograms a major Hollywood draw

    Alki David was unfazed by the chaos surrounding him on a recent afternoon in Hollywood. The Greek billionaire was days away from previewing a theater featuring hyper-realistic “hologram concerts” with entertainers both living and dead — but the space was far from complete. The grinding sounds of...

  • Method Man is having another TV moment with 'The Deuce' and 'Drop the Mic'

    Method Man is having another TV moment with 'The Deuce' and 'Drop the Mic'

    Roughneck rapper. Sitcom star. Pretty pimp. Congenial game show host. If career hopscotch were a sport, Method Man would be its world champion. The performer, who rose to fame as a member of ’90s New York rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan, has played gangsters, stoners and gangster/stoners in feature...

  • Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle boosts team's hip factor with savvy music

    Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle boosts team's hip factor with savvy music

    The San Diego Padres batter smacked a line drive, sending the baseball rocketing toward the gap between the Los Angeles Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner and shortstop Corey Seager. Reflexively, Turner dived to make the catch — and in that instant an important call had to be made. Dieter Ruehle...

  • 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.”...

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