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Nine Inch Nails closes FYF Fest with a show of fresh rage

FYF Fest ended with a new beginning. Headlining the main stage Sunday night, Nine Inch Nails played its first “real show,” as frontman Trent Reznor put it, in nearly three years to close out the annual music festival in Exposition Park. But as he brought his influential industrial-rock outfit back...

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  • Reinventing the machine that let America hear itself on the PBS-BBC doc 'American Epic'

    Reinventing the machine that let America hear itself on the PBS-BBC doc 'American Epic'

    It's a tangential moment in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary “American Epic,” but one that grabs viewers' attention. Recording engineer Nicholas Bergh cranks the handle on a 90-year-old recording device — one he spent more than a decade on during a detective-like quest to painstakingly restore...

  • Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

    Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

    The members of Slowdive never foresaw this twist in their story. Well on their way to becoming a revered footnote in the history of 1990s rock, the seminal English shoegazers are reunited, and even relevant again. After a decades-long hiatus that most everyone figured was forever, the original...

  • Chester Bennington of Linkin Park dies at 41

    Chester Bennington of Linkin Park dies at 41

    Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the Los Angeles hard rock band Linkin Park, led the sextet to become one of the biggest acts of the 2000s, its mix of guitars and hip-hop defining the ensuing years in rock. The act’s debut, “Hybrid Theory,” reportedly sold more than 10 million copies in the...

  • At FYF Fest and elsewhere, hip-hop embraces middle age

    At FYF Fest and elsewhere, hip-hop embraces middle age

    At last month’s BET Awards, rapper and Internet talk-show host Joe Budden got into a highly publicized tiff with the members of Migos after he walked out of his own red-carpet interview with that Atlanta hip-hop trio. What exactly had so irritated Budden, a blustering East Coast traditionalist...

  • Ella Fitzgerald is easy to love — but harder to honor — at the Hollywood Bowl

    Ella Fitzgerald is easy to love — but harder to honor — at the Hollywood Bowl

    Maybe the third time will be the charm? In 2014, the Hollywood Bowl presented a concert tribute to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald that had its heart — but not its mind — in the right place. With warmly respectful performances by Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others, “To Ella with Love”...

  • Will Classic West become L.A.'s new boomer rock festival?

    Will Classic West become L.A.'s new boomer rock festival?

    When Live Nation’s Classic West lineup was announced in March, the obvious comparison was to Goldenvoice’s Desert Trip, held last October in Indio. It was yet another weekend-long bill of classic-rock titans, geared toward moneyed boomers (and their offspring) who would clearly pony up to relive...

  • Why I felt betrayed by Fleetwood Mac at Classic West

    Why I felt betrayed by Fleetwood Mac at Classic West

    I can’t say I wasn’t warned. In a recent interview with Lindsey Buckingham, I asked the Fleetwood Mac frontman about turning his attention from his and Christine McVie’s new duets album to Fleetwood Mac’s participation in Classic West. First he cringed, as though the mere mention of the two-day...

  • The Eagles fly again at the Classic West

    The Eagles fly again at the Classic West

    “We are the Eagles from Los Angeles,” Joe Walsh told the crowd Saturday at Dodger Stadium. “We’re back — and we’re back because of our family.” OK, sure. Headlining the first night of the Classic West festival — a two-day mega-concert co-starring Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, the Doobie Brothers...

  • Rock 'n' roll at twilight: Classic West fans celebrate these stars, while they still burn bright

    Rock 'n' roll at twilight: Classic West fans celebrate these stars, while they still burn bright

    A bucket list is supposed to convey someone’s priorities for experiences to notch before exiting this mortal coil. But how those desires intersect with sobering reality played out in a number of ways at the new Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium over the weekend. “You may have noticed that...

  • Miguel kicks off Sound in Focus concerts

    Miguel kicks off Sound in Focus concerts

    Hundreds of guests sprawled across the lawn of the Annenberg Space for Photography on Saturday night for a performance headlined by Miguel and featuring multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzon-Montano. Presented as part of KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation's Sound in Focus concert series, the show...

  • 2 Live Crew's 'Fresh Kid Ice,' pioneer for Asian rappers, dies at 53

    2 Live Crew's 'Fresh Kid Ice,' pioneer for Asian rappers, dies at 53

    Christopher “Fresh Kid Ice” Wong Won, a founding member of the groundbreaking rap group 2 Live Crew and a pioneer for Asian rappers, has died. He was 53. Former bandmates Luther Campbell and Brother Marquis announced Fresh Kid’s death Thursday. Won died early Thursday in a Miami hospital from health...

  • Songwriter Jack Tempchin on the 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' he helped the Eagles create

    Songwriter Jack Tempchin on the 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' he helped the Eagles create

    The secret to success as a songwriter is pretty simple, according to veteran musician Jack Tempchin, who wrote or co-wrote monster hits for the Eagles including “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone,” not to mention numerous others for that group’s co-founder Glenn Frey as a solo artist. As...

  • TLC's 'crazy, sexy, cool' comeback is just the beginning

    TLC's 'crazy, sexy, cool' comeback is just the beginning

    More than 25 years after its debut, TLC’s influence is undeniable. The group's recently released comeback album will be its last.

  • Why Niia took a slow route to soul-music success

    Why Niia took a slow route to soul-music success

    Niia’s music keeps attracting stylish admirers. A few years ago, Tony Kaye — the Hollywood maverick responsible for “American History X” — directed a video for her song “Made for You.” And Kylie Jenner recently used the Los Angeles-based soul singer’s “Last Night in Los Feliz” to soundtrack a steamy...

  • Nonplussed Fest to celebrate underground art spaces

    Nonplussed Fest to celebrate underground art spaces

    The East Hollywood do-it-yourself music venue Non Plus Ultra closed to the public in March. The shuttering came at a time when underground art spaces were facing tighter scrutiny as local governments feared another incident like the one that claimed dozens of lives at the Oakland venue known as...

  • California Sounds: Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe, Dream Syndicate and Shannon Lay

    California Sounds: Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe, Dream Syndicate and Shannon Lay

    Computers and keyboards may be running the city’s commercial pop music industry, but you still can’t toss a Telecaster in this town without hitting a guitarist. Below, a few new six-string driven songs that complicate a recent story on the death of the guitar, one of which stars a cat named Blood,...

  • Nick Cave, a conjurer of a sonic tempest at the Ace

    Nick Cave, a conjurer of a sonic tempest at the Ace

    To begin his performance at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, Nick Cave slowly sauntered onstage, elegantly waved his arms like a conductor and then took a seat. Over the next two hours, Cave would transform, multiple times, from orator to preacher to savior to conjurer of a sonic tempest. Though seated,...

  • The Grammy Awards return to Los Angeles in 2019

    The Grammy Awards return to Los Angeles in 2019

    In the bicoastal competition to host the Grammy Awards, New York City scored a major victory last month with the news that the music industry’s biggest event would be held there next year. But now Los Angeles has come roaring back with the announcement Wednesday that the Grammys will return to...

  • Jessica Fichot, the HillBenders help show the vitality of free summer concerts around L.A.

    Jessica Fichot, the HillBenders help show the vitality of free summer concerts around L.A.

    In this era of the mega-festival, it can be easy to overlook the crucial role that free, small-scale music fests play in our communities. That is, they provide a vital forum for artists operating outside the mainstream and offer a relatively painless way to discover new sounds. Take Los Angeles...

  • Pandora CEO Tim Westergren departs

    Pandora CEO Tim Westergren departs

    Pandora, under intensifying pressure from music streaming rivals Spotify and Apple Music, said Tuesday that that Chief Executive Tim Westergren has stepped down from that role and is leaving the board. Westergren, who co-founded Pandora 17 years ago, had a two-year stint as CEO from 2002 to 2004...

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