Mid-20s Australian artist Stella Donnelly was about halfway through “Mean to Me,” a song about a no-good significant other who criticizes her jokes, acts bored in her presence and lacks even a sliver of human decency, when she decided to lighten the mood with the lilt of a violin.
It was a clever sleight-of-hand, given that the only instrument in sight was her electric guitar. So she improvised.Read more
Charlie “Chalo” Quintana, a fixture on the Southern California punk and roots music scene for decades, has died after struggling in recent years with emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, his sister Elizabeth Montoya confirmed to The Times. He was 56.Read more
The music (and film and tech and everything else) at South by Southwest almost always looks to the future. Emerging acts and novel sounds and panels try to make sense of a music industry turned inside-out.
So what a treat to wander into a club set from ’70s rock experimentalist Todd Rundgren at the end of Thursday evening’s slate of music at 1 a.m.Read more
Jonathan Wilson, “There’s a Light” video (Bella Union). The singer, songwriter, producer and musical connector has long tapped into the history of Los Angeles guitar rock, and in a new video for a song from his just issued album, “Rare Birds,” Wilson zeroes in on the reason: “There is a feeling in the California air,” he sings. “There is lust for peace and righteousness everywhere.”Read more
It was the afternoon of Charli XCX's debut L.A. outing of her new “Pop 2” mixtape, and the British pop rebel posted a picture of herself outside a Staples office store opposite the El Rey Theatre on Thursday.
The cheeky Instagram caption read: “pop 2 at staples tonight. ultimate success. (obviously kidding — don't go to the wrong venue).”Read more
One day before the February release of his highly anticipated debut album "Victory Lap," L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle cut the ribbon on a combination co-working space and STEM center in the Crenshaw district.
The center, partly dedicated to calling attention to the lack of diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, launched under the name Vector 90.Read more