| Jul 12, 2010
| 4:36 PM
In the wake of a teenager's death at the Electric Daisy Carnival last month, the electronic-centric HARD L.A. concert at downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park has been canceled due to security concerns. James Valdez, a state park ranger and......
| Jul 13, 2010
| 4:35 PM
In deciding to merge the July event with an August concert instead, Hard Eventsâ Gary Richards cites extra rules and costs created in the wake of a death after the Electric Daisy Carnival. In the wake of controversy after the......
| May 5, 2010
| 4:35 PM
In October 2008, while Steven Ellison's mother lay dying in a hospital bed, he was at her side recording her. The L.A.-based musician, who records abstract electronic music as Flying Lotus, brought in a mobile recording rig and gathered audio samples: the...
| Apr 8, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Discussing his upcoming solo album, former System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian drops an unexpected word: "Edit." Mild-mannered and soft-spoken, Tankian speaks about his music with a professorial ease. It's a long way removed from his on-stage and in-...
| Nov 3, 2010
Music and noise, art and politics, sound and vision: Composer, musician, occasional actor and environmental activist Ryuichi Sakamoto says we're living in a world in dire need of reconciliation.
Sakamoto, who performs at El Rey on Friday, is best known...
| Feb 2, 2011
Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, has died. He was 94.
Babbitt died Saturday of natural causes at University Medical Center at...
| Aug 22, 2010
Part of a series of occasional articles.
Two weeks ago, rock band Arcade Fire landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with its third album, "The Suburbs." For the band's devoted fans as well as some online music prognosticators, hitting the top...
| Apr 13, 2011
Duran Duran — the seminal 1980s music outfit that emerged from Birmingham, England, to dominate the global pop scene with cinematic music videos for a catalog of catchy, guitar-inflected, groove-laden synth pop hit singles — has endured.
| Jul 3, 2010
In the troubled aftermath of last week's mega electronic music festival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, artists and local promoters are confronting a dauntingly familiar question: what to do about the "R" word and the "E" word.
"R" stands for "rave," as...
| Dec 23, 2010
Reporting from Sacramento -- Raves would be outlawed at publicly owned venues in California under a proposal made Wednesday by a lawmaker after the death of a teenager and scores of injuries at rave events in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
| Nov 5, 2010
Two L.A. Coliseum commissioners Thursday urged their board to reconsider the surprise decision to lift a moratorium on raves that had been in place since the drug overdose death of a 15-year-old girl in June after she attended a massive festival at the...