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Reporting from San Francisco -- Warren Hellman, a San Francisco financier, philanthropist and bluegrass enthusiast who lavished his city with a free concert that grew into one of the nation's largest music festivals, died Sunday of complications from...
Opinion L.A.The bigger the campaign, the lamer the playlist. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released a 19-song Spotify playlist on Friday, and in the grand tradition of presidential candidates, it was chock full of inoffensive hits. Not that the songs were bad.....
Singer and songwriter Holly Williams, the granddaughter of country music giant Hank Williams, knew something big was up when Bob Dylan approached her at a gig several years ago and handed her a handful of song lyrics he wanted her to peruse. "He didn't...
Pop & HissThere would seemingly be little that would catch Mavis Staples by surprise. Yet with Staples now 71 years old, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy found a way to get the soul/gospel veteran to step out of her comfort zone -- literally. Staples'......
Brand XOne-time frontman for post-hardcore band Million Dead, Frank Turner's solo turn into folk-punk territory has yielded three studio albums so far, plus some plum tour and festival gigs to boot. Employing YouYube-friendly video tactics and bolstered by a...
Pop & HissPop & Hiss looks at the weekend's top gigs. Thursday Walter Meego @ the Echo. This onetime Chicago-based threesome is now a Los Angeles-residing five-piece, and the Echo gig should serve as a sort of coming out party for the......
Pop & HissRappers, including Bun B, Chuck D., Styles P, MC Hammer and more, react via Twitter to the killing of Osama bin Laden....
"In the Middle Ages," Sara Maitland writes in her brilliant "A Book of Silence," "Christian scholastics argued that the devil's basic strategy was to bring human beings to a point where they are never alone with their God, nor ever attentively face to...
Pop & HissA file-sharing debate in England that could have wide-ranging effects on how music is distributed via the Internet is getting heated. Lines are being drawn between artists, with pop singer Lily Allen taking to the Internet to question the stance......
Pop & HissA list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. UCLA Live John Cale, Sept. 30; Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Oct. 2; Laurie Anderson, Oct. 21; Taj Mahal, Oct. 22; Ornette Coleman, Nov. 3; Mavis......
Pop & HissThe unsinkable Courtney Love comes to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, with a re-jiggered Hole. They headline the Spin@Stubbs showcase on Red River at 5 p.m. Just as fascinating as Mrs. Cobain, maybe more, metal gods Gwar will be......
Pop & HissMemorable moments include discovering Seattle's feminist hip-hop duo Thee Satisfaction, and a gracious celebration of Alex Chilton. A stranger wandering into the scene that overtakes downtown Austin, Texas, every year during the music portion of the South...
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