| Feb 11, 2013
| 1:05 AM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Grammy awards were bestowed widely on Sunday as Australian singer Gotye, New York indie-pop trio FUN. and British folk band Mumford & Sons took home top honors on the music's industry's biggest night.
On an evening that...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Guitarist Bombino's performance at a wedding in the desert city of Agadez, Niger, six years ago was, in some ways, a typical job. Then 27, he had been playing music since childhood and toured globally as a member of the band Tidawt. But this gig became...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Little starlight shone on the Sunshine Blues Festival Saturday at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater, inclement weather graying the skies and softening the ground, leaving no foot — clad or otherwise — free of mud. Star power, on...
| Jan 18, 2013
Even though he says, "I'm the worst with my memory banks, about as bad as you can get," Mac Rebennack remembers "the shift" that allowed him to become one with his onstage persona — the charismatic, extravagantly costumed, voodoo-preaching rock star...
| May 21, 2013
| 9:52 AM
As the sun beamed on the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on Saturday, a sold-out sea of indie music fans danced and sang along to some of today's biggest rock artists at the 21st annual KROQ Weenie Roast.
While many of the past years have...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 4:23 AM
On the biggest hit from his breakthrough 2007 disc “Some Mad Hope,” singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson sang, “Come On Get Higher.” These days, Nathanson's mantra might as well be “Come on work harder.” Nathanson's...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 12:06 PM
“You guys are on a rocketship to the moon,” comedy-show host Stephen Colbert recently told his guests, Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Carney was stunned into silence, Auerbach laughed. For the boyhood friends from Akron,...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 5:10 PM
Bruce Springsteen gave the SXSW keynote at noon today, just as the drizzle was burning off, just as the music was kicking into full throttle all across town. He named some music that had turned him on in his formative years, years which may or may not...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 7:36 AM
Monday marked the Black Keys’ first time playing the United Center after more than a decade of working their way up the touring ladder. Hard to imagine, but at one time they had trouble filling 100-capacity clubs, now they’re drawing 15,000...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 1:05 PM
Suddenly it's all over but for the post-mortems. According to my notebook, I saw 40 bands in the course of 3.3 days at the South By Southwest music festival. There is no way to sift that volume of information and impressions with much authority. There are...
| Mar 24, 2012
| 6:58 AM
In some ways, it was just like 1974. Two guitar-slinging rock bands -- one British, one American -- cranking up the nasty distortion and battering an arena packed with hard-partying, fist-pumping fans.
Unlike '74, though, there wasn't thick, weedy...