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  • Don Van Vliet dies at 69; avant-garde rock musician known as Captain Beefheart

    Don Van Vliet dies at 69; avant-garde rock musician known as Captain Beefheart
    Don Van Vliet, a maverick musician who emerged from the Southern California desert with the name Captain Beefheart and a singular and influential form of avant-garde rock in the 1960s, died Friday. He was 69. Van Vliet, who retreated to a reclusive...
  • Southern California Close-Ups: From West Hollywood to Wilshire

    Southern California Close-Ups: From West Hollywood to Wilshire
    Set an out-of-towner loose to roam the Los Angeles area between West Hollywood and Koreatown and what can you expect? A food-truck overdose, perhaps. Or the bold suggestion that we extend our subway system westward. (Hey, we're working on it.) Or maybe...
  • 'Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM' resurrects a continent's music

     
    Jonathan Ward's ‘Opika Pende' box set resurrects the world of early African music — with a history lesson in the mix. Jonathan Ward's music room in his second-floor Angeleno Heights walk-up is a tight, comfortable space with three walls full.....
  • Drum lesson: Wilco's Glenn Kotche on found sounds

     
    Drum aficionados, this is a good month to be in Los Angeles. This Saturday, Guitar Center will stage its annual "Drum Off" finals at Club Nokia, with a host of session-aces and band members performing mini rhythmic flights of fancy. Sadly, there likely...
  • La La La Human Steps returns to Southern California

     
    Appearing in SoCal for the first time since 2008, Lock will be bringing his “New Work” to the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Thursday, featuring a new score from frequent collaborators Gavin Bryars and Blake Hargreaves played live by an onstage...
  • Davy Jones: Four zany moments, from 'Brady Bunch' to 'SpongeBob'

     
    Davy Jones, star of the 1960s TV series "The Monkees," died Tuesday at the age of 66. TMZ is reporting that his death was caused by a heart attack and that he passed away at Martin Memorial Hospital in Florida. Some videos to remember him by....
  • Classic rock images to show at Annenberg Space for Photography

     
    The Annenberg Space for Photography will bring the exhibit “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present" to its space in Century City in June. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts offers an advance look....
  • Live review: Phish at Hollywood Bowl

     
    Live review: Phish at Hollywood Bowl by Jeff Weiss...
  • RIP Jerry Leiber: half of one of rock's great songwriting teams

     
    Jerry Leiber, with partner Mike Stoller, wrote many of the hits that helped define rock music....
  • Fall arts picks: Classical music

     
    Mark Swed's classical picks for the fall season....
  • Music review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra opens season

     
    Mark Swed reviews the West Coast premieres of Derek Bermel's Ritornello for electric guitar and orchestra and Osvaldo Golijov's "Sidereus."...