| Aug 19, 2010
Richard "Scar" Lopez, a founding member of Cannibal & the Headhunters, the East Los Angeles vocal group that scored a national hit in the mid-1960s with "Land of 1000 Dances," has died. He was 65.
Lopez died of lung cancer July 30 in a convalescent...
| Mar 15, 2011
Nearly everyone familiar with the history of the 1960s has heard of Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey, the pranksters who spread the gospel of psychedelics to the countercultural generation. But far fewer remember Owsley Stanley.
Stanley, who died Saturday...
| Aug 14, 2011
An eclectic group will assemble onstage Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl to riff on the work of Joni Mitchell. Oddly, one thing many of these artists — who range from jazz to folk to indie rock — have in common is that they arrived late...
| Oct 22, 2011
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Over the course of three hours of conversation at a roadside diner here called Pete's Henny Penny, Tom Waits, the singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, actor and note taker, will offer the following similes and metaphors, seemingly at random though...
| Sep 4, 2011
In my family, we've never recognized a distinction between happiness and the handling of books.
Books in libraries, books in shops. Books that take you places, and books you can steal from — like Norman Maclean's memoir, "A River Runs Through It,"...
| Sep 18, 2011
On a recent summer day at the Paramount lot, the five members of the group SuperHeavy played along to a recording of their first single, "Miracle Worker," as a camera crane swooped over an assembled crowd of a few hundred and the music boomed. Onstage...
| Dec 10, 2011
When Howlin' Wolf romped through "Wang Dang Doodle" or thundered in "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy," the snarling guitar that accompanied him belonged to one of the greatest bluesmen to pick up the instrument: Hubert Sumlin.
The cry of Sumlin's guitar ...
| Jan 11, 2012
Members of the category-defying band NRBQ knew from the outset that their prospects of mainstream success were slim to none.
With a sound and attitude that embraced the seminal rock of Chuck Berry and no-borders expanse of free-form jazz...
| Mar 3, 2010
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Among photographers, he's a rock star. Among rock stars, he's a photographer. Over the course of his decades-long career, San Francisco-based lensman Jay Blakesberg has shot portraits of Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits (above), Nirvana,...
| Jan 25, 2010
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Good morning, Los Angeles, and happy Monday! It's your Brand X round-up of all the news you could possibly use ... and more. Rolling Stone Keith Richards gives up booze. Jim Bean stock drops sharply on the news (The Sun) The "Jersey Shore" cast wants more...
| Nov 3, 2009
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Even after the deluge of Woodstock 40th anniversary commemorations weâve seen this year, a new box set revisiting the Rolling Stonesâ celebrated U.S. tour a couple of months after those three days of peace and music makes an invaluable addition......