| Dec 28, 2008
Pop music and jazz figures
Bob Popescu, 77; co-owner of Catalina Bar & Grill, turned the Los Angeles club into one of the top jazz venues in the country (Jan. 5)
Ken Nelson, 84; longtime Capitol Records talent scout had an ear for country music (Jan. 6)...
| May 5, 2008
LAS VEGAS -- Those soft-rock superstars from the Garden State have returned to their old desert stomping ground, and it's hard to imagine anywhere (outside Giants Stadium) they'd be more in their element. Sure, it may be a long way from the industrial...
| Jun 2, 2008
In interviews surrounding the release of Beirut's excellent French pop-inspired sophomore effort, "The Flying Club Cup," the band's frontman-mastermind, Zach Condon, revealed that for inspiration during the recording process, he constantly referred to a...
| Jul 7, 2008
Unlike most musicians, Ringo Starr looks forward to that feeling he sometimes gets of being on a treadmill. In fact, that's where he often feels most creative.
"My studio in England is next to the gym," Starr said from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls,...
| Jun 26, 2008
I don't know the George Carlin being memorialized this week in pieces like "George Carlin, expert troublemaker."
Like anyone else, I have been saddened by his passing, realizing the depth of our collective loss when I watch the hours of news coverage...
| Jun 28, 2008
RADIO programs that survive in Los Angeles for a quarter-century come along about as frequently as a SigAlert-free day on the freeway. On that front alone, this year's 25th anniversary of "Breakfast With the Beatles" constitutes a minor miracle, to say...
| Mar 7, 2008
The Greek Theatre's 2008 season is highlighted by several programs delving into American roots music -- notably the Grammy Award-winning duo of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for two nights -- and reaching an apex with a relatively rare local...
| Oct 11, 2009
Robert Hilburn was pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times for 35 years, from the psychedelic era to the emergence of the iPod. He witnessed many of rock 'n' roll's seminal moments and interviewed virtually every major pop figure of the period. All...
| Jun 21, 2009
Not long ago, I went to hear physician Michael Stein talk about his memoir, "The Addict," which describes his treatment of a young woman for Vicodin dependency. In this book, Stein opens his office door, revealing what the jacket copy calls "the very...
| Jul 5, 2009
Allen Klein, the brash music mogul whose five-decade career included stints as the business manager for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died Saturday in New York. He was 77.
Klein died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to Bob...
| Aug 27, 2009
They came from New York, the Midwest, the Southern states, a great exodus of young comics traveling west in search of a few minutes with Johnny Carson. That's all it took to begin the migration: In 1972, "The Tonight Show" moved from New York to Burbank,...