A music industry veteran who hosts a weekend Frank Sinatra show for KJazz (88.1 FM) radio was attacked by a man with a machete and held for three hours at his home in Woodland Hills yesterday, according to police and reports. Jerry Sharell, said to be a music business mover-and-shaker who helped ma ... More >>
Forty years after his sensational death, the country-rock pioneer remains beloved in the desert
L.A. billboards advertise all sorts of things -- upcoming films, non-profit organizations or strip clubs. But in an earlier time, more billboards were all about music. Robert Landau's new book Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip displays the rise of that music genre and its influence throu ... More >>
Our Best Of issue just hit stands! We found our fairy tale, and now we present it to you: 435 of the most fabulous things in all of Los Angeles. From the city's most amazing restaurants to its tawdriest dive bars, from its edgiest art exhibits to the top spots for live music, we've got it all covere ... More >>
No longer do you have to buy a crappy navigation device and suction-cup it to the wrong part of your windshield only to get stopped by cops for obstructing your driver's side view. Caltrans this week announced that it's helping to put TomTom out of business with a new, a traffic website called Quic ... More >>
Smooth out punk's crinkly guitar riffs, replace the genre's frenetic deliveries with soothing harmonies, and give its drums a low dose of Xanax, and you have Jennifer and Jessica Clavin's brand-new band, Bleached. Like the visuals from their recent "Think of You" video, their sound is that of a vint ... More >>
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become synonymous with rock 'n' roll thanks to great live shows (recently, Patrick Wolf and Jens Lekman) and its popular Cinespia screenings. But its headstones are what makes it sacred ground for music fans. Even Morrissey says he wants to be buried there. Holl ... More >>
boozy in Frogtown Dudes with perms, Ziggy look-alikes, scensters jumping rope, surfers, hippies in long silk dresses, local vatos, black girls, queer kids, old guys, potheads, metal heads, art fags and moms and dads with kids in tow came out to get down and liquored-up in Frogtown Saturday n ... More >>
Phoebe SnowPhoebe Snow, singer of the 1970s hit "Poetry Man," died Tuesday in Edison, NJ. She was 60 years old. After being discovered at New York City's The Bitter End in 1972, the singer rose to fame with her Grammy-nominated 1974 self-titled album. She had suffered a brain hemorrhage in ... More >>
Falling JamesEmmylou HarrisThere were rumors that a surprise special guest would open Emmylou Harris' show Thursday night at El Rey Theatre. Beforehand, fans tried to guess who the secret performer might be -- no easy task since Harris has collaborated with so many pop celebrities, including ... More >>
Also, Mary Anne Hobbs, Yoni Wolf, Emmylou Harris and others
Everything's Archie! MyspaceA cartoonized Don Kirshner presents The Archies with their gold record Just a word here about the passing of a giant, Mr. Don Kirshner, who died today at the age of 76. Now, some of us who were around back in "the day" might appreciate a bit of context-putting-in ... More >>
Also, GZA, Jimmy Webb, Fol Chen and others
Billy W. Chernoff, billychernoff.comBen Keith in 1969 at Nashville's Music City RecordersBen Keith, the respected Nashville multi-instrumentalist whose distinctive and evocatively lonely steel-guitar adornments provided an inescapably haunting accompaniment to many of Neil Young's biggest hit ... More >>
If you've seen last year's hit film (500) Days of Summer, you know that music plays a central role in the story; as in most relationships, songs are connectors that glue a couple together, that reveal something important about personality and taste. For Scott Neustadter, who co-wrote the acclaim ... More >>
Also Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Espers, a Nicollete Larson Tribute, and others.
Get out your bell-bottom pants. Attorney General Jerry Brown is aiming for a gubernatorial sequel, and he's tapping his old pals in Hollywood for the dough. Moguls obliged to the tune of more than $1 million at a local event over the weekend, and Brown hasn't even officially thrown his hat in the ri ... More >>
Also, Yacht, the Woolly Bandits, Linda Ronstadt and others
A New Box Set Captures a Master at Work.
A mentor to Ben Harper; a "world music" propenent before there was even a name for it
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This Date in PhotographsHere's looking at how some Angelenos looked, on a December 15th. All images from L.A. Times via UCLA Digital Archive.Linda Ronstadt kicks back in 1974, the year her Heart Like a Wheel album went multi-platinum.
Also, J.D. Souther, Von Iva, Juliette Commagere and others
Also, Electric Six, Heartless Bastards, Scissors for Lefty and more
Also, Linda Ronstadt, Rise Against and more
Also, Black Kids, Chromeo, Alejandro Escovedo
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The music and mythology of Laurel Canyon
1970s L.A. songwriter Judee Sill: a mystery, a myth, a dream that almost came true
After Vegas, Linda Ronstadt finds refuge in L.A.
When the music was fast, and the players anonymous
Carla Bozulich in the time of the preacher
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Don Henley’s life in the diamond lane
At work and play in musical L.A.
Andy Prieboy scores