| Feb 21, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Pop star-turned-actor Pink will be making an appearance at March 2's Academy Awards. Described by Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement as "one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation," Pink...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:11 PM
When the world-at-large last saw Katy Perry performing her "Dark Horse," she was emerging from a crystal ball and strutting around the Grammy Awards stage as if she were "Sleeping Beauty's" evil queen Maleficent. Now, she's remixing Egyptian history so it...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 10:37 AM
Imagine Dragons, the breakout rock group of the last two years, have made Billboard chart history. The group's hit single "Radioactive," performed at the Grammys last month as part of a mash-up with local rap star Kendrick Lamar, has spent a record-...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Goodbye, Oscar; hello, Neil.
That's what stagehands at the Dolby Theatre might say next month when Neil Young moves into the Hollywood venue (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) not long after the Academy Awards are handed out there on March 2.
| Feb 19, 2014
| 10:01 PM
Not many artists can get their name placed before that of superstar rapper Kanye West on a festival lineup, but piano man Elton John has received top-billing for the 2014 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Other headliners at the four-day...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 4:50 AM
Martin Van Ruin might borrow its name from President Martin Van Buren--whose critics dubbed him “Van Ruin” since he presided over a long, painful economic recession--but frontman Derek Nelson, 27, insists the band’s music is rooted in...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Traditional, neo-traditional, progressive, newgrass, cybergrass... whew. Bluegrass has gotten pretty complicated.
Greensky Bluegrass, a five-man acoustic outfit from Kalamazoo, Mich., stumbled onto a simple, winning formula: 1) play tons of live shows,...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 3:27 PM
I had the good fortune of moderating a fascinating panel called, "On the Road: Traveling for Music and Festivals" at the L.A. Time Travel Show on Saturday. My panelists (who will be joining me again at noon Sunday) were Betto Arcos, host of KPFK's "Global...
| Jan 13, 2014
We could take the easy route and look ahead to the year in music with the basics: Yes, Justin Timberlake appears Feb. 16-17 at United Center and there may just be a new Adele album. But what would be the fun in that?
So without the need for "confirmed...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
It began in April at Coachella.
That's where R. Kelly made a surprise appearance with the French band Phoenix, delighting (and maybe befuddling) an indie-minded crowd only minimally aligned with the audience that's helped drive Kelly to R&B...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Dating back to the '50s when NBC's "The Tonight Show," hosted by Steve Allen, featured an ensemble led by pianist Lyle "Skitch" Henderson, house bands have become a latenight talk show staple.
Allen was known to tinkle the ivories now and then (his jazzy...