| 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...
| 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,...
| 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 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...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 10:30 AM
IFC has teamed up with Jack Black and Kyle Gass, also known as comedy rock duo Tenacious D, to promote their Los Angeles-based comedy music fest.
Put together by Black and Gass, Festival Supreme is a comedy music festival at the Santa Monica Pier that...
| 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...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 5:09 AM
Seeing J. Roddy Walston and the Business in concert always guarantees one thing: You'll leave much sweatier than you arrived.
Since arriving in Baltimore from Tennessee in 2004, the quartet's workmanlike reputation has been built on its raucous, give-...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:32 PM
He’s hunted down America’s most gut-busting food challenges, sought its best sandwiches — and now Adam Richman is ready to party. For his newest series, Adam Richman’s Fandemonium, the popular Travel Channel host crisscrosses the...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 12:13 AM
It began in rain-soaked disappointment, with an impending storm cutting short a much-anticipated headlining set Friday by Icelandic singer Bjork, and ended Sunday with an evening of bump and grind, courtesy of Chicago R&B kingpin R. Kelly.