| Oct 14, 2011
Sometimes it's hard to escape the notion that our lives are being slowly, inevitably reduced to a single database.
For instance, if you thought your current credit report told the full story of your financial persona, it's nothing compared to what's on...
| Oct 6, 2011
Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.
Apple announced the death of Jobs — whose legacy...
| Jul 3, 2011
On the very first page of "The Kid," we learn Precious has died, leaving behind an orphan 9-year-old son, Abdul. Just like that, Sapphire, whose novel "Push" was adapted into one of 2009's most acclaimed films, "Precious," moves aside her troubled and...
| Sep 8, 2011
Employees can forget punch cards and finger scans. Now they can stand in front of a small machine, and in 2 seconds or less their face is scanned and they are punched in for work.
Biometric face-scanning time clocks have been introduced within the past...
| Sep 27, 2011
The volume seemed to be turning up: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings were moving away from acoustic austerity, growing comfortable rocking out. Their last album, "Soul Journey," saw these Nashville alt-folkies jolting their sound with electricity and a...
| Jul 8, 2011
It's a hot, bone-dry, blue-skied day in the hills above Los Angeles — the kind of crystalline morning one might expect to see Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and the Byrds' Gene Clark relaxing on a redwood deck strumming acoustic guitars.
But the guys...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Jul 10, 2011
We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band reformations and reunion tours, tribute albums and box sets, anniversary festivals and live performances of classic albums: Each new year is better than the previous year for music...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 8:15 AM
Here are the pros and cons of "Otis," the second offering from Kanye West/Jay-Z's collaborative album, Watch the Throne, which drops Aug. 1 digitally. If you like buying CDs (bless you), you can purchase it Aug. 5. The suits are taking down all of the...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 9:36 PM
Tonight at the Satellite, the L.A. folk-rock band Dawes will back up Jackson Browne as a warmup for their own U.S. tour and Browne's short European solo tour....
| Jul 11, 2011
| 4:34 PM
LA Times book credit David L. Ulin looks at a new collection of work from Ellen Willis, the New Yorker's first pop music critic....