| Mar 14, 2013
| 2:28 PM
AUSTIN, Texas -- Clive Davis is always selling something, it seems. At the South by Southwest Music Conference on Thursday, it was his autobiography that was being flogged, and as he sat to talk about it with Billboard journalist Bill Werde, he...
| Mar 30, 2013
Into the decadent world of Pasadena we go. . . .
More and more I am drawn to that little triangle of treasures near Vroman's Bookstore: the Laemmle theaters, of course, where the audiences are either amazingly reverential or fully asleep, and the little...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 6:19 AM
Down to the final 7, last night's show had the contenders take on some of the legends of rock and roll and most were clearly outside of their comfort zones.
Burnell's version of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" reminded us all that we love him...
| Apr 3, 2013
For rock 'n roll week on "American Idol," Kree Harrison took on Janis Joplin with a bluesy, country version of "Piece of My Heart."...
| Jul 31, 2011
I've long considered Ellen Willis something of a hero. I hope I live longer than she did (Willis died in 2006, at 64), but otherwise, it's an exemplary life. She was the first pop music critic of the New Yorker, writing 56 pieces for the magazine from...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 7:07 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — As you read this, Austin's South by Southwest festival is over for 2012. The "Welcome SXSW!" signs have been peeled from club facades, movie marquees, hotels and gas stations. The handbills advertising movies, bands and the newest...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 7:02 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — After my plane landed, I went online to see what was going on in Austin: Was there any music that night that I had to check out?
Asking if there was any music that night in Austin is kind of like asking if people need air to live....
| Apr 3, 2012
| 7:08 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin has some very cool places to hang your cowboy hat. Two of the most notable are at opposite ends of Austin's timeline: the venerable Driskill Hotel and the recently opened Travaasa Resort and Spa.
The Driskill is the oldest...
| Oct 30, 2011
Set an out-of-towner loose to roam the Los Angeles area between West Hollywood and Koreatown and what can you expect? A food-truck overdose, perhaps. Or the bold suggestion that we extend our subway system westward. (Hey, we're working on it.) Or maybe...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 11:19 AM
Ippolita Rostagno’s beautiful bangles and sparkling rings have graced the famous wrists and fingers of Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood and Kate Hudson. The Italian-born designer’s collections are sold at the most coveted...
| Mar 26, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Occasionally, we encounter performers who seem so confident about that voice that comes from very deep inside, they may not need a microphone. Pop, jazz and soul singer Chloe Dolandis is one of those singers. When she launches into “Bring Back the...