| Apr 11, 2014
| 2:09 PM
BROOKLYN, N.Y.— The man formerly known as Cat Stevens quietly walked on stage at the Barclays Center arena to be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 induction ceremony.
Now known as Yusuf, the singer-songwriter of 1970s folk-rock hits...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Have we talked about the Sahara tent yet? Let's talk about the Sahara tent.
Approximately the size of a small airplane hangar, it's where Coachella puts the big, dumb dance music that for many these days serves as the festival's main draw. And Friday...
| Mar 28, 2014
"Play normal music!"
The woman yelling this at Neil Young stood three rows away from him at the Rosemont Theater in 2004. Between each song, as he spoke to the crowd about the next chapter in "Greendale," the theatrical rock play he was presenting...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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When "Pumped Up Kicks" vaulted Foster the People to rock stardom in summer 2011, it was an odd record to take off in such extreme fashion. Not only was it a mellow, easy-listening tune in a time of dance-driven power-pop, but tucked...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Two decades after Kurt Cobain's suicide, the Seattle police department has released new photos of the scene where the Nirvana singer took his own life.
The two images show an array of what appears to be drug paraphernalia (including needles and a spoon)...
| Nov 29, 2013
Radio-Active Records manager Mikey Ramirez expects Black Friday at his Fort Lauderdale indie record shop to be a chaotic, if controlled, communion of music-heads and audiophiles who laud vinyl records and shun compact discs. There may be "prison rules"...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 9:39 AM
The Fleshtones. Uncle Tupelo. Charles Bradley. If those names mean anything to you, chances are you already know how you're spending this post-Thanksgiving day of shopping.
Indie retailers throughout the country, and many in the L.A. area, are once...
| Mar 7, 2014
Freshman year at the University of Illinois, I lived in the dorm complex known as the "Six-Pack." This was 1988-89, the boombox era, and everyone seemed to have one propped on their window ledge facing the interior courtyard, and the soundtrack echoing...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Many cities boast about their scenes, and rightly so. Few if any, though, have such a range of sounds as Los Angeles. It's overwhelming, as evidenced by the volume of artists trekking eastbound along Interstate 10 toward Austin, Texas. For those headed to...
| Oct 16, 2013
A duo that two weeks ago played Sands Bethlehem Event Center and a classic rock band who played there in April have just been announced among this year’s nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And this could......
| Aug 16, 2013
If you look at the banner on top of this blog, you’ll see that the “Musikfest edition” designation has finally come down, signifying the official close of our coverage of Musikfest’s 30th year. Heck, Allentown Fair is now just 11.....