| Nov 13, 2014
The Parsons years
Emmylou Harris might not have become an iconic country star if she hadn't met Gram Parsons.
Known for forging the template of country-rock with bands such as the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons hired Harris as a duet partner for his...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:22 PM
Paul Simon’s life and music will be the subject of a new book from former Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn, author of the acclaimed 2013 biography “Johnny Cash: A Life.”
“When one of the greatest songwriters...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Paul Simon is cooperating with writer Robert Hilburn for an authorized biography, publisher Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. The Grammy-winning musician first hit the charts as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel and has gone on to have a long solo...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 11:55 AM
When singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson’s newest album, “Pure Fiction” came out in April, it was less than two years after the release of his sophomore disc “Moving Up, Living Down.”
That’s a quick turnaround for any...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 5:28 PM
When singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson's newest album, "Pure Fiction" came out in April, it was less than two years after the release of his sophomore disc "Moving Up, Living Down."
That's a quick turnaround for any recording artist these days, but...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:08 PM
Apartheid is over, at least officially, in South Africa. Twenty years ago the country had its first all-race election that ended its system of segregation. Nelson Mandela was elected as the nation's first non-white president.
Bakithi Kumalo lived in...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 5:50 AM
WASHINGTON At the John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall last week, it was all about Jay Leno.
This year's winner of the nation's big comedy award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the comedian and former "Tonight Show" host was celebrated, mocked...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 10:00 AM
In the basement of the House of Charm, watching a group of people sing and dance, Steve Martin consults his iPad and prepares, once again, to transform.
Above him, Balboa Park goes about its business. Tourists arrive by red trolley, brides pose amid the...
| Sep 6, 2014
It is a circus as much as a concert. Wearing colorful costumes, the players are singing, chanting, dancing, making percussive noises on anything from drums to homemade instruments, keeping rhythm by blowing across the tops of bottles, tap dancing and...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 2:17 AM
NEW HARTFORD — The last guitar was long gone by late-morning Friday at the Ovation Instruments plant. Just about everyone had said farewell a few weeks earlier, when production stopped.
Back on that glum day, six or eight guys had climbed up...