| Jan 22, 2015
| 4:00 AM
When, in 1975, the movie director Ken Russell turned "Tommy," an album by The Who, into a film, catapulting the Pinball Wizard to further glory, he made one particularly notable change: He switched the period of the rock opera from the years following...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 11:03 AM
The tag-team rappers known as Run the Jewels opened their gritty, adrenaline-pumping set at the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles as any self-respecting conquerors would: to the sound of Queen's "We Are the Champions."
Pumping their fists,...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 4:00 PM
The Troubadour Theater Company, that inimitable local treasure founded and led by clown extraordinaire Matt Walker, has never done a bad show. Even the group’s lesser efforts have been reliably hilarious.
For those few unfamiliar with the...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 5:55 PM
It’s never too early to worry about asteroids wiping out life on Earth.
So say the folks who’ve been fretting for decades over just such a scenario -- among them, Queen guitarist-astrophysicist Brian May. They think it’s time all...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 4:30 PM
In a land where awards shows are as much a part of the landscape as palm trees and traffic jams, the arrival of yet another self-congratulatory event in Los Angeles could generate a collective yawn. But as anyone in the entertainment biz knows, who...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 12:00 PM
The characters could be ripped from a superhero script.
Recalling the genesis of his trippy, atmospheric beat-based concept album "You're Dead!," producer Flying Lotus describes it as occurring while he was rolling around Los Angeles, "driving my car...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 9:20 AM
With a decade-long career that has survived several member departures and includes four stylistically different albums, Panic! at the Disco and its musical trajectory have been anything but ordinary.
Sunday night's wide-ranging show at Pier Six Pavilion...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:00 PM
What a betrayal.
That's what I kept thinking during the long, slow slog through rock 'n' roll cliché that is "We Will Rock You," the jukebox musical built around the songs of Queen that opened Wednesday night at the Ahmanson Theatre.
| Jul 21, 2014
| 8:34 AM
(To view photos from last night's show, visit the Darkroom's gallery.)
True story: I was watching "American Idol" one night during the season that Adam Lambert was competing. I said to my wife – Mrs. Brown will vouch for this – “that...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 1:04 PM
It is perhaps the greatest compliment to Freddie Mercury that so much about Queen’s current live show feels like old news.
The veteran British rock band -- or half of it, anyway -- appeared Thursday night at the Forum with Adam Lambert, the former...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
** (out of four)
There's at least one indisputable truth in "Heaven is for Real," stated by Reverend Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear): "What we believe changes what we perceive."
Of course it does. It's the reason some will see that the film is based on a...