| Apr 13, 2011
Roger Nichols, the recording engineer who gave the music of Steely Dan the lustrous sheen that became the popular group's sonic signature, died Saturday at his Burbank home after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 66....
| Mar 17, 2011
Producer-engineer Stan Ross, who co-founded Hollywood's Gold Star Recording Studio, which has a storied place in rock history as the home of Phil Spector's innovative "Wall of Sound" technique, has died. He was 82.
Ross died Friday at Providence St....
| Jul 5, 2011
Jane Scott was a code breaker for the Navy during World War II. She owned a wind-up Victrola. And the first song she ever loved was from the big band era: a Jimmy Rushing hit for Count Basie called "Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)." So...
| Feb 24, 2012
Guitarist Billy Strange once took the kind of phone call that thousands of musicians receive only in their best and wildest dreams.
"I was staying at a hotel in Nashville in 1965 when my telephone rang and this unmistakable voice said, 'Billy, this is...
| Aug 24, 2012
In 1956, Terry "Tubesteak" Tracy, freshly fired from his job at a downtown insurance company, bid goodbye to the 9-to-5 life and headed for the Malibu shore, where he built himself a shack out of wood scraps and palm fronds and sailed into surfing...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 8:41 PM
Buddy Holly transcended the ‘50s because he was not only a dynamic singer and performer, he was a great songwriter whose explosive growth presaged the rise of do-it-all groups like the Beatles, Beach Boys and Rolling Stones. By the time he died in a...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| May 22, 2012
| 7:38 AM
Brian Wilson broke character Monday at the Chicago Theatre in the first of two 50th anniversary concerts by his longtime band.
The most fragile of the Beach Boys plunged into the turmoil of “Sail On, Sailor,” a song rarely performed by the...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 5:18 PM
In a hurry-up culture, Danny Brown says taking his time was the key to the depth and off-kilter resonance of his 2011 breakthrough album, “XXX” (Fool’s Gold).
By hip-hop standards, the 31-year-old Brown is practically an elder statesman...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 7:16 AM
Fresh off a reunion with Brian Wilson at the nationally televised Grammy Awards, the Beach Boys will announce a 50th anniversary tour Wednesday that will bring them to the Chicago Theatre on May 21.
For the first time in two decades, the Beach Boys...
| Aug 21, 2011
| 11:09 PM
There was one how-did-she-do-that? moment at Katy Perry’s show Sunday at Allstate Arena, something I’ve never seen before at a pop concert.
In the midst of one song, “Hot N Cold,” the 26-year-old pop singer changed outfits five...