| Apr 27, 2013
| 7:00 AM
In a cramped UCLA classroom, trumpeter Nicholas Payton is leading a young septet of college students through his piece "The Backwards Step." He's here as part of a weeklong teaching residency, and the song he plays to the group at the Thelonious Monk...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 8:03 AM
Black Flag's menacingly simple logo, designed by artist Raymond Pettibon in the late 1970s, has achieved a kind of ubiquity few others have. Born on the streets of Los Angeles, his design for his brother Greg Ginn's band Black Flag consisted solely of...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 6:30 AM
In the history of music, certain artists always will be twined with certain venues: Charlie Parker and Birdland, the Apollo Theater and Ella Fitzgerald, James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera House.
The number of performers who've played the...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 11:28 AM
Atoms for Peace, the semi-Los Angeles-based rhythm band featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker, percussionist Mauro Refosco and producer/Ultraista co-founder Nigel Godrich, has announced some...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 9:19 AM
“This is a rehearsal, right?” asked Thom Yorke not long into his show Friday night with Atoms for Peace, and that was one way of looking at it. Announced online Friday morning (with tickets available through radio stations, record stores and a...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 12:12 AM
They opened the shiny, new Pauley Pavilion Friday night amid pomp and less-than-desired circumstance.
The first game in the $136-million redo of outdated Pauley was preceded by loud music, speeches, floodlights, laser beams and fancy graphics on a big...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 4:36 PM
In Rotation: Times pop music critic Randall Roberts recommends "Rocket Juice & the Moon," the new project by Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea....
| May 8, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Damon Albarn seems about as busy as a pop star can be. In March the frontman of both Blur and Gorillaz released “Rocket Juice & the Moon,” a trippy Afro-funk disc he made with drummer Tony Allen and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; next...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 4:33 PM
At a press conference in Los Angeles today, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist (and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) Flea announced the list of performer inductees and Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) recipients for the induction into the Rock and Roll...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 4:28 AM
Day 2 is done at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and what a day Saturday was: It was sandwiched by much-anticipated sets by Chief Keef and Frank Ocean, and in between came the first evacuation in the festival’s Chicago history. Here’s how it...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 1:31 PM
“Dhoom 3: Back in Action” -- the latest sequel in the popular Bollywood buddy cop series -- will shoot on and around lower Michigan Avenue Thursday and Friday.
There will be street closures from 9:30 am to 4 pm both days on lower Michigan...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 1:04 PM
Fendika, a six-member collective of Ethiopian musicians and dancers, who’ll play at Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center on Oct. 5, produce a full-bodied sound out of few elements.
Misale Legesse, a young drummer, taps out rhythms on four...