| 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...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Slide shows of amateur photography aren't usually premiered at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, but when you're a Beatle, rules are often bent.
"That's one of me!" said Ringo Starr excitedly when he saw his face on the big screen Wednesday. "I like...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton are among the artists performing Wednesday night on the CMA Awards show from Nashville, and Pop & Hiss will be with you all night live blogging the festivities.
| Oct 23, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Elliott Smith needed a cigarette. The singer-songwriter was onstage at Largo on Fairfax Avenue not long after smoking had been banned in California bars.
"He'd played about 10 songs and said, 'I'm going to go take a smoke break, does anyone want to join...
| 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...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Those looking for evidence that commercial rock 'n' roll music as we have known it — the kind featuring an electric guitarist — is in a coma need only examine a few recent incidents for proof.
Most prominently, the major nominations for...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:06 AM
The Grammy Awards will end this year's ceremony with a bang.
A rock supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stage is to close Sunday night's telecast from Staples Center, organizers announced Tuesday....
| 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 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 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Seattle Police Department has strongly denied reports claiming local law enforcement officials have re-opened the investigation into the death of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain.
A representative for Seattle PD told Variety that an inhouse cold...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Last Sunday, as you might remember since your brain is no longer frozen, was the nastiest of winter days. Still, a handful of people braved the snow and wind and cold and slick roads to make their way to the Museum of Science and Industry.
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Top nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk were among the leading winners at the pre-telecast Grammy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took a three-trophy haul, as their hit set "The Heist" scored...