| Nov 1, 2011
| 5:30 AM
When asked recently by a reporter about how to break into the music business, legendary singer-songwriter Randy Newman, pictured here during the recording of his Songbook Vol. 2, quipped, "Who would want to break into it? It's like a bank that's already...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 10:40 AM
For Gathering of the Vibes 2012, I chose to decline all the media hook-ups and luxuries. No laptop. No power outlets. No VIP tent with couches. No pass for entry into the photo pit in front of the stage. No isolated, backstage, extra-clean Port-O-Pottys....
| Jul 26, 2012
| 8:25 PM
Three Dog Night will celebrate more than 40 years of music when the band returns Sunday to the Pacific Amphitheatre.
The evening will include an opening performance from the Guess Who followed by two sets — roughly 80 to 85 minutes of music —...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 11:54 AM
Topic de la semaine or topic du semaine is the inclusion of new words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Now, I know that I will receive numerous emails with the correct françaises en disant for my translation of "topic of the week," as my French...
| Aug 19, 2012
| 6:36 AM
Admit it: the Southeastern Conference's dominance in college football is getting just a bit out of hand.
As if it weren't bad enough that an SEC team has won a BCS title each of the past six years, last year's national championship game featured two...
| Dec 4, 2009
| 2:00 PM
Aaron Schroeder, a songwriter, independent music publisher and record producer who co-wrote 17 songs for Elvis Presley, including “It’s Now or Never,” has died. He was 83.
Schroeder, who had a rare form of dementia for about 18 years,...
| Jan 14, 2007
MORE than any other place in America, Los Angeles is willful in its disregard for the uninformed tourist. Every day, the city snubs and evades the first-time visitors who attempt to find their way without a local guide at the wheel. After too many wrong...
| Oct 4, 2009
Daunting as it may be to assemble a centuries-spanning assessment of any country, even one with a fairly linear march through history, how does one approach a culture as unstable, contradictory and contested as ours? Where do you start? Where do you stop?...
| Aug 10, 2007
"You Can't Stop the Beat." That's the title of the song that brings down the curtain on the musical "Hairspray." Five years into its Broadway run, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman's lyrics have taken on a greater meaning. This summer, New Line Cinema's...
| Apr 25, 2010
Life is a cabaret, old chum — unless, that is, it's a carnival show.
So step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and see the slick, charming salesman Stan Carlisle morph into a carny shyster, a gospel preacher, a human monster! Watch him fall in love...