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  • Mickey Baker dies at 87; rhythm and blues, rock guitarist

    Mickey Baker, an exceptional 1950s session guitarist who played on hundreds of recordings, helping to transform rhythm and blues into rock 'n' roll, died Tuesday at his home near Toulouse, France, according to French media reports. He was 87. A cause of...
  • PASSINGS: Michael Parrish, Bobby Sharp

    PASSINGS: Michael Parrish, Bobby Sharp
    Michael Parrish Former editor of the Los Angeles Times magazine Michael Parrish, 67, who oversaw the reinvention of the Sunday magazine in the Los Angeles Times in the mid-1980s, died Friday of liver failure while under hospice care in the Los Angeles...
  • Jawing with Joe Cocker: Blues rocker tells how he had hits in '60s, '70s and '80s

     
    Fans might see Englishman Joe Cocker as a gritty-voiced veteran who for more than 50 years has stayed relevant by evolving from blues rock of such ’60s hits as “Feelin’ Alright” to sing softer, more adult contemporary 1980s fare...
  • Discussion with The Dukes: Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs discuss setlist, recording together

     
    When Steely Dan singer Donald Fagen teamed up with 1970s soft rocker Michael McDonald and ’70s blues rocker Boz Scaggs to form the surprise super group Dukes of September Rhythm Revue for a summer 2010 tour, part of the trio’s......
  • Manning back on top in jersey sales, ratings, corn fields

     
    Confirmation that Peyton Manning is all the way back to prominence after missing a season to injury came in the surge to the top in sales of his jersey during the first week of the NFL season. Manning, who......
  • Musikfest looking to reduce capacity of headline venue for first time in its history

     
    Musikfest, which over its 30 years has grown its main stage from free shows to one that for the past two years has accommodated up to 7,200 paid seats, appears to be ready to reduce capacity at its headline venue......
  • Eastside record label still spinning out the music

    Eastside record label still spinning out the music
    Hector Gonzalez straps a five-string bass guitar over his belly inside a music studio on a dreary stretch of Monterey Park. He plays as a smooth, prerecorded tenor joins a funky accordion through his headphones. Trying to bite a bullet, or sometimes...
  • UPDATE: Here's the first look at Musikfest's reduced-sized main stage for 2013

     
    The new configuration for Musikfest’s Steel Stage arena that cuts 1,000 seats and gives the festival its smallest main stage venue in 13 years will remove the most distant “floor” seats and some of the bleachers, but the VIP seats......
  • Album review: Frank Ocean, 'Channel Orange'

    Album review: Frank Ocean, 'Channel Orange'
    3.5 stars (out of 4) In the days leading up to the release of his major-label debut album, “Channel Orange” (Def Jam), R&B singer Frank Ocean announced that five years ago, when he was 19, he fell deeply in love with a man. The...
  • Naro screens Blues Brothers movie tonight with intro by tribute band

    Naro screens Blues Brothers movie tonight with intro by tribute band
    Think of The Blues Brothers as the original soul revival act -- beating Amy Winehouse to the punch by a couple of decades. While the fictional band's concept and impact has been watered down by time and some awful sequels, the original film's still great....
  • Getting set for a bulldog of a race

    Getting set for a bulldog of a race
    On a hot August Saturday — the 25th, to be exact — Eugene Urcan's idea of a good time will be to run up and down mountain trails for eight hours. The La CaƱada Flintridge resident isn't running because he's a glutton for punishment, though....
  • There's Life After the Olympics

    There's Life After the Olympics
    The London Olympics, not to mention the frequent mention of the long-ago Lake Placid Winter Olympics in connection with Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations, has had me reminiscing about a close-to-home Olympian spectacle: the Special Olympics...