Arts & Entertainment

Sony Pictures reportedly softened 'Concussion' out of fear of NFL

Leaked emails from last year's hack of the studio's computers reveal that efforts were made to take "most of the bite" out of the sports drama.

Kera and the Lesbians uses 'bi-polar folk' music to amplify queer identity

The band's name started as a joke, but front woman Kera Armendariz thought it was fitting for its unique folk sound and her androgynous look.

LA City Council approves another Pershing Square makeover

Downtown Los Angeles has seen major changes the last few years. Councilman José Huizar says that he wants Pershing Square to catch up.

Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84

Jones boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug."

T-Pain can totally do the National Anthem without auto-tune

T-Pain made his name popularizing the sound of cranked up auto-tune, but he's also a real singer. He proved it last year in an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and now he did it again.

MOCA curator on artist Noah Davis: 'A little window is closed.'

Artist Noah Davis died Saturday, the same day MOCA opened a 'storefront' featuring the first work he showed at his The Underground Museum.

Los Angeles Opera drops price of seats for those under 30

The new pricing comes as the Los Angeles Opera celebrates its 30th anniversary, kicking off the season with a double bill revival production of "Gianni Schicchi," directed by Woody Allen, and "Pagliacci."

Songwriter and producer Dam Funk: 'I stayed with the funk'

The Pasadena native says he's glad fans are rediscovering funk music as a legitimate genre and not "some Dave Chappelle, Rick James joke."

Kermit finds a new pig following Miss Piggy breakup

OK, so put aside for a minute that the Muppets are fictional characters who aren't actually dating anyone — what's the deal with Kermit's new girl, or, uh, Muppet?

Black Violin mashes hip-hop and classical to break stereotypes on major label debut

Kevin Marcus and Will Baptiste 'bridge the gap' of classical music and hip-hop and break down the stereotypes they face as African Americans playing violins.

With Diane Coffee, Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming steps out in front of the kit

Shaun Fleming (aka Diane Coffee) on how he became the drummer for Foxygen, how he writes songs for Diane Coffee and how a sense of place affects his songwriting.

Nic Harcourt and Chris Martins on their favorite new music

This week Nic Harcourt and Chris Martins are in for Tuesday Reviewsday with their favorite new tracks. There's new stuff from El Vy, Mercury Rev, Destroyer and more.

An emergency room doctor weighs in on EDM concerts

Local ER physicians say L.A. County should not allow electronic dance music events at the county-owned Fairplex. Two young women recently died at one such event there of suspected overdoses.

Lake Bell on the challenges of navigating motherhood, a film career and being a workaholic

The actress and filmmaker talks about the impact that having a daughter has had on her approach to work, and the rigorous ways in which she approaches directing.

Gigmor: A growing social network for aspiring musicians

Gigmor is a website that its founders say merges the best of LinkedIn and Myspace to help musicians find gigs and bandmates.

VMAs 2015: A guide to Sunday's strange, slanderous awards ceremony

So what happened at this year's Video Music Awards? Is Kanye West really running for president? Why was Miley Cyrus talking about her dead pets? All that and more, explained.