Music

Amid 'reunion lies,' Axl Rose declines induction into Rock & Roll Hall of fame

L.A.'s favorite '80s deli rockers are set to be honored this weekend alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and others.

White residue found in Whitney Houston's room following death

The report does not specifically identify the substances as cocaine, although the drug was found in toxicology tests in Houston's heart and extremities.

Album of the Week: The Best of the Harmonizing Four

This Easter marks the 65th anniversary for Farther Along. A musical meditation on life’s vicissitudes coincides with a storied celebration of victory over Death.

Celebrating L.A's birthday with a new anthem

This week marks the 152nd anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles. One woman writes a new song to honor it. KPCC's Steven Cuevas reports.

Céu, Elvis Costello, Of Monsters and Men, Nicki Minaj - KPCC's New Music Cheatsheet

Moody singles, Brazilian mingles, the multi-sense cacophony of Nicki Minaj, and an Elvis Costello album recorded live at The Wiltern are all yours this week.

Bat sounds: Dodgers opening day national anthem by the Beach Boys

With both celebrating 50-year anniversaries, a season-long partnership has developed between the stadium and the California-est of summer icons.

Earl Scruggs remembered for banjo excellence

Earl Scruggs was remembered Sunday as an influential, helpful and humble banjo player who put his own trademark on bluegrass music.

The Sweet Hurt does dulcet inside a 'Desert Nights' diorama

A flugelhorn, a banjo and an upright bass walk into a bar... An exercise in texture perception, the cactus lounge at The Standard proved pleasing for the band's compound sound.

Abigail Washburn's TED-honored banjo coming to the Getty

There aren’t a heck of a lot of professional clawhammer-style banjo players who have been awarded TED fellowships. By our count, for that matter, it’s just one.

Review: Harry Belafonte's Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites

Whatever your view of his politics, there is no doubt Harry Belafonte has directly and indirectly enhanced our country's collective knowledge of music.

Country music legend Earl Scruggs dies at 88

With Bill Monroe and later Lester Flatt, the late Earl Scruggs changed the face of country music.

Les Paul auction: personal guitars, grand piano, recording gear

The grand piano from Paul's home recording studio, a selection of his rare guitars, pedals, consoles and other equipment from the rock pioneer's collection will be sold at auction.

New Public Radio name song immortalizes Felde, Rabe, more

New Public Radio name song immortalizes Felde, Rabe, more

UC Riverside hosts piping and drumming competition

Musicians from across the western U.S. are gathering in Riverside this weekend for the third annual Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping and Drumming Competition.

El DeBarge will not be charged, 'insufficient evidence' in drug arrest

"Rhythm of the Night" singer El DeBarge will not face drug charges due to "insufficient evidence," said a spokeswoman district attorney's office.

Whitney Houston cause of death: drowning, heart disease, cocaine

Whitney Houston drowned, says the L.A. County Coroner, citing the sad accident as the singer's official cause of death. Associated causes: heart disease and cocaine.