Axl alone is not enough to resurrect Guns N' Roses live

The kickoff show of the not-sold-out "LA Takeover" date only amplified the reality that no one cared about the new songs, and no one cared about the new band.

Take the Plunge: A New Orleans-L.A. jazz summit set for South Pasadena

For those who love the old guard of jazz, New Orleans will always be the source. But few , it seems, make the connection that once upon a time the old guard -- Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Sidney Bechet and the lot -- was the avant-garde.

GN'R kickoff show at Palladium is not sold out

Welcome to the not-sold-out jungle. Axl Rose's new fangled Guns N' Roses is kicking off three nights of small club dates tonight at the Hollywood Palladium.

Album of the week: Fish Rising by Steve Hillage

As unlikely a guitar hero as you'd ever hope to find, Steve Hillage has a career that spans styles as nimbly as his fingers span his fretboard.

MC5's Kramer goes back behind bars with Jail Guitar Doors USA

Wayne Kramer spent two years in a federal lockup for trying to sell cocaine to undercover agents, and all he can think about these days is finding a way to get back.

Listen to the banned: Honoring oppressed musicians

Saturday marks Music Freedom Day, the annual global event drawing attention to the oppression, censorship and both legal and physical peril faced by musicians around the world.

Behind the scenes: Composer Michael Giacchino scores Disney's 'John Carter'

KPCC visited Giacchino for a tour of the historic studio as the film's score was recorded.

Album of the week: Korean Folk Song Vol. 4 by Lee Eun Kwan

Of course I don't understand the words, but music conveys human emotion, and that can be enough to make up for losing the subtleties of meaning.

'Downton Abbey': The rap song (really)

Like the rest of pop culture-loving America, I'm a huge fan of "Downton Abbey." Now Adam WarRock's dropped a rap from the perspective of Lord Grantham.

Mezzo Laurie Rubin's new album, "Do You Dream in Color?"

Mezzo Soprano Laurie Rubin often gets asked, "Do you dream in color?" Find out why in this interview with Off-Ramp host John Rabe.

Guns N' Roses announce LA shows; Slash goes to the Zoo

Guns N' Roses will be returning to the Hollywood Palladium after a 22-year breather. Following the sold-out NY Takeover series, GN'R will be heading west for a Los Angeles version in March, it was announced Wednesday.

Monkees singer Davy Jones has died

Davy Jones of The Monkees has died from an apparent heart attack. He was 66 years old.

New Van Halen album based on tunes forged at ‘70s beer bashes

Few rock bands epitomize ‘80s excess like Van Halen. The hard-partying band formed in Pasadena in 1974 – and it’s had ups and downs ever since.

Album of the week: Unit Structures by Cecil Taylor

What in heck would a 12-year-old boy hear in this avant-gardist? Well, humor, for one. My first glimpse of Cecil was on educational TV in 1966.

Ann Powers shares new releases from Sleigh Bells and Sinéad O'Connor

Music critic Ann Powers joins the show to discuss two new, moving, rock releases.

Houston fan: 'We got tears outside the perimeters'

Celebrities joined Whitney Houston's family Saturday at a private funeral service for the pop superstar at her hometown church in Newark, N.J.