Rocker Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 electric guitars to Los Angeles-area high schools as a way to inspire music in kids.
Peter Stenshoel's album of the week: Renaissance Dances by Lionel Rogg and The Ancient Instrument Ensemble of Europe
This was my introduction to the early music of Europe. I found the medieval positif [http://www.renard-music.com/maxi10953.jpg] organ pieces especially jarring, with their freewheeling construction, not moderated by the heavy rules of composition which the Renaissance and Baroque periods imposed on tunesmiths.
A Southland arts organization hit a high note on Tuesday when it repaid half its multi-million dollar loan from Los Angeles County. Elected officials applauded an earlier return on the money than they’d expected.
Coachella 2012 bands, line-up and be counted.
Coachella 2012, your line-up is showing.
Perhaps it's the too-close discomfort of being party to someone else's precious moment, but "Glory," the new Jay-Z single featuring the artist formerly known as baby bump, Blue Ivy, is kind of unsettling.
All is quiet at Hollywood's Music Box concert venue as reports of the locally-loved rock spot's closure have been confirmed by its promoter Goldenvoice. It is unclear, however, if the shuttering will amount to a moment of silence between sets or a final encore.
Singer Kate Micucci, the pixieish singer/actress perhaps best known for roles on shows like "Scrubs" and "Raising Hope," has a new music video out for a song based on our fair city, "Walking In Los Angeles.
If you ever need to increase yourheart rate or heat up a cold room, slap this platter on your turntable, cued to Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue. What begins as a fairly innocuous-sounding mid-50s redux of mid-30s Ellingtonia takes a sly turn toward crowd-sized ecstasy, masterfully amped up gradually until a near riot ensues.
This week critic Drew Tewksbury reviews the epic, sonic landscapes of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack. The score was composed by Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
With the heralding of trumpets Friday afternoon, the Tournament of Roses Honor Band stepped off for the beginning of this year's Bandfest. Marching bands from Sweden to Texas to Japan will take the field to show off the songs they'll be playing during that long stroll down Colorado Boulevard for Monday's Rose Parade.
I'm really glad I knew nothing of the controversy surrounding Ornette Coleman when radio host Lars Hoel played his Quartet records on the WCAL Afternoon Jazz program. All I knew was the warmth and joy which this music engendered in me.
At my friend's party this past weekend, the host had a turntable going for music. Yes, one of those. Less said about that, the more we can say about this:
Full disclosure dictates I point out David Stenshoel, my oldest brother, is a longtime fiddler with Boiled in Lead, but these guys need no publicity on my part. They've made a global name for themselves with aficionados of freshly-minted folk traditions.
L.A. supervisors honored Angeleno music troupe The Bricks with a proclamation Tuesday. The group was formed by L.A. County's Human Relations Commission a couple years ago, and includes eight young adults who sing about the issues affecting Los Angeles' youth.
A Riverside judge will allow Artis Mills – the singer’s husband - to remain the sole conservator of the James estate and to oversee her medical care.