LA Opera pays $14 million emergency loan from the county back early

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 line-up faces the music, critics chime in on choices

Coachella 2012 bands, line-up and be counted.

Coachella 2012 line-up announced: Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headline

Coachella 2012, your line-up is showing.

Jay-Z and Beyonce debut Blue Ivy in song

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.

Encore? Hollywood's Music Box theater is closed... for now

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.

'Walking in Los Angeles - who does it?' asks new Kate Micucci song

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.

Peter Stenshoel's album of the week -- Ellington at Newport

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.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Guided By Voices: New music with Drew Tewksbury

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.

Annual Rose Parade Bandfest sounds off in Pasadena

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.

Peter Stenshoel's album of the week: This is Our Music by The Ornette Coleman Quartet

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.

Vinyl etiquette question: when to flip?

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:

Peter Stenshoel's album of the week -- Boiled in Lead

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.

LA Supes honor local band The Bricks

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.

Etta James' estate settled in wake of terminally ill diagnosis

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.

Holiday music at its best – and worst

Christmas music ... entire stops on the radio dial are devoted to it for at least a month every year. Record stores have entire sections full of it. It inspires delight and sometimes loathing, depending on your faith and musical preferences.

Jon Bon Jovi not dead, despite blog report of his demise

Jon Bon Jovi did not go down in a blaze of glory, regardless of what a rogue blog stated on Monday.