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.

Vocal fry widespread in female college students, study finds

Ever heard of the linguistic phenomenon called "vocal fry"? It's when someone's speech drops to a lower register and creates a hoarser, creakier sound. Think of the singing of Britney Spears or Ke$ha, or perhaps the actress Aubrey Plaza, who plays April on the show "Parks and Recreation." Vocal fry was once considered a speech disorder. But a new study from Long Island University found it is wide spread in female college students.

Original Beach Boys 'Smile' album released

Capitol Records will release the Beach Boys "The Smile Sessions" Tuesday, after the original album "Smile" was tabled nearly 45 years ago.

'70s East LA punk rocker Velasquez writes memoir 'Violence Girl'

The band the Bags played an important role in Los Angeles’ late 1970s punk rock scene. The band’s lead singer, Alicia Velasquez, aka Alice Bag, has penned a new memoir, “Violence Girl, From East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage — A Chicana Punk Story.”

Roger Williams, famed pianist dies at 87

Roger Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped Billboard charts with classics like "Autumn Leaves" and "Born Free," died Saturday. He was 87.

LA Phil partners with school for music master's program

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Wednesday it has entered into a partnership with an East Coast college to spread the methods of a Venezuelan national youth orchestra program.

Uan Rasey, influential jazz trumpeter, dies at 90

Influential jazz trumpeter Uan Rasey died earlier this week. The former first trumpeter of the MGM studio orchestra was 90 years old.

Surf guitar king Dick Dale celebrates 50 years in music with Fullerton College benefit concert

"The King of the Surf Guitar" Dick Dale celebrates 50 years in rock and roll Thursday with a performance at Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium. Proceeds from the concert benefit Fullerton College. The show won’t be far from where Dale pioneered his signature guitar rumble.

Amy Winehouse tribute to highlight MTV Video Music Awards

Amy Winehouse never appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards during her short but celebrated career, but Sunday's show will pause to pay tribute to the British singer. Winehouse died a month ago after years of substance abuse. The show is being held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, broadcast live on MTV from 9-11 p.m.

Sunset malfunction: Echo Park, Silver Lake businesses pick up the party

If you haven’t already heard, the Sunset Junction Street Fair will not take place this weekend in Silver Lake. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works denied permits to the event’s organizers because of hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees. But don’t give up on seeing your favorite bands, yet.

18th annual Jazz in the Pines festival kicks off in Idyllwild

The San Jacinto Mountains comes alive with music this weekend. It’s the 18th annual “Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines” festival.

Music exec and Michael Jackson manager Frank Delieo dead at 64

Music industry executive Frank Dileo, who managed Michael Jackson's career in the 1980s and returned as his manger in the superstar's final days, has died. He was 64.