Music

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.

Permits denied for Sunset Junction Festival

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works has voted to deny permits for the Sunset Junction Festival in Silver Lake that was scheduled for this weekend due to unpaid fees from last year's festival.

Coroner's report on rocker Jani Lane's death inconclusive

A coroner's official says an autopsy on Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, did not reveal what killed the rocker whose body was found in a Woodland Hills. He was 47.

Michael Jackson death anniversary: Helicopter flights over Neverland Ranch being booked

Helicopter flights over Neverland Ranch in California are being booked for the second anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. The singer was 50 when he died on June 25, 2009. He owned the Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley for years.

Legendary LA punk rock drummer DJ Bonebrake trades drumsticks for jazz mallets

Legendary Los Angeles punk band X is staging one of its occasional reunions this weekend in Orange County. The band hasn’t put out a new record in years, but its founding members stay busy with a host of other projects. One of them includes Don “DJ” Bonebrake, who occasionally trades in his drumsticks for vibraphone mallets with his work in jazz combos, classical orchestras and maybe even your band.

Coalition battles Grammys over category cuts, plan Beverly Hills protest

A coalition of musicians is demanding the Recording Academy restore more than 30 categories cut from the Grammy Awards, alleging the reductions unfairly target ethnic music and were done without the input of its thousands of members.

Focus on fans, social media at music trade convention in Los Angeles

This week the 53rd annual convention of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers is rolling out panels, exhibits and performances in Century City. For anyone who’s trying to make money off music, the NARM convention is the place to be.