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.

UCLA to build state-of-the-art music center with $10 million donation

UCLA plans to name its new music facility after an alumnus with some of the best ears in the business. His talent formed the foundation of a $10 million gift to the school.

Rebecca Black works to overcome 'Friday' infamy

It's Friday. Instead of spending the last day of her spring break vacation on the beach or at a theme park like so many other teenagers, Rebecca Black is recording tunes at the suburban studio of Charlton Pettus, a music producer who has worked with such singers as Hilary Duff and Clay Aiken. Rebecca realizes that this is very unusual.

Bandleader Orrin Tucker dies at 100 in San Gabriel Valley

Bandleader Orrin Tucker has died at 100 in California. His orchestra had the 1939 hit "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!" and he later owned the Stardust Ballroom in Los Angeles.

Some Coachella Music Festival fans welcoming beefed up concert security

The three-day Coachella Music Festival is underway at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. Nearly 200 bands are scheduled to play. Though the festival is sold out, the crowds might be smaller than usual. That’s because organizers are cracking down on gate-crashers and illegal ticket sales.

Coachella Festival organizers warn about bogus passes, promise more security

Organizers of this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio are warning concertgoers to beware of counterfeit passes. Fans should also be ready for heightened security.

Snoop Dogg, Warren G attend service for Nate Dogg

Rappers Snoop Dogg, Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple strokes.

Girls rock on with female guitars

Tucked among rows and rows of guitars, drums and even accordions, a pink booth filled with girl guitars stood out at the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim, the annual trade show for music merchants.

Delores Rhoads' crazy train boards at Musonia in north Hollywood

Heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads delivered some of the wickedest guitar solos in rock history. He died young, 29 years ago last weekend, in a freak plane crash – and one way fans preserve his memory is with a graveside remembrance in San Bernardino. A more personal pilgrimage for Randy Rhoads fans is available year-round in the San Fernando Valley.

Long Beach hip-hop artist Nate Dogg dies at 41

Hip-hop artist Nate Dogg died Tuesday after a series of strokes. The Long Beach native was part of young group of influential rap artists who used to hang out at a record store on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King Avenue.

Bringing symphonies to Skid Row - playing a concert for LA's Downtown Mental Health Center

Last week on Skid Row, the melodies of Mozart, Bach and Handel filled the air. L.A. Philharmonic first violinist Robert Gupta performed an exclusive concert for clients of the Downtown Mental Health Center. It's part of his continuing effort to combat mental illness with music.

CBS says reporter Serene Branson fine after post-Grammys on-air incoherence

The CBS-TV station in Los Angeles says a reporter who spoke incoherently during a segment on the Grammy Awards is feeling fine.

LA Philharmonic extends Gustavo Dudamel contract

The marriage appears to be going well; the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel have agreed to add another four years to his contract.

LA's answer to 'Glee': The Silver Lake Chorus

Silverlake resident Samantha Rader has long enjoyed singing. The clinical psychologist was hoping to find a local chorus to join. But when online searches for an eastside glee club proved fruitless, she decided to start The Silver Lake Chorus. She joined KPCC's Alex Cohen to talk about the group's first year in action.

Electric Daisy Carnival coming back to LA Coliseum

An electronic music festival that prompted a moratorium on raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the overdose death of a 15-year-old girl will be allowed back this year.

LA Jazz Society launches month-long music program for Black History Month

The L.A. Jazz Society has launched Jazz In Schools in conjunction with Black History Month. It's a unique program in the Los Angeles Unified schools.