Music

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.

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.