Roy Orbison will posthumously receive the 2,400th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring a career that saw him become one of the first international rock 'n' roll stars.
Quincy Jones is re-recording the charity song "We Are the World" and sending the proceeds to Haiti.
This week guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine performed at the KIWA Cultural Center in Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for a group of Korean guitar workers.
If 2009 was any indication, the coming year could be a great one when it comes to music in Southern California. Chris Martins covers music for Spin, the L.A. Weekly and The Onion. He stopped by KPCC's studios to share some music from his favorite local bands.
Memorial plans are in the works for an influential California musician who left an indelible mark on music as a member of Janis Joplin’s band. Guitarist James Gurley died of heart failure over the Christmas holiday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The only daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has been placed in a temporary guardianship, court records show.
For the first time Sunday, two Armenian music awards shows will be condensed to one, bigger show; the Armenian Music Awards and the M Club Video Music Awards. Think American Music Awards for Armenian performers. And the venue’s much bigger – the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled tonight, with hopefuls in the top categories announced during a concert at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Favorites include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kings of Leon, U2, Green Day, Black Eyed Peas and Eminem. The Grammy Awards will be presented Jan. 31 at Staples Center.
Bob Keane, who founded the West Coast independent record label Del-Fi Records in the 1950s and is best known for discovering rock legend Ritchie Valens, has died. He was 87.
The Grammy Hall of Fame has added 25 new recordings to its collection. The new inductees represent rock, reggae, R&B, and even a bit of humor.
Court documents show the cost to bury pop star Michael Jackson in September approached $1 million. The funeral nearly didn’t happen as scheduled.
Usually when you hear NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro on KPCC, he’s reporting on the Justice Department or domestic surveillance. But he also sings. He’ll do that Saturday, September 19th at the Hollywood Bowl when he appears with the band Pink Martini of Portland, Oregon. Ari told KPCC's Alex Cohen how he got involved with the band and his thoughts on his big Southern California debut.
USC’s Thornton School of Music launched its 125th birthday party this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the institution has adapted and thrived in a changing music world.
This weekend, Sean Tillmann, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar, will take to the stage at the Three Clubs in Hollywood. Har Mar’s sound is one part Stevie Wonder, one part Prince, maybe a little Ginuwine, too. His look...? Well, he looks like a short white guy from Minnesota - because that is exactly who Sean Tillmann is. The name Har Mar actually comes from a mall back home. Har Mar has grown a loyal fan base on account of his recorded music, comic video tributes to holidays, and his live shows. KPCC's Alex Cohen recently spoke with Har Mar at his home in Hollywood.
A classical ensemble that makes its first bow Sunday night doesn’t include the usual mix of musicians. KPCC’s Hettie Lynne Hurtes has more on a group that, for awhile anyway, will exchange disputation for harmonization.