Music

Janis Joplin: 40 years after her death

A sad anniversary in rock music history has just passed: it’s been 40 years since singer Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel. KPCC’s Nick Roman says Joplin had stayed in Los Angeles to record what would be her greatest album – “Pearl.”

Los Angeles Philharmonic offers free concerts

A ticket to Disney Hall may be beyond your reach. But this week the Los Angeles Philharmonic plans to play in a couple of concert venues for free.

Ukulele World Record Quest In Calif. Comes Up Short

Ukulele players tried to break the Guinness World Record for largest ukulele ensemble on Sunday. The current record, set during a London festival in 2009, is 851 strumming ukes.

Charles Fox reveals man behind music in his autobiography

The name Charles Fox may not ring that proverbial bell, but his music most certainly will — the themes for such memorable TV shows as "Happy Days," "Love Boat" and even Monday Night Football. Fox also wrote "Killing Me Softly" — which is also the title of his new autobiography.

Heart returns to hard rock, acoustic roots

The Wilson Sisters, Ann and Nancy, have just released their first new studio album in six years. Perhaps better known as Heart, the duo’s “Red Velvet Car” features nine new songs as they return to their hard rock/acoustic roots of the late 70s.

Swift, West live up to the hype at the VMAs

He derided himself as a jerk; she told him he wasn't as bad as his misdeeds. He gave a sarcastic ode to his boorish behavior; she sang of an opportunity to grow from a very public stumble.

Eminem set to open MTV Video Music Awards

Eminem is not afraid to open the MTV Video Music Awards.

'American Idol' adds L.A. audition on Sept. 22

"American Idol" is expanding the talent search for its next season with an audition in Los Angeles later this month.

Flute professionals ponder the future

Hundreds of flute players and flute enthusiasts packed the Marriott ballrooms in Anaheim last week for the National Flute Association’s annual convention. For them, flutes are fun. And for some, they’re a career.

California metal bands involved in deadly freeway wreck

A couple of up-and-coming metal bands from California who were expected to wind up a national tour in the Southland this week, had their journey cut tragically short Monday. A van carrying members of San Francisco band Early Graves and Orange County-based group The Funeral Pyre overturned on Interstate 5 in Oregon. One of the musicians was killed.

Free summer concerts at LA County parks

Audiences in Los Angeles County will be able to hear musical offerings that range from Zydeco to Latin Jazz this summer and beyond. Here's a preview of 78 free concerts all over the county through early autumn.

Los Angeles officials re-evaluate future of Electric Daisy Carnival musical festival

Though city and police officials have said they will re-evaluate the future of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles, organizers of the electronic music festival that drew an estimated 185,000 total of revelers over two days last week hope to come back.

Comeback night at BET Awards: Chris Brown, DeBarge

It was comeback night at the BET Awards.

Fans around the world honor Michael Jackson

A year after Michael Jackson's death caused a worldwide outpouring of shock, tears and tributes, the anniversary of his passing was being marked Friday on a quieter scale, as fans remembered their fallen King of Pop with vigils, prayer and, of course, music.

Celebrating Michael Jackson's music legacy at the Grammy Museum

Michael Jackson died one year ago today. Several months before Jackson died, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles launched an exhibition showcasing some of Jackson’s personal memorabilia.

Michael Jackson's mother supports fan tribute

Michael Jackson's mother has given her blessing to a tribute concert that will mark the anniversary of the pop singer's death.