Music

Vietnamese artist breathes life into a dying song

Ngoc Bay purses her feet together and glides to the left, then to the right, guiding her eight-year-old pupil in the subtle movements of the centuries-old Vietnamese opera.

Doug Fieger, lead singer of 'My Sharona' band the Knack, dies

Doug Fieger, leader of the Los Angeles-based power pop band the Knack who co-wrote and sang on the 1979 No. 1 hit "My Sharona," has died, The Los Angeles Times Web site reported.

Fans delighted by DeGeneres' 'Idol' debut

Ellen DeGeneres hit the right notes with "American Idol" viewers.

Beyonce takes 6 Grammys, makes history

It's a tribute to the Grammys' success at becoming more a musical spectacle than an awards show that on the night she made history, Beyonce was just another face in the crowd.

Lady Gaga leads Grammys' galactic fashion parade

All eyes on the red carpet at Sunday's Grammy Awards went straight to Lady Gaga and her solar-system gown that was totally out of this world.

Singer Etta James hospitalized with infection

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Etta James' son says the 72-year-old R&B singer is hospitalized in Southern California with a serious infection but he expects her to be released soon.

Roy Orbison to receive Walk of Fame star today

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 wants 'We Are the World' Haiti redo

Quincy Jones is re-recording the charity song "We Are the World" and sending the proceeds to Haiti.

Tom Morello Plays Concert for Korean Guitar Workers

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.

A look back at the 2009 Southern California music scene

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.

Influential 60s guitarist James Gurley dies at Coachella Valley home

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.

Cobain's mother gets guardianship of granddaughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The only daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has been placed in a temporary guardianship, court records show.

Armenian Music Awards hit LA Live's Nokia Theatre

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.

Grammy nominations to be unveiled at LA concert

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, Del-Fi Records founder, dies at age 87

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.

Grammy Hall of Fame adds 25 new recordings to collection

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.