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  • LA Sparks fire head coach Carol Ross

    LA Sparks fire head coach Carol Ross

    The 2012 Los Angeles Sparks Coach of the Year Carol Ross was fired over the weekend by management mainly due to their terrible first half appearance. The Sparks sat at 10-12 before the All-Star break, and general manager Penny Toler felt it was time for the team to move in a different direction and...
  • Kobe Bryant and Richard Sherman celebrity softball game

    Kobe Bryant hits a home run at Safeco Field

    Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant made an appearance as a player in the Richard Sherman celebrity softball game in Seattle on Sunday afternoon. Bryant, who missed last season with a significant knee injury after returning early from Achilles injury, looked great on baseball field, smacking a...
  • Whiteboy James & The Blues Express has a weekly residency at Harvelle's

    Whiteboy James & The Blues Express has a weekly residency at Harvelle's

    Whiteboy James and The Blues Express is a staple in the southern California blues scene, and with good reason. This is a band that plays great blues tunes, some of which have classic blues themes. Take "Big Butted Women" for instance. This is a song with the classic theme about enjoying women that...
  • 'Last Dance' by Charlie Haden and Keith Jarrett available on ECM Records

    'Last Dance' by Charlie Haden and Keith Jarrett available on ECM Records

    Before his untimely demise on July 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, bassist Charlie Haden dueted with his long-time collaborator pianist Keith Jarrett in 2007 on what would be their final recording. Released just one month before Haden’s death in June 2014 and titled Last Dance (ECM Records, 2399), the...
  • Guide to The Baked Potato

    Guide to The Baked Potato

    The Baked Potato is a jazz club located just outside the gates of Universal Studios in Studio City, California. It was founded by legendary pianist, bandleader, and songwriter Don Randi. Not only was Randi known for his own music, but he was an integral part of The Wrecking Crew, a group of Los...
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio coming to Alvas Showroom, August 8, 2014

    Jeff Hamilton Trio coming to Alvas Showroom, August 8, 2014

    The Jeff Hamilton Trio will perform at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, California on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The jazz trio is comprised of drummer Jeff Hamilton, pianist Tamir Hendelman and acoustic bassist Christopher Luty. The trio will perform songs from their latest recordings on Capri...
  • Los Angeles Lakers re-sign Wesley Johnson to a one-year deal

    Los Angeles Lakers re-sign Wesley Johnson to a one-year deal

    The Los Angeles Lakers are in the process of filling out their roster for next season and have agreed to terms with small forward Wesley Johnson, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who tweeted "Source: Lakers sign Wesley Johnson to 1 year, $1 million deal" on July 18. After a somewhat subpar first...
  • Pete Anderson plays the Burbank Moose Lodge and Viva Cantina

    Pete Anderson plays the Burbank Moose Lodge and Viva Cantina

    Sometimes you see a show listed and it just seems so unlikely that you have to look a second (and possibly a third) time to make sure you're seeing it right. Usually it's when a popular or established artist is playing an intimate venue instead of a large club filled with avid fans. One of those...
  • Pat Metheny Unity Group throw down at the Greek Theatre

    Pat Metheny Unity Group throw down at the Greek Theatre

    There’s an old saying that good things come in threes. But in his 40-year history of creating intoxicating soundtracks to live your life by, jazz/rock fusion guitarist Pat Metheny has never been satisfied with merely good, or simply meeting expectations. The Pat Metheny Unity Group’s performance at...
  • Guide to the Valley View Casino Center

    Guide to the Valley View Casino Center

    Formerly known as the San Diego International Sports Center, the Valley View Casino Center hosts everything from professional sporting teams to headlining musicians. As one of the oldest facilities of its kind in Southern California, the rich history helps add charm to this colossal venue. If you’re...
  • Los Angeles Lakers decide to waive point guard Kendall Marshall

    Los Angeles Lakers decide to waive point guard Kendall Marshall

    Former lottery pick Kendall Marshall was impressive last season while filling in for an injured Steve Nash. Unfortunately, Marshall might not be in the future plans for the Los Angeles Lakers with the team waiving the point guard on July 18, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Lakers...
  • Los Angeles Lakers re-sign Xavier Henry to one-year deal

    Los Angeles Lakers re-sign Xavier Henry to one-year deal

    The Los Angeles Lakers continue to make moves in order to fill out their roster for the 2014-15 NBA season. The latest player to re-sign with the team is former lottery pick Xavier Henry, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on July 18: Free-agent guard Xavier Henry has reached agreement...
  • Kanye West & Iggy Azalea added to the 2014 Made in America Festival

    Kanye West & Iggy Azalea added to the 2014 Made in America Festival

    Budweiser's Made in America Festival, which was founded by platinum-selling rapper Jay Z and his business associate, Steve Stoute, has been one of the country's premier music events ever since its formation back in 2012. This year, two big hip-hop stars have been added to Los Angeles' stacked lineup...
  • Rascal Flatts give us new album, 'Rewind'

    Rascal Flatts give us new album, 'Rewind'

    At the end of the day, it’s Gary LeVox’s unique singing voice that keeps us coming back to Rascal Flatts albums. And the trio doesn’t disappoint with Rewind, which features plenty of good reasons to hit repeat. Ironically, on an album that features many hi-tech lyrical lines – “Texting like mad” and...
  • ‘Shades of Gray’ leaves the right impression of Gary Gray’s clarinet virtuosity

    ‘Shades of Gray’ leaves the right impression of Gary Gray’s clarinet virtuosity

    Upon hearing Gary Gray’s remarkable new Centaur Records album titled Shades of Gray, some people will undoubtedly ask, “Is it Classical or is it Jazz?” The best answer is in the words of the great Duke Ellington, who said: “There are two types of music – good music and the other kind.” After one...
  • Brantley Gilbert's predictable new release

    Brantley Gilbert's predictable new release

    It sounds a little strange for Brantley Gilbert to sing “Bottoms Up,” an overt drinking song, as the first single off his new Just as I Am, especially since he’s been very vocal in the press recently about kicking the drinking habit. Maybe it’s just a case of 'do as I say, not as I do.' But that...
  • David Nail burns bright with new album 'I’m a Fire'

    David Nail burns bright with new album 'I’m a Fire'

    David Nail has a wonderful, warm singing voice, and it’s framed beautifully on his new album I’m a Fire. He’s at his best with “Galveston,” a cover of the old Jimmy Webb-written, Glen Campbell song. He’s joined on it by Lee Ann Womack, one of the very best singers in country music. Their voices...
  • Athlete's bare it all for the ESPN Magazine's The Body Issue

    Athlete's bare it all for the ESPN Magazine's The Body Issue

    A host of athletes and entertainers descended upon Hollywood to celebrate the 6th annual issue of ESPN Magazine's The Body Issue. Many of the athletes bared it all in a colorful spread that featured more than 20 different athletes that included Venus Williams, Omar Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, Bernard...
  • The weekly country showcase at Bigs features Creekwood and others

    The weekly country showcase at Bigs features Creekwood and others

    Another work week has thankfully come to a close and you want something to put that nasty work stuff out of your head. One great way to do that is the weekly country showcase at Bigs Grill in Fullerton. That's right. If you haven't experienced it yet, Bigs hosts a weekly showcase with three of the...
  • Parker Millsap arrives with a great new album

    Parker Millsap arrives with a great new album

    The buzz around the Americana and alternative country music realm is that Parker Millsap is the next great singer/songwriter to come along. His self-titled album is proof that all these accolades are not in vain, either. He’s quite good; the real deal. You notice right away that, although Millsap...
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