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  • The ethereal Americana of Amy Obenski

    The ethereal Americana of Amy Obenski

    Amy Obenski is a singer-songwriter who grew up in San Diego and currently lives in San Francisco. She discusses her new album (recorded in France and due out on the 1st of July), her experience in France, and what she'd be doing if she weren't making music. AXS: How do you describe your music for...
  • OC Fair concert preview: Jeff Dunham

    OC Fair concert preview: Jeff Dunham

    It is rare for a non-musical act to headline the OC Fair show, but this year features two comedy acts taking the stage at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. Jeff Dunham is the first, bringing his world of stand-up ventriloquism to the big stage in Costa Mesa after taking his imaginary friends...
  • In photos: Los Angeles Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade

    In photos: Los Angeles Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade

    If you've been anywhere near STAPLES Center and LA Live during the 2013-2014 hockey season, you've seen in big block letters the statement "We are all Kings" displayed boldly and proudly. As the double decker buses turned on to Chick Hearn Way early this afternoon, another statement was added: We...
  • Placido Domingo opens LA Opera’s 2014/15 season with ‘La Traviata’

    Placido Domingo opens LA Opera’s 2014/15 season with ‘La Traviata’

    The LA Opera 2014/15 season is sure to live up to its motto ‘Greater Than the Sum of its Arts,’ when it presents six great operas at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and three Off Grand initiative performances at a variety of venues during its innovative 29th season. The season opens with: Verdi’s "La...
  • Rick Braun combines mastery and artistry on ‘Can You Feel It’

    Rick Braun combines mastery and artistry on ‘Can You Feel It’

    As a recording artist, Rick Braun has gone from being a first call sideman to one of today’s most revered contemporary jazz stars. Rick is a consistent chart-topper who has amassed No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and numerous radio hits for himself and as a songwriter for several...
  • OC Fair concert preview: Matisyahu

    OC Fair concert preview: Matisyahu

    Over the past decade or so, a rise in reggae, roots, and otherwise strictly Jamaican music has found a place in American pop culture. While staples like Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley have always had a home amongst music lovers, a new wave of musicians that take a more modern and varied approach to the...
  • Is Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley shut down for the season?

    Is Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley shut down for the season?

    Chad Billingsley's last two seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers have played out well in his favor. After successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April, Billingsley had been on the road to recovery. During a rehab game last weekend, he suffered a huge setback after feeling pain in the...
  • Smooth Summer Jazz at The Bowl features Boney James, BWB, Keiko Matsui, more

    Smooth Summer Jazz at The Bowl features Boney James, BWB, Keiko Matsui, more

    Smooth Summer Jazz is but one the many concerts presented this summer at the Hollywood Bowl in conjunction with the LA Phil’s 2014 Special Concerts Series. This year, saxophonist Boney James, Eric Benet, The Ohio Players, BWB: Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown; and Keiko Matsui will bring their...
  • OC Fair concert preview: Which One's Pink?

    OC Fair concert preview: Which One's Pink?

    The O.C. Fair is one of the most friendly venues for tribute bands, with nearly half of the their annual lineup made up of acts dedicated to covering other artist's work. This year, the ratio of real bands to pretend ones is a bit more in favor of the original musicians, but one of the two playing...
  • Alice Wallace organizes a weekly country showcase in Fullerton

    Alice Wallace organizes a weekly country showcase in Fullerton

    Alice Wallace is a singer-songwriter who was nominated for an OC Music Award earlier this year, and has started a weekly country-music showcase at Bigs Grill in Fullerton. She discusses the weekly showcase, the southern California country-music scene, and her upcoming tours. Tell me about the Friday...
  • Experience the BET Experience: 3 days of entertainment at L.A. Live

    Experience the BET Experience: 3 days of entertainment at L.A. Live

    Television is an amazing invention, just the way it can bring so much of the world right into your living room. However, nothing quite compares to the feeling of being in a place where live music is being played. Such is the difference between watching the BET cable channel, and attending The BET...
  • Jack White rocks solo

    Jack White rocks solo

    Anyone that thought the magic would leave after Jack White ended the White Stripes should have second thoughts about such a foolish assumption after listening to his second solo album, Lazaretto. Much like his work with the White Stripes, this new album finds the guitarist and singer/songwriter...
  • OC Fair concert preview: The Offspring

    OC Fair concert preview: The Offspring

    It has been 30 years since The Offspring decided to give this whole "rock and roll" thing a spin, and with eight albums and about as many world tours under their belts, it's time to come home. Orange County has always been proud of their delinquent wild children and the O.C. Fair is happy to bring...
  • It has been quite a journey for Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin

    It has been quite a journey for Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin

    Some players have to work harder than others, that's just the way it is. Here is proof that hard work and a positive attitude can lead to a terrific success story. This is what happened with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. "Muzz" is Drew Doughty's defense partner on a team that is on the...
  • Stagecoch 2015 passes are on sale

    Stagecoch 2015 passes are on sale

    Wasn’t it just yesterday all the country folks were out in Indio, CA enjoying Stagecoach? Well, that was then, this is now because Stagecoach 2015 advance passes went on sale June 12, 2014. Ready or not, here it comes -- again. The festival takes over that polo field on April 24 through April 2...
  • Sinner Sinners are winner winners

    Sinner Sinners are winner winners

    With XI, Sinner Sinners display how couples that make dark music together, stay together. Comprised of married couple Steve and Sam Thill, this is not your typical love-y dove-y musical pairing. This latest album is “more of what we really wanted to do,” Steve explains, shortly before rehearsing...
  • Get ready for some Chinatown summer nights

    Get ready for some Chinatown summer nights

    If you live in Los Angeles, but have not yet explored Chinatown, the Chinatown Summer Nights series just might be the right enticement that gets you there. So, what can you see and do there? Well, there are Chinatown restaurants and shopping. There will also be special music and dancing – with KCRW...
  • Ventura County Fairgrounds hosts an all-day tribute to Johnny Cash

    Ventura County Fairgrounds hosts an all-day tribute to Johnny Cash

    When you hear that an all-day tribute to Johnny Cash is taking place, you might be immediately intrigued. After all, the man gave us some very memorable songs, and was interesting enough to have a movie made about his life. One thing is for sure: you can't possibly write the history of country music...
  • Theo Croker and DVRK FUNK coming to The Mint, July 20, 2014

    Theo Croker and DVRK FUNK coming to The Mint, July 20, 2014

    Trumpeter Theo Croker and his DVRK FUNK group will perform in Los Angeles at The Mint on Sunday, July 20 at 8:00PM. Theo’s concert celebrates AfroPhysicist, his debut recording for DDB Records/OKeh/Sony Masterworks (2014). Alto saxophonist and flautist Irwin Hall, pianist/keyboardist Michael King...
  • Lynx claw past Sparks in West battle

    Lynx claw past Sparks in West battle

    Candace Parker scored 24 points, 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Sparks fell to the Western Conference division leading Minnesota Lynx, 85-72 on Sunday afternoon. “She’s a very talented player who is very skilled at 6-5 and great at finishing tough plays. We wanted to make it hard for her to catch it...
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