Los Angeles’s very first F*** Yeah Festival took place as a free underground event back in 2004, founded by a then-18-year-old indie fan with a dream named Sean Carlson. Now a major music marathon held at downtown Los Angeles’s sprawling Exposition Park, FYF Fest is one of the hippest and most anticipated events of the festival season. This year it expanded to three days — recruiting major artists ranging from old-school rap superstars Missy Elliott and A Tribe Called Quest to new-school R&B performers Frank Ocean and Solange and rock legends Nine Inch Nails and Iggy Pop.
The last time we saw reclusive rapper Missy Elliott onstage, she was totally outshining Katy Perry (and Left Shark) with a dynamite surprise performance at Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. Last Friday, Elliott triumphantly returned to the stage, headlining night one of Los Angeles’s FYF Fest (formerly the F*** Yeah Festival) with her first full U.S. concert in nearly a decade. Also spotted in the stage wings were Knowles soul sisters Beyoncé and Solange (the latter would play FYF on Sunday), Janet Jackson, and fellow Friday FYF main stage performer Björk.
This wasn’t the first Los Angeles brush with Minneapolis rock royalty for Rudolph and Lieberum, who met in the early ’90s at UC Santa Cruz and quickly bonded over their shared obsession with pop music’s ultimate sexy MF. Gretchen and I got to meet [Prince] the last time he played in town,” Rudolph told the L.A. Weekly in 2015. “And he gave us both these big, nice hugs, and he said that he had our performance [of “Darling Nikki”] on Jimmy Fallon recorded on his DVR.” Princess returned to the Fallon-hosted Tonight Show under much sadder circumstances last year, five days after Prince’s death, performing a poignant cover of “Sometimes It Snows in April” with D’Angelo that is widely considered to be one of the best Prince homages ever.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters “The Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers Tour” Greek Theatre, Los Angeles June 4 While the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is making headlines, a slightly lesser hysteria is greeting the 35th anniversary of Elvis Costello’s “Imperial Bedroom” album, which the artist is... Read more »
Harry Styles was joined onstage by Stevie Nicks Friday night at Los Angeles' Troubadour, a gig that marked the singer's first full U.S. concert.
January has been filled with David Bowie tributes to mark what would have been the legend’s 70th birthday, as well as the first anniversary of his death and Blackstar release. But perhaps no homage has been as stunning as Tuesday’s performance at Los Angeles’s Wiltern by Sting, who held the audience in thrall with “Lazarus” and an epic, nearly nine-minute cover of Blackstar’s sprawling title track.
Los Angeles alt-rock radio station KROQ 106.7 FM may pride itself on breaking new bands, but it seemed to revive its old tagline, "Roq of the '90s," for this year's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas annual benefit, held Dec. 12 and 13 at L.A.'s Forum. The weekend's nostalgic headliners included '90s titans Green Day, Beck, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, and A.F.I. — and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and No Doubt's Tony Kanal and Adrian Young even made surprise cameos.
Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest/buzzing releases, including new music from Bruno Mars, Metallica, Miranda Lambert, DNCE, and more. Metallica: Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (Blackened Records). There is very little that hard rockers Metallica haven’t done, including playing Antarctica, so why not release a 2-CD set to commemorate their first studio album since 2008?
Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest/buzzing releases, including new music from Sting, A Tribe Called Quest, Sleigh Bells, Ronnie Dunn, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
The band had pre-released a few tracks in the weeks leading up to the full release, but there’s still something so special about sitting down to listen to a full album by a musical act you love for the first time, and Two Vines did not disappoint. Featuring contributions from Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac along with Wendy Melvoin (from Prince’s band, The Revolution) and Henry Hey and Tim Lefebvre (members of David Bowie’s Blackstar band) Two Vines is light and fun and celebratory, music that makes one feel joyous and happy to be alive and healthy (ganky knees aside), music that conjures up thoughts of long drives down coastal highways, the sun and cool breeze kissing your face. As corny as it sounds, listening to Two Vines for the first time made my heart soar, so much that I felt like I should text my friends to tell them that I love them and how blessed I feel to have them in my life, to write to past loves to thank for the times we shared and for giving me pieces of their hearts.
The song “Sword of Damocles” doesn’t appear until almost midway through The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but it was probably running through fans’ minds a lot earlier than that when the TV-movie remake premiered on Fox Thursday night. Any shivering with anticipation quickly gave way to anticipating the most telling lyric of the night: “I’m at the start of a pretty big downer.” Sing it, doomed buff dude.
It’s safe to say that most fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show weren’t exactly shivering with antici…pation for Fox’s TV controversial reboot of the beloved 1975 cult classic. But now The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again has finally aired — and thankfully, it wasn’t quite the hate-watch-worthy horror that many people feared or expected. However, it didn’t have fans of the original seedy, sleazy midnight movie jumping (to the left) for joy, either.
In 2008, Roger Waters played the Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., and he floated an inflatable pig emblazoned with the name “OBAMA” above the 50,000-strong crowd. This Sunday, the same night as the second presidential debate, he returned to Coachella’s Empire Polo Grounds to close out the all-star classic rock Desert Trip festival. One side of the swine-shaped balloon, which Waters unleashed into the desert sky during “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” featured the familiar, optimistic slogan “together we stand, divided we fall.” But the other side was much more damning, with the angry words “ignorant, lying, racist, sexist, pig” and “f— Donald Trump and his wall” stenciled alongside a scary illustration of a skull-headed, gargoyle-like Trump.
OCTOBER 08: Musician Neil Young (R) performs with Sir Paul McCartney onstage during Desert Trip at The Empire Polo Club on October 8, 2016 in Indio, California. The first historic all-star collaboration of Desert Trip (the Southern California classic rock festival cheekily dubbed “Oldchella”) took place on day two, Saturday, when Paul McCartney and “really good friend” Neil Young joined forces during McCartney’s headlining set. The legends’ epic, seven-minute medley of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” (with Young’s distinctively trebly vocals adding another layer of melancholy to the Sgt. Pepper ballad) and the Plastic Ono Band’s “Give Peace a Chance” was actually a reprise of a duet they performed at London’s Hyde Park back in 2009.
Desert Trip, the Southern California festival boasting a stellar lineup of classic rock legends, kicked off this Friday with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan; the rest of the weekend will showcase Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and the Who. ...
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Halfway through Obama’s first presidency, the mainstream tilted in such a way it seemed that indie music--that long-beloved genre of fops and sensitives--was actually and authentically reaching the masses. Arcade Fire canonized middle class anguish and were rewarded with a Grammy for Album of the Year; Vampire Weekend’s sophomore record debuted at #1 on the Billboard…
SEPTEMBER 23: Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction performs at Jack FM’s 11th Show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on September 23, 2016 in Irvine, California. Such was the dilemma facing the acts on the bill Friday at Southern California’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre for Jack FM’s 11th Show — which also served as an unofficial 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza, the traveling alternative rock festival founded by Jane’s Addiction’s frontman Perry Farrell.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life… at Los Angeles’s legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery (the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino, Jayne Mansfield, and two of the Ramones), where on Friday night, chillwave/soul artist Twin Shadow covered his late hero Prince’s Purple Rain album in its entirety. #Prince opens his #purplerain???? set #Prince A video posted by Lyndsey Parker (@lyndseyparker) on Sep 23, 2016 at 11:47pm PDT
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SEPTEMBER 16: (L – R) Musicians Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees perform at the Pantages Theatre on September 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. On Friday, Sept. 16, four days after the 50th anniversary of the Monkees’ groundbreaking television show, on/off band member Mike Nesmith joined his fellow Monkee men Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for what he said would his last-ever Monkees show — fittingly in Hollywood, where it all began for the TV band, at the 2,700 seat Pantages Theatre, just down the street from the Monkees’ Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame star.