San Francisco music news clip: Upcoming Jazz Festivals

 

Here's an interesting tidbit from the San Francisco music scene: jazz is big in the Bay Area. This article runs down some of this summer's jazz festivals. Click through the link at the bottom to see the whole piece!

 

Is it my imagination, or is the Bay Area once again a national jazz hub? The club scene ebbs and flows. But the opening of the new SFJazz Center looks like a game changer. And then there's summer jazz — just look at this list of festivals and events. The region is bursting at the seams, paving the way for the Monterey Jazz Festival (www.montereyjazzfestival.org), which arrives Sept. 20-22 with Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane and many others.

 

  • Healdsburg Jazz Festival: This annual event (May 31-June 9) is a jewel. Headliners include saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran, the old and the young, forming kind of a perfect duo; pianist Fred Hersch with his
    superb trio; and a star-studded cast in a two-day tribute to bass master Charlie Haden. It features pianists Geri Allen, Carla Bley and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, guitarist Bill Frisell, and saxophonists Lee Konitz and Ravi Coltrane. Wow. (Haden, who is ailing, will play as much as he is able.) Tickets: $10-$75; 1-800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. Information: www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org.

     

  • Stanford Jazz Festival: It opens June 22 with a sublime blast — a solo concert by pianist Herbie Hancock at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University's classy new venue….More at Summer jazz 2013: Festivals in San Francisco, San Jose and Healdsburg will … – San Jose Mercury News


Los Angeles Music News: Dre and Iovine’s New Academy

 

Check out this cool news clip from the LA music scene: Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are setting up a new academy at USC. Click the link at the end to catch the full article.

 

Music industry executive Jimmy Iovine and the hip-hop star Dr. Dre are donating $70 million for USC to create a new academy for students “who challenge conventional views of art and industry.” The unveiling will officially be tomorrow at Interscope Geffen A&M Records in Santa Monica, where Iovine is chairman. But USC put out the release tonight. Last week, USC announced it had lured away UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging and top scientists Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson to the USC Keck School of Medicine.

From tonight's flackage:

The duo’s gift will establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, an exceptional environment for those rare undergraduate students whose interests span fields such as marketing, business entrepreneurship, computer science and engineering, audio and visual design and the arts. This program will prepare them to become a new generation of inspired innovators.

…More at Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre fund new music academy at USC – LA Observed



Los Angeles Live Music Picks May 2013

Los Angeles Live Music Picks May 2013

 

The Los Angeles music scene is always filled with plenty of great live concerts, not only from a tremendous local scene, but also from lots of touring artists. Here are a few suggestions from the many concerts taking place in the area during May.

 

 

PIERCE THE VEIL, ALL TIME LOW

MAY 9, 2013 @ 5:30 PM

HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, HOLLYWOOD

TICKETS $22 FROM LIVENATION

 

MIRANDA LAMBERT (WITH DIERKS BENTLEY, RANDY HOUSER, JOANNA SMITH, PISTOL ANNIES)

MAY 9, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

RABOBANK ARENA, BAKERSFIELD

TICKETS $51 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

MARINA & THE DIAMONDS (WITH CHARLI XCX)

MAY 11, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

SHRINE EXPO HALL, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $26.50 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

JUANES

MAY 17, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

RABOBANK ARENA, BAKERSFIELD

TICKETS $27.50-$73 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

THE ROLLING STONES (50 AND COUNTING TOUR)

MAY 20, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $150-$600 FROM AXS.COM

 

KATE NASH (WITH PEACH KELLI POP)

MAY 21, 2013 @ 8:30 PM

THE ECHO, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $15-$17 FROM www.theecho.com

 

SHOUT OUT LOUDS (WITH HAERTS)

MAY 23-24, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

EL REY THEATRE, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $22 FROM www.theelrey.com

 

IMAGINE DRAGONS (WITH NICO VEGA, THE ENVY CORPS)

MAY 29-30, 2013 @ 6:30 PM

HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, HOLLYWOOD

TICKETS $35-$75 FROM LIVENATION

 

 



California Music News Clip: Recap of Coachella 2013

 

 

The biggest California music news story of the month, of course, was Coachella 2013. Check out this recap from Time Magazine, and be sure to click the link at the bottom to get the whole story…

 

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival wrapped up on Sunday night with sets by California rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers (pictured), dark wavers Dead Can Dance, British electro-pop outfit Disclosure, and EDM maestro Eric Prydz, with a Wu Tang Clan reunion sandwiched in between. It was an aptly heterogeneous ending for the festival that draws thousands of music fans to the southern California desert.

Spread out over two long weekends (April 12th-14th and April 19th-21st) the festival brought some of the most compelling rock, pop, hip hop and electronic music from around the world to play for fans willing to make the music lovers’ Hajj to Indio, California. The festival was marked with surprise guest appearances, upstart acts outplaying the headliners, bewilderingly wonderful interactive art projects, and the best acts around — all happening in a gorgeous desert landscape.

Here are some of the highlights of Coachella 2013, weekend two:

Most Refreshing Stage Banter: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark frontman Andy McCluskey seemed to know that anyone in the tent for the OMD show was in it for the nostalgia…More at Coachella 2013: Recapping The Music Festival – TIME



Notes from the Los Angeles Music Scene: Rush Inducted Into Rock Hall of Fame

 

 

Here's a great clip from the Fresno Bee about last night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. Click the link at the end to check out the rest of the article. Enjoy!

 

LOS ANGELES — Rush fans can relax. The band is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Canadian rockers were welcomed into the musical fraternity at Thursday's 28th annual induction ceremony by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. At the beginning of the Nokia Theatre event, the audience was already administering a standing ovation to the group.

“We've been saying for a long time that this wasn't a big deal,” drummer-lyricist Neil Peart told the crowd, most of whom came out to specifically support the band. “It turns out, it kind of is.”

Rush gained entry following its first appearance on the ballot after repeatedly being left off the list since gaining eligibility in 1998, to the great consternation of the legion of Rush fans who cried bias against progressive rock. The long wait didn't seem to matter at Thursday's star-studded concert event, which ran over five hours. Peart, lead singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson made up for lost time by launching into a rambunctious rendition of “Tom Sawyer” in front of the more than 7,000 attendees….More at Rush jams into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Fresno Bee

 



Los Angeles Live Music Picks April 2013

Los Angeles Live Music Picks April 2013

 

Spring has sprung, and the LA music scene is hopping, as usual. If you’re looking for some of the best live music shows to hit in Los Angeles, here are a few of our picks for the month of April.

 

 

RIHANNA (WITH A$AP ROCKY)

APRIL 8, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $35-$150 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

KP MOORE (WITH THE WILD FEATHERS, COURTNEY COLE

APRIL 9, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

EL REY THEATRE, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $25 FROM www.theelrey.com

 

SKY FERREIRA (WITH HIGH HIGHS, HOW TO DRESS WELL)

APRIL 10, 11 @ 7:00 PM NIGHTLY

BOOTLEG THEATRE, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $15 FROM http://www.bootlegtheater.org/

 

LIGHT UP THE BLUES: CONCERT TO BENEFIT AUTISM SPEAKS (FEAT. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, RYAN ADAMS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, OTHERS)

APRIL 13, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

CLUB NOKIA, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $38.50-$125 FROM www.clubnokia.com

 

DROPKICK MURPHYS (WITH SKINNY LISTER & THE INSURGENCE)

APRIL 17, 2013 @ 8:30 PM

CLUB NOKIA, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $38.50-$125 FROM www.clubnokia.com

 

GREEN DAY (WITH BEST COAST)

APRIL 18, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

LOS ANGELES SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $26.50-$46.50 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

BON JOVI

APRIL 19, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $19.50-$475 FROM TICKETMASTER

 



Los Angeles Music News Item: UMG and DMG Expand Agreement

 

Here's an interesting recent news story from the LA music scene, Universal Music Group and Disney are expanding their collaborative agreement. Details are in the story below–and be sure to click the link at the end to catch the whole story.

 

Covering both physical and digital rights nearly worldwide, the agreement will enable UMG and Disney to offer DMG's unique and extremely popular music repertoire that includes all of the company's labels' frontline releases from a stable of multi-platinum pop, rock and country albums. The Disney roster has continued to expand with such chart-topping and critically-acclaimed artists as Demi Lovato, Plain White T's, Selena Gomez, ZZ Ward, Queen, Bridgit Mendler, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and more.  The agreement also covers the full Disney catalog of music from over 85 years, including all-time favorite soundtracks like “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Cinderella,” “Tarzan,” “The Jungle Book,”  “Toy Story,”  “Mary Poppins,” and “The Mickey Mouse Club,” as well as the opportunity to work together on music to new releases from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disney|Lucasfilm….More at Universal Music Group (UMG) & Disney Music Group (DMG) Expand Agreement … – The Herald | HeraldOnline.com



Los Angeles Music News Clip: Commercial Jingles Are Big Business

 

An interesting article in the LA Times about how more advertising agencies are looking to songwriters to create original music for their commercials. Be sure to click through to get the whole article!

 

Commercial-music licensing is a booming business, as advertisers, filmmakers, TV producers and others use pop songs to gloss their products.

Recent ad spots include Texas blues star Gary Clark Jr.'s soulful number “Next Door Neighbor Blues” as the soundtrack to a recent JCPenney swimwear ad, British folk singer Jake Bugg's “Lightning Bolt” selling Gatorade, and Seattle's breakout hip-hop team Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' “Can't Hold Us” hawking Microsoft Corp.

But licensing pop songs can be quite costly. So an increasing number of ad agencies are looking for original compositions for their commercials.

 

That has meant songwriting jobs for Los Angeles musicians and composers who are writing jingles while waiting for fate to turn them into rock stars.

“It used to be that you got called a sellout. But times have changed,” said Casey Gibson, a musician who has been paid to write jingles for Purina dog food and Columbia Sportswear commercials…More at Demand for ad jingles turns LA songwriters into music factories – Los Angeles Times



Los Angeles Concert Picks March 2013

Los Angeles Concert Picks March 2013

 

The Los Angeles music scene is in full swing in 2013. If you want to see some great live shows in LA this month, take a look at our monthly concert picks.

 

 

YES

MARCH 5, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

ORPHEUM THEATER, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $35-$125 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

MASQUERADE MOTEL FEAT. SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

(WITH ZEDD, AN21, MAX VANGELI AND OTHERS)

MARCH 8-9, 2013 @ 4:00 PM

LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $79.50-$99.50 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

MOE. (WITH ORGONE)

MARCH 8, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

THE FONDA THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD

TICKETS $30-$35 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

ALICIA KEYS (WITH MIGUEL)

MARCH 12, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $39.50-$125.00 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

MAROON 5 (WITH NEON TREES, OWL CITY)

MARCH 15, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $29.50-$89.50 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

IMAGINE DRAGONS (WITH ATLAS GENIUS, NICO VEGA)

MARCH 20, 2013 @ 6:30 PM

THE WILTERN, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $22.50 FROM LIVENATION

 

UMPHREY’S MCGEE

MARCH 22-23, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP, WEST HOLLYWOOD

TICKETS $25-$30 FROM TICKETMASTER

 

COAL CHAMBER AND SEVENDUST (WITH LACUNA COIL, CANDLELIGHT RED)

MARCH 29, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

CLUB NOKIA, LOS ANGELES

TICKETS $26.50-$31.50 FROM TICKETMASTER



Los Angeles Music News Clip: Dudamel Returns to Conduct LA Philharmonic

 

Check out this interesting clip we found about Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Be sure to click through to read the rest of the story.

 

Gustavo Dudamel was back on the Los Angeles Philharmonic podium for the first time in four months over the weekend, such is the life of jet-setting super-conductors and their orchestras. Never mind. The music director and his musicians seemed to pick up where they left off, making terrific music together, Saturday night in a well-packed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Dudamel and the orchestra are ramping up for a tour that will take them to London, Lucerne, Paris and New York, from mid- to late March. Over the next couple of weeks, the tour programs will be previewed in L.A. This time, though, the program, music by Wagner, Brahms and Schumann, wasn't going on the road.

Those who think Dudamel's stardom is based, at least in part, on his podium antics should have seen him Saturday night. His beats were small, calm and precise; he could have given Fritz Reiner a run for his money. His disavowal of hammering everything home gave the orchestra the freedom to play with a lively ease. Dudamel became a little more physically ebullient in Schumann's Third Symphony at the end, at least in parts, but I do not believe his feet became airborne all evening and his hair remained well-behaved….More at Dudamel returns to LA Phil with Wagner and Schumann – OCRegister