Music

WEB EXCLUSIVE Spin City
June 2012

WEB EXCLUSIVE Spin City

A trio of new labels is home to L.A.’s best dance music

I Sing the Body Electric
June 2012

I Sing the Body Electric

She's selling out concerts and inspiring fervent devotion, but Japan’s Hatsune Miku is virtually a star

IMAGE: Uncommon Scents Note Worthy
June 2012

IMAGE: Uncommon Scents Note Worthy

Lyrical, dulcet, symphonic—perfumers find harmonic convergence in musical jargon

Lady Liberty
June 2012

Lady Liberty

Jazz is only the beginning for Esperanza Spalding

50 Johnnys
June 2012

50 Johnnys

Ever since Chuck Berry’s country boy who plays guitar “just like ringin’ a bell,” the name has been rock ’n’ roll gold

Universal Language
June 2012

Universal Language

Tom Schnabel and Jordan Peimer riff on world music, audience pleasers...and what doesn't sell in L.A.

Ground Shift
March 2012

Ground Shift

School of Seven Bells is back in session with a renewed vision; plus, song picks of the month

Cultural Reverence
January 2012

Cultural Reverence

Comedian Donald Glover is serious about rap, and he’s got the lyrics to prove it

50 Vogue Records
December 2011

50 Vogue Records

Vintage disks that give new meaning to the words beautiful music.

Q+LA Esa-Pekka Salonen
December 2011

Q+LA Esa-Pekka Salonen

The L.A. Phil conductor laureate returns home with a newly unearthed Shostakovich opera.

Once Bitten
November 2011

Once Bitten

How Carter Burwell conjured up the atmospheric strains of the Twilight climax, Breaking Dawn.

Uncrowded House
September 2011

Uncrowded House

When the kids left home, Neil Finn and wife Sharon birthed another—the Pajama Club.

Hooked
June 2011

Hooked

The name Skylar Grey may not ring a bell just yet, but she’s backed up the biggies and is now ready to shine.

Image: Trend Report Rock Style
June 2011

Image: Trend Report Rock Style

The enduring sartorial influence of musical pioneers, from David Bowie to Prince to Lady Gaga. Everything old is new again.

When Country Was King
June 2011

When Country Was King

Long before Nashville was Nashville, the home of good old honky-tonkin’ was right here in Southern California.

The World Is Our Playlist
June 2011

The World Is Our Playlist

International music writers weigh in with their picks for the one song Americans should know from beyond our borders.

Troubadour of Troubled Times
June 2011

Troubadour of Troubled Times

Finding beauty in the most unlikely of California’s corners, Dave Alvin proves he’s far more than a blast-from-the-past roots rocker.

Ready to Pop
June 2011

Ready to Pop

Six indie bands that are beyond breakout but not quite household names—complete with audio of each.

50 Best L.A. Bands
June 2011

50 Best L.A. Bands

We pick the ultimate homegrown groups—get video of all 50, and vote for number one.

Q+LA RedOne
June 2011

Q+LA RedOne

The producer behind some of music’s biggest names tells how he came to be the force behind the fame.

Editor’s Letter—June 2011
June 2011

Editor’s Letter—June 2011

Los Angeles is saturated in music, and its influences are universal. Herewith, the many sounds of our city—all in LA.

Outlier Goddess
May 2011

Outlier Goddess

Kylie Minogue’s not quite superstar status here has unique benefits for her U.S. fans.

Q+LA Idris Elba
May 2011

Q+LA Idris Elba

Drug dealer or cop, salesman or Nordic god, American or Frenchman, this Brit plays both sides of the line.

Power of Two
April 2011

Power of Two

With a deceptively lo-fi sound and a bluesy-punk vibe, indie band the Kills is, well, doing just that; plus, this month’s song picks

Hip-Hop’s Reluctant Hero
March 2011

Hip-Hop’s Reluctant Hero

A kid from the projects of Chicago, Lupe Fiasco is a musical bridge between ballers and NPR listeners; plus, monthly song picks.

Q+LA Jerry Weintraub
March 2011

Q+LA Jerry Weintraub

Hollywood’s most prolific multihyphenate wants you to know...well, just about everything he’s learned.

WEB EXCLUSIVE On the House
January 2011

WEB EXCLUSIVE On the House

Everyone talks about house music...but what is it, exactly? We go to the experts.

Visionary Vixen
January 2011

Visionary Vixen

The bewitching Brit Florence + the Machine casts her spell stateside; plus, L.A. experts make their song picks.

Intrepid Traveler Big Night Out
December 2010

Intrepid Traveler Big Night Out

For an over-the-top New Year’s Eve, there is still one go-to destination: Vegas, baby...Vegas.

Video Troupe Vertigo
December 2010

Video Troupe Vertigo

See the magical elements that make this street-style circus larger than the sum of its parts.

Culture(d)—December 2010
December 2010

Culture(d)—December 2010

Los Angeles Times critics, writers and contributors share their 2010 moment of transcendence.

Tte--Tte Bryan Ferry
October 2010

Tête-à-Tête Bryan Ferry

The spotlight this month is on Roxy rocker Bryan Ferry, who's bringing in the biggies on his new solo effort; plus, our panel picks the tunes you should know.

Tte--Tte Jesca Hoop
September 2010

Tête-à-Tête Jesca Hoop

Jesca Hoop couldn't get a foothold in the States, so she made music in England. With a new CD, she's back for another go.

The Greatest Guitarists Ever
August 2010

The Greatest Guitarists Ever

We anted up the contenders, and you ranked them. So, who is number one? Click and see!

Culture(d)—August 2010
August 2010

Culture(d)—August 2010

An emphasis on the good old days, from 1960s Palm Springs to classic Disney cartoons to the venerable Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A.

The Chords That Bind
June 2010

The Chords That Bind

For Laraine Newman and her daughter, rock music became the currency with which they traded a profound unspoken intimacy.

Soul Mates
June 2010

Soul Mates

You won’t find any retro-soul laudings on the press material for these rising stars, and yet the vivacious pair are champions of the genre.

Hear and Now
June 2010

Hear and Now

Quadraphonic sound systems were a failed experiment launched in 1970. But now they're back and ready to roar.

Right Here Right Now
June 2010

Right Here Right Now

Who will be the next great indie band in L.A.? Our pundits weigh in with their picks.

Mix Master Work
June 2010

Mix Master Work

This year, the Ojai Music Festival is a tuneful blend of old, new—and Frank Zappa.

Incoming: Lilith Fair
June 2010

Incoming: Lilith Fair

After an 11-year absence, Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair is fully reloaded for a new genre-busting century.

Mexican Revolution
June 2010

Mexican Revolution

Reb Kennedy knows a good thing when he hears it, so he started Wild Records, L.A.'s little indie label that could. And the listeners are flocking.

DJ Rx
June 2010

DJ Rx

To get people dancing sometimes takes a heroic effort—and it takes a superstar spinner to breathe new life into a dying party.

Tte--Tte Natalie Merchant
March 2010

Tête-à-Tête Natalie Merchant

Nic Harcourt talks with the erstwhile 10,000 Maniac about her renewed music horizons; plus must-mix music.

Tte--Tte Wes Anderson
February 2010

Tête-à-Tête Wes Anderson

A chat with Wes Anderson, plus reviews of Nneka, the Raveonettes, Maata Haari and more.

Tte--Tte Damien Rice
January 2010

Tête-à-Tête Damien Rice

He usually lets his music do the talking, but we caught up with the politically inspired rocker to see what makes him tick; plus, must-mix tracks.

Michael JacksonOff the Wall
December 2009

Michael JacksonOff the Wall

Our exclusive first look at The Official Michael Jackson Opus—a leather-bound 400-page tribute sanctioned by the star.

Tte--Tte Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig
December 2009

Tête-à-Tête Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

Nic Harcourt catches up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on the eve of their sophomore releases, Contra.

Tte--Tte: Ennio Morricone
November 2009

Tête-à-Tête: Ennio Morricone

Even if you don’t know him by name, you’ve definitely heard Ennio Morricone’s scores...and he's still going strong at 80. Plus, must-mix tracks.

Tte--Tte: Imogen Heap
October 2009

Tête-à-Tête: Imogen Heap

Since announcing her arrival in 1998 with her first solo release, iMegaphone, Imogen Heap’s voice is everywhere. Step into her ethereal world; plus, must-mix tracks.