Music

Kabul Lullaby
September 2009

Kabul Lullaby

Against many odds, laws and safety risks, Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne is quietly bringing music to Afghanistan.

Jeff Greenberg
September 2009

Jeff Greenberg

Nic Harcourt interviews the 40-year music vet about his favorite memories and revitalizing the Village Recorder studios in West L.A.

Gustavo DudamelPassion Play
August 2009

Gustavo DudamelPassion Play

Editor in Chief Annie Gilbar’s one on one with Gustavo Dudamel, the incoming Los Angeles Philharmonic Maestro.

Tastemakers 2009 Andreas Mitisek
July 2009

Tastemakers 2009 Andreas Mitisek

“When you go see a film, you want to see something new,” says Long Beach Opera director Andreas Mitisek. “So, why should you always want to see the same opera?” He's got a point.

Greg Kurstin
July 2009

Greg Kurstin

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Greg Kurstin has worked with artists as diverse as Ben Harper, Jane’s Addiction, Kylie Minogue and Pink. Now he's producing Lily Allen. What's his secret?

L.A. Story: The Musical
June 2009

L.A. Story: The Musical

A chronological breakdown of every major music event in Los Angeles history, from the Philharmonic's first concert in 1919 to Prince's residency at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 2007.

Jazz, Baby
June 2009

Jazz, Baby

Hugh Hefner shares his favorite memories of the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Playlists of the Stars
June 2009

Playlists of the Stars

Who knew Neil Diamond digs the Kings of Leon? Or that Beck loves Serge Gainsbourg? Or that Jenny Lewis is into Pavement? See what these musicians have on their personal mix.

Right Here, Right Now
June 2009

Right Here, Right Now

The perfect storm of global influences, post-Obama acceptance and all-age music clubs is leading Los Angeles into a true indie renaissance, with bands like the Knux, Dengue Fever, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Very Be Careful.

Canyon Jam
June 2009

Canyon Jam

At his rented house across the street from Rick Rubin, Jonathan Wilson has again made Laurel Canyon into rock 'n' roll haven, with loose jams that include everyone from Elvis Costello and Jenny Lewis to Van Morrison and Wilco.

Joni Mitchell On Point
June 2009

Joni Mitchell On Point

As Nic Harcourt interviews Joni Mitchell, the songstress riffs on her provocative ballet, The Fiddle and the Drum, as well as the '60s and '70s music scene in L.A.

Jeff Ayeroff Music to My Eyes
June 2009

Jeff Ayeroff Music to My Eyes

Go in depth with the musical magic man who greenlit Madonna's career, discovered Fiona Apple, marketed the Police into superstardom and made a-ha's "Take on Me" video an instant classic.

Jack White
June 2009

Jack White

Nic Harcourt gets Jack White talking about his band the Dead Weather, label Third Man Records, life in Nashville, and the guitar skills of Jimmy Page and The Edge.

The Beatles & Elvis Harmonic Convergence
June 2009

The Beatles & Elvis Harmonic Convergence

A firsthand account of how the Beatles first met Elvis in Bel Air in 1965. A good time was had by all—but who was more in awe of the other?

M.I.A.
June 2009

M.I.A.

M.I.A. talks with Nic Harcourt about her meteoric rise to the mainstream, including her accidental success on Slumdog Millionaire, her 2005 debut album, Arular and her political activism on behalf of the Tamil people.

The Style List—June 2009
June 2009

The Style List—June 2009

The latest in fashion, trends, beauty and culture, including Hotel del Ville's vintage eyewear, Sigerson Morrison sandals and Le Labo fragrances.

DJ Hero Spin City
June 2009

DJ Hero Spin City

Just as it did with Guitar Hero, Acti­vision went to the pinnacle of the deejay world for inspiration on its top-secret new game—and DJ Hero features a hundred artist tracks, including 80 exclusive mixes from DJ AM, to prove it.

James Diener Long-Term Plan
June 2009

James Diener Long-Term Plan

Music industry vet James Diener talks to Jesse Kornbluth about his recipe for A&R, growing bands and how niche music-industry models really work in today's market.

Jason Schwartzman
May 2009

Jason Schwartzman

Nic Harcourt talks to Jason Schwartzman about becoming a multi-hyphenate, from his beginnings in Phantom Planet to scoring the Judd Apatow flick Funny People.

Q and Me
April 2009

Q and Me

Nicole Avant chats with her—and music’s—godfather Quincy Jones on passion, politics, perfection and passing the torch.

Tena Clark
April 2009

Tena Clark

She has written and produced for the likes of Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin; composed memorable ad campaigns, like "Have You Had Your Break Today?" for McDonald's; and amassed a slew of film and television credits. But who programs Air Force One? Why, L.A.'s own Tena Clark.

Jimmy Smits
March 2009

Jimmy Smits

Nic Harcourt interviews Smits about his Latin music club, using music to emotionally motivate his characters and more; plus, must-mix tracks from Thomas Tantrum to Gabriella Cilmi.

Danny Boyle
February 2009

Danny Boyle

Nic Harcourt talks with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle about his musical inspirations, his hit film and Bollywood. Plus, must-mix tracks and go-to gigs.

Pipe Dreams
November 2008

Pipe Dreams

Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor Joseph Kaiser have emerged as a kind of Newman and Redford of the opera world.

The Kid Stays in the Picture
September 2008

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Inside Kid Rock's unexpectedly serene Malibu hideout, described as "luxury and practicality with a naughty rock-star twist."