In summer 1967, the sleepy town of Monterey, Calif., roared to life — hosting the first, and only, Monterey Pop Festival at its county fairgrounds. Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire, Janis Joplin…
In 1991, the Grammy Awards introduced a category — then-titled Alternative Music Performance — with the intention of acknowledging lesser-known artists for their work on the fringes of pop. In the…
For more than 25 years, songwriter Herbert Groenemeyer has enjoyed an unparalleled level of commercial success in his native land. A literate rock composer beloved and celebrated in Germany much in…
The history of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels" is much like its composer; enigmatic and riddled with disparate dimensions.
“We’ll be playing the new album in order,” smirked Nick Cave early on in his sold-out, prohibitively expensive ($140 per ticket), Web-streamed concert at the Fonda Theater Thursday evening. “It’ll be…
Cave and his band were stunning from start to finish; pulsing jet streams of energy and tension into music that is cavernous, guttural and inescapably intimate.
On the second night of its trio of Wiltern dates, a revitalized Soundgarden leveled the sold-out audience with an emphatic, two hour set that felt more like a resurrection than a nostalgic…
Ellie Goulding rocked a sold-out Wiltern audience Saturday night with a bombastic show that was undeniably appealing at times, but the overall pacing was problematic.
With big sis Beyonce swaying and singing along in the center balcony, Solange and her polished backing band brought an energetic yet thoroughly tasteful set to the House of Blues Thursday night.
Everything that can be done with "Quadrophenia" seems to have been done, but with the "Quadrophenia and More" tour -- which arrived at Staples on Wednesday night -- the band's current incarnation…
Beneath its stylistically schizophrenic veneer, Muse is a well-oiled pop music machine, and its performance (the first of a three-night run) was a master class in efficient, coolly detached arena…