Docus on the Beatles, jazz pianist James Booker and outlaw rocker Jerry McGill are among the highlights of L.A.’s Don’t Knock the Rock film fest slated for Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Cinefamily.
Spearheaded by helmer Allison Anders, the annual gathering showcases a range of music-themed pics, filmmaker Q&As and panel seshes.
“Good Ol’ Freda,” a doc on Freda Kelly, longtime secretary to the Beatles, is among this year’s anticipated screenings. Narrative pics on the sked include “Strutter,” the completion of a trilogy of pics directed by Anders and Kurt Voss (pictured above).
Over the past 30 years, the combination of CD reissue campaigns and streaming services has meant that virtually any album or song that anyone could want to hear is just a couple of mouse clicks away. Yet one rare exception has been the two albums by the influential 1980s psychedelic band Opal, which was formed [...]
“More rock, less talk” isn’t just an FM radio mantra — it’s the rallying cry of everyone who ever went to a non-metal concert and wondered why their favorite songs served as mere backdrop for a social mixer. Any musician who dares to get as fed up with the constant stream of chatter at a [...]
David Roback, who passed away yesterday at the age of 61, was a founding member of three deeply influential ‘80s-era bands: the Rain Parade, Opal and Mazzy Star. That the same guitarist-songwriter-producer would play a founding role in three such different but equally far-reaching groups is in itself remarkable, but Roback’s shunning of the spotlight [...]
Clay Bradley, a member of a music royalty family who first came up through the executive ranks at BMI Nashville, is returning to the fold as the performing rights organization’s VP of creative. He assumes the role March 17, reporting to Alex Flores, BMI’s senior VP of creative. Bradley steps into a position vacated by [...]
As certain brands have learned the hard way — via things like $150 million lawsuits — licensing music in the world of fitness marketing is a very specific process. Orangetheory Fitness, a company that hosts high-impact workouts in over 1,300 studio locations around the world, has been proactively spending the past two years on a [...]
Maren Morris is not one for a super-extended maternity leave. After previously announcing a handful of festival dates for the summer, Morris has now revealed plans for a full amphitheater tour that will take her across North America through the summer months and into the early fall, wrapping with a return to L.A.’s Greek Theater [...]
SZA and Justin Timberlake released “The Other Side,” the first song from the upcoming “Trolls World Tour” soundtrack. Of course, Timberlake’s Grammy-winning 2016 hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from the first “Trolls” film, was one of the most massive hits in a career filled with them, and like that song, this one involves co-writer Max [...]