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7 bands DJ Rodney Bingenheimer played before they were famous

By Vanessa Franko|

Chris Cornell’s Hollywood memorial draws Soundgarden bandmates, Brad Pitt and Pharrell

As notes from his song “The Promise” filled the air, Chris Cornell’s memorial service began under a somber gray sky reminiscent of Seattle and the music scene he helped shape in the 1990s. Flanking a reflecting pool at the Hollywo...

By Denise Quan|


  • Rock music

    Thanksgiving with Guns N’ Roses in LA? It is happening

    LOS ANGELES— Guns N’ Roses announced today it is adding 15 North American stops to their worldwide Not in This Lifetime Tour. The additional stops include Madison Square Garden and two L.A.-area venues — the Forum and Staples Center over Thanksgiving weekend. A performance also has been added at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Aug. 5, a statement said. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, June 3.

    City News Service|

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Guardians of the Galaxy attraction opens Saturday at Disney California Adventure

    ANAHEIM — Riding the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Disney California Adventure is like hopping on an out-of-control pogo stick. The drops on the elevator-free-fall ride are wild and unexpected, zipping guests in a variety of heights both up and down. Rock ’n’ roll music blares. Video vignettes of the stars of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies appear. Unlike Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the old ride in the same building,...

    Joseph Pimentel

  • Entertainment

    Los Lonely Boys return to the road with stop at the Greek Theater

    In the 13 years since Los Lonely Boys broke out of San Angelo, Texas, with a savory stew of rock and blues, country and Tejano that the three Garza brothers dubbed Texican rock ‘n’ roll, they’ve had plenty of highs — a multi-platinum self-titled debut album and its hit single “Heaven” — as well as a handful of hard times: the injuries suffered by singer-guitarist Henry Garza in a fall from the stage, and the loss of their mother not quite two...

    Peter Larsen

  • Entertainment

    5 Guns N’ Roses songs we need to hear at the just-announced Thanksgiving weekend show

    Music fans will have one more thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving weekend as Guns N’ Roses announces 15 more stops in the band’s North American leg of the worldwide “Not In This Lifetime” tour. Tickets go on sale June 3 at for the newly...

    Richard Guzman

  • Reality TV

    Claremont couple becomes reality TV stars flipping vintage Southern California homes

    You never know what you’ll get with an old house after peeling through layers of carpet, wallpaper and paneling, but Jessie and Tina Rodriguez love finding out. To the Claremont couple, it’s part puzzle and part their profession with a genuine love of old homes that motivates them. Their efforts to restore what time has taken away are what make up their HGTV television show, “Vintage Flip,” which begins its second season Thursday night with a 30-minute show...

    Suzanne Sproul

  • Juries

    Hunt begins for 12th juror in Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial

    PITTSBURGH — The hunt is on for a 12th juror for Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial as a new pool of local residents is questioned Wednesday in a Pittsburgh courtroom. Cosby’s lawyers accused prosecutors this week of trying to keep blacks off the jury after they struck two black women from the panel. However, the judge found their reasons weren’t racially motivated. The 11 jurors chosen so far include one black. That ratio is close to a 2015 census report...

    By JOE Mandak and Maryclaire Dale Associated Press|

  • Movies & TV

    Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford marathon among movie screening events in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area Beverly Cinema: “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), 7, with “Ed Wood” (1994), 9 p.m. May 26-27. Kiddie Matinee: “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), 2 p.m. May 27-28. “A New Leaf” (1971), 6:30 p.m. May 28 and 7:30 p.m. May 29, with “Ishtar” (1987), 8:45 p.m. May 28 and 9:45 p.m. May 29. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”...

    Holly Andres

  • Entertainment

    How Netflix’s ‘War Machine’ went from real-life reporting to Brad Pitt comedy

    Australian filmmaker David Michôd (”Animal Kingdom”) had for years been interested in telling a story about modern warfare, but he hadn’t found what he was looking for. Then the production company Plan B brought him Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” and he’d found it. “Suddenly, I saw a much larger and more interesting way to make a film about...

    Rob Lowman

  • Entertainment

    How this Topanga Days festival singer babysat for a rock star and met blues royalty

    Blues belter Deb Ryder has a deep connection to Topanga. Her stepfather built her family’s home alongside the famous nightclub Topanga Corral, which drew a steady stream of artists to the rustic canyon town in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, from Taj Mahal and Neil Young and Crazy Horse to Jim Morrison. “My bedroom adjoined one of the rooms in the Corral, so there was no sleeping,” Ryder...

    Sandra Barrera

  • Entertainment

    Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival returns with Krieger, Cajun and blues

    Let the “bon temps” roll with some jambalaya and a heaping side of accordion-driven jams. The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival will be gathering local and Southern talent for two days of non-stop music, dance lessons and a Mardi Gras parade, Saturday and Sunday at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park. This year’s...

    Sandra Barrera

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