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Gem & Jam Festival LA Pre-Party on 1/16/2015

Art, music and crystals are converging at the classic Fonda Theater in Hollywood on Friday, January 16, 2015. Euphonic Conceptions, In The Loop Productions, and The Do Lab present Re:Creation the Official LA Gem and Jam Festival Pre-Party Favor. Show More Summary

'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol' Is Still A Holiday Classic

Back in 1962, "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" was the first animated Christmas special created especially for television. The then-cutting edge animation and a wonderful musical score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (Funny Girl) still makes...Show More Summary

I Have Never Seen ‘White Christmas’

Classic Christmas movies have never been my bag. I’ve still not seen It’s a Wonderful Life and I’m iffy on musicals, too. I don’t dislike them or anything, there’s plenty I’ve enjoyed. I just haven’t seen a lot of older ones. But hell, White Christmas is my sister-in-law’s all-time favorite, apparently, so I decided to give it a shot. Show More Summary

How to Talk to Your Family During the Holidays: Annie

How to Talk to Your Family During the... 1:58 The family discusses the newest take on a classic film with awkward results. Submitted by: Darren Miller Regular Keywords: Annie movie film play musical race racism black white family Christmas holidays dinner awkward awkward conversations Views: 4

Sketch: What Saved by the Bell’s Bayside High Was Like for the School’s Black Kids

More than a quarter-century ago, the cult classic Saved by the Bell graced TV screens, following our favorite Bayside High School sextet. Since then, there's been a Lifetime special and an off-Broadway musical parody to quench fans' nostalgia. But truTV's Friends of the People thought something was missing from the... More »

Roman Coppola Follows Francis Into The Jungle, Armed With Mozart And Amazon

The film vet reveals classical music's racy side for Amazon Studios' "Mozart in the Jungle." Here, he talks creativity and online freedom. Roman Coppola is out of his element. Read Full Story

Treat your ears to the weirdest holiday songs ever

It’s easy to list off classic songs of the season, isn’t it? Even now, the hit holiday tunes we all know by heart rush up the music charts every year, gracing radio and streaming options for the happiest season of … Read more ›

Sex, Drugs & Classical Music

3 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Gael Garcia Bernal leads the sexiest symphony ever in Amazon’s original series ‘Mozart in the Jungle,’ a ‘Girls’ meets ‘Amadeus’ which exposes the seedy underbelly of classical music.

The off-pitch ‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Charismatic acting conducted among cliches

“Mozart in the Jungle,” the book, was a nonfiction tell-all by an oboist named Blair Tindall that purported to lift the curtain on the world of classical music and show a backstage reality as rife with sex, drugs and venality as — well,...Show More Summary

The Music Community Mourns The Passing Of Joe Cocker On Twitter

Music fans were heartbroken on Monday morning to learn of the passing of Joe Cocker. The singer known best for his Beatles cover that served as the theme to The Wonder Years and introduced a generation to classic rock succumbed to a battle with lung cancer at the age of 70. Joe was held in perhaps the [...]

Get a Taste of Vanessa Hudgens as Gigi in This Exclusive Clip

Vanessa Hudgens will return to Broadway in January for a limited run of the musical adaptation of the classic film Gigi. In this exclusive clip, Vanessa talks about playing the iconic character and why audiences are going to leave the theater feeling uplifted.

Best New Music 2014

3 days agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Cross-posted from my home site, The Big City, here are my lists for top new music recordings of the year, in a few different categories: Best 2014 Albums of New Classical Music: Dan Becker, Fade. Not just a set of excellent compositions, but a rarity in classical music, a set that is thought-out and made to […]

[Free download] Donna Allen + Dorsia

London duo Dorsia not only make great music, including remixes of disco classics, they're generous at Christmas time too. Just take a peek at this neatly packed Christmas gift! Follow Dorsia on Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter.

Christmas Songs: Six Modern Classics

I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas songs. They are in my head all year-round. In the summertime, I’m on Spotify playing Christmas music. By the fall, it’s virtually all-Christmas songs in my room and in my car. If you don’t believe me, just check out my music blog, Metal Excess, I’ve hardly posted any new reviews […]

Another Rock Series is Headed to Cable, Thanks to Scorsese and Jagger

New series, along with Cameron Crowe's Roadies, will bring classic rock to cable next year Music Martin Scorsese Mick Jagger Ray Romano Andrew Dice Clay Cameron Crowe

Three To See: This Week's Theater Recommendations

Skip the more traditional Christmas shows this week and check out a couple of updated musical classics and a live version of everyone's favorite holiday movie. [ more › ]

Monday Night Jam: Sean Rowe, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"

YouTube Tonight's musical tour de force is Sean Rowe's fierce rendition of Richard Thompson's classic folk ballad, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." An intense performance of a great, great song. Thompson described this as "a simple boy-meets-girl story, complicated somewhat by the presence of a motorcycle." Said Red Molly to James, that's a...

The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass String Quartets

YouTube For tonight's musical break from the insanity, I give you the music of Philip Glass, played by four perfectly in-sync classical guitarists from Dublin. Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars,...

Mark Swed's best classical moments of 2014

6 days agoArts : Culture Monster

Half of this year's top 10 happened to involve early music. Don't ask why; it's probably just a coincidence. But we need perspective in our hyperactive culture, which maybe, down deep, is not changing as fast as Silicon Valley would like us to believe. The relevance of Bach and Handel in...

Then and now, L.A. women get things done in classical music

6 days agoArts : Culture Monster

Comedian Jack Benny once introduced Dorothy Buffum Chandler and her husband, Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, as Mr. and Mrs. Pavilion. This was very funny because the Times building has a Norman Chandler Pavilion and we all know about the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which turned...

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