A and Bey Top Grammy Awards Noms for Album, Song and Record of the Year
Dec06

A and Bey Top Grammy Awards Noms for Album, Song and Record of the Year

Look for Adele and Beyoncé to add even more trophies to their respective mantels during the 2017 Grammy Awards. Bey led the nominations list announced today the total of nine including album of the year. Hot on her tail with eight nominations apiece are Kanye West, Drake and Rihanna, while Chance the Rapper picked up seven. For the all-important album of the year category, Beyoncé and Adele compete against Justin Bieber, Drake and...

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The 60s Psychedelic Rock Music Era Comes to Life in Bill Graham Exhibit at CJM
May21

The 60s Psychedelic Rock Music Era Comes to Life in Bill Graham Exhibit at CJM

Rock & roll history comes to vivid life in an incredible exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” chronicles the life and times of rock’s most influential promoter, a man whose work with legendary bands including the Grateful Dead, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Doors and the Rolling Stones cemented his place in music...

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Feeling the Earth Move in Carole King Documentary
Feb19

Feeling the Earth Move in Carole King Documentary

Carole King is having a moment. This month marks the 45th anniversary of the release of acclaimed singer-songwriter’s landmark solo album, “Tapestry,” one of the biggest selling records of all time. To honor the occasion, PBS is unspooling a new documentary, “Carole King: Natural Woman,” in which King tells her own story interspersed with previously unseen footage, rare performance videos and home movies along with interviews with...

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Beethoven in Beverly Hills: It’s Winter at the Wallis, East/West Style
Jan28

Beethoven in Beverly Hills: It’s Winter at the Wallis, East/West Style

It’s safe to say that souls were stirred Saturday night at the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the “Winter @ The Wallis” classical concert series which began earlier in January, the Shanghai Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber music ensembles, performed a repertoire of early and late Beethoven string quartets. The aim of the program, dubbed East/West: Merging Music...

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Miley, Kanye, Taylor and Beyonce Head For MTV VMAs
Aug26

Miley, Kanye, Taylor and Beyonce Head For MTV VMAs

Even as the stock market was crashing Monday, Van Toffler’s spirits were heading in the other direction. “This is my favorite week,” he told me by phone from New York, referring to the days leading into MTV Video Music Awards this coming Sunday. Toffler is an executive producer of the show who has worked on the VMAs since 1987, just three years after its inception, when Madonna set the standard for opening performances with her...

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