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How Inglewood’s D Smoke went from teaching school to winning a Netflix hip-hop competition

On the title track of rapper D Smoke’s album “Black Habits,” the Inglewood native runs through tales of success and struggle, dropping references to Black icons and issues in a narrative that feels both timely and timeless. The track’s sincerity is typical of the entire album D Smoke released earlier this year. The inaugural winner of Netflix’s reality rap competition “Rhythm & Flow,” the performer credits his upbringing in gospel music and the church, as well as 10 years as a high school teache...
Tags: Music, TV, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Kendrick Lamar, Diana, Michael Jackson, Taylor, Hall of Fame, Snoop Dogg, Ucla, Ana


Brew Ha Ha Productions’ inaugural Punk in the Park postponed until 2021

Orange County-based Brew Ha Ha Productions’ inaugural Punk in the Park Beer & Music Festival was originally scheduled for April 25, 2020, but was postponed until Aug. 8 due to growing concerns over the coronavirus global pandemic earlier this year. However, with the continued rise in positive COVID-19 cases, promoters have decided to not only reschedule it again — to next year — but to also expand the event from a one-day event to a two-day affair on April 24-25, 2021. For now, the only performe...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Punk, Music Festivals, Orange County, Concerts, Anaheim, City National Grove, Hermosa Beach, NOFX, Pennywise, Louise Goffin, Common Kings


Why Iration’s new album, ‘Coastin” is just right for staying home during the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic shut down live concert events and people began quarantining at home, the Santa Barbara-based reggae-rock band Iration contemplated whether or not to release its new music. The bulk of its seventh studio album, “Coastin’,” which was recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, was in the can by mid-spring. After a few weeks of serious deliberation, the band decided to go ahead with its July 10 release. “The first songs we put out were ‘Coastin” and ‘Right Here Right No...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Concerts, Anaheim, Brown, City National Grove, Louise Goffin, Common Kings, Eli Mac


Los Lobos’ Fourth of July So Cal Drive In show postponed

The Fourth of July drive-in style concert featuring Los Lobos and Mariachi El Bronx at So Cal Drive In at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado has officially been postponed. Promoters said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution and the current COVID-19 climate. The number of positive cases continues to rise in Southern California and surrounding counties have received either direct shutdown orders or have been cautioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week. The show has been rescheduled for Aug....
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Concerts, Los Lobos, Silverado, Mariachi El Bronx, Garden Grove, Oak Canyon Park, Top Stories OCR, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


When the coronavirus shut down live events, Insomniac took their festivals virtual

As the number of positive novel coronavirus cases rose in the U.S. in early March, there was confusion and hesitation by many large-scale event production companies over whether to cancel, postpone or reschedule their concerts and festivals. Insomniac, a Beverly Hills-based EDM live events company, was all set for its annual two-day Beyond Wonderland festival at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino March 20-21. However, coronavirus was officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health ...
Tags: Music, New York, Texas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Arizona, Beverly Hills, World Health Organization, Music Festivals, Las Vegas, Concerts, Edm, San Bernardino, Thon


Common Kings will headline two nights at City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC

Grammy-nominated Orange County reggae band Common Kings will headline two evenings at City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC series July 17-18. Tickets are $200-$350 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 3 at AXS.com. Price is by vehicle, which can include up to six patrons. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. Common Kings hail from Costa Mesa and its debut album, “Lost in Paradise” was nominated in the best reggae album category at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017. The band is influenced by ...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Marley, Jack, Orange County, Justin Timberlake, Concerts, Anaheim, City National Grove, Costa Mesa, City National Grove of Anaheim, Andrew McMahon, Dana Point, OC


Louise Goffin talks famous parents and finding her own place in the music world

The daughter of legendary songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Louise Goffin spent her childhood and adolescence in Laurel Canyon, the epicenter of the L.A. music scene in the late ’60s and ’70s. Her live debut came when she was 17, opening up for Jackson Browne in 1977 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Her first album “Kid Blue” arrived on the major label Elektra/Asylum in 1979 before she’d even turned 20. Yet while those early memories used to remind Goffin more of struggle and difficu...
Tags: Music, London, Scotland, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Orleans, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Mitchell, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Jackson Browne, Goffin, Dana Point


5 powerful performances from the 20th annual BET Awards

For two decades, the BET Network has celebrated Black culture with its annual awards ceremony. While the event usually takes place inside Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, Sunday’s awards ceremony was carried out virtually due to the continued spread of coronavirus. Not only was BET commemorating the 20th anniversary of its awards show, but 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the BET Network itself. Inglewood-born actress and comedian Amanda Seales hosted the broadcast from ...
Tags: Music, Texas, Microsoft, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gigi, Alicia Keys, Nba, Lebron James, Ferguson Missouri, Lil Wayne, Public Enemy, Black Lives Matter, Richard, Bet


The BET Awards celebrate 20th anniversary amid pandemic and protests against systemic racism

Back in April, BET Networks’ president Scott Mills and the producers of the annual BET Awards recognized they’d have to cancel its popular four-day BET Experience and free fan fest at L.A. Live due to the continued spread of coronavirus, but they were adamant that the actual awards ceremony would be presented in some capacity. The crew swiftly pivoted the BET Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, to a virtual broadcast without a live audience. The show will be hosted by comedi...
Tags: Music, TV, Beyonce, Microsoft, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Alicia Keys, Cbs, Jamie Foxx, Drake, Missy Elliot, Kansas City Chiefs, Angela Bassett


Ohana Festival in Dana Point postpones to 2021 due to coronavirus

The 2020 installment of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Fest featuring headliners Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Vedder, has officially been postponed due to the continued spread of coronavirus. The three-day fest had been scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Doheny State Beach, but promoters posted via the official Ohana website and its various social media pages that the festival has been postponed until Sept. 24-26, 2021. Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter. Whether you are a Coachella li...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Queens, Music Festivals, Coachella, Concerts, Pearl Jam, Yola, Eddie Vedder, Dana Point, Ohana, Doheny State Beach


Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison announce new dates for The Stadium Tour

Less than a month after announcing the postponement of The Stadium Tour due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have announced new dates for 2021. The tour kicks off on June 19 in Nashville, Tenn., and concludes on Sept. 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. The Stadium Tour will also stop at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sept. 4. “All tickets will be honored for the new dates,” a statement posted to Mötley Crüe’s social media pages on ...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Queens, San Diego, Concerts, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Inglewood, Joan Jett, Nashville Tenn, Kenny Chesney, Petco Park, Blackhearts


Insomniac announces its Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge Virtual Rave-A-Thon

Insomniac is taking its Virtual Rave-A-Thon series down the rabbit hole and straight into the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. A Pacific Northwest edition of Beyond Wonderland was scheduled to take place this month at the venue, however due to the continued spread of coronavirus the show was postponed until 2021. The virtual version of the two-day show will livestream on Insomniac’s YouTube and Twitch channels from 6 p.m. to midnight June 20-21. It will feature Alice in Wonderland-theme...
Tags: Music, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Coachella, Pacific Northwest, Alice, Concerts, George Washington, Thon, Pasquale Rotella, Music + Concerts, Gorge Amphitheatre, Coronavirus, Insomniac s YouTube


Cherie Currie talks new music, reviving ‘Queens of Noise’ and how wielding chainsaws is therapeutic

Though the coronavirus global pandemic put a pause on live concerts as well as most planned album releases, rocker and ex-Runaways frontwoman Cherie Currie just wanted to let her latest solo album rip. Currie’s “Blvds of Splendor” had been a decade in the making, but finally dropped digitally back in April via Runaways guitarist Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna’s Blackheart Records. Though the album was originally put out as a very limited edition red-vinyl on Record Store Day in 2019, the digital rel...
Tags: Music, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Juliette Lewis, Things To Do, Soccer, Queens, Kristen Stewart, Chatsworth, Billy Corgan, Concerts, Motley Crue, Duff Mckagan, Guns N Roses, Tommy Lee


Kenny Chesney reschedules the Chillaxification Tour at SoFi Stadium

The all-new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood has announced a rescheduled date for country superstar Kenny Chensey’s Chillaxification Tour with Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti and Spearhead. The tour will now hit the venue on July 24, 2021. Though it was originally scheduled for Aug. 1, 2020, Chesney decided to postpone his entire tour out of an abundance of caution due to the continued spread of novel coronavirus. Previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new date, howev...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tim McGraw, Ticketmaster, Concerts, Inglewood, Joan Jett, Kenny Chesney, Chesney, Michael Franti, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Ingrid Andress


Tommy Lee talks Tik Tok fame, new music and Mötley Crüe’s postponed comeback

After Mötley Crüe agreed to permanently retire following a farewell tour in 2015, Tommy Lee promised himself he’d take a full year off. He’d spent more than three decades playing and partying hard on tour with bandmates bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars, so spending time at home with family and friends sounded like a good deal. He nearly made it, but his basement recording studio ultimately beckoned him and before he knew it he was deep into making an eclectic mix o...
Tags: Music, London, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, John, Marilyn Manson, Bay Area, Southern California, Concerts, Trump, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars


Miss concerts? Drive-in shows with major acts are coming to Southern California starting July 4th

Back in May, in an op-ed piece in The Atlantic by Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters’ frontman said that although the coronavirus global pandemic had put the music industry and live events on pause, there would be a time when we all could rock again. “Because we have to,” he said. “It’s not a choice.” As the state begins to open back up, promoters and bands are coming up with clever ways to bring live music back to the masses. A trio of promoters including Jon Reiser of Garden Amp in Garden Grove, fes...
Tags: Music, US, Sport, Things To Do, Atlantic, Soccer, Willie Nelson, Dave Grohl, Southern California, Concerts, Los Lobos, Fontana, East Los Angeles, Silverado, Bonnie Pointer, Waylon Jennings


Henry Rollins talks KCRW radio show, playing bad guys, and his favorite vampire and Wolfman

Henry Rollins is one of the nicest guys ever to be typecast as the bad guy. And that’s just fine, says the punk rock renaissance man whose CV includes everything from fronting the Rollins Band — and before that, Black Flag — to author, spoken-word performer, radio show host and movie villain. “With full honestly, I’m just glad for the work,” says Rollins, whose new movie “Dreamland” arrived this week. “Because I’ve not been to acting class. I don’t have a natural thing with acting. Lion cu...
Tags: Europe, Music, Hollywood, London, Movies, Australia, Los Angeles, Sport, Juliette Lewis, Uganda, Things To Do, Soccer, Antarctica, Henry Rollins, Laurie Anderson, Gypsy


Author Jim Ruland’s ‘Do What You Want’ offers all-access look at punk band Bad Religion

Author Jim Ruland is fascinated by the history of punk rock in Southern California. The area is the birthplace of noteworthy acts including X, Minutemen, Descendents, Social Distortion, Adolescents, The Germs, The Vandals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion. “The story of Southern California punk rock and the way that it took hold here in ways that it maybe didn’t in other places like New York or London that have more infamous scenes … it’s interesting,” Ruland said during a recent phone ...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, London, Navy, California, La, Virginia, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Bentley, Los Angeles Times, Southern California


Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin talks about the band’s 40 years of punk rock

This was set to be a big year for Bad Religion. The San Fernando Valley-based punk rock band had plans to commemorate its 40th anniversary, but the coronavirus global pandemic forced the cancellation of its 2020 global jaunt. As well, this year marks anniversaries for three of Bad Religion’s biggest albums: Its 1990 album “Against the Grain” turns 30, 2000’s “The New America” turns 20 and 2010’s “The Dissent of Man” celebrates its 10th anniversary. “We’ve always done something important in the y...
Tags: Music, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Neil Young, Things To Do, Soccer, Jesus, Elvis Costello, Cornell University, Ucla, Epitaph Records, Concerts, Todd Rundgren, Peter, Greg


Rammstein postpones its North American tour including stop at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

German heavy rock band Rammstein’s full-scale stadium production North American tour was one of the most anticipated events of the year. However, the band has been forced to postpone its trek due to the continued spread and uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Sadly, but in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety, we have to postpone our North American Tour,” the band issued via its social media pages on Wednesday. “We are now working to rescheduling the tour in 20...
Tags: Music, Germany, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Aeg, Southern California, Concerts, Anaheim, Honda Center, Carson, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sammy Hagar, Rammstein, Top Stories LADN


The Greek Theatre cancels concert season for the first time in 90 years due to coronavirus

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles announced this week that it has officially been forced by the uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic to cancel the remainder of its 2020 concert season. “Although we had hoped to celebrate our 90th anniversary season of providing live entertainment for the citizens of Los Angeles we feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” AP Diaz...
Tags: Music, Norah Jones, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Concerts, Gladys Knight, Deftones, Carson, Joe Bonamassa, Andrew McMahon, Maren Morris, Sammy Hagar


Sammy Hagar talks music, gardening and shares summer cocktail and barbecue recipes

Sammy Hagar lives for the summer months: The surf, the sun, sand between his toes, rockin’ tunes and a cold margarita in his hand. Though the Red Rocker’s Sammy Hagar & The Circle Summer 2020 Tour has been officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn’t mean he’s giving up on enjoying his favorite time of year, so he’ll be pairing some premium cocktails with delicious food at backyard barbecues. While the 72-year-old singer-songwriter is known for being the wild man fronting bands...
Tags: Music, Cook, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jeremy, Bob Marley, Orange County, Guy Fieri, Collins, Maui, Van Halen, Concerts, Linda Perry, Inglewood, Hollywood California


Guns N’ Roses reschedules SoFi Stadium stop in Inglewood due to coronavirus

Guns N’ Roses is the latest band to announce a rescheduled tour because of the novel coronavirus global pandemic. The Los Angeles rock band has been selling out stadiums and arenas since reuniting in 2016 and was set to headline Inglewood’s new SoFi Stadium on Aug. 8 while out on its massive summer 2020 trek. However, like most of the tours mapped out for this year, GN’R has opted to reschedule those dates. Fans who purchased tickets are more than welcome to hang on to them for the new, yet-to-b...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jeremy, Concerts, Linda Perry, Inglewood, Hollywood Park, Ajay, Kerry Brown, Music + Concerts, SoFi Stadium


The Long Beach Dub Allstars talk new music, local politics and more

It’s been a long 19 years since the Long Beach Dub Allstars released their last record. But this month, fans of the reggae-rockers will finally get to hear new music when the band releases its new self-titled album on May 29. It’s a 10-track record described by band members as a more grown-up version of the famously party-loving band that formed in 1997 out of the demise of Sublime after the death of the band’s influential frontman Bradley Nowell. The original 10-piece Allstars lineup included f...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Jeremy, Orange County, Wilson, Marshall, Linda Perry, Bradley, Ortiz, Brad, Hollywood Park, Goodman, Nowell


Producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown launch We are Hear: On The Air to help artists affected by COVID-19

When friends and award-winning music producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown began We Are Hear as a record label four years ago, it rapidly evolved into a multi-faceted endeavor that now includes artist management, publishing, live events and a physical storefront, recording and performance space on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Though the novel coronavirus has halted any of We Are Hear’s in-person activities, it hasn’t stopped Perry and Brown from creating content and insuring a wide variety ...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, Jeremy, Kerry, Paul Frank, Rhodes, Concerts, Jesse Malin, Linda Perry, Brown, Perry, Hollywood Park, Devo


Orange County rock band Lit’s Jeremy and Ajay debut new country project The Popoff Brothers

As brothers Jeremy and Ajay Popoff, who are, respectively, the guitarist and vocalist of Fullerton-based rock band Lit, sat with fellow songwriters Kenton Bryant and Johnathan Singleton in Nashville, Tenn., to work on a batch of songs, they kept conjuring up vignettes of summer. Playing baseball in the street, cracking open a cold Coca-Cola on a hot day, watching the sunset, counting the stars and squishing sand between your toes at the beach. These were all the moments captured in the song “Son...
Tags: Music, Florida, Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, Nashville, Jeremy, Orange County, Coca Cola, Concerts, Butch Walker, Bel Air, Nashville Tenn


Green Day reschedules its Hella Mega Tour to 2021 due to coronavirus

Although tours and festivals have been canceled left and right due to the continued global spread of novel coronavirus, rock fans were holding out hope that somehow, someway, Green Day would be able to pull off the U.S. dates of its Hella Mega Tour. Sadly, the East Bay trio officially pulled the plug on the summer 2020 trek, which was originally scheduled to play out in stadiums across the U.S. with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and The Interrupters including Petco Park in San Diego on July 24 and Dodger...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, San Diego, East Bay, Concerts, Weezer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Hollywood Park, Petco Park, KROQ, Dodger Stadium, Tre Cool


‘American Idol’ crowns Just Sam the winner during finale

Just Sam (Samantha Diaz) is officially 2020’s “American Idol” winner. The 21-year-old Harlem native was crowned during the virtual season finale on ABC Sunday, May 17. Local favorite Jonny West from Murrieta, who was the last Southern California performer, made it to the Top 5. Due to the spread of novel coronavirus, “American Idol” fans were given a strange, shortened season. The show pivoted to remote performances from contestants and at-home judging from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Rich...
Tags: Music, Abc, California, Disney, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Nepal, Alaska, Hawaii, Long Beach, Mark Ronson, Kansas


What do the Houseparty app, Katy Perry and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have in common?

Houseparty, a face-to-face social networking app, is throwing a three-day In The House virtual event May 15-17 with a variety of video content coming from over 40 musicians, celebrities, chefs and pro athletes. Fans can download the Houseparty app for free to tune into the In The House videos, which include everything from cooking demos and workouts to musical performances and dance parties. Oh, and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar will reprise her role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and share her #qu...
Tags: Music, Football, NFL, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Katy Perry, House, Alicia Keys, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Snoop Dogg, Concerts


Awolnation’s Aaron Bruno talks tragedy, hope and releasing music during a pandemic

While Los Angeles-based rock band Awolnation was out on the road opening for Twenty One Pilots on the first North American leg of its massive The Bandito Tour in 2018, tragedy struck back at home. First, a mass shooting claimed the lives of 12 country music fans at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7. Less than 24 hours later, the deadly Woolsey Fire was in full blaze, forcing evacuations in the area and surrounding cities including Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Malibu. Most of...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Richard, Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, Linkin Park, Erin, Cuomo, Edc, Concerts, Weezer, Duff Mckagan



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