Choosing lyrical wit and musical innovation over stage theatrics, a reunited LCD Soundsystem showed the Coachella festival a more serious take to the booming electronic music scene. LCD Soundsystem, whose erudite compositions made them a 2000s critical favorite, broke up in 2011 with what seemed like clear finality, playing a "last show" at New York's Madison Square Garden that was turned into a documentary. Taking the stage late Friday to the sound of Ace Frehley singing, "I'm back in the New York groove," LCD Soundsystem powered through some of its hits but also showed its inventive bent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Musicians Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Common, Janelle Monae and others met Friday with President Barack Obama to discuss ways to continue the administration's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative and spur criminal justice reform in the United States.
Atlanta Dairies, the next big redevelopment project from Paces Properties, is going to transform the dining scene and nightlife along Memorial Drive in southeast Atlanta. Paces, the company behind Krog Street Market, already has announced plans for a barbecue restaurant and 24-hour diner, and now the first named tenant is officially on board. Agon Entertainment and the team behind Terminal West will open a concert hall and rooftop bar with skyline views.
Polls prove young voters love Bernie Sanders, and the Vermont senator's campaign is fully capitalizing on that by throwing a mini-version of Coachella. A two-day block party that's affectionately being dubbed "Berniechella" will take place in Old Town Coachella on April 21 and 22, reports the Desert Sun, just prior to the iconic music festival's second weekend.
For years, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose could barely stand the sight of guitarist Slash and became annoyed at the constant questions about whether the legendary hard rockers would reunite. The original lineup of Guns N' Roses will headline the Coachella festival starting Friday in the desert of southern California -- a sign not only that the band has sorted out its notorious bad blood, but also of the soaring growth in the live music industry. Festivals, long part of the summer scene in Europe, have sprouted up at a breakneck pace over the past decade in North America, fueled by young people who place a premium on real-world experiences in the digital age.
Conductor James Levine, who led the Metropolitan Opera for 40 years as its music director, will retire at the end of the current season for health reasons, the company announced Thursday. The 72-year-old Levine, who has conducted more than 2,500 performances at the Met, will serve as music director emeritus of the prestigious New York house after the 2015-16 season. Levine has struggled with illness in recent years, including Parkinson's disease, and the Met cited health reasons as the reason for his departure, adding that it plans to announce a new musical director in the coming months.
NEW YORK (AP) — James Levine will retire as the Metropolitan Opera's music director at the end of this season because of Parkinson's disease, ending a 40-year run that lifted the company to a golden era but became increasingly problematic as his health declined.
By Stephanie Nebehay MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - The Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a line-up featuring Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock and Patti Smith, as well as young bluesmen and electronic musicians stepping into the limelight. Marcus Miller, Neil Young, Lana Del Rey, Jamie Cullum, Santana and Deep Purple are standouts at the June 30-July 16 event, which Quincy Jones, a former co-director of Montreux, calls "the Rolls-Royce of festivals".