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Thelonious Monk Competition, gala returns to L.A. in November — The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has unveiled that its annual gala and competition will be coming to Los Angeles this fall. A nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the message of jazz around the world, the institute's highest-profile effort is its annual competition, which in recent years has been held at its home base of Washington, D.C.

Thom Yorke's 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' holds few surprises — If you've been following the arc of Thom Yorke and Radiohead, it probably doesn't need to be said that his latest solo album isn't a back-to-basics affair. Put another way: No, Yorke still isn't interested in guitars. Vaguely hinted at by Yorke in a few cryptic tweets -- including one of a rotating white LP -- this eight-track album debuted Friday.

Coltrane's live 'Offering' shakes the room — The two-disc "Offering" practically begins mid-sentence, with John Coltrane already into the opening number "Naima" before the engineer for Temple University's WRTI radio station could hit the "record" button. Just nine months away from his death of liver cancer in 1967, Coltrane was still a step ahead.

Fall arts preview 2014: Pop music and jazz listings — Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI Three bands from the upper tiers of today's hard rock team up for a big triple bill.

Saxophonist Steve Coleman honored with MacArthur "genius grant" — Influential saxophonist, composer and educator Steve Coleman has been named as one of the 2014 MacArthur Fellows. In presenting the honor, the MacArthur Foundation praised the 57-year-old Coleman for "infusing iconic spontaneous music idioms with the melodic, rhythmic and structural components of an eclectic range of musical traditions to create a distinctive new sound."

Album reviews: Jason Moran pays homage to Fats Waller on 'All Rise' — In this risk-averse music industry, there's never a shortage of tribute albums. But few carry the same vibrant sense of adventure as Jason Moran's loving homage to one of pop music's earliest heroes, Fats Waller.

Angel City Jazz Festival lineup looks to past, present and future — The Angel City Jazz Festival may not have the historical heft of its neighbor to the north in Monterey (also kicking off this weekend), but it's off to a strong start since its 2008 debut.

Jazz Crusaders pianist Joe Sample dies — Influential keyboardist Joe Sample, who helped push the boundaries of jazz and funk as a member of the Jazz Crusaders, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. Sample's career with the Jazz Crusaders began as a hard bop group in Texas in the late '50s before the group migrated to the West Coast, releasing a string of hit albums that began in 1961 with "Freedom Sound."

At 93, Gerald Wilson makes Grammys a family affair — The veteran jazz bandleader's 'Legacy' album features his son and grandson. Though a bustling, glossy downtown L.A. coffee shop is hardly a purely academic environment, there's something about sitting down with 93-year-old bandleader, composer and 2012 Grammy nominee Gerald Wilson that feels like crashing a history class.

Chris Barton: Technology makes corruption possible — Abuse of power, abuse of process, bullying, loss of privacy, hacking. What a tangled web Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics has placed before us - a confluence of corruption made possible by technology and the internet. Yet, if the subsequent polls are to be believed, the majority doesn't give a damn.
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Oct 22, 2014

Call me a prude, but it's probably time we stop asking Sting about sex.

Oct 21, 2014

I hope Gringo Starr and Day Ravies can go on a tour together called No One Cares.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @SamuelAAdams: Dear younger generation(s): Some of the stuff you’re reviving we killed on purpose.

Oct 20, 2014

Just saw 'post-wave' coined as a genre and a small bird fell out of the sky.

Oct 20, 2014

@natechinen Ha, it's sort of a liberating, isn't it? Conscious lagging -- I'm in.

Oct 20, 2014

Made it this far without reading the terrible person vinyl fan streaming music troll-piece in NYT, and won't stop now

Oct 20, 2014

Nothing else happens today until I listen to this new song from Sleater-Kinney…

Oct 16, 2014

Slowly accepting the biggest part of growing older is waiting for some part of you to stop hurting #blessed

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