FROM August Brown
Oakland 'Ghost Ship' fire: what happened and what's next The Oakland warehouse fire claimed at least three dozen lives this weekend. The building was used as a studio and living space for artists, as well as a venue for underground concerts and parties. The fire broke out Friday night during a concert.
Indio Welcomes World's Highest Grossing Music Festival It's sweaty. It's dusty. It's dirty. And it's awesome. It's the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – known to most as just "Coachella" – which stages its 14th annual takeover of the small town of Indio this weekend. This year's headliners include Blur, the Stone Roses, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and Nick Cave, among others. Eighty thousand festival-goers can now rest assured that it's not going anywhere anytime soon. The City of Indio has signed a deal with event promoter Goldenvoice to keep annual festival of music and optional hygiene in Coachella through 2030. We talk with a councilman in Indio and hear from a rock critic about why this event is important both here in California and to music aficionados around the world.
The Surprising Story behind a Surprise Grammy Nomination This year's Grammys include a category for Electronic Dance Music. Nominee Al Walser is a man almost nobody in the established dance culture has ever heard of. His Grammy-nominated dance recording is I Can't Live Without You . Walser, who calls himself "The Mouse that Roared," says he had to refresh the Grammy website three times before he believed the nomination. August Brown, music writer for the Los Angeles Times , hunted him down at Cut the Bull Entertainment, which shares space with the Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Liechtenstein — in Hollywood.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?