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.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?