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  • Feb. 13 autism benefit to highlight 1967-77 Beach Boys era

    Feb. 13 autism benefit to highlight 1967-77 Beach Boys era

    In a canny bit of counterprogramming to this weekend’s flurry of Grammy Awards-related events, a cadre of Beach Boys/Brian Wilson enthusiasts will gather on Saturday in Glendale for a benefit concert focusing on the group’s music from its less-heralded 1967-77 period to raise money for the Autism...

  • Bonnie Raitt tops Glenn Frey tribute at Americana Assn.'s Troubadour show

    Bonnie Raitt tops Glenn Frey tribute at Americana Assn.'s Troubadour show

    In addition to the Glenn Frey tribute coming at Monday’s Grammy Awards by his Eagles bandmates Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Bernie Leadon and longtime friend Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt will headline the Americana Music Assn.’s salute to Frey at its annual pre-Grammy concert Saturday...

  • At Fleetwood Mac Fest, a complicated band is celebrated simply

    At Fleetwood Mac Fest, a complicated band is celebrated simply

    Shimmering pop tunes, bluesy rock stomps and folky intimations of the occult: Every aspect of Fleetwood Mac’s multifaceted sound was represented when more than two dozen artists -- including Courtney Love, Mark Ronson and Carly Rae Jepsen -- gathered Tuesday at the Fonda Theatre to pay tribute...

  • Demi Lovato not engaged to Wilmer Valderrama yet, but 'wouldn't mind'

    Demi Lovato not engaged to Wilmer Valderrama yet, but 'wouldn't mind'

    There may not be an engagement ring on Demi Lovato's finger now, but the "Confident" singer is all for putting one there in the future. The "Sonny With a Chance" alum cleared up rumors that she was already affianced to long-time boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama during a Wednesday appearance on "The...

  • Adele announces surprise Los Angeles show at the Wiltern on Friday

    Adele announces surprise Los Angeles show at the Wiltern on Friday

    In advance of her Monday night performance as part of the Grammy Awards telecast, superstar pop singer Adele has announced a surprise show at the Wiltern for Friday. The performance will be her first since she released her blockbuster new album, 25, and will precede Adele's sold-out headlining...

  • Premiere: Mexrrissey reworks Morrissey's 'Suedehead' as 'Estuvo Bien'

    Premiere: Mexrrissey reworks Morrissey's 'Suedehead' as 'Estuvo Bien'

    Those up on their legendary Brit pop singers will immediately appreciate the premise behind Mexrrissey. The collective centered around Mexico City-based DJ, producer and record executive Camilo Lara is the musical embodiment of a love affair stretching back to the 1980s, when Morrissey, backed...

  • Eagles' Glenn Frey to be saluted by bandmates at Grammy Awards

    Eagles' Glenn Frey to be saluted by bandmates at Grammy Awards

    Eagles founding singer, songwriter and guitarist Glenn Frey will be saluted during Monday’s 58th Grammy Awards ceremony by his bandmates as well as close friend and songwriting collaborator Jackson Browne. Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon will join Browne to sing the Eagles’...

  • Bowie said no to Coldplay, then Beyonce: Is rejecting the band becoming tradition?

    Bowie said no to Coldplay, then Beyonce: Is rejecting the band becoming tradition?

    Hating Coldplay — or at least being honest with them — is in vogue again.  According to a soon to be published interview with Rolling Stone, the band's lead singer, Chris Martin, revealed that Beyonce once rejected a potential collaboration with the band because the song wasn't up to her standards....

  • How Taylor Swift's Grammy-nominated 'Blank Space' started as a joke

    How Taylor Swift's Grammy-nominated 'Blank Space' started as a joke

    Few, if any, record-of-the-year Grammy Awards during the event’s 57-year history have gone to artists who consciously set out to win what long has been considered the music industry’s most prestigious award. On the flip side, it’s a safe bet that of the five candidates for that honor going into...

  • Warner Music Group steps up investment in Los Angeles venture for artists

    Warner Music Group steps up investment in Los Angeles venture for artists

    Record label Warner Music Group has extended its investment in Artist Partners Group, a Los Angeles-based joint venture that has supported musicians like rapper Kevin Gates and pop singer Charlie Puth.  Founded in 2013 by veteran Warner Music and Atlantic Records executive Mike Caren, Artist Partners...

  • Merle Haggard resumes tour following bout with pneumonia

    Merle Haggard resumes tour following bout with pneumonia

    Veteran country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard has rebounded from his recent bout with double pneumonia, and will play some of the shows his illness forced him to postpone, including a date Thursday, Feb. 11, in Beverly Hills with Kris Kristofferson. Haggard, 78, returned to the stage over...

  • Cal marching band adds brassy muscle to Coldplay's Super Bowl show

    Cal marching band adds brassy muscle to Coldplay's Super Bowl show

    Beyoncé may have generated the biggest response for her performance alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday, but there was another musical act on the bill that drew the attention of college sports fans and Bay Area locals.The University of California Marching...

  • Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime show: A primer for those who went for beer

    Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime show: A primer for those who went for beer

    Those who were only half-watching Beyoncé's "Formation" performance during the Super Bowl halftime show — perhaps distracted by the beer, wings and guacamole — may be wondering what was the big deal. So here's a quick primer. The costumes spoke volumes Beyonce's ensemble was an homage to Michael...

  • Beyoncé draws outrage and praise for Super Bowl set

    Beyoncé draws outrage and praise for Super Bowl set

    Who says pop music can't incite? Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show featuring Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars has prompted more online comment, analysis and reaction the morning after than the football game itself. The Black Panthers, not the Carolina Panthers, are trending across social media....

  • Buoyant energy drives Buyepongo's groove-heavy 'Todo Mundo'

    Buoyant energy drives Buyepongo's groove-heavy 'Todo Mundo'

    Buyepongo, "Todo Mundo" (Buyepongo). Those hearing the Los Angeles band's new album minus any context could be forgiven for wondering about its origins. Opening with a reggae-tinged patios shout, a crooked kick-drum beat and a multi-lingual music-backed monologue, the record mixes so many instrumental...

  • Dan Hicks, eclectic folk-jazz artist from the Bay Area, dies at 74

    Dan Hicks, eclectic folk-jazz artist from the Bay Area, dies at 74

    Bay Area folk-pop-jazz singer and bandleader Dan Hicks, known for his acoustic eclectism, sense of humor and popular songs such as "“I Scare Myself," died Saturday in Mill Valley, according to his wife. Hicks was 74.  Hicks had revealed in 2015 that he was battling liver cancer, this shortly after...

  • Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

    Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

    Beyoncé surprise-released a new song on Saturday afternoon, the day before she is expected to be appear with Coldplay at the Super Bowl, and she doesn't waste any time in getting to the point: "I slay," she sings on "Formation," which was posted on her official website and released for free via...

  • At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

    At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

    A good half-hour before the end of his concert Thursday night at the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes was already looking ahead to his next gig. The North Carolina-based singer and his band would be in Los Angeles for a few days, he told the crowd, so anyone interested in having him play again --...

  • Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

    Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

    "Earth, hot air and no fire." That's how George Clinton, founder of influential funk groups Funkadelic and Parliament, famously critiqued the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire in 1975. Insulting? Sure, but the Los Angeles band's founder, Maurice White, died Thursday knowing that Clinton was wrong. He...

  • Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

    Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

    Rihanna is the latest performer booked to appear at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced on Friday. The pop star joins a lineup that includes Adele, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd, as well as all-star Grammy tributes to departed artists who include B.B. King and David Bowie. See more of...

  • Being wedding DJs wasn't their first gig, but it pays the bills and serves a purpose

    Being wedding DJs wasn't their first gig, but it pays the bills and serves a purpose

    Jesse Kivel and Michael David have toured the world in their electronic pop bands Kisses and Classixx, performing and DJ-ing to all kinds of festival and club crowds. But the show with the elephant in the audience was a first. "Oh, yeah, we've played a traditional Indian wedding with the full elephant,"...

  • Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Think about the first time you heard Janet Jackson’s “Control.” Were you on the dance floor of a dimly lighted nightclub? A high school dance? The record store? Listening to the radio? However you heard it, your body more than likely moved to the pulse of its frenetic, intricate beat. And then...

  • Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

    Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

    Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 74. His brother and bandmate, Verdine White, confirmed the news with the Associated Press. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early '80s,...

  • Seal joins the cast of Fox live musical event 'The Passion'

    Seal joins the cast of Fox live musical event 'The Passion'

    When in doubt, bring in a ringer. Fox announced Thursday that four-time Grammy winner Seal would be joining the cast of the upcoming live musical event “The Passion.” The project, a modern interpretation of the final hours of the life of Jesus Christ, will feature the singer as Pontius Pilate,...

  • X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    Three years ago, documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak had never heard of a band called X Japan. Most Americans hadn't either, even with more than 20 million albums sold around the world, but Kijak was intrigued. He learned of a sound that incorporated thrash metal and classical piano with big prog-rock...

  • Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to an Associated Press report Tuesday afternoon. Gaga will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, where the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will vie for the championship title. See...

  • Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    The Las Vegas Strip isn’t just for sparkly pop divas, electronic dance music kings and beloved icons from generations past. Adding to the growing list of hip-hop acts making the pilgrimage to Sin City, Big Boi has announced a yearlong residency at the Wynn Las Vegas. The co-founder of pioneering...

  • Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga. The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning. Gaga was already set for a performance on the Feb....

  • Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Surviving founding members of the Doors John Densmore and Robby Krieger will reunite for the first time in 15 years with some help from Exene Cervenka and John Doe of long-running L.A. punk band X to salute Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek with a benefit concert Feb. 12 on what would have been Manzarek’s...

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