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Willie Nelson felt like an infinitely renewable resource at the Shrine

At some point there will come a day — and lately it’s felt uncomfortably close — when Willie Nelson is no longer available to shuffle onstage with his five-piece band, pick up the battered acoustic guitar he calls Trigger and rip into “Whiskey River” with his proprietary blend of wisdom and intensity....

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  • What Sam Hunt had to say about cultural integration at the Greek Theatre

    What Sam Hunt had to say about cultural integration at the Greek Theatre

    Sam Hunt started out in one place Tuesday night but ended up in quite another. The singer of the year’s biggest country hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” was about halfway through the first of two concerts at the Greek Theatre when he sat down on a stool for a “little chat,” as he put it, about how...

  • Country music matriarch Jo Walker-Meador dies at 93

    Country music matriarch Jo Walker-Meador dies at 93

    Jo Walker-Meador, a matriarch of country music who led the Country Music Assn. for nearly three decades, has died. She was 93. Walker-Meador died Tuesday in Nashville, according to a statement from the CMA. She was an office manager for the CMA when it was created in 1958, then took over as executive...

  • Glen Campbell dies at 81; country-pop singer battled Alzheimer's

    Glen Campbell dies at 81; country-pop singer battled Alzheimer's

    Glen Campbell, the multiple Grammy-winning country-pop singer, guitarist and TV personality whose half-century career was capped by a singular last act after he went public with his advancing Alzheimer’s disease, has died. He was 81. Possessed of a crystalline tenor voice and boy-next-door good...

  • Barbara Cook, Broadway singer and actress, dies at 89

    Barbara Cook, Broadway singer and actress, dies at 89

    Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends, according...

  • California Sounds: Baths' 'Dream Daddy' theme, Dent May's '90210' ode and Nine Inch Nails' 'Add Violence'

    California Sounds: Baths' 'Dream Daddy' theme, Dent May's '90210' ode and Nine Inch Nails' 'Add Violence'

    Dent May, “90210” (Carpark). You need not know the Highland Park-based singer’s bio before popping on his new song, because he lays out some basics in the lyrics. He’s open about his finances, for example, telling a would-be lover via a barroom piano melody, strummed guitar and voice in the opening...

  • Kendrick Lamar was a superstar in life size at Staples Center

    Kendrick Lamar was a superstar in life size at Staples Center

    “LOOK DOWN,” the words on the video screen instructed in stark all-caps — and sure enough, that was where you found Kendrick Lamar on Sunday night, crouched onstage at Staples Center as he performed his song “DNA” to start a run of three hometown concerts. A connoisseur’s favorite since he began...

  • L.A. fans honor Linkin Park's Chester Bennington with a heartfelt concert

    L.A. fans honor Linkin Park's Chester Bennington with a heartfelt concert

    Hundreds of Linkin Park fans flooded downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park Sunday night, with cellphones and flameless candles raised to the stars, proving that they cared that one more light had gone out. “One More Light,” a song off the band’s eponymous 2017 album, with its lyrics about a life snuffed...

  • While at a crossroads, Hard Summer's 2017 edition felt vitally of-the-moment

    While at a crossroads, Hard Summer's 2017 edition felt vitally of-the-moment

    Toward the end of Dog Blood’s main-stage set Sunday at Hard Summer, the producer Skrillex — one-half of the dance-music duo — climbed on top of his DJ rig and rattled off the names of his best friends in the “Hard family.” His shout-outs to DJ pals earned polite applause, but when he screamed the...

  • Diana Krall can both 'Turn Up the Quiet' and dial up the joy

    Diana Krall can both 'Turn Up the Quiet' and dial up the joy

    The wink is right there in the name of Diana Krall’s new album. “Turn Up the Quiet” is shorthand for what the Canadian jazz pianist, singer and songwriter has mastered in a nearly 25-year career guided by the notion that there’s plenty of power in grace and understatement. It’s no wonder Krall,...

  • Randy Newman's 'Dark Matter' shows why he's still his best interpreter

    Randy Newman's 'Dark Matter' shows why he's still his best interpreter

    We don’t talk enough about Randy Newman as a singer and a maker of pop records. Oh, we talk plenty about the 73-year-old Los Angeles native who’s won Grammys and Emmys and Oscars and been inducted into all the relevant halls of fame. But these days the focus tends to be on Newman’s songwriting...

  • Brandy Clark's 'Live From Los Angeles' album is smart to the core

    Brandy Clark's 'Live From Los Angeles' album is smart to the core

    How do you tell when a song has connected with people in a really big way? “Whenever it becomes a merch item,” widely lauded country singer and songwriter Brandy Clark said Wednesday in an interview to discuss the Aug. 18 release of her new album, “Brandy Clark: Live From Los Angeles,” recorded...

  • Snoop Dogg to revisit a classic at Hard Summer

    Snoop Dogg to revisit a classic at Hard Summer

    In this recent wave of ’90s hip-hop nostalgia — major new films on N.W.A, Tupac Shakur and Bad Boy Records were all released in the last year or two — one core MC never quite got in on the rush. That’s because Snoop Dogg had never gone away. Snoop, the de facto voice of SoCal party music for 25...

  • 'Shout Sister Shout!' puts early rock influence Rosetta Tharpe center stage

    'Shout Sister Shout!' puts early rock influence Rosetta Tharpe center stage

    The Pasadena Playhouse’s new musical “Shout Sister Shout!” — about the life and music of pioneering gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe — is no doubt one of the only original creations for the stage born in a souvenir gift shop. That’s precisely how the idea for this show, which traces the career...

  • Hard Summer is L.A.'s definitive dance festival, but it's still searching for an iconic home

    Hard Summer is L.A.'s definitive dance festival, but it's still searching for an iconic home

    Just weeks before the 10th anniversary of his marquee electronic music festival Hard Summer, Gary Richards made a decision that, over the last few years, had become familiar to his crew: pack up and head east. With less than a month to go before the show, Richards abruptly moved Hard Summer from...

  • Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

    Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

    The members of Slowdive never foresaw this twist in their story. Well on their way to becoming a revered footnote in the history of 1990s rock, the seminal English shoegazers are reunited, and even relevant again. After a decades-long hiatus that most everyone figured was forever, the original...

  • Chester Bennington of Linkin Park dies at 41

    Chester Bennington of Linkin Park dies at 41

    Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the Los Angeles hard rock band Linkin Park, led the sextet to become one of the biggest acts of the 2000s, its mix of guitars and hip-hop defining the ensuing years in rock. The act’s debut, “Hybrid Theory,” reportedly sold more than 10 million copies in the...

  • At FYF Fest and elsewhere, hip-hop embraces middle age

    At FYF Fest and elsewhere, hip-hop embraces middle age

    At last month’s BET Awards, rapper and Internet talk-show host Joe Budden got into a highly publicized tiff with the members of Migos after he walked out of his own red-carpet interview with that Atlanta hip-hop trio. What exactly had so irritated Budden, a blustering East Coast traditionalist...

  • Ella Fitzgerald is easy to love — but harder to honor — at the Hollywood Bowl

    Ella Fitzgerald is easy to love — but harder to honor — at the Hollywood Bowl

    Maybe the third time will be the charm? In 2014, the Hollywood Bowl presented a concert tribute to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald that had its heart — but not its mind — in the right place. With warmly respectful performances by Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others, “To Ella with Love”...

  • FYF Fest's diverse lineup reflects music’s many faces

    FYF Fest's diverse lineup reflects music’s many faces

    At the head of the bill, FYF Fest’s lineup is plainly its most diverse yet. Out of the four acts at the top, there are two women, two African Americans and, in Frank Ocean, one romantically ambiguous singer who makes a refusal to define himself a part of his art. Just beneath the main headliners,...

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