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  • With Chris Cornell's death, a generation lost its Robert Plant

    With Chris Cornell's death, a generation lost its Robert Plant

    For those too young to have Led Zeppelin, we got Soundgarden. The shared legacy was always up front with the two bands — the snaking odd-time riffs, Chris Cornell’s guttural howl and wild-man shriek, the constant bare torso and the feeling that technically-genius rock and roll still had a feral...

  • Chris Cornell had one of rock's great voices — and one of its most curious minds

    Chris Cornell had one of rock's great voices — and one of its most curious minds

    No matter its setting, the voice is what hit you first: that brawny yet soulful wail, grounded in sorrow but always reaching upward for a way out of the muck. Chris Cornell, who died Wednesday at age 52, reportedly of suicide, was one of the great rock ’n’ roll singers — an octave-jumping belter...

  • DJ Khaled added to 2017 BET Experience lineup, fan fest details unveiled

    DJ Khaled added to 2017 BET Experience lineup, fan fest details unveiled

    DJ Khaled has been added to the already stacked lineup of this year’s BET Experience. The producer-DJ joins a roster that includes Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Bryson Tiller, ASAP Rocky and Jhené Aiko as headliners. Migos, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Jidenna, Young Thug, Rae Sremmurd,...

  • Jay Z, Live Nation re-up on long-term touring deal

    Jay Z, Live Nation re-up on long-term touring deal

    Jay Z and Live Nation will continue their long-standing partnership, with the superstar signing a new 10-year deal touring deal, the two announced Thursday. The agreement, reportedly worth $200 million, will see Live Nation continue to produce and promote the mogul’s live events. In 2008, the two...

  • L.A. Reid out at Epic Records, according to reports

    L.A. Reid out at Epic Records, according to reports

    Antonio “L.A.” Reid has exited his post as chairman of Epic Records, according to multiple reports that surfaced Thursday afternoon. Since joining the ranks at the Sony Music label in 2011, the record man and Grammy Award-winning producer has steered Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Future, Travis...

  • Playlist: Celebrating vintage video game soundtracks that are driving a vinyl reissue movement

    Playlist: Celebrating vintage video game soundtracks that are driving a vinyl reissue movement

    On Sunday The Times goes deep into the boutique record labels that have helped propel a chip-to-vinyl movement: pressing video game scores — many of them vintage — onto multicolored LPs and packaging them in exquisite sleeves. It’s all part of a thriving market for obscure sounds that also includes...

  • The latest and greatest trend in vintage vinyl? Video game music

    The latest and greatest trend in vintage vinyl? Video game music

    The pursuit of rare, unreleased music has carried record geeks and reissue labels to every corner of the globe, from dusty attics to spider-webbed basements. What used to be called “digging in the crates” for unheralded sounds, however, has recently shifted to less tangible realms, as archivists,...

  • Grammy Awards relocate to New York for 2018 telecast

    Grammy Awards relocate to New York for 2018 telecast

    The 2018 Grammy Awards will take place in New York — a move that will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the event, Recording Academy officials unveiled Tuesday. The ceremony will be held Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden, which last hosted the Grammys in 2003, on its 45th anniversary. “Playing...

  • Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett lead 2017 CMT Music Awards nods

    Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett lead 2017 CMT Music Awards nods

    Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett lead the list of nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Urban, Ballerini and Rhett scored four nominations each for Country Music Television’s fan-voted ceremony, including the night’s biggest honor, video of the year. Carrie Underwood, who holds...

  • Mary J. Blige might not be drama free at the moment — and she's OK with that

    Mary J. Blige might not be drama free at the moment — and she's OK with that

    For Mary J. Blige, there’s always been purpose in pain and her new album, “Strength of a Woman,” arrives at a time when she’s in the midst of a high profile divorce.

  • L.A. punk band X to get 40th-anniversary exhibit at the Grammy Museum

    L.A. punk band X to get 40th-anniversary exhibit at the Grammy Museum

    The Grammy Museum will salute 40 years of L.A. punk rock with a new exhibit focusing on the long-running band X, which is marking four decades in music this year. “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles” is slated to open June 30 and will run through Feb. 25, 2018. The exhibit will delve into both...

  • Feist brings 'Pleasure' to the Palace

    Feist brings 'Pleasure' to the Palace

    Leslie Feist had made a serious mistake. That’s the realization this Canadian singer and songwriter seemed to reach, anyway, just a few minutes after she came onstage Friday night at downtown’s Palace Theatre, where she was playing the first of three concerts behind her gripping new album, “Pleasure.”...

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