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  • Kesha announces her first U.S. tour since starting a legal war with Dr. Luke

    Kesha announces her first U.S. tour since starting a legal war with Dr. Luke

    Starting this week, Kesha will get back to throwing some glitter and making it rain. On Tuesday, the multi-platinum pop singer announced an American summer tour, her first since the Warrior Tour in 2013. She took to Instagram to share the news.  “I’m playing songs you’ve never heard me play before...

  • Garth Brooks World Tour comes to Anaheim in September

    Garth Brooks World Tour comes to Anaheim in September

    Garth Brooks brings his world tour back to Southern California with his first concert in Anaheim in 20 years when he plays the Honda Center on Sept. 17.  Tickets will go on sale July 29 at 10 a.m. PST and will cost $74.98, including facility and service fees. The Garth Brooks World Tour has made...

  • N.A.A.F.I shows the connections between L.A. and Mexico City nightlife

    N.A.A.F.I shows the connections between L.A. and Mexico City nightlife

    This Saturday, the Mexican club-music crew N.A.A.F.I will make its L.A. headline debut at Red Bull Music Academy Radio’s La Transicion event at Pollution Studios. The group has strong opinions about the future of Mexico City nightlife and how the country’s scene is represented abroad: read them...

  • Could the Double's epic new 'Dawn of the Double' spawn a dance craze?

    Could the Double's epic new 'Dawn of the Double' spawn a dance craze?

    Below is the YouTube video of “Dawn of the Double,” the 40-plus-minute dance song and epic jam by the two-piece band the Double. Recently issued by the Los Angeles “atonal garage rock” label In the Red Records, which is currently on Day 2 of its three-day 25th anniversary party at the Echo and...

  • Rihanna cancels Nice concert following Bastille Day terror attack

    Rihanna cancels Nice concert following Bastille Day terror attack

    Rihanna has canceled her concert in Nice, France, after a terror attack on Thursday during a Bastille Day celebration killed at least 84 people and injured more than 100 . “Due to the tragic events in #Nice, my concert scheduled for tomorrow July 15 at Allianz Stadium will not be going ahead as...

  • Britney Spears' smooth 'Make Me' sees the pop star exploring a new, mature sound

    Britney Spears' smooth 'Make Me' sees the pop star exploring a new, mature sound

    Britney Spears is back, and doing things much differently. Ever since her emergence at the tail end of the ‘90s, Spears has launched each new project with a massive banger. “Oops! … I Did It Again,” “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Me Against the Music,” “Gimmie More,” “Womanizer,” “Hold It Against Me,” “Work...

  • Popular music and the loss of anger

    Popular music and the loss of anger

    When Beyoncé released her album “Lemonade” earlier this year, it took America by surprise, and not because she dropped it unexpectedly on a Saturday evening, or that it fueled speculation that her marriage was in trouble. The singer’s newest work stood out because it was unapologetically angry....

  • Tom Morello on why activism in music matters: 'Dangerous times demand dangerous songs'

    Tom Morello on why activism in music matters: 'Dangerous times demand dangerous songs'

    Tom Morello, who is perhaps best known as the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, has long paired music with activism. The artist, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen and has a new project, Prophets of Rage, touring this summer, was asked by The Times to express why politics and pop live...

  • Mexico's N.A.A.F.I record label is changing club culture around the globe

    Mexico's N.A.A.F.I record label is changing club culture around the globe

    Museo Jumex, the new spiky-roofed contemporary art museum in Mexico City, is a beacon for a global cultural capital. Nestled between billionaire Carlos Slim’s own glittery private-collection monument Museo Soumaya and rows of gleaming new condo towers, the space is analogous to L.A.’s Broad Museum....

  • M.I.A. announces album release date days after threatening to leak it

    M.I.A. announces album release date days after threatening to leak it

    It looks like M.I.A. won’t be leaking her album after all. Days after the politically charged electro-pop rapper vented her frustrations about the status of the project, she finally unveiled release details Thursday. Titled “AIM,” the album is set for a Sept. 9 release. The album will be preceded...

  • Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' up for four Emmys

    Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' up for four Emmys

    Beyoncé’s concept musical drama film “Lemonade” picked up four nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards announced Thursday.  The film, which premiered on HBO in April and preceded the release of the pop star’s latest album (also titled “Lemonade”), is up for variety special against Adele’s...

  • Brian Wilson and band play Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' and call for peace at Hollywood Bowl

    Brian Wilson and band play Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' and call for peace at Hollywood Bowl

    Brian Wilson’s name is far from the top of the list of pop music artists known for social and political commentary, and his 50th anniversary performance of the Beach Boys’ watershed “Pet Sounds” album Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl was probably the last place concertgoers expected to encounter reflections...

  • What are we listening to at weddings? Spotify data confirms too much Ed Sheeran and Journey

    What are we listening to at weddings? Spotify data confirms too much Ed Sheeran and Journey

    With marriage season in full swing, the streaming service Spotify has revealed an analysis of wedding-themed playlists, and it turns out we’ve been doing a lot of thinking out loud during our first dances. Specifically, according to global music streaming leader Spotify, the young British folkie...

  • M.I.A. just might leak her own album

    M.I.A. just might leak her own album

    M.I.A. says she’s “on the verge” of leaking her new album. The politically charged electro-pop femcee fired off a string of tweets Monday alluding to ongoing frustrations with her new record. “I hate it when big American artists take from me and my work and refugee sentiments from my work before...

  • Blink-182 tops Drake, something Radiohead and Ariana Grande couldn't do

    Blink-182 tops Drake, something Radiohead and Ariana Grande couldn't do

    Radiohead couldn’t do it. Nor could Ariana Grande. Neither could Red Hot Chili Peppers or Blake Shelton. But Blink-182 could.  The SoCal punk band did the seemingly impossible when it unseated Drake’s “Views” from the No. 1 spot atop the Billboard 200.  Blink-182’s new album, aptly titled “California,”...

  • Aerosmith's Joe Perry hospitalized but stable after becoming ill on stage

    Aerosmith's Joe Perry hospitalized but stable after becoming ill on stage

    Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been taken to a hospital after he was forced to leave the stage while performing in New York City. Perry became ill around 9:30 p.m. Sunday while performing with Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper in Perry’s side band, Hollywood Vampires, at Ford Amphitheater in Brooklyn's...

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