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  • 'American Idol' recap: Twelve show off their solos

    'American Idol' recap: Twelve show off their solos

    With 12 solo performances to pack into an hour-long show, “American Idol” didn’t have time to waste on Wednesday night. It did, however, allow itself a quick moment at the outset for Ryan Seacrest to establish the stakes. “This is the only show that truly takes someone undiscovered and turns them...

  • Bruce Springsteen to publish his autobiography, 'Born to Run,' in the fall

    Bruce Springsteen to publish his autobiography, 'Born to Run,' in the fall

    The Boss has dropped a bombshell. Bruce Springsteen has been at work for the past seven years on his autobiography, and on Thursday he announced its arrival. Called -- what else? -- "Born to Run," the book will see worldwide publication by Simon & Schuster on Sept. 27. According to the press announcement,...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Rick Rubin helms new 'Star Wars' album with Flying Lotus, Kaskade and more

    Rick Rubin helms new 'Star Wars' album with Flying Lotus, Kaskade and more

    It would be the dream of any sci-fi-minded electronic music producer: digging into "Star Wars" for officially sanctioned sample material. Super-producer Rick Rubin has announced a new project, "Star Wars Headspace," which features 15 tracks of Cantina-ready jams forged from the audio of "Star Wars:...

  • James Corden helps Elton John croon the classics in 'Carpool Karaoke'

    James Corden helps Elton John croon the classics in 'Carpool Karaoke'

    To celebrate the show's post-post Super Bowl spot, CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" pulled out all the stops, particularly with regards to its much-celebrated "Carpool Karaoke" segment. It was none other than Elton John who joined Corden in his car this time around and the two spent...

  • Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    No one holds on to a secret like Beyoncé does. After a weekend that included her eagerly awaited return to the Super Bowl stage and the surprise release of a new single called “Formation,” the pop diva has announced she will hit the road this spring in a commercial that dropped right after her...

  • 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,...

  • Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Producers of the Grammy Awards telecast typically leave Broadway production numbers to their brethren who stage the annual Tony Awards, but this year they are making an exception. The opening number from the Grammy-nominated hip-hop musical “Hamilton” will be among nearly two dozen performance...

  • 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....

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