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  • How to revive the '80s (and how not to) with Paramore and Dreamcar

    How to revive the '80s (and how not to) with Paramore and Dreamcar

    In the summer of 2009, No Doubt recruited Paramore to be an opening act on its inevitable reunion tour. Given the former’s clear influence on the latter — each with a super-charismatic frontwoman slinging catchy pop hooks over jumpy guitar rock — the booking suggested that the veteran SoCal group...

  • What to listen to now: Perfume Genius, Pokey LaFarge, Adrian Marcel and Jlin

    What to listen to now: Perfume Genius, Pokey LaFarge, Adrian Marcel and Jlin

    A weekly look at must-hear music from The Times’ pop staff. This week’s picks include the exquisite, adventurous pop of Perfume Genius, the fiery Americana of Pokey LaFarge and more. Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador). On his breathtaking fourth studio album, “No Shape,” Mike Hadreas, who performs...

  • L.A. Reid's exit from Epic tied to harassment allegations

    L.A. Reid's exit from Epic tied to harassment allegations

    Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s departure from his post as chairman of Epic Records last week was met with confusion by many in the industry who saw the move as abrupt. For some that confusion has turned to shock as reports surfaced that the influential record man’s exit followed a claim by a female colleague...

  • Beyoncé tops 2017 BET Awards nominations

    Beyoncé tops 2017 BET Awards nominations

    Beyoncé is the leading nominee for this year’s BET Awards, the network announced Monday morning. The pop star, who is the most nominated and winning artist in the show’s 17-year-history, scored seven nods for her “Lemonade” — including album of the year. The ceremony celebrates black excellence...

  • Queer punk band PWR BTTM forced to cancel tour dates amid sexual abuse allegations

    Queer punk band PWR BTTM forced to cancel tour dates amid sexual abuse allegations

    The punk band PWR BTTM has drawn criticism after sexual abuse allegations involving singer-guitarist Ben Hopkins have emerged.

  • 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...

  • 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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