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For Raphael Saadiq, a musician's work is never done

Musical equipment of all kinds fills Raphael Saadiq’s sprawling, carefully appointed studio complex on a nondescript industrial street in North Hollywood. But in addition to the racks of keyboards and the leopard-print bass — just some of the gear this veteran R&B artist uses to create his music...

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  • Phora opens up on 'Yours Truly Forever,' a hip-hop album built on 'positive energy'

    Phora opens up on 'Yours Truly Forever,' a hip-hop album built on 'positive energy'

    Anaheim-raised rapper Phora hasn’t had it easy. The 22-year-old has survived a stabbing, a shooting and has wrestled with thoughts of suicide. But his first album for Warner Bros., the recently released “Yours Truly Forever,” isn’t solely centered on tales of hard living. His steadily growing fan...

  • Hard Events founder Gary Richards finds a new home with LiveStyle

    Hard Events founder Gary Richards finds a new home with LiveStyle

    When Gary Richards walked off the stage after his DJ set at Hard Summer last month, he knew it would be his last performance at the festival he founded 10 years ago. Just weeks later, however, Richards is ready to announce his new gig. The promoter behind one of L.A.’s largest — and sometimes controversial...

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