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Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

Soulquarius had the type of buzz inaugural festivals could only hope for.    The stacked lineup was an ambitious tracing of the last quarter century of R&B, and the daylong Saturday festival at the Observatory grounds in Santa Ana had long been sold out.   New jack swing and R&B representing the...

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  • With 'Dirty Projectors,' Dave Longstreth lights his own path

    With 'Dirty Projectors,' Dave Longstreth lights his own path

    Can an album look inward and out at the same time? Dave Longstreth thinks so, and he’s just made one that proves it. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the core of Dirty Projectors, Longstreth is known to indie-rock fans for his knotty compositions and high-flown concepts. In 2009...

  • Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban. The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the...

  • HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

    HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

    HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and the stage musical “Lazarus.”  “Blackstar,”...

  • In wider release, Prince's streaming figures skyrocket

    In wider release, Prince's streaming figures skyrocket

    In life, Prince was one of streaming’s great holdouts. Now, not even a year after his death, his music has finally hit Spotify, Apple Music and the other major streaming services. And fans have stormed the gates to revisit his hit-heavy catalog. Nielsen Music reported Thursday that after finally...

  • Brandy on new music, being 'brave' and why we're still obsessed with '90s R&B

    Brandy on new music, being 'brave' and why we're still obsessed with '90s R&B

    It can be easy for those without a finger on the pulse of R&B to overlook Brandy’s influence. Yet she helped define the genre’s ‘90s golden age and carried it into the new millennium alongside singular divas such as Aaliyah and Monica. Still, she hasn’t had a crossover hit in 15 years. Brandy’s...

  • What to listen to now: Ryan Adams, Fred Eaglesmith and Nikki Lane

    What to listen to now: Ryan Adams, Fred Eaglesmith and Nikki Lane

    A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times’ music staff. This week’s picks include the latest from veteran singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, under-the-radar Americana artist Fred Eaglesmith and the outspoken country of Nikki Lane.  Ryan Adams, “Prisoner” (Pax Am/Blue Note) One way to hear Adams’...

  • Grammy wins send Adele back to the top of the charts

    Grammy wins send Adele back to the top of the charts

    After a clean sweep of all five of her Grammy nominations, Adele will return to a familiar place — the top 10 of the Billboard charts. The singer’s “25,” which won album of the year Sunday night and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 after its 2015 release, looks to regain a top-10 slot with an estimated...

  • This year's Grammy Awards were very much about life and death

    This year's Grammy Awards were very much about life and death

    The full spectrum of life was on display at Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards. Much of the attention surrounding the ceremony in Los Angeles centered on artist comments or performances on hot political issues, but some of the more emotional moments sprang from the timeless themes of life and death. There...

  • Grammys 2017: The night's most memorable performances

    Grammys 2017: The night's most memorable performances

    The polar stars of the 2017 Grammys provided two of the telecast’s most memorable performances, one a celestial dream of near perfection, the other endearingly human.  Anyone wondering whether Beyoncé's just-announced pregnancy would take away from her ability to perform as vividly as we've come...

  • How Beyoncé won the Grammys without taking the big awards

    How Beyoncé won the Grammys without taking the big awards

    It was Adele’s night. But it happened in Beyoncé’s world. That was the takeaway of Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards, where the young British singer won three of the music industry’s biggest prizes — album, record and song of the year — yet seemed overshadowed by the visionary multimedia star she described...

  • An Appreciation: Vocalist Al Jarreau ventured further than his smooth reputation

    An Appreciation: Vocalist Al Jarreau ventured further than his smooth reputation

    When thinking about Al Jarreau, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 76, one word comes insistently to mind: Smooth. Much like his longtime friend and kindred spirit George Duke, who died in August 2013, Jarreau  owned that free-flowing and often breezy subgenre somewhat derisively known as...

  • Grammys 2017: Complete list of winners and nominees

    Grammys 2017: Complete list of winners and nominees

    The Grammy Awards have wrapped up at Staples Center, where Adele went home with five awards, including song, record and album of the year.  The other artists competing in the album of the year category were Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson.  Many awards were announced before the...

  • What time are the 2017 Grammy Awards?

    What time are the 2017 Grammy Awards?

    Who will win album of the year? Will Beyoncé or Adele make history? How music’s biggest night pans out is anyone’s guess. But one thing is certain: The 59th Grammy Awards are happening Sunday and there’s lots to pay attention to.  Here’s a few things to know:  As always, there are two ceremonies...

  • The biggest fan at the Grammy Awards? The show's host, James Corden

    The biggest fan at the Grammy Awards? The show's host, James Corden

    If you criticize a musician in front of James Corden, be prepared for him to push back. On a recent morning in his office at CBS Television City, the host of “The Late Late Show” was describing his favorite Grammy Awards performances when he recalled a 2015 duet between Annie Lennox and Hozier...

  • ‘I am me because of you’: Adam Levine on his Walk of Fame star

    ‘I am me because of you’: Adam Levine on his Walk of Fame star

    Despite the cloudy weather, hundreds gathered Friday outside the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the unveiling of Adam Levine’s star on the Walk of Fame. The Maroon 5 lead singer, songwriter and judge on NBC’s “The Voice” received the 2,601st star on the legendary walk. The...

  • Katy Perry gets political: Listen to her new song 'Chained to the Rhythm'

    Katy Perry gets political: Listen to her new song 'Chained to the Rhythm'

    You know America’s in a troubling spot when even Katy Perry is singing about the illusion of freedom. That’s the subject of “Chained to the Rhythm,” the once-carefree pop star’s new single, which appeared online Thursday night amid a series of Perry tweets and retweets about revolution, George...

  • How Colin Hanks found the 'emotional truth' in Eagles of Death Metal's return to Paris

    How Colin Hanks found the 'emotional truth' in Eagles of Death Metal's return to Paris

    When Colin Hanks approached members of Eagles of Death Metal with the idea of directing a documentary about their harrowing experience in Paris — the band was onstage at the Bataclan theater in 2015 when terrorists burst in and killed 89 concertgoers — drummer Josh Homme’s first response was to...

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