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Christina Grimmie died of gunshots to the head and chest, autopsy report says

Christina Grimmie, the former contestant on “The Voice” who was killed during a post-concert meet-and-greet with fans in June, died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest, and her death has been ruled a homicide.  "After examination of the body, toxicology analysis, and review of the available...

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  • New Orleans music giant Allen Toussaint saluted in style at Hollywood Bowl

    New Orleans music giant Allen Toussaint saluted in style at Hollywood Bowl

    The word “salute” in “Yes We Can Can: An Allen Toussaint Salute at the Hollywood Bowl” served more as a low-key theme than a specific call to action in the performances by Toussaint’s musical family from New Orleans: Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Galactic and the Allen Toussaint Band. There...

  • 'Indulge with confidence,' says Willie Nelson of his new Reserve marijuana brand

    'Indulge with confidence,' says Willie Nelson of his new Reserve marijuana brand

    Country music icon Willie Nelson, long an advocate of marijuana legalization, is putting his money where his mouth (and joint) is by launching Willie’s Reserve, a new marijuana brand to be introduced in Washington and Colorado over the next few months.  The writer of such classics as “Crazy,” “Always...

  • After years of battling insecurities, PJ steps out of the shadows with 'Rare'

    After years of battling insecurities, PJ steps out of the shadows with 'Rare'

    “I felt like people were overlooking me,” PJ said when asked what inspired her debut full-length project, “Rare.” To the uninitiated, that may come as a surprise, considering that the 26-year-old has contributed to singles from Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B and Fantasia. Her debut album, “Rare,” was released...

  • 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...

  • 'The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl' album upgraded for Sept. 9 reissue

    'The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl' album upgraded for Sept. 9 reissue

    The long out-of-print “The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl” album will be reissued in significantly upgraded form on Sept. 9 in conjunction with the forthcoming Ron Howard-directed documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years.” The album, originally released in 1977 and...

  • DJ Q-Bert talks Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion, Low End Theory Fest and the evolution of scratching

    DJ Q-Bert talks Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion, Low End Theory Fest and the evolution of scratching

    When the annual bass-heavy Low End Theory Festival announced the lineup for its second annual gathering at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo grounds, which occurs Saturday, fans of the hip-hop sub-genre called turntablism were buoyed to see that the Bay Area crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz would be showcasing...

  • Meet the little-known L.A. band you hear in 'Ghostbusters'

    Meet the little-known L.A. band you hear in 'Ghostbusters'

    When “Ghostbusters” had its Hollywood premiere last weekend, the expected celebrities and stars of the film were on hand. Also walking the red carpet: three elementary school teachers who, after years of leading double lives as a punk rock band, were ready for their close-up.  Sisters Lisa and...

  • 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...

  • Tom Petty's band Mudcrutch taps Sean Penn to direct grim Anthony Hopkins-led video

    Tom Petty's band Mudcrutch taps Sean Penn to direct grim Anthony Hopkins-led video

    Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s reformed early band, has released a new video for its song “I Forgive It All,” but if you’re looking to start your day off with kittens and puppies you’ve come to the wrong place. Co-directed by Mr. Sunshine himself, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, and starring Oscar winner...

  • Ain't no mountain high enough: 5 times Diana Ross was a total boss

    Ain't no mountain high enough: 5 times Diana Ross was a total boss

    Icon will meet icon this weekend when Diana Ross plays two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Set for Friday and Saturday evenings, the two-night stand marks the singer’s second visit to the hillside institution in only three years. (“Still show-stopping” is how my colleague Ernest Hardy described...

  • 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...

  • 'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LAPD headquarters, meet with Chief Charlie Beck

    'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LAPD headquarters, meet with Chief Charlie Beck

    Rappers and Los Angeles-area natives the Game and Snoop Dogg led a unification march for men of color Friday morning to the LAPD’s graduation of its newest officers, hours after five Dallas police officers were shot and killed and seven others were wounded during a sniper attack. About 6:30 a.m.,...

  • Local Natives pull off a big music stunt: a free rooftop concert in Silver Lake during rush hour

    Local Natives pull off a big music stunt: a free rooftop concert in Silver Lake during rush hour

    The sidewalk on Sunset Boulevard was already slammed when Local Natives walked onto the roof of their practice space in Silver Lake and started playing early on Thursday evening. To the surprise of many, the band was able to perform nearly a full semi-secret set on the rooftop-turned-stage at rush...

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