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Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

Six months after his death, Prince’s Paisley Park compound will welcome tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the reclusive musician’s private estate and production complex.  The family of the late music legend and Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as the special administrator of the singer’s estate,...

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  • Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    The return of Frank Ocean continues: A day after the surprise release of his visual album “Endless,” the enigmatic singer dropped a new single, “Nikes,” early Saturday morning while fans wait for the expected release of yet another album, the official follow-up to 2012’s “Channel Orange.” “Nikes,”...

  • PJ Harvey creates a bluesy soundtrack for tough times at the Shrine

    PJ Harvey creates a bluesy soundtrack for tough times at the Shrine

    The opening moments of a PJ Harvey concert come with a war correspondent’s eye for detail and an activist's call to action: Broken homes. Shattered glass. Syringes on the floor. A "highway to death." Rhythms, in the form of militant drum beats, create a boots-on-the-ground feel. Guitars, jagged...

  • Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour delayed a week by Puff Daddy's shoulder surgery

    Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour delayed a week by Puff Daddy's shoulder surgery

    A bad shoulder has put the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour on hold, but only for a week, according to the Associated Press. Bad Boy rapper and label exec Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is recovering from shoulder surgery and needs the extra time “to recover and give fans the incredible stage experience they...

  • Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica  has returned with its first new album since 2008. The veteran group announced “Hardwired...To Self-Destruct,” its first non-collaborative record since 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” The band’s last LP was a head-scratcher of a collaborative concept album, 2011’s “Lulu,” with the late Lou Reed....

  • Prepare to get your groove on: Vaud & the Villains return to Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 19

    Prepare to get your groove on: Vaud & the Villains return to Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 19

    Pulling together a 19-piece band is no easy feat in any circumstance — keeping one together for close to a decade borders on the miraculous, but it’s something L.A.’s jazz-swing-gospel-theater collective Vaud & the Villains has managed against the economic and logistical odds for close to a decade...

  • Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

    Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

    Water conservation efforts in Los Angeles are getting a bit of help from indie band Lucy & LaMer in a new video for the group’s song “Rainy Days,” premiering here. The video for the jaunty pop song, from the Echo Park-based band’s 2015 EP “Little Spoon,” is written and directed by lead singer Lucy...

  • James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the industrial rock band from 1991 to 1994, died Sunday, his ex-wife Kate Van Buren, announced in a Facebook post. No cause of death was given. Woolley, 49, was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album “The Downward...

  • Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide — for one weekend

    Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide — for one weekend

    Kanye West fans can buy a taste of "The Life of Pablo" following the rapper-turned-fashion mogul's announcement of 21 pop-up stores worldwide that will be open just this weekend. West on Wednesday night tweeted a map with red dots indicating the stores' locations. Fourteen of the stores will be...

  • Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

    Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

    We’re a decade into the EDM boom of the 2000s. So why hasn’t there been a great American television show or movie set within the scene? EDM – and all the raptures, perils and outsize personalities that come with it – would seem a natural setting for film. Its exaggerated stage productions are science...

  • Ahead of a show with the L.A. Phil, Ben Harper discusses his favorite musical collaborations

    Ahead of a show with the L.A. Phil, Ben Harper discusses his favorite musical collaborations

    “Collaborations are a commitment to being willing to grow,” says Ben Harper. “You only grow in situations where you surrender to the unknown.” The guy knows what he’s talking about: A singer, songwriter and guitarist acclaimed for his rootsy blend of blues, soul, folk, rock and reggae, Harper has...

  • PJ Harvey adds second L.A. performance on Friday for her new U.S. tour

    PJ Harvey adds second L.A. performance on Friday for her new U.S. tour

    Singer and songwriter PJ Harvey has added a second show to her tour stop in Los Angeles with a performance Friday at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood along with her Thursday show date at the Shrine Expo Hall, which quickly sold out. Tickets are on sale now for the added show, which extends her run...

  • Paul McCartney signs new contract returning his solo career to Capitol

    Paul McCartney signs new contract returning his solo career to Capitol

    Paul McCartney is getting back to where he once belonged, renewing his relationship with Capitol Records, the label that ushered him and the rest of the Beatles to household name status in the U.S. in the 1960s. The new contract, announced Wednesday by Capitol, will cover his complete solo catalog...

  • Rap 'feud' between Drake and Eminem shut down by joint Detroit appearance

    Rap 'feud' between Drake and Eminem shut down by joint Detroit appearance

    So much for reports of a feud between rappers Eminem and Drake, amid growing social media speculation that one or the other was readying a diss track aimed at the other.  Eminem joined Drake on stage at the Joe Louis Arena in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit to perform Drake’s song “Forever.” Introducing...

  • Britney Spears to perform at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

    Britney Spears to perform at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

    For the first time in nearly a decade, Britney Spears will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star will return to the VMA stage for the debut live performance of her comeback single, “Make Me,” the network announced Tuesday afternoon.  Spears is in the middle of an aggressive comeback...

  • Elvis Presley 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' 40 years later

    Elvis Presley 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' 40 years later

    Tuesday marks the 39th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977, and as usual, there will be a plethora of activities in and around Graceland to celebrate his life for thousands of fans who make a pilgrimage to his final resting place. Those who aren’t making the trek to...

  • Nick Jonas goes deep into the bro psyche in 'Goat'

    Nick Jonas goes deep into the bro psyche in 'Goat'

    Nick Jonas is currently on a joint tour with Demi Lovato — and by all accounts, it’s quite a duet. But he also made a just-as-auspicious L.A. debut of sorts over the weekend at the Sundance Next Fest at the Ace Hotel. “Goat,” a new feature from director Andrew Neel (out in theaters and on-demand...

  • Watch a preview of Flying Lotus' directorial debut 'Royal'

    Watch a preview of Flying Lotus' directorial debut 'Royal'

    This weekend, the beat-music staple Flying Lotus will make his directorial debut at the Sundance Next Fest at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Lotus’ aesthetic has always been heavily cinematic. His many videos and live installations, particularly with director Kahlil Joseph, are some of...

  • Ramin Djawadi's 'Game of Thrones' score to tour North America

    Ramin Djawadi's 'Game of Thrones' score to tour North America

    The sounds of Westeros are coming to North America.  A 28-city tour will begin in February and feature live orchestral performances of the “Game of Thrones” score. Event planners promise a 360-degree stage, LED screens and special designs that aim to take fans on an immersive visual and musical...

  • DJ Khaled knocks Drake off the top of the charts with 'Major Key'

    DJ Khaled knocks Drake off the top of the charts with 'Major Key'

    Drake now has a new view: from the No. 2 slot on the albums chart. The MC had been on a hot streak atop the Billboard 200, staying perched at No. 1 for 12 nonconsecutive weeks with his LP “Views” (with a brief knockout from Blink-182). This is owed in large part to the massive streaming success...

  • Bow Wow announces his retirement at 29: 'I just can’t see myself at 30 years old rapping'

    Bow Wow announces his retirement at 29: 'I just can’t see myself at 30 years old rapping'

    Rapper-actor Bow Wow, a.k.a. Shad Moss, sent out a series of tweets over the weekend announcing his retirement from rap 16 years after getting started as teenage hip-hop prodigy. “I always said I’d retire from music before 30,” Moss, 29, said in one of the tweets. “I just can’t see myself at 30...

  • Charles Aznavour, 92, to play five North American shows in October

    Charles Aznavour, 92, to play five North American shows in October

    French chanson master Charles Aznavour will tour the U.S. and Canada for a small handful of concerts in October, the 92-year-old singer’s return to North America following a limited tour in 2014. Aznavour will open the string of five dates on Oct. 15 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New...

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