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Premiere: Mexrrissey reworks Morrissey's 'Suedehead' as 'Estuvo Bien'

Those up on their legendary Brit pop singers will immediately appreciate the premise behind Mexrrissey. The collective centered around Mexico City-based DJ, producer and record executive Camilo Lara is the musical embodiment of a love affair stretching back to the 1980s, when Morrissey, backed...

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  • Warner Music Group steps up investment in Los Angeles venture for artists

    Warner Music Group steps up investment in Los Angeles venture for artists

    Record label Warner Music Group has extended its investment in Artist Partners Group, a Los Angeles-based joint venture that has supported musicians like rapper Kevin Gates and pop singer Charlie Puth.  Founded in 2013 by veteran Warner Music and Atlantic Records executive Mike Caren, Artist Partners...

  • Merle Haggard resumes tour following bout with pneumonia

    Merle Haggard resumes tour following bout with pneumonia

    Veteran country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard has rebounded from his recent bout with double pneumonia, and will play some of the shows his illness forced him to postpone, including a date Thursday, Feb. 11, in Beverly Hills with Kris Kristofferson. Haggard, 78, returned to the stage over...

  • Cal marching band adds brassy muscle to Coldplay's Super Bowl show

    Cal marching band adds brassy muscle to Coldplay's Super Bowl show

    Beyoncé may have generated the biggest response for her performance alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday, but there was another musical act on the bill that drew the attention of college sports fans and Bay Area locals.The University of California Marching...

  • Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime show: A primer for those who went for beer

    Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime show: A primer for those who went for beer

    Those who were only half-watching Beyoncé's "Formation" performance during the Super Bowl halftime show — perhaps distracted by the beer, wings and guacamole — may be wondering what was the big deal. So here's a quick primer. The costumes spoke volumes Beyonce's ensemble was an homage to Michael...

  • Beyoncé draws outrage and praise for Super Bowl set

    Beyoncé draws outrage and praise for Super Bowl set

    Who says pop music can't incite? Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show featuring Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars has prompted more online comment, analysis and reaction the morning after than the football game itself. The Black Panthers, not the Carolina Panthers, are trending across social media....

  • The best -- and worst -- social media reactions to Beyoncé's halftime show

    The best -- and worst -- social media reactions to Beyoncé's halftime show

    Coldplay? What's a Coldplay? Super Bowl 50, like most live events, played out as much on Twitter as it did on television. Some people were just there for the halftime show, featuring Coldplay with "guests" Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. At least one person wasn't sure who else was supposed to be there....

  • Super Bowl 2016: Beyoncé gets the halftime win with Coldplay's blessing

    Super Bowl 2016: Beyoncé gets the halftime win with Coldplay's blessing

    For a band that’s been called wimpy for the better part of two decades, Coldplay showed some remarkable chutzpah Sunday night in the halftime show at Super Bowl 50. Sure, frontman Chris Martin was his usual heart-on-sleeve self, starting the performance with a few lines from Coldplay’s ultra-sensitive...

  • Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    No one holds on to a secret like Beyoncé does. After a weekend that included her eagerly awaited return to the Super Bowl stage and the surprise release of a new single called “Formation,” the pop diva has announced she will hit the road this spring in a commercial that dropped right after her...

  • Buoyant energy drives Buyepongo's groove-heavy 'Todo Mundo'

    Buoyant energy drives Buyepongo's groove-heavy 'Todo Mundo'

    Buyepongo, "Todo Mundo" (Buyepongo). Those hearing the Los Angeles band's new album minus any context could be forgiven for wondering about its origins. Opening with a reggae-tinged patios shout, a crooked kick-drum beat and a multi-lingual music-backed monologue, the record mixes so many instrumental...

  • Dan Hicks, eclectic folk-jazz artist from the Bay Area, dies at 74

    Dan Hicks, eclectic folk-jazz artist from the Bay Area, dies at 74

    Bay Area folk-pop-jazz singer and bandleader Dan Hicks, known for his acoustic eclectism, sense of humor and popular songs such as "“I Scare Myself," died Saturday in Mill Valley, according to his wife. Hicks was 74.  Hicks had revealed in 2015 that he was battling liver cancer, this shortly after...

  • Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

    Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

    Beyoncé surprise-released a new song on Saturday afternoon, the day before she is expected to be appear with Coldplay at the Super Bowl, and she doesn't waste any time in getting to the point: "I slay," she sings on "Formation," which was posted on her official website and released for free via...

  • At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

    At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

    A good half-hour before the end of his concert Thursday night at the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes was already looking ahead to his next gig. The North Carolina-based singer and his band would be in Los Angeles for a few days, he told the crowd, so anyone interested in having him play again --...

  • Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

    Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

    "Earth, hot air and no fire." That's how George Clinton, founder of influential funk groups Funkadelic and Parliament, famously critiqued the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire in 1975. Insulting? Sure, but the Los Angeles band's founder, Maurice White, died Thursday knowing that Clinton was wrong. He...

  • Being wedding DJs wasn't their first gig, but it pays the bills and serves a purpose

    Being wedding DJs wasn't their first gig, but it pays the bills and serves a purpose

    Jesse Kivel and Michael David have toured the world in their electronic pop bands Kisses and Classixx, performing and DJ-ing to all kinds of festival and club crowds. But the show with the elephant in the audience was a first. "Oh, yeah, we've played a traditional Indian wedding with the full elephant,"...

  • Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Think about the first time you heard Janet Jackson’s “Control.” Were you on the dance floor of a dimly lighted nightclub? A high school dance? The record store? Listening to the radio? However you heard it, your body more than likely moved to the pulse of its frenetic, intricate beat. And then...

  • Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

    Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

    Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 74. His brother and bandmate, Verdine White, confirmed the news with the Associated Press. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early '80s,...

  • Seal joins the cast of Fox live musical event 'The Passion'

    Seal joins the cast of Fox live musical event 'The Passion'

    When in doubt, bring in a ringer. Fox announced Thursday that four-time Grammy winner Seal would be joining the cast of the upcoming live musical event “The Passion.” The project, a modern interpretation of the final hours of the life of Jesus Christ, will feature the singer as Pontius Pilate,...

  • A Peter & Gordon reunion: Peter Asher pays tribute at the Laguna Playhouse

    A Peter & Gordon reunion: Peter Asher pays tribute at the Laguna Playhouse

    When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press: "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher will bring his British Invasion tribute show to Laguna...

  • X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    Three years ago, documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak had never heard of a band called X Japan. Most Americans hadn't either, even with more than 20 million albums sold around the world, but Kijak was intrigued. He learned of a sound that incorporated thrash metal and classical piano with big prog-rock...

  • Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to an Associated Press report Tuesday afternoon. Gaga will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, where the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will vie for the championship title. See...

  • Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    The Las Vegas Strip isn’t just for sparkly pop divas, electronic dance music kings and beloved icons from generations past. Adding to the growing list of hip-hop acts making the pilgrimage to Sin City, Big Boi has announced a yearlong residency at the Wynn Las Vegas. The co-founder of pioneering...

  • Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga. The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning. Gaga was already set for a performance on the Feb....

  • How Paul Kantner and Jefferson Airplane delivered LSD music to the masses

    How Paul Kantner and Jefferson Airplane delivered LSD music to the masses

    Those looking to understand the roots of San Francisco psychedelic rock need only read one observation from Paul Kantner, who died Thursday at age 74, to connect the microdots.  "Jefferson Airplane had the fortune or misfortune of discovering Fender Twin Reverb amps and LSD in the same week while...

  • How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in L.A -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons

    How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in L.A -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons

    Woody Guthrie is best known for his work as a Dust Bowl balladeer and protest singer. But like many restless Oklahomans of the time, the singer and songwriter felt the pull of the West in the 1930s. Looking for adventure and working on a life in music, Guthrie spent crucial early years in Los Angeles...

  • Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies at 74

    Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies at 74

    Paul Kantner, the Jefferson Airplane guitarist, songwriter and fixture of the San Francisco '60s rock scene, died Thursday of septic shock and organ failure, according to his publicist, who confirmed his death with the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 74. "Paul was a key architect in the development...

  • Rihanna's 'Anti' hits 1 million downloads in 14 hours; physical release to come

    Rihanna's 'Anti' hits 1 million downloads in 14 hours; physical release to come

    Rihanna’s new album, “Anti,” hasn’t been out for 24 hours and it’s already been downloaded 1 million times. Exclusively released late Wednesday to the fledgling music service Tidal — which the pop star co-owns with Jay Z and other musicians including Madonna, Usher and Beyonce — the album was also...

  • Sia wastes an opportunity on the ordinary 'This Is Acting'

    Sia wastes an opportunity on the ordinary 'This Is Acting'

    A year and a half ago, Sia transformed a serious liability into an undeniable asset. So why does her new album make waste of her success? An Australian singer-songwriter with a flair for fitting confessional lyrics to sleek electronic beats, Sia built a respectable following in the late 1990s and...

  • 'Why the Mountains Are Black' aims to show music as a 'tool for survival'

    'Why the Mountains Are Black' aims to show music as a 'tool for survival'

    In summer 2014, four writers and one record collector were sitting in a room in Faber, Va. The record collector, an adept and passionate scholar, was Chris King. He had been playing 78s from his collection, which he keeps in plain brown sleeves that are not marked. They are organized by genre and...

  • Coldplay to play Rose Bowl in August on summer U.S. stadium tour

    Coldplay to play Rose Bowl in August on summer U.S. stadium tour

    Coldplay will set down in a large handful of major-market stadiums across the U.S. this summer as part of the group’s first world tour in five years, the band announced Thursday. The stateside leg of A Head Full of Dreams tour opens July 16 at New York’s Met Life Stadium and will reach the Rose...

  • Bert Berns tabbed for Rock Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Bert Berns tabbed for Rock Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Songwriter, producer and record label executive Bert Berns will be this year’s recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held April 8 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Berns, who died in 1967 of heart failure at age 38, is best...

  • Surprise! Rihanna's 'Anti' is finally out -- and it's free

    Surprise! Rihanna's 'Anti' is finally out -- and it's free

    The day that started with new Rihanna music has ended with new Rihanna music in a whirlwind that included a surprise single release and the leaking of her latest album, “Anti.” Hours after premiering a collaboration with Drake called “Work,” the long-awaited album hit the Internet. “Anti,” the...

  • Jenny Lewis on 'Rabbit Fur Coat': 'It was the first time for everything'

    Jenny Lewis on 'Rabbit Fur Coat': 'It was the first time for everything'

    In 2005, Conor Oberst asked Jenny Lewis if she might be interested in making a solo album for his fledgling record label, Team Love. Her reaction wasn’t quite what the Bright Eyes frontman was expecting. “I was like, “‘Are you crazy? I can’t make a record on my own!’” recalled Lewis, then known...

  • Here's what's weird about Panic! at the Disco's new No. 1 album

    Here's what's weird about Panic! at the Disco's new No. 1 album

    Call it wish fulfillment: With an opening track titled "Victorious," the new album from Panic! at the Disco beat the competition to enter the Billboard 200 this week at No. 1. "Death of a Bachelor," the flamboyant emo band's fifth album, sold 169,000 copies during its first week of availability,...

  • Grammys and Kendrick Lamar celebrate Compton in 'Witness Greatness'

    Grammys and Kendrick Lamar celebrate Compton in 'Witness Greatness'

    With three weeks until the Grammy Awards, the organization has released a stirring new short film featuring Kendrick Lamar. A celebration of Lamar's hometown, Compton, the clip stars its citizenry reciting lines from "Alright," Lamar's motivational anthem from the album "To Pimp a Butterfly."  ...

  • Brian Wilson will perform in 50th anniversary 'Pet Sounds' world tour

    Brian Wilson will perform in 50th anniversary 'Pet Sounds' world tour

    Beach Boys founding member and creative leader Brian Wilson will undertake a 2016 world tour celebrating this year’s 50th anniversary of the release of his group’s widely hailed 1966 masterpiece, “Pet Sounds,” during which the album will be performed in its entirety. The tour is scheduled to open...

  • 2016 NAMM musical products show draws nearly 100,000 to Anaheim

    2016 NAMM musical products show draws nearly 100,000 to Anaheim

    A trio of musicians joyfully playing Stevie Wonder’s jazz tribute “Sir Duke” on Chinese handbells, a tubist displaying his virtuosity, heavy metal dudes and dudettes in black leather jackets and torn fishnet stockings admiring coffin-shaped guitar cases and surprise appearances by scores of the...

  • Jennifer Lopez gives all she's got -- and more -- in Vegas

    Jennifer Lopez gives all she's got -- and more -- in Vegas

    “Vegas, there’s a new girl in town,” Jennifer Lopez announced during a sold-out show at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater on Friday. Judging from the dazzling two-hour spectacle the multi-hyphenate entertainer has produced for her debut Vegas residency, Lopez’s proclamation felt more like a warning...

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