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  • Elizabeth Banks leads a pack of celebrities in an a cappella version of 'Fight Song' for Hillary Clinton

    Elizabeth Banks leads a pack of celebrities in an a cappella version of 'Fight Song' for Hillary Clinton

    In a celebrity endorsement move timed to coincide with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination, a bounty of famous actors and singers released a buoyant new music video of them singing a cappella to Rachel Platten's "Fight Song." Featuring Elizabeth Banks, Sia, Alan...

  • Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Singer, songwriter and mystical mood conjurer Tony Joe White brought his swamp-rooted music and mind-set to the Grammy Museum on Monday for a Q&A session and performance that ultimately turned into one of the rowdier events staged in the often sedate environs of the museum’s Clive Davis Theater....

  • Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

    Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

    The estate of musician Randy California, of L.A. rock band Spirit, intends to appeal the jury verdict last month that found that Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for the group’s hit “Stairway to Heaven” from an earlier Spirit instrumental, “Taurus,” court documents show. The...

  • The Strokes turn darkness into light at an L.A. benefit concert

    The Strokes turn darkness into light at an L.A. benefit concert

    For their whole life as a band, the members of the Strokes have evoked images of a seedy Lower East Side New York full of beautiful rocker kids indulging vices and balming melancholy in dark bars. On Monday night, however, the band played its only local date of 2016 to push for a safer, more compassionate...

  • Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' nominated for 11 MTV Video Music Awards

    Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' nominated for 11 MTV Video Music Awards

    Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” has emerged as a serious award season contender. The concept musical drama, which recently landed four Emmy nods, dominates the crop of nominees for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, which the network unveiled  Tuesday.  Incorporating bits of narrative fiction, documentary and...

  • Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight. Pop singer Adele has booked two more shows to her extended series of concerts at Staples Center in August, adding to her already slotted six sold-out gigs. The new dates are on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.  The artist has been touring for much of the year in support of her 2015 album, “25,” after...

  • At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 people have been arrested at a Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey, including a woman accused of assaulting police, according to officials.  The arrests occurred at Saturday night's show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, officials said. Investigators say 30-year-old Kimberly Goodman...

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

    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...

  • Weird Al Yankovic celebrates four decades of pop music parodies at the Hollywood Bowl

    Weird Al Yankovic celebrates four decades of pop music parodies at the Hollywood Bowl

    “When the going gets weird,” Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once said, “the weird turn pro,” and no one has shown over time greater aptitude at professional weirdness than “Weird Al” Yankovic. The Lynwood-reared pop music parodist par excellence reached yet another milestone in his astonishingly...

  • Autolux explores the six-year cycle of creativity that spawned its recent album

    Autolux explores the six-year cycle of creativity that spawned its recent album

    Like the life-cycle of a rare species that blossoms at odd intervals, the Los Angeles trio Autolux arrived with its recent album, “Pussy’s Dead,” after six years of germination. But however glorious its spring arrival may have been, dozens of other records, tracks, remixes and mixtapes by hot new...

  • 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...

  • Melania Trump's RNC speech provokes claims of plagiarism and, maybe worse, Rickrolling

    Melania Trump's RNC speech provokes claims of plagiarism and, maybe worse, Rickrolling

    Did Melania Trump lift part of her speech from Michelle Obama at Monday’s Republican National Convention? Or maybe her speechwriters made a mistake. Perhaps, as some have speculated, the use of phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention was pure coincidence. ...

  • Suicide's Alan Vega was one of rock's greatest antagonists

    Suicide's Alan Vega was one of rock's greatest antagonists

    Suicide was supposed to headline the upcoming Desert Daze festival in Joshua Tree. The fest was going to be the NYC duo’s first L.A.-area show in 16 years. The billing almost didn’t seem real, in part because Suicide had long become one of those bands, like the Velvet Underground, whose influence...

  • 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...

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