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The L.A. DIY community contemplates a post-Ghost Ship life

After a December fire in Oakland killed dozens of young music fans at the DIY venue known as Ghost Ship, one question has ricocheted around L.A.’s underground music community: What do we do now? In the wake of tragedy and public scrutiny, L.A.’s underground promoters, artists and fans know that...

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  • New anti-Trump compilation enlists indie-rock luminaries

    New anti-Trump compilation enlists indie-rock luminaries

    Many music fans will be craving some sort of comfort — or inspiration for protest — during the first days of the Trump administration. A new subscription music service hopes to offer one, by way of 100 new songs from popular indie artists. Our First 100 Days has corralled new tracks from Mitski,...

  • Michael Jackson biopic coming to Lifetime

    Michael Jackson biopic coming to Lifetime

    The same day a British television network nixed plans to air a dramatized depiction of a wild urban legend about Michael Jackson following a backlash, Lifetime announced it is prepping a biopic on the late King of Pop. Based on a 2014 book from two of Jackson’s personal security guards, “Michael...

  • Trump team's inauguration performers face pressure as Jennifer Holliday backs out

    Trump team's inauguration performers face pressure as Jennifer Holliday backs out

    After weeks of speculation, Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has shared its list of performers for next week’s celebrations. Country music star Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and patriotic staple Lee Greenwood join a roster that includes “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, the...

  • California Sounds: Cate Le Bon, the Molochs and Barclay Crenshaw greet the year with open ears

    California Sounds: Cate Le Bon, the Molochs and Barclay Crenshaw greet the year with open ears

    Cate Le Bon, “Rock Pool” video (Drag City). In the new video for “Rock Pool,” singer and songwriter Le Bon mixes filters and effects that recall 1980s public access cable with jump-cuts and repetitive edits of the artist maneuvering her body, and the result suggests a kind of Kodachrome mysticism....

  • Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album

    Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album

    Longtime devotees of the rock band Fleetwood Mac might be forgiven for letting out a gleeful yelp when registering the news that singer-keyboardist Christine McVie shared with The Times in December while sitting next to her band mate -- guitarist, singer and producer Lindsey Buckingham. “I've been...

  • What to listen to now: Dale & Ray, Jacob Latimore and David Bowie

    What to listen to now: Dale & Ray, Jacob Latimore and David Bowie

    A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times’ music staff. This week’s picks include some twang from Dale & Ray as well as a teen pop musician transitioning into adulthood and the latest surprise release from the late, great David Bowie.  Dale & Ray, “Write Your Own Songs” (Ameripolitan/Home)...

  • The xx lightens up — or does it? — on 'I See You'

    The xx lightens up — or does it? — on 'I See You'

    The lead single with the prominent Hall & Oates sample. The music video set at an underage dance party. The publicity photos that suggest a sunny Netflix reboot of “Three’s Company.” Everything the xx has revealed in the run-up to its third studio album, “I See You,” seems to lead toward the idea...

  • After 'The Ghosts of Highway 20,' Lucinda Williams looks ahead to her next step

    After 'The Ghosts of Highway 20,' Lucinda Williams looks ahead to her next step

    Lucinda Williams is feeling a little restless these days and is talking about shifting gears musically in 2017. It’s not that the acclaimed singer-songwriter is remotely unhappy with her work. Last year’s “The Ghosts of Highway 20” double album was another career high watermark creatively, exploring...

  • Ukulele legend and Honolulu original Eddie Kamae dies at 89

    Ukulele legend and Honolulu original Eddie Kamae dies at 89

    Eddie Kamae, one of the most influential Hawaiian musicians of the last half-century and a filmmaker who painstakingly documented the culture and history of the islands, has died at his home in Honolulu. He was 89. Kamae, who died Saturday, had long been the face of The Sons of Hawaii, a popular...

  • Put 'em up: Chris Brown and Soulja Boy will reportedly duke it out in televised boxing match

    Put 'em up: Chris Brown and Soulja Boy will reportedly duke it out in televised boxing match

    Looks like hip-hop stars Chris Brown and Soulja Boy will be turning a social media beef into some serious cheddar. What began as a run-of-the-mill celebrity feud has evolved into a televised, pay-per-view boxing match, according to TMZ. The site has reported that the fight was originally scheduled...

  • Common and the National to play inauguration-week benefit for Planned Parenthood

    Common and the National to play inauguration-week benefit for Planned Parenthood

    While the music lineup at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration looks pretty thin, a whole festival’s worth of counterprogramming will happen across America and outside the National Mall. The latest edition to the protest roster? Common and the National, who will headline a benefit and awareness...

  • U2 will bring 'Joshua Tree' to the Rose Bowl in May

    U2 will bring 'Joshua Tree' to the Rose Bowl in May

    Fans may not appreciate U2 sneaking onto their phones, but they adore the Irish rockers when they come to town on stadium tours. And the band’s new one should have plenty to say about American life at the moment. The group has announced a full tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua...

  • 'Save the Smell!': Best Coast and No Age try to keep the L.A. punk club alive

    'Save the Smell!': Best Coast and No Age try to keep the L.A. punk club alive

    Why make a big deal out of a 19th anniversary? Because the Smell might not be around for its 20th. On Saturday night, some of the highest-profile acts to come out of this tiny downtown club, including Best Coast and No Age, gathered at the Belasco Theater to pay tribute to the place that’s been...

  • Tinashe's dance heavy 'Company' is the first must-see music video of 2017

    Tinashe's dance heavy 'Company' is the first must-see music video of 2017

    Tinashe’s journey from underground mix tapes to commercial pop artist has been a bumpy one, but the alternative-R&B singer is starting 2017 off by releasing the year’s first must-see visual with “Company.” Nearly four months after releasing the single, which was written and produced by R&B savant...

  • Ed Sheeran is 'absolutely buzzing' to be back: Listen to his two new songs

    Ed Sheeran is 'absolutely buzzing' to be back: Listen to his two new songs

    Words of hard-earned wisdom from Ed Sheeran: “The club isn’t the best place to find a lover.” That’s how the young British singer-songwriter begins his new song “Shape of You,” in which he cleverly goes to a bar instead to flirt with a woman whose “love was handmade for somebody like me.” Built...

  • Annual Elvis tribute show is set for Sunday in Burbank

    Annual Elvis tribute show is set for Sunday in Burbank

    Like the honoree himself, the annual Elvis Birthday Bash has seen its ups and downs over the last 31 years, from humble beginnings in tiny clubs of L.A. to the 1,000-seat House of Blues in West Hollywood during its peak. More recently, it’s been back to more modest surroundings, such as the Pickwick...

  • Pharrell talks to Ellen about Kim Burrell: 'There's no room for any kind of prejudice'

    Pharrell talks to Ellen about Kim Burrell: 'There's no room for any kind of prejudice'

    Pharrell Williams took to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday to respond to recent homophobic comments made by gospel singer Kim Burrell, with whom Williams collaborated for his soundtrack to the new movie “Hidden Figures.” In video circulated widely online this week, Burrell can be seen referring...

  • Drake, Adele — and Prince — top Nielsen Music year-end music stats

    Drake, Adele — and Prince — top Nielsen Music year-end music stats

    Final figures from Nielsen Music confirm that Drake’s “Views” was the most “consumed” album of 2016. Meanwhile, Adele’s mega-smash “25,” released in late 2015, rang up the biggest numbers at physical and virtual cash registers. Neither musician, however, finished as the year’s top-selling artist....

  • Billy Joel to play Dodger Stadium this spring

    Billy Joel to play Dodger Stadium this spring

    The Piano Man is coming to Dodger Stadium.  Billy Joel will perform at the baseball park on May 13, Live Nation announced on Thursday — a first for him. Although Joel cut his teeth as a piano player and lounger singer at the Executive Room in L.A. during the ’70s (he performed as Bill Martin then)...

  • Move over, Coachella: Kendall Jenner is getting into the festival business

    Move over, Coachella: Kendall Jenner is getting into the festival business

    As any Coachella regular knows, the Kardashian family has established a reliable presence at the annual desert music festival in Indio. In 2015, for instance, Kendall Jenner made headlines when she and Tyler, the Creator got into a spat during his Coachella performance (which no one remembers as...

  • Golden Globes: How Ryan Tedder tapped Stevie Wonder's DNA for the uplifting 'Faith'

    Golden Globes: How Ryan Tedder tapped Stevie Wonder's DNA for the uplifting 'Faith'

    Stevie Wonder isn’t in the habit of making songs for movies — but when he gets around to it, the song makes an impact. In 1985 he won an Academy Award for “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” from the Gene Wilder comedy “The Woman in Red.” In 1991 his soundtrack for Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” topped...

  • How the Soulquarius Festival became the must-attend event of 2017

    How the Soulquarius Festival became the must-attend event of 2017

    When the inaugural Soulquarius festival was unveiled recently, it sent a generation of R&B fans into pandemonium. Its lineup boasted so many of the acts that have defined the last quarter century of the genre that it seemed too good to be true. Nearly every era of R&B is represented — from new...

  • Drake leads 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations

    Drake leads 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations

    Drake and the Chainsmokers lead the nominations for this year’s iHeartRadio Music awards, iHeartMedia and Turner announced Wednesday morning.  Drake is up for 12 trophies at the fan-driven fete, including song of the year for his summer smash “One Dance,” male artist of the year and hip-hop artist...

  • L.A.'s 'Day of the Doors' marks 50th anniversary of debut album

    L.A.'s 'Day of the Doors' marks 50th anniversary of debut album

    It’s the “Day of the Doors” on Wednesday in Los Angeles, the 50th anniversary of the release of the rock quartet’s debut album, “The Doors.” The work instantly put the band on the map nationally thanks to the breakthrough hit “Light My Fire.” The band’s surviving members, guitarist Robby Krieger...

  • Commentary: Was 2016 the worst year ever?

    Commentary: Was 2016 the worst year ever?

    On Dec. 23, as fellow airline passengers began tweeting that Carrie Fisher, suffering a health crisis on a flight from London to Los Angeles, appeared unresponsive when paramedics took her from a plane, many people quickly blamed 2016. It was a year that had already claimed a number of beloved...

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