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The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love': It was 50 years ago today

“Boys, I have the most fantastic news to report,” Beatles manager Brian Epstein announced one day in 1967 to his most famous clients. “You have been selected to represent England in a television programme which, for the first time, ever, will be transmitted live around the world via satellite....

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  • Why the depressing CMT Awards felt like one long commercial

    Why the depressing CMT Awards felt like one long commercial

    No branding opportunity was left unexploited at this year’s CMT Awards, which the country music television network broadcast live Wednesday night from Nashville’s Music City Center. A tire company had its name on one of the venue’s stages, while a candy company had its name on another. One award,...

  • Katy Perry is a woman of many minds on 'Witness'

    Katy Perry is a woman of many minds on 'Witness'

    Katy Perry’s hair isn’t the only thing that’s shortened in recent months. When the singer unveiled in February that she’d completed a new album, her first since 2013’s “Prism,” she used the phrase “purposeful pop” to describe the music. Such an expression suggested she had taken on a political...

  • Who is Breadwoman? Experimental musician Anna Homler will resurrect her curious creation on Thursday

    Who is Breadwoman? Experimental musician Anna Homler will resurrect her curious creation on Thursday

    Last year, New York experimental record label RVNG Intl. reissued a curious album of 1980s compositions called “Breadwoman and Other Tales.” Created by Los Angeles musician and performance artist Anna Homler, Breadwoman sang in her own language, a mix of syllabic utterances that sounded like some...

  • Elvis Presley's complete 1953-1955 recordings coming July 28

    Elvis Presley's complete 1953-1955 recordings coming July 28

    The most comprehensive collection yet of Elvis Presley’s earliest recordings will be released July 28 in a three-CD and digital set comprising 85 tracks, representing everything Presley is known to have recorded from 1953 to 1955. “Elvis Presley — A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings”...

  • How Phoenix managed to stay joyful in troubled times

    How Phoenix managed to stay joyful in troubled times

    On the night of the terrorist attacks that roiled Paris in November 2015, the French rock band Phoenix’s guitarist, Christian Mazzalai, was recording in a studio. The facility went on lockdown after news broke that gunmen had stormed the Bataclan, a beloved neighborhood concert hall. By the end...

  • Sam Outlaw, L.A.'s country boy, is on cusp of music stardom

    Sam Outlaw, L.A.'s country boy, is on cusp of music stardom

    As country music drinking songs go, bottomless mimosas at brunch doesn’t have quite the severity of, say, smashing a handle of bourbon to kill an all-consuming heartbreak. But on Sam Outlaw’s new album, “Tenderheart,” the L.A. singer-songwriter takes an image of alfresco indulgence and wrings some...

  • Ringo Starr will host 10th annual 'Peace & Love' birthday event July 7 in L.A.

    Ringo Starr will host 10th annual 'Peace & Love' birthday event July 7 in L.A.

    Ringo Starr will preside over the 10th edition of his annual birthday “Peace & Love” celebration with a ceremony on July 7 — his 77th birthday — that will be echoed in more than a dozen cities around the globe. As he has for the last three celebrations, the Beatles’ drummer will appear in Hollywood...

  • Friends and family celebrate Sunset Strip legend Mario Maglieri at the Rainbow Bar & Grill

    Friends and family celebrate Sunset Strip legend Mario Maglieri at the Rainbow Bar & Grill

    Mario Maglieri was a central character in the story of Los Angeles youth culture. And Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, those who knew Maglieri, the late fixture of the Sunset Strip who co-owned both the longtime pizza-pasta joint to the stars and...

  • Music-focused British series 'People Just Do Nothing' celebrates the 'idiots everywhere'

    Music-focused British series 'People Just Do Nothing' celebrates the 'idiots everywhere'

    Underground club culture gets the “Spinal Tap” treatment in “People Just Do Nothing,” a BBC mockumentary series that just landed in North America via Netflix. On this series, which is structured like the British version of “The Office,” cameras follow a low-functioning group of thirtysomething...

  • Gregg Allman was the voice and face of Southern rock

    Gregg Allman was the voice and face of Southern rock

    Call it the big bang of Southern rock: the convergence of forces that led two brothers, Duane and Gregg Allman, to convene in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 26, 1969, for a jam session that would beget the Allman Brothers Band. Even further, call it a defining moment of the jam band era, because...

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