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  • 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...

  • Garth Brooks World Tour comes to Anaheim in September

    Garth Brooks World Tour comes to Anaheim in September

    Garth Brooks brings his world tour back to Southern California with his first concert in Anaheim in 20 years when he plays the Honda Center on Sept. 17.  Tickets will go on sale July 29 at 10 a.m. PST and will cost $74.98, including facility and service fees. The Garth Brooks World Tour has made...

  • 'The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl' album upgraded for Sept. 9 reissue

    'The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl' album upgraded for Sept. 9 reissue

    The long out-of-print “The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl” album will be reissued in significantly upgraded form on Sept. 9 in conjunction with the forthcoming Ron Howard-directed documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years.” The album, originally released in 1977 and...

  • 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...

  • Tom Petty's band Mudcrutch taps Sean Penn to direct grim Anthony Hopkins-led video

    Tom Petty's band Mudcrutch taps Sean Penn to direct grim Anthony Hopkins-led video

    Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s reformed early band, has released a new video for its song “I Forgive It All,” but if you’re looking to start your day off with kittens and puppies you’ve come to the wrong place. Co-directed by Mr. Sunshine himself, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, and starring Oscar winner...

  • Ain't no mountain high enough: 5 times Diana Ross was a total boss

    Ain't no mountain high enough: 5 times Diana Ross was a total boss

    Icon will meet icon this weekend when Diana Ross plays two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Set for Friday and Saturday evenings, the two-night stand marks the singer’s second visit to the hillside institution in only three years. (“Still show-stopping” is how my colleague Ernest Hardy described...

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