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  • Britney Spears is back in control on her sexy new album 'Glory'

    Britney Spears is back in control on her sexy new album 'Glory'

    “Here’s my invitation, baby / Come feel my energy,” Britney Spears purrs to open her new album, “Glory,” and what a welcome offer that is. Throughout the 2000s, no one made better — or weirder — pop records than Spears, who achieved instant superstardom in 1999 with “…Baby One More Time,” then...

  • Review: Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock rarely take off with Mega Nova at the Hollywood Bowl

    Review: Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock rarely take off with Mega Nova at the Hollywood Bowl

    Give your latest project a name that sounds like an explosive cosmic event and, sure, maybe expectations run a little high. However, every bit as challenging for Mega Nova — the new project led by Carlos Santana that debuted at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night — was the idea to round out the band...

  • Review: Blood Orange invites everyone to 'Freetown' at the Ace Hotel

    Review: Blood Orange invites everyone to 'Freetown' at the Ace Hotel

    Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes is often called an heir to Prince. But on Wednesday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, he was just as much an inheritor of Gene Kelly. During the band’s performance of “You’re Not Good Enough,” a soft-funk single that sounds like the smooth station KOST-FM (103.5)...

  • Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium get spotlight in August

    Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium get spotlight in August

    August is a key month in the Beatles’ history as it relates to time the Fab Four spent in Southern California. The group played its first Los Angeles concert Aug. 23, 1964, at the Hollywood Bowl, which was recorded in hopes of being released as a live album. The Beatles returned a year later for...

  • Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Six months after his death, Prince’s Paisley Park compound will welcome tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the reclusive musician’s private estate and production complex.  The family of the late music legend and Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as the special administrator of the singer’s estate,...

  • Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

    Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

    After a whirlwind, unconventional release, Frank Ocean’s new album is coasting toward the top of the charts. “Blonde,” the follow-up to the enigmatic singer’s critically acclaimed and Grammy-winning major label debut, “Channel Orange,” is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — a first...

  • Demi Lovato hit with copyright lawsuit by Sleigh Bells

    Demi Lovato hit with copyright lawsuit by Sleigh Bells

    Demi Lovato is the latest artist to be slapped with accusations of lifting from someone else’s work -- and to get sued for it.  More than nine months after indie noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells publicly called out the pop singer over alleged similarities between a track from her latest album and one...

  • Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean has released “Blonde,” his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner’s comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released “Blonde,” the official follow-up to his heralded,...

  • Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    The return of Frank Ocean continues: A day after the surprise release of his visual album “Endless,” the enigmatic singer dropped a new single, “Nikes,” early Saturday morning while fans wait for the expected release of yet another album, the official follow-up to 2012’s “Channel Orange.” “Nikes,”...

  • PJ Harvey creates a bluesy soundtrack for tough times at the Shrine

    PJ Harvey creates a bluesy soundtrack for tough times at the Shrine

    The opening moments of a PJ Harvey concert come with a war correspondent’s eye for detail and an activist's call to action: Broken homes. Shattered glass. Syringes on the floor. A "highway to death." Rhythms, in the form of militant drum beats, create a boots-on-the-ground feel. Guitars, jagged...

  • Expect more music to come after Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless'

    Expect more music to come after Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless'

    After weeks of rumors, new Frank Ocean music has arrived.  Late Thursday night the enigmatic R&B crooner released “Endless,” an 18-track visual album streaming exclusively on Apple Music. “Endless” adds to the growing trend of upending the traditional album release model that has buoyed recent...

  • Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.

    Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.

    The Los Angeles homecoming stop next month on the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour will include all three surviving members of the made-for-TV band, guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Nesmith confirmed Friday. In a post to his Facebook followers that also strongly suggested it could be his...

  • L.A. art-rock duo Sparks teases 2017 album and tour with film

    L.A. art-rock duo Sparks teases 2017 album and tour with film

    Long-running L.A. art-rock duo Sparks will have a new album next year and brothers Ron and Russell Mael have put together an ambitious film teaser for the project. Coming off their collaboration with Franz Ferdinand in 2015, which yielded the album “FFS” and a tour with the combined forces of both...

  • Adele, citing cold, misses Phoenix concert en route back to L.A.

    Adele, citing cold, misses Phoenix concert en route back to L.A.

    A cold got the better of British R&B-pop sensation Adele this week as her tour moves across the U.S., prompting her to reschedule a performance that had been set for Wednesday in Phoenix. She posted a video of herself on Twitter, out of makeup and with puffy eyes and reddened nose, apologizing...

  • Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica  has returned with its first new album since 2008. The veteran group announced “Hardwired...To Self-Destruct,” its first non-collaborative record since 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” The band’s last LP was a head-scratcher of a collaborative concept album, 2011’s “Lulu,” with the late Lou Reed....

  • Prepare to get your groove on: Vaud & the Villains return to Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 19

    Prepare to get your groove on: Vaud & the Villains return to Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 19

    Pulling together a 19-piece band is no easy feat in any circumstance — keeping one together for close to a decade borders on the miraculous, but it’s something L.A.’s jazz-swing-gospel-theater collective Vaud & the Villains has managed against the economic and logistical odds for close to a decade...

  • Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

    Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

    Water conservation efforts in Los Angeles are getting a bit of help from indie band Lucy & LaMer in a new video for the group’s song “Rainy Days,” premiering here. The video for the jaunty pop song, from the Echo Park-based band’s 2015 EP “Little Spoon,” is written and directed by lead singer Lucy...

  • James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

    Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the industrial rock band from 1991 to 1994, died Sunday, his ex-wife Kate Van Buren, announced in a Facebook post. No cause of death was given. Woolley, 49, was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album “The Downward...

  • Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide — for one weekend

    Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide — for one weekend

    Kanye West fans can buy a taste of "The Life of Pablo" following the rapper-turned-fashion mogul's announcement of 21 pop-up stores worldwide that will be open just this weekend. West on Wednesday night tweeted a map with red dots indicating the stores' locations. Fourteen of the stores will be...

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