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Kanye West debuts music, clothes -- and announces video game

Rapper Kanye West unveiled his new collection of clothes and music on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Dubbed "Yeezy Season 3" after his line for Adidas, the event saw the polarizing artist coupling his twin passions. Always one for a grand gesture, West also announced that he is at work on a...

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  • 'American Idol' recap: Twelve show off their solos

    'American Idol' recap: Twelve show off their solos

    With 12 solo performances to pack into an hour-long show, “American Idol” didn’t have time to waste on Wednesday night. It did, however, allow itself a quick moment at the outset for Ryan Seacrest to establish the stakes. “This is the only show that truly takes someone undiscovered and turns them...

  • Bruce Springsteen to publish his autobiography, 'Born to Run,' in the fall

    Bruce Springsteen to publish his autobiography, 'Born to Run,' in the fall

    The Boss has dropped a bombshell. Bruce Springsteen has been at work for the past seven years on his autobiography, and on Thursday he announced its arrival. Called -- what else? -- "Born to Run," the book will see worldwide publication by Simon & Schuster on Sept. 27. According to the press announcement,...

  • Ennio Morricone says a hands-off Quentin Tarantino let his 'Hateful Eight' music flow

    Ennio Morricone says a hands-off Quentin Tarantino let his 'Hateful Eight' music flow

    There are just a select few who inarguably belong in the pantheon of great film composers; Ennio Morricone is one. However, just as the film for which he has received his sixth Oscar nomination, Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," is often misleadingly put in the small box of being a "western,"...

  • At Fleetwood Mac Fest, a complicated band is celebrated simply

    At Fleetwood Mac Fest, a complicated band is celebrated simply

    Shimmering pop tunes, bluesy rock stomps and folky intimations of the occult: Every aspect of Fleetwood Mac’s multifaceted sound was represented when more than two dozen artists -- including Courtney Love, Mark Ronson and Carly Rae Jepsen -- gathered Tuesday at the Fonda Theatre to pay tribute...

  • Demi Lovato not engaged to Wilmer Valderrama yet, but 'wouldn't mind'

    Demi Lovato not engaged to Wilmer Valderrama yet, but 'wouldn't mind'

    There may not be an engagement ring on Demi Lovato's finger now, but the "Confident" singer is all for putting one there in the future. The "Sonny With a Chance" alum cleared up rumors that she was already affianced to long-time boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama during a Wednesday appearance on "The...

  • Adele announces surprise Los Angeles show at the Wiltern on Friday

    Adele announces surprise Los Angeles show at the Wiltern on Friday

    In advance of her Monday night performance as part of the Grammy Awards telecast, superstar pop singer Adele has announced a surprise show at the Wiltern for Friday. The performance will be her first since she released her blockbuster new album, 25, and will precede Adele's sold-out headlining...

  • Premiere: Mexrrissey reworks Morrissey's 'Suedehead' as 'Estuvo Bien'

    Premiere: Mexrrissey reworks Morrissey's 'Suedehead' as 'Estuvo Bien'

    Those up on their legendary Brit pop singers will immediately appreciate the premise behind Mexrrissey. The collective centered around Mexico City-based DJ, producer and record executive Camilo Lara is the musical embodiment of a love affair stretching back to the 1980s, when Morrissey, backed...

  • Merle Haggard resumes tour following bout with pneumonia

    Merle Haggard resumes tour following bout with pneumonia

    Veteran country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard has rebounded from his recent bout with double pneumonia, and will play some of the shows his illness forced him to postpone, including a date Thursday, Feb. 11, in Beverly Hills with Kris Kristofferson. Haggard, 78, returned to the stage over...

  • Cal marching band adds brassy muscle to Coldplay's Super Bowl show

    Cal marching band adds brassy muscle to Coldplay's Super Bowl show

    Beyoncé may have generated the biggest response for her performance alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday, but there was another musical act on the bill that drew the attention of college sports fans and Bay Area locals.The University of California Marching...

  • Super Bowl 2016: Beyoncé gets the halftime win with Coldplay's blessing

    Super Bowl 2016: Beyoncé gets the halftime win with Coldplay's blessing

    For a band that’s been called wimpy for the better part of two decades, Coldplay showed some remarkable chutzpah Sunday night in the halftime show at Super Bowl 50. Sure, frontman Chris Martin was his usual heart-on-sleeve self, starting the performance with a few lines from Coldplay’s ultra-sensitive...

  • Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    Beyoncé announces 'Formation' world tour, with stop at Rose Bowl

    No one holds on to a secret like Beyoncé does. After a weekend that included her eagerly awaited return to the Super Bowl stage and the surprise release of a new single called “Formation,” the pop diva has announced she will hit the road this spring in a commercial that dropped right after her...

  • Buoyant energy drives Buyepongo's groove-heavy 'Todo Mundo'

    Buoyant energy drives Buyepongo's groove-heavy 'Todo Mundo'

    Buyepongo, "Todo Mundo" (Buyepongo). Those hearing the Los Angeles band's new album minus any context could be forgiven for wondering about its origins. Opening with a reggae-tinged patios shout, a crooked kick-drum beat and a multi-lingual music-backed monologue, the record mixes so many instrumental...

  • Dan Hicks, eclectic folk-jazz artist from the Bay Area, dies at 74

    Dan Hicks, eclectic folk-jazz artist from the Bay Area, dies at 74

    Bay Area folk-pop-jazz singer and bandleader Dan Hicks, known for his acoustic eclectism, sense of humor and popular songs such as "“I Scare Myself," died Saturday in Mill Valley, according to his wife. Hicks was 74.  Hicks had revealed in 2015 that he was battling liver cancer, this shortly after...

  • Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

    Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

    Beyoncé surprise-released a new song on Saturday afternoon, the day before she is expected to be appear with Coldplay at the Super Bowl, and she doesn't waste any time in getting to the point: "I slay," she sings on "Formation," which was posted on her official website and released for free via...

  • At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

    At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

    A good half-hour before the end of his concert Thursday night at the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes was already looking ahead to his next gig. The North Carolina-based singer and his band would be in Los Angeles for a few days, he told the crowd, so anyone interested in having him play again --...

  • Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

    Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

    "Earth, hot air and no fire." That's how George Clinton, founder of influential funk groups Funkadelic and Parliament, famously critiqued the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire in 1975. Insulting? Sure, but the Los Angeles band's founder, Maurice White, died Thursday knowing that Clinton was wrong. He...

  • Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

    Think about the first time you heard Janet Jackson’s “Control.” Were you on the dance floor of a dimly lighted nightclub? A high school dance? The record store? Listening to the radio? However you heard it, your body more than likely moved to the pulse of its frenetic, intricate beat. And then...

  • Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

    Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

    Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 74. His brother and bandmate, Verdine White, confirmed the news with the Associated Press. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early '80s,...

  • Seal joins the cast of Fox live musical event 'The Passion'

    Seal joins the cast of Fox live musical event 'The Passion'

    When in doubt, bring in a ringer. Fox announced Thursday that four-time Grammy winner Seal would be joining the cast of the upcoming live musical event “The Passion.” The project, a modern interpretation of the final hours of the life of Jesus Christ, will feature the singer as Pontius Pilate,...

  • For Mick Jagger, the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll of HBO's 'Vinyl' is a familiar world

    For Mick Jagger, the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll of HBO's 'Vinyl' is a familiar world

    Sometime in the mid-'90s, after grunge and before the boy band era, Mick Jagger approached Martin Scorsese with an idea for a movie about the music business. The project would span several decades of rock history and focus not on decadent musicians, as one might expect, but on the executives who...

  • Jeff Lynne's ELO will play the Hollywood Bowl for three nights in September

    Jeff Lynne's ELO will play the Hollywood Bowl for three nights in September

    At last, it's a livin' thing. Months after Electric Light Orchestra sparked talk of a comeback with the release of its first studio album in more than a decade, the veteran British group announced Thursday that it will play three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in September. See more of Entertainment’s...

  • A Peter & Gordon reunion: Peter Asher pays tribute at the Laguna Playhouse

    A Peter & Gordon reunion: Peter Asher pays tribute at the Laguna Playhouse

    When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press: "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher will bring his British Invasion tribute show to Laguna...

  • Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

    Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

    Just since the start of a new year, the world has lost what feels like an inordinate number of high-profile music-world figures: rock provocateur David Bowie, singer Natalie Cole, Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, jazz...

  • Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Producers of the Grammy Awards telecast typically leave Broadway production numbers to their brethren who stage the annual Tony Awards, but this year they are making an exception. The opening number from the Grammy-nominated hip-hop musical “Hamilton” will be among nearly two dozen performance...

  • X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

    Three years ago, documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak had never heard of a band called X Japan. Most Americans hadn't either, even with more than 20 million albums sold around the world, but Kijak was intrigued. He learned of a sound that incorporated thrash metal and classical piano with big prog-rock...

  • Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50

    Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to an Associated Press report Tuesday afternoon. Gaga will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, where the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will vie for the championship title. See...

  • Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

    The Las Vegas Strip isn’t just for sparkly pop divas, electronic dance music kings and beloved icons from generations past. Adding to the growing list of hip-hop acts making the pilgrimage to Sin City, Big Boi has announced a yearlong residency at the Wynn Las Vegas. The co-founder of pioneering...

  • Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys; Nile Rodgers to direct

    Iconic rock provocateur David Bowie will be feted by another artist known for pushing the boundaries of genre, gender and beyond: Lady Gaga. The pop star will pay tribute to Bowie at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning. Gaga was already set for a performance on the Feb....

  • Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

    Surviving founding members of the Doors John Densmore and Robby Krieger will reunite for the first time in 15 years with some help from Exene Cervenka and John Doe of long-running L.A. punk band X to salute Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek with a benefit concert Feb. 12 on what would have been Manzarek’s...

  • FIDLAR's emoji-only clip for 'Why Generation' captures the spirit of 2016

    FIDLAR's emoji-only clip for 'Why Generation' captures the spirit of 2016

    In FIDLAR's new emoji-only video for "Why Generation," frowny-faced emojis pogo and mosh as four avatars rock on stage. Scrunched faces drink emoji beer steins, eat emoji pills, vomit emoji puke. On a cartoon streetscape, emoji cyclists race, cars crash, a billboard overhead advertises using the...

  • Inside Miguel's twisted Wildheart Motel installation this past weekend

    Inside Miguel's twisted Wildheart Motel installation this past weekend

    The invitation for Miguel’s two-day immersive art installation this past weekend was cryptic, yet enticing. The words “Check into surreal” were typed in tiny black letters underneath the black-and-white crest logo for the Wildheart Motel. A red heart squeezed with barb wire was the only splash...

  • How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in L.A -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons

    How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in L.A -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons

    Woody Guthrie is best known for his work as a Dust Bowl balladeer and protest singer. But like many restless Oklahomans of the time, the singer and songwriter felt the pull of the West in the 1930s. Looking for adventure and working on a life in music, Guthrie spent crucial early years in Los Angeles...

  • Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies at 74

    Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies at 74

    Paul Kantner, the Jefferson Airplane guitarist, songwriter and fixture of the San Francisco '60s rock scene, died Thursday of septic shock and organ failure, according to his publicist, who confirmed his death with the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 74. "Paul was a key architect in the development...

  • Rihanna's 'Anti' hits 1 million downloads in 14 hours; physical release to come

    Rihanna's 'Anti' hits 1 million downloads in 14 hours; physical release to come

    Rihanna’s new album, “Anti,” hasn’t been out for 24 hours and it’s already been downloaded 1 million times. Exclusively released late Wednesday to the fledgling music service Tidal — which the pop star co-owns with Jay Z and other musicians including Madonna, Usher and Beyonce — the album was also...

  • Sia wastes an opportunity on the ordinary 'This Is Acting'

    Sia wastes an opportunity on the ordinary 'This Is Acting'

    A year and a half ago, Sia transformed a serious liability into an undeniable asset. So why does her new album make waste of her success? An Australian singer-songwriter with a flair for fitting confessional lyrics to sleek electronic beats, Sia built a respectable following in the late 1990s and...

  • 'Why the Mountains Are Black' aims to show music as a 'tool for survival'

    'Why the Mountains Are Black' aims to show music as a 'tool for survival'

    In summer 2014, four writers and one record collector were sitting in a room in Faber, Va. The record collector, an adept and passionate scholar, was Chris King. He had been playing 78s from his collection, which he keeps in plain brown sleeves that are not marked. They are organized by genre and...

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