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  • Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull capture a charged moment at Staples Center

    Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull capture a charged moment at Staples Center

    Enrique Iglesias saw the makings of a teachable moment. Standing onstage Saturday night before a capacity crowd at Staples Center, the Madrid-born singer asked, “How many people here speak Spanish?” The response was robust but not quite unanimous — an indication that some in the audience might...

  • Playboy Jazz Festival maintains a wide-angle appeal

    Playboy Jazz Festival maintains a wide-angle appeal

    Each year, at June’s gloomiest peak, the Hollywood Bowl hosts a seamless two-day festival that crams more jazz and jazz-adjacent acts into a single day than a subscription package to the Bowl does all summer. It is a marathon of sound and consumption, the rowdiest and friendliest jazz crowd within...

  • Ice Cube has some real talk for Bill Maher: 'Everybody needs to check they self before they wreck they self'

    Ice Cube has some real talk for Bill Maher: 'Everybody needs to check they self before they wreck they self'

    When Ice Cube stops by Bill Maher’s show on Friday he doesn’t plan on ignoring the host’s casual usage of a racial epithet during last week’s episode that ignited a firestorm. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to come up,” Cube told The Times during a break from shooting one of his own projects earlier...

  • 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...

  • The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' hits No. 3 in Billboard 50 years later

    The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' hits No. 3 in Billboard 50 years later

    The Beatles are once again in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 albums chart as the 50th anniversary edition of the group’s 1967 classic, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” jumped to No. 3 a week after the release of the new stereo remix. In terms of total equivalent sales factoring...

  • Ariana Grande's all-star Manchester benefit is a moving expression of resilience

    Ariana Grande's all-star Manchester benefit is a moving expression of resilience

    Success had a clear shape at One Love Manchester, the all-star benefit concert that Ariana Grande presented Sunday evening in that British city. Held less than two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 people as Grande finished a May 22 performance at the Manchester Arena, Sunday’s event needed...

  • Cher honors ex-husband Gregg Allman at rocker's funeral

    Cher honors ex-husband Gregg Allman at rocker's funeral

    Legions of fans lined the streets of Macon, Ga., on Saturday to honor music legend Gregg Allman as he was carried to his final resting place in the same cemetery where he and his band members used to hang out and write songs amid the tombstones. The Saturday afternoon service was private, with...

  • Roger Waters takes on President Trump with 'Is This the Life We Really Want?'

    Roger Waters takes on President Trump with 'Is This the Life We Really Want?'

    “Picture yourself…,” Roger Waters sings on his new album, and given the record’s arrival on Friday — nearly 50 years to the day after the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — you can’t help but think of a boat on a river. But Waters isn’t imagining tangerine trees and marmalade...

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