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  • A 'galaxy' of sound: L.A.'s King makes R&B on its own terms

    A 'galaxy' of sound: L.A.'s King makes R&B on its own terms

    No one rules the members of King. Based in Los Angeles, this crafty R&B trio writes, performs and produces its own music, a rare instance of artistic autonomy in a world defined by behind-the-scenes direction. What’s more, twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and their friend Anita Bias handle...

  • R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59

    R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59

    When Kashif Saleem was sent the demo for a tender ballad called “You Give Good Love,” he felt it was a hit. The track had originally been destined for jazzy R&B singer Roberta Flack, whose assistant rebuffed the demo writer.  But Saleem had a different singer in mind. He had seen a young artist...

  • All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    A 36-CD box set featuring every known recording of Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 concert tour will be released Nov. 11, providing a companion piece to last year’s ambitious set documenting his studio recordings from 1965 and 1966. “Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings” will feature songs taken from...

  • Drake releases 23-minute music video, and 'Views' returns to No. 1

    Drake releases 23-minute music video, and 'Views' returns to No. 1

    Drake may be seeking forgiveness with his new music video, but he’s likely not apologizing for “Views” returning to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s albums chart. On Monday the rapper released “Please Forgive Me,” a 23-minute video that’s part action, part thriller and all Drake exclusively on Apple...

  • Ty Dolla Sign makes a star-studded 'Campaign' stop at the Palladium

    Ty Dolla Sign makes a star-studded 'Campaign' stop at the Palladium

    Ty Dolla Sign was ready with an excuse in case he’d left an important name off the list of artists who’d joined him onstage at the Palladium. “If I didn’t say it,” the Los Angeles-based rapper and singer explained near the end of Sunday’s concert, “I was high.” Who could take offense after that?...

  • Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    About 24 hours before taking the stage at Long Beach’s first Music Tastes Good festival on Saturday evening, locals Warpaint had performed at a very different sort of celebration —  Symbiosis Gathering, a festival with a reputation for Burning Man-level debauchery.  Clothes, the band noted, were...

  • Bruce Springsteen on keeping life honest, real in 'Born to Run' autobiography

    Bruce Springsteen on keeping life honest, real in 'Born to Run' autobiography

    Anyone who has ever experienced the uniquely soul-stirring amalgam of musical celebration, spiritual rejuvenation, intellectual provocation and physical release-to-the-point-of-exhaustion that is a concert by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will feel right at home in the 508 pages of “Born...

  • Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Accordionist, bandleader and New Orleans music icon Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco has died. He was 68. His death was confirmed by the band’s manager and frequent collaborator, Ted Fox, who wrote on the Buckwheat Zydeco’s Facebook page that Dural had died early Saturday morning....

  • Backstreet Boys to test Las Vegas residency in 2017

    Backstreet Boys to test Las Vegas residency in 2017

    The Vegas Strip is about to get even more larger than life: The Backstreet Boys are set to call the city home.  More than 20 years after declaring they’ve "got it goin' on," the boy band that managed to graduate from teenage dreams to full-fledged adults without losing their shimmer will head to...

  • Van Morrison returns with a new album and U.S. shows with Tom Jones

    Van Morrison returns with a new album and U.S. shows with Tom Jones

    Back in 1982, Van Morrison recorded a song titled “Cleaning Windows.” It celebrated a blue-collar worker, the sort he has often identified with in his career as a musician. Morrison, over the course of a 50-plus year recording span, has certainly worked. The singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern...

  • Josh Kun, author who uncovered L.A.'s musical counter-history, named MacArthur fellow

    Josh Kun, author who uncovered L.A.'s musical counter-history, named MacArthur fellow

    Josh Kun was in his USC campus office earlier this week flipping through a stack of records next to a turntable near his desk.  The albums —  “Bongo Fever: Jack Costanzo at the Garden of Allah,” “The Exciting Tito Puente in Hollywood,” an easy-listening collection by instrumentalist George Shearing backed...

  • Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map

    Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map

    Festivals come and go, but Jon Halperin and Josh Fischel will have permanent reminders of their first Music Tastes Good event. “It was in the contract that Josh and I had to get Specials tattoos,” said Halperin, the festival’s talent buyer. “I literally cried when they were confirmed.” That ink...

  • Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, 40, is killed in a car crash

    Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, 40, is killed in a car crash

    Rapper Shawty Lo, the founder of hip-hop group D4L, died in a car crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 285 near southwest Atlanta. He was 40.  Born Carlos Walker, the rapper scored a Billboard No. 1 hit in 2006 with the D4L song “Laffy Taffy” and earned a BET Hip Hop track of the year award  for...

  • Call it, maybe: Why no single tune felt like 2016's song of the summer

    Call it, maybe: Why no single tune felt like 2016's song of the summer

    After three of the weirdest, most discombobulating months in recent American history, summer officially ends Wednesday — though it may not feel like it given the steamy weather in Los Angeles and the fact we’re still nowhere near the end of this divisive election cycle. Yet autumn’s arrival does...

  • With 'Wonder Boys' and '8 Mile,' filmmaker Curtis Hanson proved to be a savvy pop music fan

    With 'Wonder Boys' and '8 Mile,' filmmaker Curtis Hanson proved to be a savvy pop music fan

    Along with his lifelong passion for the art of filmmaking, writer and director Curtis Hanson also had a deep understanding and affinity for pop music. Songs took center stage during his career with his stewardship of the Eminem-starring hip-hop drama  “8 Mile” in 2002 and his midlife-crisis exploration...

  • So who is she? Mysterious R&B singer H.E.R. wants the focus to stay on the music — and the mystery

    So who is she? Mysterious R&B singer H.E.R. wants the focus to stay on the music — and the mystery

    When RCA Records sent out an early stream of a new album to select music press a month ago, it came with a caveat: The identity of the artist would be kept secret.  No publicity stills or bio were offered with the seven-track project from a new R&B singer who only goes by the moniker H.E.R. “I...

  • The Monkees celebrate 50 years at Hollywood homecoming

    The Monkees celebrate 50 years at Hollywood homecoming

    If one word could crystallize the zeitgeist of “The Monkees” TV series upon its premiere Sept. 12, 1966, as well as the band that bore the show’s name, it might be “zany.” It’s a quality that was in good supply Friday at the group’s 50th anniversary homecoming show at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood....

  • Knitting Factory buys 49% stake in local promoter Spaceland Presents

    Knitting Factory buys 49% stake in local promoter Spaceland Presents

    Spaceland Presents has long been one of the most influential independent concert promotion firms in L.A. Now they’re set to potentially get a lot bigger. The firm announced this week that Knitting Factory Entertainment had acquired 49% of the L.A.-based firm, which books venues like the Echo and Regent...

  • Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recall simpler times in 'Eight Days a Week'

    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recall simpler times in 'Eight Days a Week'

    For Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the process of working with director Ron Howard on his new documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” which opened nationally today, put them back in touch with aspects of their early career, some of which were culturally momentous, some...

  • Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera top lineup for Oct. 13 'Official Prince Tribute'

    Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera top lineup for Oct. 13 'Official Prince Tribute'

    Stevie Wonder, Chiristina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and John Mayer will headline a concert dubbed “The Official Prince Tribute” on Oct. 13 in the late musician’s home state of Minnesota. The bill at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul will also include Tori Kelly, Morris Day and the Time, Anita Baker, Doug...

  • Fans still prefer music live to digital, Nielsen Music 360 report finds

    Fans still prefer music live to digital, Nielsen Music 360 report finds

    How do people most like to enjoy their music? Live, at least according to the Nielsen Music firm’s latest edition of its Music 360 report, which tracks how consumers take in music in today’s fractured, multi-platform world. Of all the ways to experience music, Nielsen found, 36% of consumers’ money...

  • BET Experience 2017 is set for June 22-25 at L.A. Live

    BET Experience 2017 is set for June 22-25 at L.A. Live

    BET and Anschutz Entertainment Group have announced the dates for the 2017 edition of the BET Experience.  The immersive festival, which celebrates black music and culture, is built around the network’s annual award show. Next year, the event will be held June 22-25 at multiple venues at downtown’s...

  • Beyoncé lowers the fire but still brings the heat as her Formation tour hits L.A. again

    Beyoncé lowers the fire but still brings the heat as her Formation tour hits L.A. again

    How angry can a wronged person remain, and for how long? Those questions provided one way of looking at Beyoncé’s concert Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, the second time she’s brought her blockbuster Formation World Tour to the Los Angeles area following a sold-out show in May at the Rose Bowl...

  • Going to Desert Trip? You get a Viewmaster

    Going to Desert Trip? You get a Viewmaster

    Desert Trip ticket holders are getting further proof this week that the mega-rock concert next month in Indio will be a cut above the garden-variety rock summit meeting. Anyone who bought single-day or three-day general admission or reserved seat passes for the shows with Bob Dylan, the Rolling...

  • Lady Gaga announces her new album, 'Joanne'

    Lady Gaga announces her new album, 'Joanne'

    Lady Gaga has announced a new album, and her first under her birth name — well, almost. The singer debuted the news of a new record on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show Thursday. The LP, titled “Joanne,” will come out Oct. 21 on Streamline/Interscope. The record is titled after Gaga’s middle name (she was...

  • Timbaland to exit 'Empire'

    Timbaland to exit 'Empire'

    Timbaland’s futuristic hip-hop has been the backbone of Fox’s hit series “Empire” for each of its first two seasons. Now the acclaimed producer is leaving the show.  In a report in Billboard, show executives announced that Timbaland will be replaced by producer Rodney Jerkins and the songwriter...

  • More Desert Trip passes will go on sale Saturday

    More Desert Trip passes will go on sale Saturday

    Additional tickets are being released for October’s Desert Trip concerts in Indio, Calif., with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters. Concert promoter Goldenvoice announced that additional seats have become available as the stage and seating arrangements...

  • Interpreter of pain: How Andrew Dominik relays Nick Cave's trauma in 'One More Time With Feeling'

    Interpreter of pain: How Andrew Dominik relays Nick Cave's trauma in 'One More Time With Feeling'

    The new album by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds stems from a tragic event the Australian singer-songwriter will likely never stop experiencing. On July 14, 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling from a cliff near the family’s home in Brighton, England, while under the influence of LSD....

  • M.I.A. maintains her rebellious spirit, but 'AIM' doesn't always hit its target

    M.I.A. maintains her rebellious spirit, but 'AIM' doesn't always hit its target

    Colonialism and the inequity between First and Third World nations are not the usual stuff pop songs are made of, so when M.I.A. came along more than a decade ago, she had little competition. She combined her experience as a Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka with experimental rap and dancehall music...

  • Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra makes flawless landing in Hollywood Bowl debut

    Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra makes flawless landing in Hollywood Bowl debut

    Given the breathtaking melodies and arrangements propelling Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, it’s a wonder that the venue’s stage and shell didn’t blast off into the cosmos as the concert was ending. Performing the first of three consecutive nights in...

  • Gwen Stefani to play Irvine Meadows' swan song shows Oct. 29-30

    Gwen Stefani to play Irvine Meadows' swan song shows Oct. 29-30

    Orange County-reared pop star Gwen Stefani has been tapped for two swan song performances at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the 35-year-old concert venue slated to close permanently following the 2016 concert season and to be razed for a new housing development. Stefani will play Oct. 29 and 30,...

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