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  • Can a music-industry insider make real documentaries? This Live Nation exec says yes

    Can a music-industry insider make real documentaries? This Live Nation exec says yes

    To a person standing on the street, little distinguishes the pair of sleek, green-gray structures that make up Live Nation’s headquarters in Beverly Hills. But Heather Parry says that there’s definitely a difference between the two buildings — and that her office is in the good one. As head of...

  • Harry Styles brought thousands of teens to the Greek Theatre. We sent two adults

    Harry Styles brought thousands of teens to the Greek Theatre. We sent two adults

    Harry Styles appeared to have lost control over the top end of his vocal range Wednesday at the Greek Theatre, where this 23-year-old heartthrob from the boy band One Direction played the second date of his first tour as a solo act. Had he gotten sick since launching the tour the night before in...

  • Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Overall revenue in the music industry rose noticeably in the first half of this year, led by increasing numbers of people using music streaming services, according to figures released Wednesday by the industry’s lobbying arm, the Recording Industry Assn. of America. The RIAA estimated retail revenue...

  • For Raphael Saadiq, a musician's work is never done

    For Raphael Saadiq, a musician's work is never done

    Musical equipment of all kinds fills Raphael Saadiq’s sprawling, carefully appointed studio complex on a nondescript industrial street in North Hollywood. But in addition to the racks of keyboards and the leopard-print bass — just some of the gear this veteran R&B artist uses to create his music...

  • Teragram Ballroom founders expand their reach with downtown's Moroccan Lounge

    Teragram Ballroom founders expand their reach with downtown's Moroccan Lounge

    A lot of bars have passed through 901 E. 1st St., now home to the Moroccan Lounge at the edge of Little Tokyo and the Arts District. Old-guard downtown music fans will recall the rowdy Little Pedro’s, with sets from the beloved octogenarian blues singer Mickey Champion. Afterward came the crimson-hued...

  • Phora opens up on 'Yours Truly Forever,' a hip-hop album built on 'positive energy'

    Phora opens up on 'Yours Truly Forever,' a hip-hop album built on 'positive energy'

    Anaheim-raised rapper Phora hasn’t had it easy. The 22-year-old has survived a stabbing, a shooting and has wrestled with thoughts of suicide. But his first album for Warner Bros., the recently released “Yours Truly Forever,” isn’t solely centered on tales of hard living. His steadily growing fan...

  • Hard Events founder Gary Richards finds a new home with LiveStyle

    Hard Events founder Gary Richards finds a new home with LiveStyle

    When Gary Richards walked off the stage after his DJ set at Hard Summer last month, he knew it would be his last performance at the festival he founded 10 years ago. Just weeks later, however, Richards is ready to announce his new gig. The promoter behind one of L.A.’s largest — and sometimes controversial...

  • Ringo Starr keeps pushing forward with new music on 'Give More Love' album

    Ringo Starr keeps pushing forward with new music on 'Give More Love' album

    Were Ringo Starr the kind of guy to delve deep into the blues, he might well have taken a stab at Willie Dixon’s classic “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” on his forthcoming album, “Give More Love.” Perhaps not in the original context of being unable to escape a toxic relationship with a romantic partner,...

  • Julee Cruise returns to 'Twin Peaks': 'I will always be proud of this'

    Julee Cruise returns to 'Twin Peaks': 'I will always be proud of this'

    As David Lynch prepared last year to shoot a musical performance that would help close out his revival of “Twin Peaks,” his direction to singer Julee Cruise was simple. “He said, ‘Julee, you are a child full of wonder,’” recalls Cruise, a longtime musical collaborator with Lynch. “And he meant...

  • Walter Becker approached everything with irreverence — except Steely Dan's music

    Walter Becker approached everything with irreverence — except Steely Dan's music

    Walter Becker wasn’t easily impressed. Addressing a crowd of show-business luminaries in 2001 as his band, Steely Dan, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he took a typically sly — and typically subtle — dig at the institution’s inflated self-regard by declaring, “We’re persuaded...

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