Los Angeles Times photographers document 2015 in music. Read the accompanying reviews by clicking links in captions.
With AC/DC, Jack White and Steely Dan at or near the top, the bill for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was widely viewed as the most, shall we say, mature in the event's decade-and-a-half history. And that, you figured, is exactly why Drake was booked to close the show Sunday...
For much of Friday night at Coachella, there was only one corner of the festival that was truly thunderstruck.
It’s no secret that EDM has long surpassed rock and rap as a major draw at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
It was a set that featured explosions, duck-walked guitar antics, much vocal yowling and a tract-home sized inflatable woman, buxom and bikinied, that popped into shape during "Whole Lotta Rosie."
They're both rappers. They're both from New York. And both of their names are initialized A.B.
Paris Hilton arrived at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio Friday through the VIP entrance, of course.
Perennial hip-hop optimist Lil B stood alone onstage for his Friday afternoon set. But then again, why wouldn't he? As he repeatedly reminded his obsessed fans, he does everything himself. No DJ, no band, no hype-man. Just the Oakland rapper, alone in a too-tight teal top, sunglasses, his grills...
The two biggest weekends in the music festival world have arrived: Thousands will flock to Indio, Calif., today to see their favorite artists take the stage at Coachella. Those of us unable to afford the trek, however, can still experience the fun vicariously through social media -- let's call...
As the first arrivals raced onto the wide-open, perfectly tended pitch on the Empire Polo Field for the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, they were greeted by -- what else? -- a gargantuan caterpillar.
Kanye West will headline Power 106’s annual summer hip-hop concert, Powerhouse, the L.A. radio station announced Monday.
On a Tuesday night in February, the line to get into the Echoplex stretched all the way down Glendale Boulevard. Hundreds of mid-20s to early-30-somethings waited with huge grins on their faces, ready to hear the music that changed their young lives. Once inside, they crowd-surfed, moshed and hoisted...
Many tone varietals run through pop music, some poisonously bitter and abrasive, others as sweet as honeysuckle. The sound the electronic artist Caribou (a.k.a. Dan Snaith) created at the Fonda on Thursday night hit the eardrums like velveteen berries: perfectly ripe and arranged in complex rhythmic...
City of the Angels, Journey is calling you. The classic rock band will open the 2015 Hollywood Bowl season with a performance with Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on June 20. It will be the band's first-ever appearance with a full orchestra.
George Harrison was quoting ancient spiritual wisdom when he titled his 1970 solo album "All Things Must Pass," never suspecting that the proverb would one day apply to the fate of a pine tree planted in his memory in Griffith Park.
The big-ticket traveling production at the Rose Bowl was called Air + Style, presented by its majority owner, Olympic-medalist/superstar-snowboarder Shaun White. Saturday's inaugural day opened as gracefully as White flying and spinning through the air — but ended like a Wile E. Coyote thud and...
Colleen Green's latest album opens with a statement that doesn't sound like rock 'n' roll.
Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube are the first acts tapped for the 2015 BET Experience, the network announced early Tuesday.
Sad news for L.A. indie-rock fans: Avi Buffalo, the project from singer/guitarist Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, has called it day.
There were many so-called outsiders inside Staples Center on Friday for Eric Church's stop as part of his "The Outsiders World Tour." So many outcasts that they couldn't help but bond like a bunch of insiders. They all agreed on one thing, something pretty basic about country music in 2015: If...
The tag-team rappers known as Run the Jewels opened their gritty, adrenaline-pumping set at the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles as any self-respecting conquerors would: to the sound of Queen's "We Are the Champions."
Mica Levi’s score for “Under the Skin,” the eerie 2013 film about alien seduction, leaves more of a sonic imprint than the voice of the unnamed protagonist who guides the action. The young British songwriter-composer, known to pop audiences through her group Micachu
San Pedro's great young rhythm
The hits just kept on coming, in many shades of distortion: Soft rock, indie rock, pop rock, arena rock, grunge rock, synth rock, ska rock, all merged into a mess of fist-pumping anthems with shout-along choruses.
After she'd worked her microphone for the duration of an assured, memorable set at the Echo in Echo Park, the artist known as Cold Specks ditched the amplifier altogether for the final stanza of her encore.
Nothing is off-limits for Mary Lambert. The 25-year-old Seattle singer-songwriter, who broke out by providing the emotional hook on Macklemore &; Ryan Lewis’ equality anthem “Same Love,” has explored sexuality, religion and abuse in her music and poetry.
Whether intentional or not, the Black Keys did an odd thing Thursday at the Forum. The rock duo, doubled to a quartet on the road for extra heft, opened a little sloppy and loose on the beat, like rock 'n' roll should be when the goal is as much expression as perfection.
The Red Aunts were nothing to mess with. Four musicians who first converged in 1990s Long Beach, the band released a series of searing garage-punk records, first on Sympathy for the Record Industry label and then on the L.A. punk label Epitaph.
Bob Dylan wore a gray suit and wide-brimmed hat, the latter of which shadowed eyes he described in song as holding “secrets in them that I can't disguise.” He stood before a well-behaved and polite, if mostly nonplussed, crowd at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and let out a series of nasally, nearly...
Wearing a loose-knotted black sweater that revealed his carved torso beneath, the pianist, singer and songwriter known as Perfume Genius sat before a whisper-quiet sold-out crowd at the Roxy in West Hollywood and tried to explain the raw, full-throated wail he'd just unleashed.
Fleetwood Mac has announced 28 more dates that will extend its "On with the Show" tour into 2015. These shows augment a run of dates that will see a return in December to the Forum in Inglewood, which regularly hosted the band during its 1970s and '80s peak.