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  • Coachella 2015: Rapper Lil B baffles, overjoys Outdoor Theatre stage
    Coachella 2015: Rapper Lil B baffles, overjoys Outdoor Theatre stage

    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...

  • Coachella from the couchella: 8 things to expect on social media
    Coachella from the couchella: 8 things to expect on social media

    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...

  • Coachella 2015, Day 1: Early arrivers face heat, massive caterpillar
    Coachella 2015, Day 1: Early arrivers face heat, massive caterpillar

    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 to headline Powerhouse 2015
    Kanye West to headline Powerhouse 2015

    Kanye West will headline Power 106’s annual summer hip-hop concert, Powerhouse, the L.A. radio station announced Monday. 

  • This crowd gets emotional: It's emo night Taking Back Tuesday
    This crowd gets emotional: It's emo night Taking Back Tuesday

    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...

  • Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube tapped for 2015 BET Experience
    Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube tapped for 2015 BET Experience

    Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube are the first acts tapped for the 2015 BET Experience, the network announced early Tuesday.

  • Long Beach indie rock band Avi Buffalo breaks up
    Long Beach indie rock band Avi Buffalo breaks up

    Sad news for L.A. indie-rock fans: Avi Buffalo, the project from singer/guitarist Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, has called it day.

  • Five notes on Eric Church/Dwight Yoakam sets at Staples Center
    Five notes on Eric Church/Dwight Yoakam sets at Staples Center

    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...

  • Run the Jewels pose tough questions in sold-out Regent set
    Run the Jewels pose tough questions in sold-out Regent set

    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 and orchestra go truly 'Under the Skin' at the Regent
    Mica Levi and orchestra go truly 'Under the Skin' at the Regent

    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

  • Red Aunts to celebrate new greatest hits double LP at El Cid
    Red Aunts to celebrate new greatest hits double LP at El Cid

    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 opens three nights in Hollywood with grunts, grim themes
    Bob Dylan opens three nights in Hollywood with grunts, grim themes

    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...

  • Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy
    Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy

    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 adds tour dates — and marks an anniversary at the Forum
    Fleetwood Mac adds tour dates — and marks an anniversary at the Forum

    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.

  • Big-name concert promoters wrangle for control of the Greek Theatre
    Big-name concert promoters wrangle for control of the Greek Theatre

    Music fans who go to a lot of shows might not realize the backstage venue tussles that are a feature of the competitive Los Angeles concert scene. But the battle for control of the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park offers a good snapshot; it's getting heated and stars three of the city's biggest promoters.

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