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Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

A good half-hour before the end of his concert Thursday night at the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes was already looking ahead to his next gig.

The North Carolina-based singer and his band would be in Los Angeles for a few days, he told the crowd, so anyone interested in having him play again -- “birthday, house party, whatever” -- should reach out.

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Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

Rihanna is the latest performer booked to appear at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced on Friday.

The pop star joins a lineup that includes Adele, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd, as well as all-star Grammy tributes to departed artists who include B.B. King and David Bowie.

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Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

"Earth, hot air and no fire."

That's how George Clinton, founder of influential funk groups Funkadelic and Parliament, famously critiqued the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire in 1975.

Insulting? Sure, but the Los Angeles band's founder, Maurice White, died Thursday knowing that Clinton was wrong. He and Earth, Wind & Fire left a body of elemental work that rendered such an assessment moot.

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Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

Think about the first time you heard Janet Jackson’s “Control.”

Were you on the dance floor of a dimly lighted nightclub? A high school dance? The record store? Listening to the radio? However you heard it, your body more than likely moved to the pulse of its frenetic, intricate beat.

And then at some point you listened to the lyrics. Really listened.

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Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 74. His brother and bandmate, Verdine White, confirmed the news with the Associated Press.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO will play the Hollywood Bowl for three nights in September

At last, it's a livin' thing.

Months after Electric Light Orchestra sparked talk of a comeback with the release of its first studio album in more than a decade, the veteran British group announced Thursday that it will play three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in September.

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The shows, scheduled for Sept.

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