Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Saturday open house celebrates new location of Leimert Park arts incubator the World Stage

A hub of jazz, art and creation since its founding in Leimert Park in 1989, the World Stage is alive and in a new location. And this weekend, it hopes to reintroduce itself to the city with an open house and fundraiser.

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New Prince tracks to be released, along with 'Purple Rain' remaster

After Prince’s death, the memorializing of the artist is now turning to reissuing and repackaging his trove of classic and unreleased material. 

Coming up: “Purple Rain.”

Warner Bros./NPG announced a 2017 release for a remastered, repackaged edition of “Purple Rain,” perhaps Prince’s most beloved album.

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Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess — not just the money guy

Phil Chess, the co-founder of Chicago’s great Chess Records who died Tuesday at age 95, was the quieter of the brothers who started the label that launched the careers of Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Etta James, Bo Diddley and so many other important early rock, blues and R&B musicians.

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Andy Shauf talks about parties, 'The Party' and that dude dancing at his Greek show a few months ago

The Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf didn’t set out to make a concept album when he started work on what would become “The Party,” his thematically linked recent work that details the narrative arc and characters at one particular festive gathering.

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Trump's 'nasty' comment turns Janet Jackson's hit into a political anthem

When R&B fans heard Donald Trump’s remark about Hillary Clinton being “such a nasty woman,” they immediately knew where to turn.

That is, of course, to Janet Jackson’s 1986 hit “Nasty,” which quickly emerged as the meme du jour of Wednesday’s presidential debate.

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Phil Chess, co-founder of blues record label that launched Muddy Waters, dies at 95

Phil Chess, co-founder of a Chicago record label that amassed perhaps the most influential blues catalog of all time and launched the careers of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, has died. He was 95. 

Chess died overnight in Tucson, Ariz., his nephew Craig Glicken told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday. 

Chess and his brother, Leonard, founded Chess Records in 1950.

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