Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
'I'm speaking up': Why EDM's Zedd organized an all-star benefit for the ACLU

Zedd’s upcoming benefit concert at Staples Center started with a tweet.

The 27-year-old electronic music star — who was born Anton Zaslavski in Russia, grew up in Germany and now lives in Los Angeles — was on the road in January when President Donald Trump announced his controversial ban on travel from seven countries with predominately Muslim populations.

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With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era

Is it an album or a mixtape? Such was the question when Drake released “More Life,” a collection of new music billed as a “playlist,” last weekend.

Presented by October Firm, the team of Drake and his co-manager Oliver El-Khatib, and released through Young Money/Cash Money, the 22-track offering tackles the many moods and genres favored by the superstar Canadian rapper-singer.

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Hometown hero Chance the Rapper will headline Chicago's Lollapalooza fest

While Los Angeles’ FYF fest earned praise on Tuesday for its three-day expansion and adventurous programming (including headliners Missy Elliott, Bjork, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails), Lollapalooza went straight down the middle for its summer festival lineup, which was announced Wednesday.

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What to listen to now: Arca, Perfume Genius, Ronald Bruner Jr. and Laurence Juber

A weekly round-up of must-hear music from The Times staffers. This week’s picks include a leader in the Los Angeles jazz community as well as a pair of artists continuing to push electronic boundaries.

Arca, “Anoche” (XL Recordings), and Perfume Genius, “Slip Away” (Matador)

Two auteurs working in electronic experiments, queer identity and ravishing visuals have new albums out soon.

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With 'Triplicate,' Bob Dylan triples down exploring Great American Songbook

One particularly enlightening passage in author Clinton Heylin’s authoritative biography of Bob Dylan, “Behind the Shades,” describes rehearsal sessions he conducted early in the new millennium.

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Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Keith Urban among ACM performers

The lineup of performers for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards just got a major boost of star power.

Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lauren Daigle, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts have all been added to the list of performers for the awards, set for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 2.

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