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Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
'Anything can happen’ at MTV VMAs, but Britney Spears’ return marks its nostalgic bent

For an idea of the buzz-worthy moments that might play out onstage during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, look to past years of the network’s annual pop spectacle.

Heading into the weekend, the most talked-about moment was the return of Britney Spears to the VMA stage, her first performance on the telecast since 2007.

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Video premiere: Rolling with Vinyl Williams through the digital landscapes of 'Feedback Delicates'

Turn off your mind and relax and float through musician and visual artist Vinyl Williams’ wild new interactive video for “Feedback Delicates.”

Taken from his just-dropped new record, “Brunei,” the clip from the artist born Lionel Williams, is a trip and allows viewers to explore an entire digital landscape that Williams imagined especially for the track.

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FYF Fest: Five questions for Victoria Legrand of Beach House

This weekend, the Baltimore duo Beach House arrives in Los Angeles for two performances in support of its most recent work. The pair, which features keyboardist and vocalist Victoria Legrand and multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally, has over the past decade composed a luxurious brand of guitar pop that draws on influences ranging from Brill Building songcraft to ’70s-era Fleetwood Mac to noisy Brit-pop.

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Mumford & Sons, artist Shepard Fairey and a Nobu food booth? Only at Life Is Beautiful fest in Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas will morph into a musical street scene in September as more than 80 bands — Mumford & Sons, J. Cole, Jane’s Addiction, the Lumineers, Young the Giant among them — take to several stages during the fourth Life is Beautiful festival.

The three-day event also showcases art, culinary experiences and ideas, taking over 18 city blocks Sept. 23-25.

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Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

Six months after his death, Prince’s Paisley Park compound will welcome tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the reclusive musician’s private estate and production complex. 

The family of the late music legend and Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as the special administrator of the singer’s estate, have unveiled plans to open the property as a museum beginning in October. 

The 65,000-square-foot

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Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium get spotlight in August