Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Byrds founding member Gene Clark to be saluted Saturday in South Pasadena

Gene Clark — a founding member of the Byrds whose musical legacy is often overshadowed by those of his onetime bandmates Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Clarence White and latter-day member Gram Parsons — will get a salute of his own on Saturday at the South Pasadena Library from several peers and collaborators.

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Beyoncé drops out of Coachella 2017, will headline in 2018 instead

Beyoncé is sitting out Coachella — per doctor’s orders. 

The pop diva, who announced earlier this month that she is pregnant, pulled out of her headlining gig at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which is slated for April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio. She will instead headline next year.

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Olivia Harrison reflects on the music and a book marking what would have been 'Quiet Beatle's' 74th birthday

To hear Olivia Harrison tell it, it wasn’t unusual for George Harrison to stroll through their house spouting words at random — a process that could cause an outsider to wonder whether the ex-Beatle had suddenly started speaking in tongues.

“George would throw out words one after another,” she said in an interview this week. “He knew he’d find the word. He was good at that.

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Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

If Alison Krauss has learned one thing along the way to becoming the musician laden with more Grammy Awards than any other woman in pop history, it’s to trust her instincts.

So when her intuition told her it was time to step away from her longtime band Union Station to make only her second solo album in two decades, the just-released “Windy City,” she went with it.

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Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

With splashy performances by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars and major trophies presented to Adele and Beyoncé, Wednesday’s Brit Awards might’ve convinced those paying only partial attention that they were watching a replay of last week’s Grammys.

Yet the U.K.’s most prestigious music awards show, held at London’s O2 Arena and set to air Wednesday night on BBC America, had plenty of its own moments as well.

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