Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Premiere: The creation of Kacey Musgraves' 'Good Ol Boys Club'
Highland Park collective Soulection lands on Apple's Beats 1 station

Among the key offerings of the newly unveiled Apple Music platform is Beats 1 radio, which debuted this week with around-the-clock music and dozens of artist-programmed shows from high-profile artists including Pharrell, St. Vincent, Elton John and others.

It’s a major initiative helmed by influential DJ Zane Lowe, whose BBC show was one of the most influential drivers of new sounds in the world....

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Dogfish Head's American Beauty bids the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well

Can a beer taste like a band sounds?

It's an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don't mind asking again and again. Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" was translated into an imperial stout mixed with honey beer and African gesho root in honor of the album's 40th anniversary in 2010, and Pearl Jam was distilled into a black currant-infused...

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St. Vincent's Mixtape Delivery Service aims to grab ears and hearts
Amy Winehouse's label boss says he destroyed an album of her demos

Amy Winehouse had recorded an album's worth of new demos intended for her third LP, according to her onetime U.K. label boss. But the executive has assured fans they'll never be released — because he destroyed them.

According to a new feature in Billboard, Universal Music U.K. Chairman and Chief Executive David Joseph recalled scrapping a collection of 14 starts to new songs that Winehouse had recorded...

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Kendrick Lamar takes flight in new 'Alright' video

Kendrick Lamar rapped from atop a police cruiser at last weekend's BET Awards. In his new video for "Alright," however, he's perched high above everything that's troubling him.

The surreal yet stark black and white video, directed by Colin Tilley and the Little Homies, follows Lamar around Los Angeles and other locales as he joyfully raps while suspended off the ground. On light posts, walking in...

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