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Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Dan Hicks, eclectic folk-jazz artist from the Bay Area, dies at 74

Bay Area folk-pop-jazz singer and bandleader Dan Hicks, known for his acoustic eclectism, sense of humor and popular songs such as "“I Scare Myself," died Saturday in Mill Valley, according to his wife. Hicks was 74. 

Hicks had revealed in 2015 that he was battling liver cancer, this shortly after he went public with a bout with throat cancer.

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Beyoncé releases new song on eve of Super Bowl appearance

Beyoncé surprise-released a new song on Saturday afternoon, the day before she is expected to be appear with Coldplay at the Super Bowl, and she doesn't waste any time in getting to the point: "I slay," she sings on "Formation," which was posted on her official website and released for free via subscription service Tidal

A clean version of the track, which boasts a video that appears to be shot

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At the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes lets it all hang out

A good half-hour before the end of his concert Thursday night at the Bootleg Theater, Benji Hughes was already looking ahead to his next gig.

The North Carolina-based singer and his band would be in Los Angeles for a few days, he told the crowd, so anyone interested in having him play again -- “birthday, house party, whatever” -- should reach out.

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Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

Rihanna is the latest performer booked to appear at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced on Friday.

The pop star joins a lineup that includes Adele, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd, as well as all-star Grammy tributes to departed artists who include B.B. King and David Bowie.

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Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

"Earth, hot air and no fire."

That's how George Clinton, founder of influential funk groups Funkadelic and Parliament, famously critiqued the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire in 1975.

Insulting? Sure, but the Los Angeles band's founder, Maurice White, died Thursday knowing that Clinton was wrong. He and Earth, Wind & Fire left a body of elemental work that rendered such an assessment moot.

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Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30: A look back

Think about the first time you heard Janet Jackson’s “Control.”

Were you on the dance floor of a dimly lighted nightclub? A high school dance? The record store? Listening to the radio? However you heard it, your body more than likely moved to the pulse of its frenetic, intricate beat.

And then at some point you listened to the lyrics. Really listened.

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