Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
How hip-hop legend Russell Simmons plans to save the world with yoga

Few people have their finger on the pulse of American culture like hip-hop godfather and fashion-film mogul Russell Simmons.

The New York native, who has lived in L.A.

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'Falling apart but we deny it': Is J. Cole talking about Kanye West?

So much for not kicking a man when he’s down.

Rapper J. Cole on Thursday night released a new documentary about the making of his upcoming fourth album, and 12 hours later the Internet is convinced that one of the album’s songs is a shot at Kanye West, who spent a portion of last month in the hospital following what’s been described as a nervous breakdown.

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The Rolling Stones' new blues album is an amplified death wheeze. And it rules

The Rolling Stones claim they made their new blues album in three days — which is remarkable since it sounds like they couldn’t have spent more than two.

Easily their rawest recording in decades, “Blue & Lonesome” finds the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers happily reconnecting with the unvarnished Chicago blues that inspired the late Brian Jones to form the band in 1962.

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On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her

“Did you ever know that you’re my hero?”

“From a distance, there is harmony!”

“Some say love, it is a river.”

Ask any casual Bette Midler fan (or anyone born beyond 1990) about the diva’s discography, and they’ll likely name that trio of tear-jerking hits: “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “From a Distance” and “The Rose.”

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The Rolling Stones go home to the blues with 'Blue & Lonesome'

When the Rolling Stones fell in love with American blues music as teenagers in England in the late 1950s and early ’60s, the grand old men of the genre they idolized were 20 to 30 years their seniors.

Muddy Waters was in his late 40s and Howlin’ Wolf was about 50.

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'Christmas in Rockefeller Center': Holiday entertainment only a network exec could love

Santa Claus giveth, and Santa Claus taketh away.

After watching ABC’s surprisingly festive “CMA Country Christmas” on Monday night, I wondered if this might be the year when each of the big television networks finally figures out how to do a holiday special that doesn’t feel labored or corny or like a mere excuse for corporate cross-promotion.

Then I caught “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”

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