Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Why N.W.A belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"F— tha Police.” One song. Ten years ago, there would have been a different argument for why N.W.A should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and 10 years from now, there could be a better reason.

But this song does a lot of work in a small space. It will make both the voters and brass nervous and complicate relationships between stakeholders. What else do you want out of a song?

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Five videos that prove Los Lobos has earned a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod

At this point, most Los Angeles citizens understand the importance of Los Lobos to the DNA of the city. It’s a foregone conclusion: You can’t begin a conversation about the sound of L.A. over the past few decades without noting the importance of the East Los Angeles band.

They’re crucial connectors.

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Bruno Mars is the latest pop star dipping into scripted TV

Bruno Mars has his sights set on the small screen. 

The Grammy award winner has teamed with "Empire" executive producer Brian Grazer for the single-camera family music comedy, according to Deadline. The project has scored a deal to produce a pilot with NBC.

The project isn't inspired by Mars' life, however.

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Rihanna unveils 'Anti' at art gallery event

Rihanna's upcoming album has largely been a mystery -- until now.

The pop star invited fans and journalists to a swanky event at a downtown art gallery Wednesday night in which she unveiled a series of paintings that make up the packaging for her album, "Anti."

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John Lennon's 75th birthday to be marked Friday in Hollywood

Los Angeles will join several cities worldwide hosting events on Friday to commemorate what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday.

Southland fans will gather at Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for an event starting at 6 p.m. to be emceed by Chris Carter, host of the long-running “Breakfast with the Beatles” radio show.

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Times music staff's picks for Rock Hall's 2016 induction