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Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Stagecoach 2017 gets underway with the Blasters, Justin Townes Earle, Bailey Bryan and Cactus Blossoms

A key question surfaces with the dawn of each new edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio: Just what is country music these days? As this year’s installment got underway Friday at the Empire Polo Field just a week after its bigger, older sibling Coachella, a variety of potential answers sprouted up in the early going.

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The chaos of the Fyre Festival: 'It looked like the set of ‘Outbreak' '

The first-ever Fyre Festival wasn’t supposed to be like this. Hyped as “the cultural experience of the decade,” the festival was supposed to launch the first of its two consecutive weekends Friday on a remote island in Fyre Cay in the Exumas, a string of islands in the Bahamas.

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John Mellencamp maintains a rebellious spirit with 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

At 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama.

“I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough; I don’t need to see ‘Suicide Squad.’

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How Elle King rode into Nashville on a 'triple-platinum hoverboard'

Elle King remembers wanting to cry after one of the first gigs she played in Nashville.

The young singer with roots in pop and rock was opening for Margo Price a few years ago and recalls doing two songs in an empty club — a harsh experience for any artist, but maybe especially for one who’d already signed to a major label and allowed her dreams to start ballooning.

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Joan Baez, rock star? Believe it
Michael McDonald has outlived all your jokes about yacht rock

When Michael McDonald was a teenager he played as a member of one of the countless pick-up bands that famously backed the late Chuck Berry on the road.

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