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Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Juan Gabriel was Mexico's gay icon — but he never spoke of his sexuality

With his glittery capes, slinky dance moves and ultra-romantic lyrics, Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel was an unlikely king in a country known for its machismo. He never spoke about his sexuality, yet was widely assumed to be gay.

It’s no surprise that the singer was an icon in Mexico’s gay subculture.

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FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem was the headliner at FYF Fest on Sunday. But he knew his place in music history. 

“If you missed Grace Jones, you [screwed up],” the LCD Soundsystem frontman said, minutes into his band’s set at Exposition Park. “We used to get booked as the cleanup act, where the headliner would play, and then we would play for all the people who were too [messed] up to go home.

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Juan Gabriel was a songwriter who knew how to channel the struggles of modern life and the hurt of the wounded
Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

Weezer fans will be afforded the rare opportunity to see the arena-playing band in a little club -- and write off the ticket at the end of the year, to boot. 

Monday morning, Santa Monica's best rock band announced that on Nov. 3 the band will perform at the El Rey. Tickets went on sale Monday morning.

Like most rare things, the opportunity may set you back some money. But the cause is worth it.

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The 2016 VMA arrivals: fantasy frocks, cause awareness, and the shirt gets kicked to the curb

The arrivals at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night seemed to have something for everybody — except the dress-shirt industry.

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FYF Fest impresses in sound, but feels on the precipice of change

FYF becomes practically its own city when it takes over Exposition Park each summer. But the fest, like much of L.A. in general, may be hitting its gentrification phase.

On one hand, 38,000 well-heeled, beautifully dressed local music fans happily paid $217.83 for general admission tickets and $361.68 for VIP perks.

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