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U2's Edge, Adam Clayton join tribute band onstage at New York City club

Fans who showed up Wednesday night in New York to see U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire got more than their money’s worth when members of the real U2 — guitarist the Edge and bassist Adam Clayton — joined the performance.

They took the stage with the tribute group for “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Out of Control” as an audience of 450 at the Cutting Room club likely felt they'd won some sort...

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Angel City Jazz Festival lineup looks global for its 2015 lineup

The Angel City Jazz Festival has announced its lineup for its 2015 installment, and much like Los Angeles, it's a sprawling affair.

Spanning the city with 13 performances in seven venues from Sept. 25 to Oct. 11, the festival again offers a mix of local and international ensembles, hitting the beloved Little Tokyo jazz incubator the Blue Whale as well as stages in Santa Monica, Northridge, downtown...

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Vaud & the Villains bring vintage sounds to Pasadena on Aug. 1

The free summer concerts at the Levitt Pavilion band shells have long offered an invigorating mix of touring and local acts to the L.A. area. Saturday’s show at the Levitt in Pasadena figures to be one of this season’s highlights with the grand-scale retro collective Vaud and the Villains.

The Times profiled the group, which typically brings between 15 and 20 musicians on stage, in 2012. Since then,...

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John Lennon Day in New York celebrated on Ellis Island

U2 singer Bono and guitarist the Edge joined Yoko Ono and various dignitaries on Ellis Island on Wednesday for New York City's inaugural John Lennon Day. They were there to unveil artwork dedicated to the late Beatle.

A tapestry commissioned by Art for Amnesty and installed at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration depicts Manhattan as a giant yellow submarine with Lennon at the helm.


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Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. talks philosophy behind new solo album

Albert Hammond Jr., best known for his steady rhythm guitar work as a member of The Strokes, prepared for his first solo album since 2008’s “¿Cómo Te Llama?” in a manner seemingly contradictory to the image of his stylishly rumpled garage band: by philosophizing.

After getting sober five years ago and putting out the EP “AHJ” in 2013, Hammond read Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Carl Sagan, among others,...

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Sam Smith, Kanye West top 2015 iHeartRadio Festival lineup

Sam Smith, Kanye West, the Who and Coldplay top the lineup for the 2015 iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, set for Sept. 18 and 19 at the MGM Grand.

This year’s event, promoting iHeartRadio’s nationwide network of broadcast radio stations, also will feature brief performances by Demi Lovato, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, the Weeknd, Tove Lo and Lil Wayne.

Additionally, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Hozier,...

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