Pop & Hiss

Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Missy Elliott's influence felt at FYF Fest, 20 years after her debut
How Frank Ocean — and Brad Pitt — made FYF Fest feel one of a kind

Frank Ocean sat in a chair onstage at FYF Fest, a pair of large, studio-style headphones clamped over his ears.

The enigmatic R&B star was singing — first his song “Close to You,” which he said he’d based on Stevie Wonder’s cover of the old Carpenters hit, then a bit of the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” — while behind him Brad Pitt appeared in high-definition close-up on an enormous video screen.

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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington was a voice of reassurance from the dark

Plenty of expected voices joined the online chorus lamenting the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who died Thursday at 41 of an apparent suicide.

There were tweets from some of the many bands, such as Imagine Dragons and You Me at Six, that drew inspiration from Linkin Park’s blend of crunching heavy-metal guitars and sleek hip-hop rhythms.

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Reinventing the machine that let America hear itself on the PBS-BBC doc 'American Epic'

It's a tangential moment in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary “American Epic,” but one that grabs viewers' attention.

Recording engineer Nicholas Bergh cranks the handle on a 90-year-old recording device — one he spent more than a decade on during a detective-like quest to painstakingly restore it to working condition.

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Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

The members of Slowdive never foresaw this twist in their story. Well on their way to becoming a revered footnote in the history of 1990s rock, the seminal English shoegazers are reunited, and even relevant again.

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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park dies at 41

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the Los Angeles hard rock band Linkin Park, led the sextet to become one of the biggest acts of the 2000s, its mix of guitars and hip-hop defining the ensuing years in rock.

The act’s debut, “Hybrid Theory,” reportedly sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

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