Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
Paramore dazzles with memories -- and heavy subtext -- at the Dolby

Over the last decade and change, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has become a captivating anomaly in the pop landscape. Few, if any have so deftly springboarded themselves from Warped Tour side-stages to the deck of their own cruise ship, let alone into top-charting EDM and rap songs and Taylor Swift music videos. (Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, perhaps; maybe Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance; maybe the All-American Rejects.) It’s an exceptional feat, but certainly not one born of pure serendipity.

This was not meant to be forgotten during the pop-punk (can we even call them that anymore?) band members’ set Saturday night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The athletic, high-octane affair was peppered with sentimental monologues and crowd-titillating maneuvers worthy of such a dramatic venue.

This wasn’t a clean evolution, to be sure; a messy 2010 split with original drummer and guitarist brothers Zac and Josh Farro has lingered amid Paramore’s continued rise lyrically. But the...

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Roger Daltrey, countercultural figure, objects to pot smoke at Who show

The kids are alright, according to Roger Daltrey, unless they're into marijuana.

That seemed to be the message, anyway, Wednesday night at New York's Nassau Coliseum, where the Who frontman, 71, reportedly threatened to stop a concert by his band after smelling pot smoke near the stage.

Saying he's allergic to the smoke, the singer told the crowd his voice was shutting down, according to Newsday, and that he wouldn't go on unless the smoker stopped.

"It's your choice," Daltrey says in an expletive-laden YouTube video that appears to have been shot at the show. "I can't do anything about it. I'm doing my best."

Then Daltrey's bandmate, Pete Townshend, suggests another way of ingesting the drug.

The Who is on tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of its debut album, "My Generation." It's scheduled to play Anaheim's Honda Center on Sept. 16 and Staples Center on Sept. 21.

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Foo Fighters play David Letterman's favorite song, 'Everlong,' for farewell

Would that we all got our favorite band to play our favorite song as we say goodbye to our greatest career achievement.  

David Letterman's final "Late Show" was generally low-key and self-deprecating (Julia Louis-Dreyfus got the best line, thanking Dave for "being a part of another hugely disappointing series finale," as Jerry Seinfeld stewed and glared at her).

But the one genuinely tearjerking moment came when the Foo Fighters took the stage and started playing Letterman's favorite song in the world.

As we know, that tune is the Foos' "Everlong." It got Dave out of the woods post-bypass surgery  and scored a video of his beloved son skiing. Wednesday night though, it soundtracked a montage of decades' worth of Letterman's best moments. 

From the Velcro wall to the Andy Kaufman slap to the Warren Zevon tribute, many of Letterman's most memorable nights seemed to fit right into the song's lament of passing time and longing for old feelings. No, we're not crying, you're crying. There's...

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A Rolling Stones first at 'secret' L.A. concert: All 10 songs from 'Sticky Fingers'

“We’re going to do something we’ve never done before,” Mick Jagger said early in the Rolling Stones’ not-so-“secret” show Wednesday night at the 1,200-capacity Fonda Theatre in Hollywood to launch the group’s 2015 Zip Code tour.

You wouldn’t think the “world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band,” 50-plus years down the line, would have much left to accomplish (or at least attempt to accomplish), but this was the Stones' first time playing one of their albums in its entirety. Crossing that off the bucket list, the band ripped through all 10 songs from their watershed 1971 album “Sticky Fingers” live. A rep confirmed to the Times that Wednesday night will be the only night the Stones will play the album in its entirety.

Unsurprisingly, nobody groused that the Stones were simply engaging in a savvy marketing move to sell more copies of the recently remastered edition of “Sticky Fingers,” the album that gave the world “Brown Sugar,” “Dead Flowers,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” “Wild Horses” and...

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Rock in Rio report card: 6 ways to make a better festival

For more than a year, organizers promised that the inaugural U.S. edition of the Brazilian-born Rock in Rio would be unlike anything the American public had seen.

Equal parts concert, amusement park and street party, the two-weekend festival looked to reinvigorate a forgotten swath of the Las Vegas Strip and also compete amid the landscape of well-oiled music festivals that have managed to turn places like the sprawling polo grounds of the Coachella Valley or a muddy farm in Manchester, Tenn., into essential getaways for music fans.

With cleanup after the festival's closing on Sunday still underway, it's a good time to look back and see whether this first Rock in Rio USA delivered on those grand ambitions.

Situated on 40 acres that once served as the recreational vehicle campground for Circus Circus, the $25-million custom-made City of Rock boasted six stages of music, a 600-foot zip line that sent festival-goers flying over the main stage, a giant Ferris wheel and three themed miniature...

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Rolling Stones announce 'secret' Hollywood gig tonight; no one is surprised

The last time the Rolling Stones played a little L.A. club, it was the 700-capacity Echoplex in Echo Park. Now they've moved up to the bright lights of Hollywood -- keep an eye on these guys; it looks like they're going places!

On Wednesday, the band confirmed what many L.A. fans and outlets had long suspected about its upcoming tour schedule. It will, indeed, play a previously unannounced show somewhere in Hollywood tonight.

Reps for the band declined to comment on the exact location, but it is widely believed to be the Fonda Theatre, where it would replace a set from the Americana act Shakey Graves that was moved to the Belasco at the last minute due to "logistics at the Fonda Theatre."

The announcement, which came via the band's Twitter account today, comes on the heels of a live Q&A they conducted on Twitter earlier this week. The group will broadcast behind-the-scenes footage on the company's live-streaming Periscope service.

The Stones are warming up for a brief 15-date tour of North...

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