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Ever wonder what longhairs listen to when they let their hair down? Once upon a time, when conductors were regarded as remote intellectual titans, no one would have thought to ask. Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony, once described...
The musical lineup for what surely is the most widely seen New Year’s Eve bash in the country, the annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” held in Times Square in New York City and telecast on ABC-TV, will again feature a raft of...
The jazz artist Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at 91, according to his manager, Russell Gloyd. He died of cardiac arrest one day short of his 92nd birthday in Norwalk, Conn. The pianist and arranger, born in Concord, Calif., was one of jazz's first pop...
Ravi Shankar was already revered as a master of the sitar in 1966 when he met George Harrison, the Beatle who became his most famous disciple and gave the Indian musician-composer unexpected pop-culture cachet. Suddenly the classically trained Shankar...
What follows are the favorite 10 albums of 2012 as chosen by Times pop music staffer Todd Martens: 1. Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange” (Def Jam). No doubt this is Ocean's moment, what with his Grammy nominations and the romantic topicality of...
With more than 1 billion YouTube hits, "Gangnam Style" by the Korean singer Psy is the most popular music video of the year. It has been imitated, parodied and re-purposed by fans around the world. It has been remixed in many different musical styles,...
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When the nominations for the 55th Grammys are unveiled Wednesday night from Nashville, expect to see plenty of new faces dotted among the usual stars and heritage acts. With some superstar artists having missed the Sept. 30 eligibility cut-off with...
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," that catchy pop song that dominated the airwaves this year -- and inspired countless parodies -- topped Vevo's list as the most-watched music video of 2012. With a little help from her friend, Justin Bieber, the...
The quirky violist known as Ljova, an ingratiating fixture on the New York new music scene, has just released a recording called "Melting River." You can purchase and download it for as little as $2 on the artist-friendly website Bandcamp as either an...
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The new single by South Korean pop group Girls' Generation is called "I Got a Boy," and if the song and its accompanying music video are a signal about pop's direction in the year to come, we better buckle our seat belts. Clocking in at 41/2 minutes, "I...
Tags: Radio, Rihanna, Disc Jockeys, Entertainment, Music
Pop music historians and Michael Jackson aficionados have noted that today, Nov. 30, is the 30th anniversary of the release of the self-proclaimed King of Pop's landmark “Thriller” album. Here at the L.A. Times, we’re so far ahead of...
Here's how end-of-the-world projections, based on the Mayan calendar, are being greeted in some quarters of the pop music world on Twitter. Pop & Hiss has decided to include two end-of-the-world tweets from Weird Al Yankovic because 1) he had the...
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