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Los Angeles Times Pop Music CriticIf you’ve listened to any music in the last 48 years, chances are you’re familiar with the Moog Ladder Filter, whether you know it or not. Idiot savants might know the invention by its government identifier: Patent No. 3475623. But to the...
First they put a lid on it, and now they're pulling the plug. Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre, a fixture on the Southern California live music scene for more than 40 years, will close in September and be demolished to make room for the new...
It was an emotional roller-coaster at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night in Los Angeles, even more so than usual for the annual event. Consider disco queen Donna Summer, whose husband and three daughters accepted the...
It was Coachella's best-kept secret. At the end of a day filled with speculation that Phoenix would share its headlining set on the main stage with Daft Punk, the French band instead brought out R. Kelly, the one-of-a-kind R&B star, for a supremely...
Five minutes into Justin Timberlake's new jam "Spaceship Coupe," something strange and surprising happens. The song keeps going. Though the singer has already run through the requisite verses, choruses and instrumental breaks, Timberlake and his...
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is beginning to take shape. Officials announced Wednesday that Don Henley would welcome Randy Newman into the Hall in April, while John Mayer will induct blues legend Albert King. In addition, Christina...
Fans of classic disco and early electronic dance music have reason to rejoice: The respected and innovative Italian producer Giorgio Moroder has started offering classic rarities via his new Soundcloud page. Moroder, 72, is best known for his work with...
As Whitney Houston’s final film performance in “Sparkle” plays out in movie theaters, a set of R&B powerhouses have banded together in the wake of her death for a new TV One reality show. “Ironically, we were all at the pre-Grammy...
In 1975, Donna Summer released a pop single unlike any before it. The singer, then an unknown in the U.S., was living in Germany and working with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder and lyricist Pete Bellotte. Together they came up with a breathy,...
All The RageDonna Summer, who did as much as anyone else -- probably more -- to popularize disco died Thursday at age 63. Not just her music but her costumes inspired a generation. Adele's British Vogue cover turned out to be one of the magazine's worst-selling....
Pop & HissThe 2012 Billboard Music Awards, aired from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, earned the right to be called the most awkwardly awesome three hours (yes, three?!) of music to hit TV this year. A few observations....
Pop & HissRobin Gibb, who lost his battle with colorectal cancer Sunday at the age of 62, was a founding member of the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and twin Maurice. In 1994, the brothers Gibb were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum...
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