Wearing a thick, black and white checkered shirt and dark green tam cap, Snoop Dogg strutted to the stage smoking a blunt. As the rapper took his seat at the end of the stage for the Broadcast Music Inc.'s “How I Wrote That Song”...
Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Click through the gallery above to view my top 10 albums of 2012. On or near the top of many of 2012's best albums lists -- mine are listed above within a clickable gallery -- are two Angelenos: Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. They...
Gerrick D. Kennedy and Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Hip-hop singer Nate Dogg, who along with Snoop Dogg and Warren G is credited with crafting the blend of singing and rapping now known as G-funk, has died. He was 41. Nate Dogg, who was born Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday at a Laguna Niguel...
Revolutions are still televised, but they get Tumblr'd, tweeted and YouTubed ﬁrst. This one started last summer when music micro-bloggers began deifying a pack of nine skateboarding, freewheeling teenaged rap vandals from Los Angeles. Full name:...
The time slot was an unforgiving one and the venue even worse. When Foster the People ambled onstage at noon on the final full day of the nearly weeklong South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March, it was exhaustion rather than...
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg closed the first weekend of Coachella with a parade of hits and guests, including Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Kalifa, Tony Yayo and Kendrick Lamar. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts reviews.
Coachella: Late Sunday night as the first of two identical weekends of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival drew to a close, the much-anticipated set by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg became a cultural moment as they were joined onstage by a hologram of Tupac Shakur.
Coachella 2012: Can Nate Dogg make an appearance from the beyond? Several outlets report that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg insisted that their ace hook-singer Nathaniel D. Hale needed to join them onstage one way or another.
Brad Paisley sang with a virtual Carrie Underwood on Sunday in his headlining set at the 2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Brad Paisly used a similar effect on his 2010 tour, two years ahead of the 'holographic' image of Tupac Shakur used at the recent C
Coachella 2012 continues on Friday, April 20 in Indio, California. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts offers a few tips on bands to see, such as Gotye, Flying Lotus and (of course) the Tupac hologram.
L.A.'s own Skrillex and Sweden's electro-poppers Miike Snow are among the many acts that will anchor the 2012 edition of the dance-focused Hard Summer, returning for the third year to the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown. Reflecting the growth of el
Tupac 'hologram': Coachella crowds waited in anticipation for this weekend's appearance by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who were joined again by reincarnated slain West Coast superstar Tupac Shakur onstage in a hologram-like image.
"Yes, it's like musical whiplash -- that's a good term for it," Aaron Lewis said of his gearshift from fronting his long-running hard rock band Staind on Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., to his solo turn Sunday the playing his more rootsy material from his recent fora
Los Angeles riots: The early era of gangsta rap is the subject of Mark Ford's new film, "Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots." The music was more than the "black CNN," it was a strong indication of boiling tensions that later erupted in the riots 20 years ago
Last week TufAmerica, Inc., which administers the rights to the recordings of Washington, D.C. go-go band Trouble Funk's catalog, filed lawsuit in federal court accusing the Beastie Boys of sampling without permission the group's 1982 funk classics, "Drop the
Coachella headliner Snoop Dogg hosted a VIP party at Levi's Haus Tuesday night, just one of the many music-related events taking place across the Southland in the week between the music festival's first and second weekend.
With Tupac Shakur’s reincarnation at the closing night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night dominating the blogosphere, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Dr. Dre is considering a tour featuring the ghostly image of the de