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Los Angeles Times Pop Music CriticThis post has been updated. See below for details. Owl City can retire now -- the real thing is back. Synth-pop duo the Postal Service, whose one and only album, "Give Up," influenced a generation of bedroom producers with its catchy but complicated...
First Lady Michelle Obama turned 49 on Thursday and celebrated with a new hairstyle, a glamorous sleek pageboy featuring bangs. Mrs. Obama's office also debuted a new Twitter handle, @FLOTUS, and tweeted a photo of her sporting the 'do as she met with...
To promote an upcoming book launch, teen blogger, fashion darling and budding multi-hyphenate Tavi Gevinson has recorded an acoustic version of the Pet Shop Boys' 1998 U.K. Billboard No. 1 hit "Heart." Gevinson's version of the song, which can be...
Supermodel Kate Moss turned 39 on Wednesday and reportedly plans to celebrate later this year via a wine tour of California's Napa Valley with rocker husband Jamie Hince. [The Sun] In its February issue, Vogue features police, fire, hospital and utility...
World NowFrom Paris to Hollywood, free-speech advocates reacted with outrage Friday at the two-year prison sentences handed down by a Russian court against the feminist punk-rock trio Pussy Riot for a protest stunt in a Moscow cathedral against President...
The Pet Shop Boys have been indelibly linked with their hometown of London since their mid-’80s synth-pop hit “West End Girls.” Earlier this year, though, singer Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe relocated to Los Angeles to...
Universal Music Group has submitted a proposal to the European Commission to sell off major assets in exchange for regulatory approval for its proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Recorded Music, the company said. Because the deal would reduce the...
Pop & HissIn honor of Robin Gibb, Chuck Brown and Donna Summer, we list five heavy-hearted dance tunes. Getting on the good foot got a little harder last week with the deaths of three important dance-music stars: disco queen Donna Summer, go-go......
Pop & HissBaron Von Luxxury is named Baron Von Luxxury. This is his fake name, and may warrant you to stop, consider it, and maybe even say it out loud. BVL sounds like the brand of a designer handbag company in Belgium with a bent for Feudalism, not the...
The cristal baschet is one of the most beautiful musical instruments you will ever see, made of vibrating, tuned steel, fiberglass amplification cones and wire "whiskers" that shimmy when fingers rub the glass-rod keyboard. Film composer Cliff Martinez'...
TechnologyOne problem for companies trying to launch online music services is the gantlet the major labels make them go through to obtain content or use it in new ways. That's something The Echo Nest, which provides an online platform and music-analysis tools for...
Culture MonsterAbbey Road Studios is putting on an anthem competition to mark its 80th anniversary. If you're interested in entering but aren't sure where to start, here's our list of 10 favorites to give you some ideas....
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