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Forthright and volatile, Lauren Ruth Ward is breathing life into rock 'n' roll

Before singer-songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward moved to Los Angeles three years ago from Baltimore, she cut hair for a living. Dozens of clients a week, sometimes many more during wedding season. She was great at it, and could have maintained a comfortable living on the East Coast. “It’s absolutely...

Remembering the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, whose voice was her own

In the 1990s, the Cranberries were easy to view as mere passengers on a number of bandwagons. The Irish quartet followed Sinéad O’Connor and the Frames (not to mention “The Commitments”) in establishing that country’s idea of post-U2 pop stardom. Frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan’s gender ensured that...

California Sounds: Fresh L.A. rock from Starcrawler, a burning jam by Knower and John Tejada's new music with Reggie Watts

Starcrawler, “Starcrawler” (Rough Trade). The debut album from this young post-punk band arrives with a pedigree, but that’s hardly the only thing that the Arrow DeWilde-fronted group has going for it. The singer, who grew up among indie luminaries including Beck and Elliott Smith as the daughter...

Hip-hop’s television takeover

The Grammys may have finally discovered the domination of hip-hop, but the genre and its power players have infiltrated mediums beyond music, especially film and TV.

Inara George on her stirring new album and the family tragedy that once defined her

Before Inara George was a musician, she spent four years as the daughter of one. Well respected today in Los Angeles pop circles for her solo work and for her many collaborations — including the Living Sisters and the Bird and the Bee — George wasn’t even 5 when her father, Little Feat frontman...

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats preview new album with 'You Worry Me'

Modern-day soul man Nathaniel Rateliff and his band the Night Sweats have released the first salvo from their forthcoming sophomore album, “Tearing at the Seams,” a new rock-R&B-soul track titled “You Worry Me.” It’s the follow-up to the group’s 2015 debut, an album Rateliff made as a last-ditch...

Dr. Demento, comedic song hero and unsung punk rock legend, gets his due on new album

As the zany-but-brainy on-air alter ego of music historian Barret Hansen, veteran radio show host Dr. Demento has championed the career of “Weird Al” Yankovic, the wacky music of humorists Spike Jones, Allen Sherman, Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer, and obscure recordings that push the limits of propriety....

'Fast' Eddie Clarke, guitarist and last surviving member of original Motorhead lineup, dies at 67

“Fast” Eddie Clark, the original lead guitarist of the British heavy metal rock band Motorhead and the last surviving member of the power trio’s original lineup, has died while being treated for pneumonia. He was 67. Motorhead announced on Facebook that Clarke had died Wednesday in a hospital....

How Barry Cole captured the sound of a city on Showtime's 'The Chi'

When music supervisor Barry Cole signed on for Lena Waithe’s show “The Chi,” about the intersecting lives of black Chicagoans on the city’s South Side, he had two distinct jobs. One, he had to authentically showcase a huge range of music from the city’s history and present. That could mean sounds...

The rise of XXXTentacion underscores rap's fraught battle with the law

XXXTentacion (that's "X?-X?-X?-Ten?-Tah?-See?-Ohn?") is having a major breakout - but he's also charged with mutiple felonies for allegedly beating and strangling a then-pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Xscape blurs real life and reality TV on its strong reunion tour

Fond memories and reality television came to life Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater, where R&B quartet Xscape played the first of two concerts to finish a reunion tour it launched last year. A platinum-selling operation throughout the 1990s — any R&B fan knows “Just Kickin’ It” and “Understanding”...

'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' compellingly reflects on the final projects of the artist's life

"Doctor Who" may have got its global premieres synchronized, but it took a year for "David Bowie: The Last Five Years," a film about Britain's other great cultural spaceman, to make it to the United States. Francis Whately's film, which premiered in the U.K. in January 2017, comes to HBO Monday...

California Sounds: Brainfeeder's new mixtape, the Alchemist's Franco-sampling 'French Blend' series, Dawn's 'Stopwatch' video and Seven Davis Jr.'s house bangers

Various artists, Brainfeeder 2017/2018 mix (Soundcloud) To mark the new year, Los Angeles experimental beat label Brainfeeder has issued a mix that couples recent and forthcoming jams into a 45-minute suite — and is capped by a new Flying Lotus track. That shouldn’t be surprising. Brainfeeder,...

A new generation of L.A. Satanists finds community in blasphemous times

In November, in the candlelit basement of a house just above the Silver Lake Reservoir, Alexandra James walked over to an altar where her husband, Zachary, waited near a bleached human skull, teeth locked in eternal rictus. From the altar, she lifted a sword and drew points across his chest while...

Coachella is going without a single rock headliner for the first time

You’ll hear “Rockstar,” all right — it just may be harder to find an actual rock star. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Tuesday revealed the lineup for its 2018 edition, and for the first time in the annual festival’s 19-year history, no rock act is among the headliners. Beyoncé,...

We listened to more Ed Sheeran than any other artist in 2017, but hip-hop and R&B still dominated

Ed Sheeran’s album “÷” was the most-consumed album of 2017 in the U.S., logging total equivalent sales of 2.76 million copies, a figure that melds sales and streaming data, according to final year-end music consumption data compiled by Nielsen Music. It was one of just two albums, along with Taylor...

The Misfits greet their tribe with the treasured mayhem of old-school horror-punk

In the main concourse of the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, Carlos Toro hiked up his shirt to show off a near full-sleeve tattoo of the Misfits’ grinning skull logo. “I’m in the Fiend Club for life, so I put it on my body,” he said, referencing the punk band’s sinister version of an old-school...

Here's what happened at Dave Chappelle and John Mayer's secretive no-phones concert

It’s one thing to find out that Dave Chappelle knows all the words to the Radiohead song “Creep.” And it’s another to discover that the famous comedian gets a kick out of singing it at his favorite strip-club karaoke night in Portland, Ore. As funny as this information is, though, the real comedy...

Times music writers pick their top albums of 2017

As the year comes to a close, The Times’ pop staff reflects by picking its favorite albums of 2017. Here, writers August Brown, Gerrick D. Kennedy, Randy Lewis and Randall Roberts offer their top picks. Times pop critic Mikael Wood earlier this month reflected on his best of 2017. August Brown’s...

Bedouine, Kehlani, the Regrettes, Yaeji and other 2017 recordings to revisit

Before we officially call 2017 a wrap, The Times’ music staff is taking one last look back on 2017. Here, we offer a look at some albums you may have missed — or some you should revisit — before we start wondering what pop pleasures await us in 2018. Bedouine, “Bedouine” (Space Bomb). In a year...

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