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Bob Dylan 'Bootleg Series Vol. 13' to highlight his 1979-81 'Christian period'

Bob Dylan’s so-called Christian period in the late '70s and early ’80s is the focal point for the next installment in the ongoing “Bootleg Series” of archival releases, with the deluxe box set featuring eight CDs and one DVD that bring to light a raft of live recordings from his tours of that era...

Van Hunt's 'Popular' — one of R&B's great 'lost' albums — finally surfaces

Last month, nearly 10 years after its originally planned release date and long after leaked copies had prompted talk of a lost masterpiece, the genre-straddling musician and producer Van Hunt successfully lobbied his former label, Blue Note, to issue his third full-length, “Popular,” to streaming...

Steve Martin having serious fun with his banjo on 'The Long Awaited Album'

During more than a half-century as an artist and entertainer, Steve Martin has consistently pushed and prodded at the boundaries of many an art form. And he’s doing it again with “The Long Awaited Album,” his fifth collection of original music in the last eight years. Take the new album’s lilting...

California Sounds: New L.A. music and mixes from the Side Eyes, Carlos Niño, Tara Jane O'Neil and Wand

The Side Eyes, “So Sick” (In the Red). Earlier in the summer, this L.A. band celebrated its roots with a gig titled “Punk is Dad.” They shared the bill with iconic L.A. punk band Redd Kross, whose co-founder, Jeff McDonald, is Side Eyes singer Astrid McDonald’s dad. Her mom? Guitarist Charlotte...

VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors' looks to '90s nostalgia

A back lot at Paramount Studios shook from the bass of classic rap records pumping through speakers as members of the crowd picked up free bandannas, sunglasses and faux gold chains. The strip of brownstones and storefronts that often stand in for New York — or whatever metropolis filmmakers see...

Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman taps David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty for new solo album

Byrds co-founder and ace musician Chris Hillman is on the verge of releasing “Bidin’ My Time,” a new album he’s recorded with Tom Petty co-producing, but at his home office and study in Ventura this August, the artist is in a reflective mood. He reaches down toward a phalanx of instrument cases...

At the Rose Bowl, Green Day turns to the personal over the political

For more than a decade, Green Day has been perhaps the most explicitly political American stadium rock band. Ever since 2004’s “American Idiot” — Green Day’s multi-platinum, Broadway-adapted album that skewered the George W. Bush era — the pop-punk group has grafted more or less leftist rhetoric...

The Who's Pete Townshend, orchestra bring classical grandeur to rock opera 'Quadrophenia' at the Greek

If “Tommy” is the Who’s great rock opera, its successor, “Quadrophenia,” might more accurately be described as the rock group’s great opera. That perspective is reinforced by “Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia,” which the Who’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter brought to the Greek Theatre...

The Juggalos don't want to be called a gang — so they marched on Washington

A mass of people with red noses and faces covered in white paint descended Saturday on Washington. They hoisted signs declaring “Clown Lives Matter” and posters decorated with doctored images of President Trump. Also highly visible were numerous images of a wild-haired man wielding a hatchet. One...

Yusuf/Cat Stevens taps classic sound in new 'The Laughing Apple' album

An inescapable sense of foreboding runs through “Blackness of the Night,” the opening track from “The Laughing Apple,” the new album by Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens. “In the blackness of the night I seem to wander endlessly, with a hope burning out deep inside,” Yusuf sings in the same soft, gravelly...

Watch: L.A.'s Sam Outlaw sings the praises of chilling out in 'Dry in the Sun' video

L.A. roots country musician Sam Outlaw was nearly clotheslined in his own living room not long ago. That potentially bizarre mishap led to a moment of self-reflection that he turned into a song and, now, his latest video, “Dry in the Sun.” The Times is premiering the video, which was shot in Central...

Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters' expansive new record: 'Come on! What would Adele do?'

More than two decades after the band was formed, a new album from Foo Fighters isn’t just a collection of tunes written by the group’s gregarious frontman, Dave Grohl. It also serves as a referendum on the state of rock at a moment when that once-dominant genre has given up ground to pop, hip-hop...

Guys to headline Stagecoach 2018, but expect female artists to dominate the spotlight

The first impression created by the roster of headliners for the 2018 edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif. — Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line — is that the same principle that’s ruled country radio in recent years is now true of the world’s biggest...

Stagecoach 2018 lands Garth Brooks; Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line also headlining

Garth Brooks let the cat out of the bag early with a social media announcement last week that he’ll be headlining the 2018 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. Yet he didn’t reveal his co-headliners: He’ll be joined at the top of the three-day spring event by Keith Urban and Florida Georgia...

How the 'Hand in Hand' hurricane telethon turned surprisingly political

As though their star power could restore the electricity to storm-ravaged cities across the South, celebrities of all stripes gathered Tuesday evening for “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief,” which aired live on the major television networks and was streamed across various social media...

At Day N Night's close, Kendrick Lamar and YG take back the party from politics

One of the first things YG said when he walked onto the main stage at the Day N Night Festival on Sunday was a barb at President Trump. (Hint: It’s the profane hook of the song that defined the election-night protests in L.A.) People thought they knew what was coming next. But then the Compton...

On 'Hippopotamus,' Sparks shows pop genius on topics fleeting to ginormous

The word “genius” gets tossed around fairly indiscriminately in pop music circles. And yet it’s hard to think up a better activating force that allows brothers Ron and Russell Mael, the long-running duo known as Sparks, to rhyme “hippopotamus” with “a book by Anonymous, a Bosch by Hieronymous,...

Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks discuss new album 'Hippopotamus' and how their musical 'Annette' is colliding with 'Star Wars'

More than 45 years into their musical partnership, the siblings Ron and Russell Mael attempt to wrangle new creatures each time they commit to a new Sparks project. In their underground hit, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us,” vocalist Russell bellowed about “the thunder of stampeding...

Why Chance the Rapper seemed like an old-timer at the Day N Night festival

How fast is hip-hop moving right now? Fast enough that 24-year-old Chance the Rapper, an artist who doesn’t bother with releasing his records in physical form, came across as something of an old-timer Saturday as he headlined the Day N Night festival at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Backed by his agile...

'The Muppets Take the Bowl' captures the zany, all-inclusive spirit of the puppets at their best

“We can’t give the people what they want at the beginning,” Kermit the Frog instructed early on Friday’s Muppets invasion at the Hollywood Bowl. “We have to make them want you.” He was advising Miss Piggy, his demanding diva of an ex who, not surprisingly, clamored for the spotlight from the get-go...

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