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A 'Brand New Day' for the Mavericks with new album, new Mono Mundo label

Raul Malo, the lead singer and songwriter for the genre-crossing roots band the Mavericks, sat on the balcony of the third-floor office of his group’s new record label, Mono Mundo, surveying the kingdom below: a parking lot and an alleyway extending into an open field. “Yeah,” he said in a tone...

Classic West rock fest announces lineup and ticket prices (and no, they're not exactly cheap)

A month after news leaked of its existence, details about the Classic West rock festival are coming into focus. On Wednesday, mega-promoter Live Nation officially announced the roster for the concerts, which will occur at Dodger Stadium this summer. The first day of the weekend festival, July 15,...

What to listen to now: Rodney Crowell, Weezer, Les Amazones d’Afrique and more

A weekly roundup of must-hear music from the Times staff. This week’s picks include the latest single from rock-pop act Weezer, the return of Texas singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and a pair of multi-artist works with worldly ambitions. Les Amazones d’Afrique, “Republique Amazone” (Real World)....

Snoop Dogg to speak on Tupac Shakur at Rock Hall induction ceremony

Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Dhani Harrison and Train’s Pat Monahan will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York on April 7 as guests welcoming in the newest members of the hall. Williams will induct Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Snoop Dogg will give the speech for rapper Tupac...

N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton,' Eagles 'Greatest Hits' make Library of Congress' 2016 picks

Judy Garland’s 1939 recording of “Over the Rainbow,” the Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits” album, N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton” and David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” are among the latest batch of sound recordings headed for the Library of Congress’ National...

Gaslamp Killer, Mr. Carmack headline Coachella's Do LaB stage

The Do LaB — the outsider dance music stage at the edge of the Coachella grounds — has announced its lineup for the 2017 festival, and it looks prepared to compete with the rest of the forward-thinking club music bills at the fest. Mr. Carmack, L.A. beat-scene favorite Gaslamp Killer, Justin Martin...

'More Life' gives Drake more dominance on the charts

Sick of Drake yet? Better not be, because the ubiquitous rapper not only isn’t going anywhere, his new album, “More Life,” has been on a record-breaking chart tear since its release on March 18. The artist’s fifth album tallied 385 million streams, according to Nielsen Music. That volume shattered...

Musical inspired by Pharrell Williams' life is in the works at Fox

Pharrell Williams has spent the past quarter century making his mark in pop music, and now his life is the basis of a musical project in the works at Fox. Titled “Atlantis,” the musical is inspired by the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producer’s childhood in Virginia Beach, Va. The project is...

Keith Richards talks Chuck Berry: 'I've learned more and more from him over the years'

In trying to capture the momentous influence of Chuck Berry, who died March 18 at age 90, numerous obituaries and appreciations written in recent days have theorized that a number of rock ’n’ roll groups may never have formed were it not for his pioneering work. But it’s no wild assumption to...

Wild Honey Orchestra with Jackson Browne, Carlene Carter and more salute the Band

The music concocted half a century ago by the musicians who would ultimately be known as the Band was the result of some rather unusual methodology. Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson withdrew from the rigors of touring to hole up in rural upstate New York...

Serving alcohol until 4 a.m. could be an answer for safer nightlife

Late on a Saturday night, in a nightclub on the fringes of the Arts District, a few hundred music fans are dancing. Downtown hipsters, gay couples and techno scenesters all sway to jubilant electronic tracks or flirt on the outdoor smoking patio. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., the bar shuts...

California Sounds: Frank Ocean's radio show, Ann Magnuson's 12-minute op-ed and Kevin Morby's new song

Frank Ocean, “Blonded 02” radio show. (Beats 1/Apple Music). The Los Angeles-based R&B superstar recently issued the second installment of his Beats 1 show, and it feels like a shuffle-play peek at Ocean’s musical psyche. In opening with a breathtaking chorale spiritual from jazz pianist Mary Lou...

Citing bronchitis, Eric Clapton postpones weekend Forum concerts

Guitar hero Eric Clapton has postponed two concerts scheduled for this weekend at the Forum in Inglewood. Citing “severe bronchitis,” the artist, who first achieved fame for his work with Cream and Derek & the Dominoes before going solo, will reschedule the concerts for the fall. Clapton, 71, has...

Chuck Berry wasn't just a god onstage — he was one onscreen too

When Chuck Berry died on March 18, plenty was written about the rock ’n’ roll icon’s musical achievements. But as profound an impact as Berry had on the music world — indeed, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and pretty much every other rock musician credits him as an influence — it’s easy to overlook...

Kendrick Lamar takes aim on new song: 'Donald Trump is a chump'

Kendrick Lamar’s warning is clear on the new single “The Heart Part 4.” “Y’all got till April 7 to get y’all [stuff] together,” he raps. What happens then? A new record? An anti-Trumpist insurrection? Whatever it is, after Lamar released the scalding single on Thursday night, the big takeaway is...

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies at 67 aboard rock legends cruise

John “Sib” Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67. His son, Adam Hashian, said Thursday a cause of death had not been determined. Sib Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on the Legends of Rock Cruise, which departed...

'I'm speaking up': Why EDM's Zedd organized an all-star benefit for the ACLU

Zedd’s upcoming benefit concert at Staples Center started with a tweet. The 27-year-old electronic music star — who was born Anton Zaslavski in Russia, grew up in Germany and now lives in Los Angeles — was on the road in January when President Donald Trump announced his controversial ban on travel...

With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era

Is it an album or a mixtape? Such was the question when Drake released “More Life,” a collection of new music billed as a “playlist,” last weekend. Presented by October Firm, the team of Drake and his co-manager Oliver El-Khatib, and released through Young Money/Cash Money, the 22-track offering...

Hometown hero Chance the Rapper will headline Chicago's Lollapalooza fest

While Los Angeles’ FYF fest earned praise on Tuesday for its three-day expansion and adventurous programming (including headliners Missy Elliott, Bjork, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails), Lollapalooza went straight down the middle for its summer festival lineup, which was announced Wednesday. The...

What to listen to now: Arca, Perfume Genius, Ronald Bruner Jr. and Laurence Juber

A weekly round-up of must-hear music from The Times staffers. This week’s picks include a leader in the Los Angeles jazz community as well as a pair of artists continuing to push electronic boundaries. Arca, “Anoche” (XL Recordings), and Perfume Genius, “Slip Away” (Matador) Two auteurs working...

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