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How Glenn Danzig got thousands of people to trek to the Orange County wilderness

“Moderate” is not the first word anyone would use to describe Glenn Danzig. As frontman of the long-running hard-rock band that bears his last name, the 61-year-old singer toggles between a tender croon and a dramatic bellow. As a songwriter, he revels in gruesome imagery of skulls and demons....

Gregg Allman was the voice and face of Southern rock

Call it the big bang of Southern rock: the convergence of forces that led two brothers, Duane and Gregg Allman, to convene in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 26, 1969, for a jam session that would beget the Allman Brothers Band. Even further, call it a defining moment of the jam band era, because...

Brian Wilson brings final 'Pet Sounds Live' tour home to L.A.

Beach Boys founding member and creative leader Brian Wilson spent the better part of 2016 on the road commemorating last year’s 50th anniversary of the release of the group’s much revered album “Pet Sounds,” one that consistently ranks at or near the top of fan and critic polls of the greatest...

Brad Pitt, Pharrell among mourners at Chris Cornell memorial

Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams and numerous members of rock royalty joined mourners Friday at Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell's memorial service at a storied Hollywood cemetery. Soundgarden music played from a portable speaker outside the cemetery's gates as a group of about a dozen fans gathered...

Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre's Saturday concert will end a four-decade L.A. drought

When the French electronic composer Jean-Michel Jarre gives his first Los Angeles performance at the Microsoft Theater on Saturday night, the Grammy-nominee will end an extended absence that has stretched across 40 years and dozens of concerts around the world. Beginning in the 1970s, Jarre, a...

'Breakfast With the Beatles' broadcast celebrates 'All You Need Is Love' milestone

It’s hard to believe in today’s age of real-time Skype and FaceTime conversations around the world, but it was just 50 years ago that the first live global television event was broadcast. That’s when the Beatles introduced their latest song, “All You Need Is Love.” In honor of that anniversary,...

Metal and beer: Deftones jump into arena with Iron Maiden, Mastadon, Opeth and Killswitch Engage in battle for ale supremacy

When singer-guitarist Chino Moreno and the alt-metal band he co-founded, Deftones, first went on the road in the early 1990s, they figured they’d hit the big time when they could demand tour promoters supply them with cases of beer. Their brand of choice? “Coors Light, of course!” Moreno said on...

'Wanna do one more?': Harry Styles jams with Stevie Nicks at the Troubadour

Well, where else was he going to do it? With his new self-titled solo album, Harry Styles of the British boy band One Direction is reintroducing himself as the world’s youngest classic-rock star: a 23-year-old singer and songwriter with a pretty head full of memories of the Beatles and the Rolling...

After years of silence, activists are forcing music festivals to take sexual assault seriously

Two weeks before their Central Coast electronic music festival Lightning in a Bottle, the L.A. concert promoters at Do LaB were busy with the usual tasks: prepping campgrounds, checking sound equipment and stocking up on psychedelic art. But this year, they also held a new class for fans and staff...

The Beatles’ best album is really its worst. ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ we need to talk

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is the Beatles’ worst album. But let me save you the outrage you may think I’m looking to foment. I’m not saying it’s a bad record; I’m merely pointing out that the most impactful rock band in history made better ones — some catchier, some weirder, some more...

California Sounds: Ozomatli travels to Kingston; Tim Heidecker wanders inside Trump's psyche; and Sparks imagines God's annoyances

Ozomatli, “Non-Stop Mexico to Jamaica” (Cleopatra). Two decades into a fascinating journey that’s carried them to such far-flung locales as Myanmar, Mongolia, Palestine, Poland, the White House and the Austin, Texas, city jail (the result of a particularly rambunctious South by Southwest set),...

From the archives: Read a 1991 Times interview with Chris Cornell on the making of Soundgarden's 'Badmotorfinger'

Chris Cornell, a founding member and singer for hard rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead on Thursday in Detroit. In a 1996 interview with longtime pop music writer Richard Cromelin, Cornell reflected on the success of Soundgarden’s breakout album, “Superunknown.” After the writer...

Roger Ailes turned television news into an Us vs. Them free-for-all

Roger Ailes was “old school.” Or at least that’s how many have characterized the disgraced Fox News founder since news of his death broke Thursday. Certainly Ailes changed the direction of American media when he launched the network two decades ago, and along with his star host, Bill O’Reilly,...

With Chris Cornell's death, a generation lost its Robert Plant

For those too young to have Led Zeppelin, we got Soundgarden. The shared legacy was always up front with the two bands — the snaking odd-time riffs, Chris Cornell’s guttural howl and wild-man shriek, the constant bare torso and the feeling that technically-genius rock and roll still had a feral...

How to revive the '80s (and how not to) with Paramore and Dreamcar

In the summer of 2009, No Doubt recruited Paramore to be an opening act on its inevitable reunion tour. Given the former’s clear influence on the latter — each with a super-charismatic frontwoman slinging catchy pop hooks over jumpy guitar rock — the booking suggested that the veteran SoCal group...

What to listen to now: Perfume Genius, Pokey LaFarge, Adrian Marcel and Jlin

A weekly look at must-hear music from The Times’ pop staff. This week’s picks include the exquisite, adventurous pop of Perfume Genius, the fiery Americana of Pokey LaFarge and more. Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador). On his breathtaking fourth studio album, “No Shape,” Mike Hadreas, who performs...

L.A. Reid's exit from Epic tied to harassment allegations

Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s departure from his post as chairman of Epic Records last week was met with confusion by many in the industry who saw the move as abrupt. For some that confusion has turned to shock as reports surfaced that the influential record man’s exit followed a claim by a female colleague...

Beyoncé tops 2017 BET Awards nominations

Beyoncé is the leading nominee for this year’s BET Awards, the network announced Monday morning. The pop star, who is the most nominated and winning artist in the show’s 17-year-history, scored seven nods for her “Lemonade” — including album of the year. The ceremony celebrates black excellence...

Queer punk band PWR BTTM cancels tour, loses label amid sexual abuse allegations

The punk band PWR BTTM has drawn criticism after sexual abuse allegations involving singer-guitarist Ben Hopkins have emerged.

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