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Rising rap star Big Sean has a surprising method for dealing with fame

Hours before Big Sean performed for a sold-out crowd at Staples Center, he was alone on his tour bus in deep meditation.

Bobby Brown's rocky life in spotlight hits tragic note with daughter's death

Bobby Brown has lived most of his adult life in the spotlight. He sought out publicity as a member of the '80s boy band New Edition and in his subsequent solo career. He got it by default when he married superstar Whitney Houston. He unwittingly attracted tabloid headlines for his hard-partying...

Singer-songwriter Moses Sumney resonates with his ethereal falsetto

When Moses Sumney was at UCLA, his voice would echo off the walls of underground parking structures during his performances for sparse crowds of students.

Inside Diplo's big summer: Las Vegas, 'Lean On' and Justin Bieber

When Diplo travels to Las Vegas for his regular gig at the nightclub XS, he doesn't take a private jet as many of his peers in Vegas' cash-choked club scene do. Instead, the Los Angeles-based DJ and producer usually trudges through TSA with the plebes at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, not far from...

Friday five: This week's L.A. bounty from Fuzz, Weezer, HEALTH, more

It's sometimes hard to fathom the bounty of remarkable music emanating from Los Angeles in any given week. If the sound doesn't arrive via the dozens of nightly gigs overwhelming clubs and theaters, it booms with the volume through new release announcements, video or song premieres, mixtape and...

Eminem spits 6-minute freestyle rap on Trump, Cosby, Caitlyn, more

While appearing during the "Sway in the Morning" radio show this week, Eminem let loose with a six-minute freestyle rap that suggests the 42-year-old rapper still has some venom in him.

Dieter Moebius mixtape: A sonic appreciation of the late synth master

The work that the German electronic music experimentalist Dieter Moebius crafted as part of the duo Cluster starting in the early 1970s had little precedent. Moebius, who died this week at age 71, helped construct richly emotive ambient tracks and early beat-based works that helped set the tones...

Run the Jewels reveals details of all-cat remix album 'Meow the Jewels'

The rapper and producer El-P, who is one-half of the duo Run the Jewels with Killer Mike, has announced the release date for "Meow the Jewels," the remix of the team's 2014 album "Run the Jewels II." The recording features various producers reworking the tracks with a central limitation: All sounds...

Don't Knock the Rock 2015: Tiffany Anders previews the music-doc series

Sometimes a film's topic is enough incentive for Don't Knock the Rock film festival co-curator Tiffany Anders.

Reaction to Nicki Minaj's VMA gripe proves her point

When MTV unveiled the nominations for this year's Video Music Awards there were little, if any, surprises.

Around the clubs: Desert Hearts, Fort Romeau and more

The Desert Hearts team is one of the more genial entries into the expanding universe of small Burning Man-inspired festivals. Their parties focus on the smarter ends of house and techno, but with self-aware good humor (one fest co-founder and DJ goes by the name Deep Jesus) and youthful vigor. 

Beatles' 'Help!' screening July 30 for 50th anniversary

For the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of the Beatles second film, "Help!," the South Pasadena Library will host a free screening on July 30 following a performance of Beatles songs by an ad hoc group of Fab Four-inspired musicians.

Jessie Jones boldly breaks free on self-titled debut solo album

Self-reliance doesn't come easy to 23-year-old Jessie Jones. Luckily for her, the '60s - and her devotion to the era's pop music - happened and helped her kick some nervous habits.

Meek Mill slams Drake, accuses him of using ghostwriters

Where would Paul McCartney be without John Lennon? Where would Keith Richards be without fellow "Glimmer Twin" Mick Jagger? Where would Drake be without... Quentin Miller?

Prince releases 'Baltimore' protest video: 'Does anybody hear us pray?'

While most other superstar artists are either on vacation, on tour or otherwise removed from the conversation, Prince is spending the summer focused on protest and injustice.

Less hair, more brains: Glendale duo De Lux looks ahead in 'Oh Man the Future'

De Lux singer and lyricist Sean Guerin was merely trying to fall asleep when he struck upon the idea for "Oh Man the Future," a song from the Glendale duo's new album, "Generation."

Natalia Lafourcade brings her intimate new album to the Regent

When Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade launched her eponymous first album at the age of 19 in 2003, it hardly seemed like the sort of contender to top the charts.

Sonic surprises on 'Currents'; 'Pomegranates' runs deeper than weird

Tame Impala, "Currents" (Interscope). The songs on the new album by Australian songwriter, singer and primary Tame Impala member Kevin Parker double down on the tripped-out psychedelia of his earlier work. But "Currents" accomplishes this through a lightness of touch and a broader palette. As on...

Wilco gets rough, risky on free new album 'Star Wars'

The letters "EKG" don't denote comfort. They're frightening, cold and anxiety-inducing - letters that are best to be avoided. And yet that's how Wilco opens its ninth studio album, with an 85-second instrumental that puts the listener on notice and on edge.

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