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Stagecoach Spotlight Tour takes festival's rising acts on the road

Get ready, country music fans: Stagecoach is hitting the dusty trail. Ten years after launching the Stagecoach Country Music Festival as the country counterpart to the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert city of Indio, Goldenvoice is launching a touring version...

Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' embraces contradictions of clarity and ambiguity, simplicity and complexity

So much about Frank Ocean’s gripping new album, “Blonde,” seems to put it in line with recent high-profile records by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West, from its short-notice release to its limited availability to its expansive roster of collaborators. Push beyond the branding strategy, though, and...

Review: Coldplay goes big - well, bigger - at the Rose Bowl

“The world is more friendly than you think.” That was one of the feel-good aphorisms Chris Martin dispensed Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, just before he led his band Coldplay in “Everglow,” a gently rolling piano ballad about the connection that can link two people even after a breakup. The...

Fans rush to West Hollywood pop-up shop for Frank Ocean's new album, 'Blonde'

When Frank Ocean fan Cornelius Wells heard news of a surprise, promotional pop-up shop opened by the R&B singer on Saturday afternoon, Wells was in the midst of driving to the Inland Empire to drop off a friend.  Wells saw that Ocean,  who hadn’t released a new record since the Grammy-winning album...

Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who launched the Backstreet Boys, NSync and other boy bands in the 1990s before being convicted of a Ponzi scheme, has died at 62, according to the prison where Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence.  The former producer and manager died Friday at...

Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

Frank Ocean has released “Blonde,” his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner’s comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released “Blonde,” the official follow-up to his heralded,...

Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

The return of Frank Ocean continues: A day after the surprise release of his visual album “Endless,” the enigmatic singer dropped a new single, “Nikes,” early Saturday morning while fans wait for the expected release of yet another album, the official follow-up to 2012’s “Channel Orange.” “Nikes,”...

PJ Harvey creates a bluesy soundtrack for tough times at the Shrine

The opening moments of a PJ Harvey concert come with a war correspondent’s eye for detail and an activist's call to action: Broken homes. Shattered glass. Syringes on the floor. A "highway to death." Rhythms, in the form of militant drum beats, create a boots-on-the-ground feel. Guitars, jagged...

Welcome back to the jungle: Axl Rose finds his snake hips as Guns N' Roses regains its edge at Dodger Stadium

The sideways crab walk. The snake-hipped shimmy. The headlong dash from one end of the stage to the other. Leading the partly reunited Guns N’ Roses he’s been on the road with since April, Axl Rose brought his full arsenal of moves to Dodger Stadium for the first of two hometown shows as part of...

Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.

The Los Angeles homecoming stop next month on the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour will include all three surviving members of the made-for-TV band, guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Nesmith confirmed Friday. In a post to his Facebook followers that also strongly suggested it could be his...

Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour delayed a week by Puff Daddy's shoulder surgery

A bad shoulder has put the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour on hold, but only for a week, according to the Associated Press. Bad Boy rapper and label exec Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is recovering from shoulder surgery and needs the extra time “to recover and give fans the incredible stage experience they...

Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless' on Apple Music

After weeks of rumors, new Frank Ocean music has arrived. Late Thursday night the enigmatic R&B crooner released, “Endless,” an 18-track visual album streaming exclusively on Apple Music. “Endless” adds to the growing trend of upending the traditional album release model that has buoyed recent...

Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

Metallica  has returned with its first new album since 2008. The veteran group announced “Hardwired...To Self-Destruct,” its first non-collaborative record since 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” The band’s last LP was a head-scratcher of a collaborative concept album, 2011’s “Lulu,” with the late Lou Reed....

Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

Water conservation efforts in Los Angeles are getting a bit of help from indie band Lucy & LaMer in a new video for the group’s song “Rainy Days,” premiering here. The video for the jaunty pop song, from the Echo Park-based band’s 2015 EP “Little Spoon,” is written and directed by lead singer Lucy...

Echo Park Rising: separating the amateurs from the pros during the indie-centric L.A. festival

There are over 4 million people in the city of Los Angeles, and most days it seems like the majority are either musicians or stand-up comedians (when they’re not writing screenplays or auditioning for acting roles).  The four-day Echo Park Rising festival, for example, which occurs at various venues...

James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the industrial rock band from 1991 to 1994, died Sunday, his ex-wife Kate Van Buren, announced in a Facebook post. No cause of death was given. Woolley, 49, was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album “The Downward...

Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide - for one weekend

Kanye West fans can buy a taste of "The Life of Pablo" following the rapper-turned-fashion mogul's announcement of 21 pop-up stores worldwide that will be open just this weekend. West on Wednesday night tweeted a map with red dots indicating the stores' locations. Fourteen of the stores will be...

Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

We’re a decade into the EDM boom of the 2000s. So why hasn’t there been a great American television show or movie set within the scene? EDM – and all the raptures, perils and outsize personalities that come with it – would seem a natural setting for film. Its exaggerated stage productions are science...

The Regrettes may be high-school age, but the band's worldview is all grown up

Out of the gate, teen band the Regrettes isn’t holding back. The group’s first major single, “A Living Human Girl,” takes aim at the patriarchy in one verse and societal expectations of beauty in another, with lead singer Lydia Night rattling off perceived faults as if they’re cause for celebration....

Dance music producer Zhu goes from darkness into the light

Steven Zhu’s career has risen in reverse. His breakthrough 2014 single “Faded,” a lithe, late-night house cut, took off before anyone knew anything about the artist going by the name Zhu. When the Bay Area-raised, now L.A.-based producer earned a Grammy nomination for it in 2015, no fan had yet...

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