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How the American Music Awards tried to combat toxic masculinity

At least this thing had its heart in the right place. In an age of widespread awards-show overload, nobody looks to the annual American Music Awards — broadcast live Sunday night on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles — for an authoritative diagnosis of what matters in pop music,...

Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies  at 85

Mel Tillis, the longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died. A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. He...

LCD Soundsystem is a blast from the dance-band past at the Palladium

Instead of horns, they had synths. And rather than swing, they grooved. But in terms of the service they were providing their audience, James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem weren’t so different Friday evening at the Hollywood Palladium from the old big bands that performed there in the 1940s. Kicking...

California Sounds: Miguel, Anna St. Louis and Lee Hazlewood

Miguel, “Told You So” (RCA). On this teaser from the San Pedro native’s forthcoming fourth album, “War and Leisure,” the rock ‘n’ soul artist born Miguel Jontel Pimentel rides a squiggly beat that recalls a Chicago acid-house track at half-speed. The song features a chorus so catchy it’s a wonder...

Diana Ross on longevity and life off the stage

Between rehearsals for the American Music Awards, where she will be feted with the Lifetime Achievement award and perform, Diana Ross discussed her career, longevity and life off the stage.

At the Latin Grammy Awards: 'Despacito' takes home 4 trophies; a performance in honor of 'Dreamers'

The show began with Puerto Rico and it ended with Puerto Rico. The Latin Grammy Awards, held on Thursday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, started with a moment of silence in honor of the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. And the show’s opening and...

Sharon Jones is not to be messed with on her final album, 'Soul of a Woman'

Sharon Jones struggled as a singer for too long to let anything interfere with her success when it finally arrived. That’s the impression you get from “Soul of a Woman,” the final album this tough, leather-lunged R&B belter made before she died in 2016 of pancreatic cancer. Due Friday, nearly a...

Lil Peep, hero to the emo and hip-hop scenes, dies of suspected overdose at 21

Lil Peep, the young rapper whose mix of intimate emo lyricism and foggy underground hip-hop resonated with a young crowd that loved both genres, has died at age 21. His death Wednesday while on tour in Tucson was confirmed to The Times by Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tuscon Police Department. Dugan said...

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their quietly subversive new album

It didn’t come as a huge surprise when Tim McGraw broke from his regular set list on a recent evening at the Rabobank Arena here to sing a couple of old classics by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. The two late legends put this dusty oil town on country music’s map, so pulling out “Act Naturally”...

Listen: 'Luke Cage' composer Adrian Younge premieres new holiday-themed track 'The Saddest Christmas Tree'

Adrian Younge has carved out an enviable niche in the underground music community. A producer, composer, Linear Labs studio head and co-owner, with his wife Sherry Younge, of the combination hair salon and record store Artform Studio in Highland Park, the artist is best known of late for work on...

'Female' songwriter Shane McAnally clarifies the intentions of the Keith Urban song

Nashville songwriter Shane McAnally believes music is open to interpretation. But following the release of Keith Urban’s “Female,” co-written by McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman — and performed by Urban on the CMA Awards last week — the Texas native wanted to add some clarity to the...

Women allege sexual misconduct by FYF founder recently axed by Goldenvoice

Sean Carlson, founder of the popular Los Angeles music festival FYF, was investigated by Los Angeles police in 2013 for sexual assault after a woman alleged he attacked her. She is one of several women who have come forward to accuse the well-known festival promoter of sexual misconduct, according...

Eve officially joins 'The Talk' as new host

Grammy Award-winning rapper and actress Eve is adding talk show host to her resume by officially joining CBS’ daytime talk show “The Talk.” The performer made her official debut Tuesday, after previously appearing as guest co-host last month. The artist, whose real name is Eve Jeffers Cooper, is...

Taylor Swift's privacy is a public act on 'Reputation'

For Taylor Swift, love — or the idea of it — has always represented a refuge, an escape, a shelter in a storm. When she emerged, just over a decade ago, romance was a means of lifting herself out of the too-smallness of high school; later, its enduring promise cushioned her after any number of...

Goldenvoice splits with FYF Fest founder Sean Calrson

Los Angeles-based promoter Goldenvoice has severed its relationship with Sean Carlson, the founder of its popular FYF Fest. In an email sent to talent booking agents Monday and obtained by The Times, Goldenvoice head Paul Tollett said, "Effective immediately, Goldenvoice has ended its relationship...

Tropicália plays like a vibrant reflection of SoCal Latin culture

There might not be a more modern music festival for L.A. than Tropicália, which debuted Saturday in Long Beach. That’s not to say that the sold-out show was exceptionally difficult — the headliners included popular acts like Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis and even the intergenerational norteño group...

Cuco rising: How a teen romantic from Hawthorne is becoming the buzz of the biz

Appearing at the Tropicalia Music and Taco Festival at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach on Saturday, Cuco has become the subject of a bidding war.

California Sounds: Pearl Charles teases her debut album, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is remixed by Four Tet

Pearl Charles, “Sleepless Dreamer” (Kanine). The first video from the Los Angeles native’s debut album, which comes out in early 2018, arrives after she earned buzz through a cassette EP for the Orange County label Burger. Charles is a charismatic, confident performer whose earlier work was less...

The CMA Awards played it safe at precisely the wrong moment

Donald Trump is “a fascist.” “Nobody needs a machine gun.” “Gay people should have a right to be happy … without fear of getting drug down the road behind a pickup truck.” Even viewers hoping for talk of politics at Wednesday night’s 51st Country Music Assn. Awards couldn’t have expected to hear...

'It's all gone haywire': Mavis Staples on her 'angry' new album

At 78 years old, Mavis Staples has lived through — and sung about — as much American turmoil as any working artist. In the 1960s she provided a crucial voice in the fight for civil rights as a member of the Staple Singers, the Chicago-based family band founded by her father, the late Roebuck Staples,...

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