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Review: Glen Campbell's farewell at the Hollywood Bowl

Glen Campbell performed his final Los Angeles concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts reviews.

Jennifer Lopez to issue greatest-hits package

More than a dozen years after her musical debut, Jennifer Lopez is ready to take a look back with her first retrospective package. “Dance Again…the Hits,” is set for release July 24 through Epic Records, her former longtime label announced on Monday.

Marking Supreme Court's Arizona ruling with songs about immigrants

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down much of a controversial immigration law, The Times' August Brown finds five great songs about immigration that are worth revisiting.

Michael Jackson's death: The third anniversary

Artists took to Twitter to remember the third anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson this morning, as did members of his family.

Review: Power 106 FM's Powerhouse at Honda Center

Power 106 FM kept its annual summer hip-hop show, Powerhouse, old school and relatively orthodox, with rappers Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Young Jeezy leading a show that was light on the dance-oriented pop hits that dominate the airwaves. The Times' August Brown reviews.

Another bite of Fiona Apple's 'Idler Wheel'

Fiona Apple had a lot to say during her recent interview with Steve Appleford and the L.A. Times, including how she came up with the 23-word title to her new album.

Part Time Punks' shoegaze fest is a noisy way to end the week

Park Time Punks has corralled some shoegaze staples, including Mark Gardener of Ride, and inspired young distortion-slingers for an all-night mini-festival on Sunday.

Dan the Automator, Dogfish concoct a beer/music mash-up

Delaware's adventurous Dogfish Head Brewery this week began shipping a beer-and-vinyl boxed set dubbed "Positive Contact," a limited-run collaboration that pairs a 10-inch white vinyl of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura's Deltron 3030 music project with six 750-ml bottles of an ale brewed with Fuji apples, cayenne peppers and cilantro. Show More Summary

Songwriters: Pen an ode to West Hollywood, win $5,000 in prizes

West Hollywood is looking for a new song to rep its city, and have announced a contest: Write a song with the words "West Hollywood" in the lyrics, win $5,000 in prizes. The Times' Randall Roberts offers some Angeleno tips on topics...

Maxwell cancels summer tour, including two Staples Center dates

R&B singer Maxwell has been forced to cancel his six-date summer tour, including its two Staples Center dates July 20 and 21, after the singer's doctor recommended that he give his vocal cords a rest.

DarwinTunes finds the natural selection in music styles

In a project called DarwinTunes, two Imperial College London gathered a series of 100 randomly generated noise loops and allowed them to recombine in a process of natural selection, during which time they began to approximate music. August Brown investigates.

Morrissey, FYF Fest and more: This week's on-sales

A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses.

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart christen 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' opening

The opening of the "Who Shot Rock & Roll" photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography included Ann and Nancy Wilson, founders of Heart, stepping onto a stage to perform a short set of classics.

Meek Mill sets tour dates after Drake-Chris Brown club incident

Meek Mill announces tour dates, including an Aug. 8 stop at West Hollywood's House of Blues, which should distract fans from the bizarre love triangle that allegedly resulted in a scuffle with Drake and Chris Brown at a New York nightclub.

Radiohead postpones seven dates in wake of Toronto stage collapse

Radiohead today announced the cancelation of seven upcoming European tour dates, in wake of a stage collapse that killed one and injured three before the band's show in Toronto last Saturday. In a statement, the band said it intends to continue its tour on July 10 in the south of France.

In Rotation: Francis Bebey's 'African Electronic Music, 1975-1982'

A new reissue of work by Cameroonian-born songwriter Francis Bebey explores his fascinating take on makossa music by way of synthesizers and drum machines on "African Electronic Music, 1975-1982." The Times' pop critic Randall Roberts listens.

KCRW launches Spotify application

Today, Spotify added an actual in-real-life radio station to its growing list of offerings, as influential Santa Monica public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) has launched its very own application for the popular music-on-demand servic...

Green Day cancels Burbank show it never officially announced

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has been hyping a free rock 'n' roll "sex party" since June 13 near the offices of their record company, Warner Bros. Records, but Burbank city officials evidently weren't so pleased with the setup, so the concert that hadn't even been announced yet is already cancelled.

In rotation: Kelly Hogan's 'I Like to Keep Myself in Pain'

“My name is Frank Sinatra,” sings Kelly Hogan on the M. Ward-penned “Daddy’s Little Girl,” a tune she delivers with gripping drama. And there are 12 more gems on Hogan's "I Like To Keep Myself In Pain."

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