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Trump inauguration performers Lee Greenwood and Tim Rushlow talk about performing at celebrations in Washington

With the sound of helicopters flying overhead, the country singer Lee Greenwood took a phone call  Thursday afternoon while standing backstage at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Greenwood, best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the U.S.A.,” was being wrangled by producers in anticipation...

Dwight Yoakam strums - and tells guitar tales - at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim

The annual NAMM Show, an extravaganza of musical products that opened its four-day 2017 edition on Thursday, serves up two primary draws for the thousands of industry insiders who flock to Anaheim from around the world: the newest and shiniest instruments and gear, and star power. Cruising through...

Trump's pre-inaugural concert projected a troublingly narrow vision of America

For all the uncertainty that Donald Trump has sown in the run-up to his inauguration as president, there’s at least one thing the incoming president can now be said to have clearly defined: The precise nature of “typically and traditionally American” entertainment. That’s the phrase Tom Barrack,...

Charles Lloyd greets Donald Trump's inauguration with cover of 'Masters of War' with Lucinda Williams

As protest anthems go, there are few that carry as much vitriol and moral outrage than Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War.”  Written in 1963, the song has a long history of inspired covers. From the Staple Singers in the ’60s to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready in the ’90s and a furious jazz...

Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples try to lift spirits with 'I Give You Power'

Except for the country rockers and talent-show contestants performing at Trump’s inaugural festivities, many musicians are wondering how they’re going to lift spirits in the midst of such a divisive presidency. Mavis Staples knows a thing or two about rallying fans during tough times, and she’s...

In L.A., artists will try to play through what many consider a tough Inauguration Day

President-elect Donald Trump reportedly had a rather difficult time persuading A-list musicians to perform at his inauguration festivities. Toby Keith, Jackie Evancho, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood were all scheduled to appear at various events Thursday and Friday in celebration of the occasion....

Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV over Beatles song rights

The long saga over the rights to the Beatles catalog entered a new phase on Wednesday when Paul McCartney sued music publisher Sony/ATV over the rights to 267 songs that he penned for the band with co-writer John Lennon.  The suit, filed in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, is the...

Where music meets art: Café Tacvba and Santa Cecilia join L.A. Phil to kick off PST LA/LA

When Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty-funded exhibition series devoted to Latino and Latin American art, kicks off this fall, it will be with a bang. More specifically, with a celebratory concert announced Wednesday featuring the Grammy-winning  Mexican rock band Café Tacvba, L.A. roots...

After Trump's swearing-in, the 'Anti-Inaugural Ball' will rev up Teragram Ballroom

Those looking for inauguration day fury may have found their spot: The protest rap group Prophets of Rage has announced an “Anti-Inaugural Ball” for Friday at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. It will feature the first performance by rock supergroup Audioslave in 11 years. The event will occur...

Metallica, John Legend and Carrie Underwood will perform at the Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday the first round of performers for the 59th annual Grammy Awards, and, as always, it’s a far-flung bunch designed to attract as many viewers as possible to the televised ceremony branded as “music’s biggest night.” Veteran heavy-metal band Metallica, R&B...

What to listen to now: The Black Madonna, Allison Crutchfield, Dropkick Murphys and more

A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times staff. This week’s picks include a heartbreaking, disco-inspired song from Chicago artist the Black Madonna, as well as Celtic-punk veterans the Dropkick Murphys. Also, catch a bit of Allison Crutchfield’s winning debut. And if you want to dig...

Shut out of U2's Rose Bowl gig? Good news: A second show has been added

Disappointed fans unable to land a ticket for U2's sold-out performance of “The Joshua Tree” at the Rose Bowl on May 20 can relax. The Irish band just announced a second show for May 21. As with the first, the quartet will be performing its 1987 album in its entirety. The new Pasadena date is one...

Tupac Shakur biopic 'All Eyez on Me' will arrive on late rapper's birthday

The long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic finally has a release date. Morgan Creek Productions and Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment said Tuesday that “All Eyez on Me” would arrive in theaters on June 16, on what would have been the slain rapper’s 46th birthday.  The release of “All Eyez on Me” will...

Skrillex takes off his mask to reveal Sonny Moore - and reunites with his early punk band, From First to Last

Before there was Skrillex, Dog Blood or Jack U, the artist Sonny Moore was a screaming hardcore punk vocalist and guitarist from Highland Park who joined a band called From First to Last.  On Sunday, Moore and his original FFTL bandmates announced, seemingly out of the blue, that they had recorded...

From 'Eat It' to 'Party in the CIA,' 'Weird Al' Yankovic marks 40 years as king of pop parody with 15-album box set

If the prospect of a 15-album box set of nothing but novelty records sounds a little weird, that’s exactly the idea. Actually, it’s designed to be a lot weird — “Weird Al” Yankovic, that is. The all-time king of pop music parody is preparing the monumental release later this year to mark his 40-year...

'No, take me seriously': Meet the Regrettes and Cherry Glazerr, L.A.'s new faces of rock

There’s a bold new youth movement in the Los Angeles music scene. Led by the Regrettes and Cherry Glazerr, each band, with songwriters still in their teens, takes a warts-and-all, open-book approach to music-making, all while being unafraid to take a stance. Or to mess with a reporter. “What’s...

The Chainsmokers light up again: Listen to the familiar-sounding 'Paris'

“Let’s show them we are better.” That’s the refrain of the new Chainsmokers song “Paris,” which came out Friday and shot to No. 1 on iTunes. It’s also crazy advice the Chainsmokers have wisely elected not to follow. One of 2016’s biggest breakout acts, this band of EDM bros has found enormous success...

In strange times for Internet satire, the Hard Times grows beyond its punk niche

When Matt Saincome was an adolescent punk rocker, he sculpted his hair into a foot-tall red mohawk. He was proud of his spiky gesture of defiance, but he quickly had to find a sense of humor about it when he needed transportation. “I’d have to tilt my head so it wouldn’t hit the roof of my parents’...

Michael Jackson biopic coming to Lifetime

The same day a British television network nixed plans to air a dramatized depiction of a wild urban legend about Michael Jackson following a backlash, Lifetime announced it is prepping a biopic on the late King of Pop. Based on a 2014 book from two of Jackson’s personal security guards, “Michael...

The arrival (and disappearance) of Aaliyah's greatest hits collection is the latest in saga of late singer's catalog

More than 15 years after her death, Aaliyah’s presence can still be felt as her influence percolates through a new generation of artists — Tinashe, Banks, SZA and Jhené Aiko are just some of today’s acts that can be traced to her.  Such an impact is impressive given her modest output — a catalog...

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