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Citing bronchitis, Eric Clapton postpones weekend Forum concerts

Guitar hero Eric Clapton has postponed two concerts scheduled for this weekend at the Forum in Inglewood. Citing “severe bronchitis,” the artist, who first achieved fame for his work with Cream and Derek & the Dominoes before going solo, will reschedule the concerts for the fall. Clapton, 71, has...

Chuck Berry wasn't just a god onstage — he was one onscreen too

When Chuck Berry died on March 18, plenty was written about the rock ’n’ roll icon’s musical achievements. But as profound an impact as Berry had on the music world — indeed, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and pretty much every other rock musician credits him as an influence — it’s easy to overlook...

Kendrick Lamar takes aim on new song: 'Donald Trump is a chump'

Kendrick Lamar’s warning is clear on the new single “The Heart Part 4.” “Y’all got till April 7 to get y’all [stuff] together,” he raps. What happens then? A new record? An anti-Trumpist insurrection? Whatever it is, after Lamar released the scalding single on Thursday night, the big takeaway is...

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies at 67 aboard rock legends cruise

John “Sib” Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67. His son, Adam Hashian, said Thursday a cause of death had not been determined. Sib Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on the Legends of Rock Cruise, which departed...

'I'm speaking up': Why EDM's Zedd organized an all-star benefit for the ACLU

Zedd’s upcoming benefit concert at Staples Center started with a tweet. The 27-year-old electronic music star — who was born Anton Zaslavski in Russia, grew up in Germany and now lives in Los Angeles — was on the road in January when President Donald Trump announced his controversial ban on travel...

With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era

Is it an album or a mixtape? Such was the question when Drake released “More Life,” a collection of new music billed as a “playlist,” last weekend. Presented by October Firm, the team of Drake and his co-manager Oliver El-Khatib, and released through Young Money/Cash Money, the 22-track offering...

Hometown hero Chance the Rapper will headline Chicago's Lollapalooza fest

While Los Angeles’ FYF fest earned praise on Tuesday for its three-day expansion and adventurous programming (including headliners Missy Elliott, Bjork, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails), Lollapalooza went straight down the middle for its summer festival lineup, which was announced Wednesday. The...

What to listen to now: Arca, Perfume Genius, Ronald Bruner Jr. and Laurence Juber

A weekly round-up of must-hear music from The Times staffers. This week’s picks include a leader in the Los Angeles jazz community as well as a pair of artists continuing to push electronic boundaries. Arca, “Anoche” (XL Recordings), and Perfume Genius, “Slip Away” (Matador) Two auteurs working...

With 'Triplicate,' Bob Dylan triples down exploring Great American Songbook

One particularly enlightening passage in author Clinton Heylin’s authoritative biography of Bob Dylan, “Behind the Shades,” describes rehearsal sessions he conducted early in the new millennium. As drummer David Kemper related to Heylin, Dylan would gather members of his band and rehearse many...

Chuck Berry's new 'Chuck' album set for June 16 posthumous release

Chuck Berry’s long-gestating final studio album “Chuck” has been set for release on June 16, and the first track, “Big Boys,” featuring guests Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff, is available to give listeners their first sample of the forthcoming work. The cut opens with a quintessential electric...

How a St. Louis neighborhood called the Ville helped define Chuck Berry's art

Chuck Berry was to St. Louis what Prince was to Minneapolis, what Elvis was to Memphis (and Tupelo) and what Sinatra was to Hoboken. Its citizens didn’t agree on everything, but Berry was sacrosanct. And while genius can rise wherever, it stands to reason that Berry, who died on Saturday at 90,...

With 'More Life,' Drake flexes a license to roam

An album. A mixtape. An audiobook in which he annotates his old scripts from “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” At this point, it doesn’t really matter what form a new Drake release takes. The Canadian rapper and singer — and former teen actor — is so popular that whatever he puts out is almost certain...

Wyclef Jean mistakenly detained in suspected robbery in Los Angeles

The musician Wyclef Jean says he was mistakenly detained by police as a robbery suspect in West Hollywood early Tuesday morning. According to reports from KTLA, the incident occurred around 1 a.m. near the Hustler Store on the Sunset Strip. Deputies from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department responded...

Bjork, Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Missy Elliott and others will headline an expanded FYF Fest

FYF fest will be a full day longer and significantly more diverse in 2017. The Goldenvoice-produced summertime staple, which has grown from a tiny punk gig into an international destination festival, will host Bjork, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails atop the bill this year. Missy Elliott, Solange...

Chuck Berry's family says final album brought rock pioneer 'great sense of joy'

The family of rock pioneer Chuck Berry says it will soon announce details regarding the final album the guitarist was working on before his death. “Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction,”...

Close encounters with Chuck Berry, as a fan, musician and journalist

“Chuck Berry doesn’t give interviews.” My first encounter with Berry didn’t go so well. In four decades as a music journalist, I’ve seen Berry many times — concerts that ran the gamut from pedestrian to thrilling. Along the way, I also had three direct encounters with one of the original architects...

Father John Misty goes 'Generic' on three tongue-in-cheek songs

Father John Misty, who has had a brief sideline as a Top 40 pop-song writer for Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, has a new album, “Pure Comedy,” out soon. And it’s supposedly the most bloodletting LP he’s ever written. But Misty, the stage name of Josh Tillman, has also sipped from the well of run-of-the-mill...

Chuck Berry brought a poet's touch — and respectability — to a brash new style of music

One of the original knocks against teen-oriented rock music in the 1950s, when the form was born, came from an earlier generation that had grown up with the sophisticated, erudite songs of composers and lyricists such as Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart....

America Ferrera and Katy Perry's passionate HRC speeches reveal their journey toward activism

Onstage accepting the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award, America Ferrera shared a personal story about searching for representation as a young Latino girl in America. “I didn’t grow up seeing a lot of examples of short, brown, chubby, poor daughters of immigrant parents [who] grow...

Chuck Berry dies at 90, a founding father of rock 'n' roll

In the early 1970s, more than a decade after rock pioneer Chuck Berry’s first round of fame and fortune was over, he was booked for an East Coast appearance, where he hired an aspiring group of young musicians to back him at the show. It was standard procedure for Berry over the years, his way...

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