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Downtown punk club the Smell launches $1.4-million GoFundMe campaign to relocate

On Friday, the iconic downtown Los Angeles punk club the Smell learned the bad news when a bill was posted on its entrance. Delivered by the building’s owner, L&R Group of Companies, the notice informed the venue that its days were numbered and that the building would be demolished. The news, posted...

Chuck D, B Real join members of Rage Against the Machine to form supergroup Prophets of Rage

A few weeks ago, an anonymous website arrived with a countdown clock, one set to hit zero on May 31. The domain, Prophets of Rage, is named for a Public Enemy song, and arrived with a red-and-black militaristic logo. Prophets of Rage also started posting oblique Instagram photos and embeds of Public...

Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood becomes a dad to twins at the age of 68

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has become a father again at 68 after his wife, Sally Humphreys, gave birth to twin girls.  Wood's publicist, Karen McNamara, said in a statement Tuesday that the couple “are delighted to announce the birth” of Gracie Jane, who weighed 6 pounds, and Alice Rose,...

Prince's death casts spotlight on anti-opioid addiction drug

It was an intervention that never happened, and it featured two stars: Prince, an adored music icon, and buprenorphine, an obscure drug hailed as a revolutionary tool to fight opioid addiction.  Prince died before the first scene, when a drug-addiction consultant, a physician and Prince's associates converged...

The logistical and cultural challenges of creating the Manana Cuba festival

It’s hard to overstate the amount of work and ingenuity that went into producing Manana Cuba, the country’s first international electronic music festival. The Times’ Sunday Calendar piece on the event mainly focused on the cultural significance of the festival and the experience of being in Santiago...

Fifth Harmony's '7/27' is largely a reminder of its strengths

From its inception four years ago, Fifth Harmony has had to defy the odds.  The pop girl group was pieced together four years ago by reality show magnate Simon Cowell on the short-lived, less successful U.S. edition of “The X Factor” after the members entered the competition as solo hopefuls. And...

Amber Heard files for domestic violence restraining order against Johnny Depp

Amber Heard has filed a domestic violence restraining order against husband Johnny Depp, People reported Friday, just days after the actress filed for a divorce from the “Alice in Wonderland” actor.  Reports reveal that Heard submitted a photograph of the actress with what appears to be a bruise...

DJ Calvin Harris after car crash: 'I'm feeling lucky and very grateful'

Calvin Harris may be feeling lucky in the wake of last week's car crash that left the Scottish DJ with minor injuries, but he's definitely not feeling 100%. The producer, whose real name is Adam Wiles, shared Thursday on his official Facebook page that he would be unavailable to perform at his...

The Strokes announce first new record in three years

After a run of successful festival appearances, the Strokes have announced their first new record since 2013's "Comedown Machine." "Future Present Past" is a four-track EP with three new songs -- "Drag Queen," "OBLIVIUS" and "Threat of Joy" -- and the second track sporting a remix by the band's...

Former Dum Dum Girl Kristin Welchez embraces pop as Kristin Kontrol

The second song on Kristin Welchez’s debut album as Kristin Kontrol is a matter-of-fact tale recounting a party she DJed at a hotel in New York City. At first, “White Street” sounds like a pretty humdrum night out, especially for a musician who for years fronted the venomous noise-pop group Dum...

'Los Punks' documentary goes behind the scenes of L.A.'s underground punk rock scene

For decades a low-budget, high-energy punk rock scene has been burning through the backyards and empty lots of East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and South Central Los Angeles. If the new documentary "Los Punks: We Are All We Have" is any indication, the neighbors aren't too happy about it.  But the...

Dance music festival Manana comes to Cuba and magic ensues: 'Cubans have a right to demand concerts like this'

“Solo quiero conectarme la Wi-Fi.” That's the hook from a new song by the Barcelona-based, Afro-Cuban singer and producer Kumar Sublevao-Beat. And throughout the hot, smoggy weekend of Manana Cuba, the country's first international electronic music festival, it was everywhere. The tune thumped...

5 things about Mudcrutch reunion - Part 2

The recent re-reunion of Mudcrutch, the early-1970s Florida rock band that Tom Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench played in before they moved to Los Angeles and created the Heartbreakers, has reconvened the original lineup, also including co-lead guitarist Tom Leadon and...

Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

In a new interview for the BBC Mastertapes series, Paul McCartney defended Kanye West's use of racially volatile language in his single "All Day." McCartney recalled collaborating with West on the single, which featured a McCartney melody radically revised by West into a hard-hitting single that...

Paul McCartney mines virtual reality for 'Pure McCartney' release

Paul McCartney will bring fans into his world by way of virtual reality through a six-part series of VR experiences created to support the June 10 release of "Pure McCartney," his new retrospective album surveying the music of his career after the Beatles disbanded. The ex-Beatle has teamed with...

The Who: 50 and still fabulous in Anaheim

The Who was forced to postpone a big chunk of the band's 2015 tour, but the culprit wasn't one of the stereotypical rock 'n' roll reasons such as rehab, run-ins with the law or internal drama.  Instead, a very real-world case of viral meningitis took lead singer Roger Daltrey out of action for...

Five things we learned from the Who Hits 50! tour in Anaheim

The Who Hits 50! tour belatedly hit the Southland on Sunday night with the group’s stop in Anaheim, en route to Wednesday night’s date at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here are five things we discovered at the 22-song performance at the Honda Center. 1. Healthy again. Lead singer Roger Daltrey...

Questlove on that Billboard Music Awards Prince tribute: 'Let's not get ugly'

Prince was famously not a fan of covers of his own work. But after Madonnaand Stevie Wonder's widely pilloried tribute performance at the Billboard Music Awards, it may be time to reassess what it means to "pay tribute" to a dead artist (particularly at televised awards shows) and whether or not...

Madonna and Stevie Wonder covered Prince at the Billboard Music Awards. Would he have approved?

Two icons celebrated a fallen peer at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday when Madonna and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Prince with versions of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Purple Rain."  The performance, which concluded a broadcast that featured a volume of lip-syncing likely to have perturbed...

Britney Spears opens Billboard Music Awards with hit-heavy medley

No, it wasn’t 2000 and former boyfriend Justin Timberlake wasn't fawning from the front row. But when Britney Spears opened the annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, she did so with a platinum confidence that suggested she'd time-traveled into the present. The pop star’s big curtain-raiser,...

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