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Nine Inch Nails closes FYF Fest with a show of fresh rage

FYF Fest ended with a new beginning. Headlining the main stage Sunday night, Nine Inch Nails played its first “real show,” as frontman Trent Reznor put it, in nearly three years to close out the annual music festival in Exposition Park. But as he brought his influential industrial-rock outfit back...

How Frank Ocean — and Brad Pitt — made FYF Fest feel one of a kind

Frank Ocean sat in a chair onstage at FYF Fest, a pair of large, studio-style headphones clamped over his ears. The enigmatic R&B star was singing — first his song “Close to You,” which he said he’d based on Stevie Wonder’s cover of the old Carpenters hit, then a bit of the Jackson 5’s “Never Can...

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington was a voice of reassurance from the dark

Plenty of expected voices joined the online chorus lamenting the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who died Thursday at 41 of an apparent suicide. There were tweets from some of the many bands, such as Imagine Dragons and You Me at Six, that drew inspiration from Linkin Park’s blend of...

Reinventing the machine that let America hear itself on the PBS-BBC doc 'American Epic'

It's a tangential moment in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary “American Epic,” but one that grabs viewers' attention. Recording engineer Nicholas Bergh cranks the handle on a 90-year-old recording device — one he spent more than a decade on during a detective-like quest to painstakingly restore...

Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

The members of Slowdive never foresaw this twist in their story. Well on their way to becoming a revered footnote in the history of 1990s rock, the seminal English shoegazers are reunited, and even relevant again. After a decades-long hiatus that most everyone figured was forever, the original...

Ella Fitzgerald is easy to love — but harder to honor — at the Hollywood Bowl

Maybe the third time will be the charm? In 2014, the Hollywood Bowl presented a concert tribute to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald that had its heart — but not its mind — in the right place. With warmly respectful performances by Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others, “To Ella with Love”...

FYF Fest's diverse lineup reflects music’s many faces

At the head of the bill, FYF Fest’s lineup is plainly its most diverse yet. Out of the four acts at the top, there are two women, two African Americans and, in Frank Ocean, one romantically ambiguous singer who makes a refusal to define himself a part of his art. Just beneath the main headliners,...

FYF Fest day-by-day guide: The 15 must-see acts

The annual FYF Fest is here, and it's more diverse than ever. Here are 15 must-see acts.

Why I felt betrayed by Fleetwood Mac at Classic West

I can’t say I wasn’t warned. In a recent interview with Lindsey Buckingham, I asked the Fleetwood Mac frontman about turning his attention from his and Christine McVie’s new duets album to Fleetwood Mac’s participation in Classic West. First he cringed, as though the mere mention of the two-day...

The Eagles fly again at the Classic West

“We are the Eagles from Los Angeles,” Joe Walsh told the crowd Saturday at Dodger Stadium. “We’re back — and we’re back because of our family.” OK, sure. Headlining the first night of the Classic West festival — a two-day mega-concert co-starring Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, the Doobie Brothers...

Rock 'n' roll at twilight: Classic West fans celebrate these stars, while they still burn bright

A bucket list is supposed to convey someone’s priorities for experiences to notch before exiting this mortal coil. But how those desires intersect with sobering reality played out in a number of ways at the new Classic West Festival at Dodger Stadium over the weekend. “You may have noticed that...

Miguel kicks off Sound in Focus concerts

Hundreds of guests sprawled across the lawn of the Annenberg Space for Photography on Saturday night for a performance headlined by Miguel and featuring multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzon-Montano. Presented as part of KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation's Sound in Focus concert series, the show...

California Sounds: New Los Angeles-based music from the Pollyseeds, Sudan Archives and Moses Sumney

The Pollyseeds, "Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1" (Sounds of Crenshaw). According to notes advancing this groove-based new album by producer and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin, best known for his work with Kendrick Lamar, "Sounds of Crenshaw" takes cues from acts including early Steely Dan, Philadelphia...

Vin Scully on giving voice to Abe Lincoln at the Bowl: 'One of the most thrilling moments of my life'

Leave it to longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully to invoke a baseball metaphor in describing one of his highest-profile public appearances since stepping away from the microphone for the Boys in Blue at the end of last season. On Thursday he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director...

What we saw at Disney's 'Star Wars' land preview and how tech may tailor the interactive experience

One entrance is flanked by a TIE fighter representing the evil First Order. The other entryway is dressed as a Resistance encampment with a lifesize X-wing. Beyond is lush greenery contrasting with desert-like domed structures. This is the alien world of the "Star Wars"-inspired lands coming to...

2 Live Crew's 'Fresh Kid Ice,' pioneer for Asian rappers, dies at 53

Christopher “Fresh Kid Ice” Wong Won, a founding member of the groundbreaking rap group 2 Live Crew and a pioneer for Asian rappers, has died. He was 53. Former bandmates Luther Campbell and Brother Marquis announced Fresh Kid’s death Thursday. Won died early Thursday in a Miami hospital from health...

Songwriter Jack Tempchin on the 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' he helped the Eagles create

The secret to success as a songwriter is pretty simple, according to veteran musician Jack Tempchin, who wrote or co-wrote monster hits for the Eagles including “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone,” not to mention numerous others for that group’s co-founder Glenn Frey as a solo artist. As...

TLC's 'crazy, sexy, cool' comeback is just the beginning

More than 25 years after its debut, TLC's influence is undeniable. The group's recently released comeback album will be its last.

Why Niia took a slow route to soul-music success

Niia’s music keeps attracting stylish admirers. A few years ago, Tony Kaye — the Hollywood maverick responsible for “American History X” — directed a video for her song “Made for You.” And Kylie Jenner recently used the Los Angeles-based soul singer’s “Last Night in Los Feliz” to soundtrack a steamy...

With 'Girl Disrupted,' Sevyn Streeter's been waiting 15 years for this moment

Sevyn Streeter felt defeated. She was nearly 15 years into a career that included stints in two (albeit short-lived) singing groups and writing credits for Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Tamar Braxton, Fantasia Barrino and Chris Brown. She had the backing of a major...

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