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Joni Mitchell hospitalized: Singer fainted but is 'doing fine'

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell fainted Tuesday and is still hospitalized, but she is "doing fine," her spokeswoman said.

Coachella 2015: Ride announces Roxy gig, talks reunion, guitar pedals

Though the British guitar band Ride called it quits in 1996, the thick guitar layers and washes of melodies it made during its mid-1990s prime are likely still echoing somewhere in the galaxy. 

Cynthia Lennon, former wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies at 75

Cynthia Lennon, the former wife of Beatle John Lennon, died on Wednesday at her home in Mallorca, Spain, a representative for her son confirmed. She was 75. 

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' almost had a different title

Kendrick Lamar's new LP "To Pimp a Butterfly" was an instant conversation-shifter in pop music, and set records for debut-day streaming on Spotify. But the record very nearly had a dramatically different title.

Lana Del Rey and Grimes to hit the road together

America's young and beautiful now have their package tour of the summer.

The Rolling Stones' Zip Code tour: Five things you need to know

Those plucky upstarts in the Rolling Stones have announced a new round of touring and a reissue of their beloved 1971 LP "Sticky Fingers." Here are a few facts you should know going into the mania for Mick & Co. on Tuesday morning.

Rolling Stones will start new tour in San Diego on May 24

The Rolling Stones will kick off a North American tour this spring at San Diego's Petco Park on May 24, and will re-release its 1971 album "Sticky Fingers" around the same time. 

Ringo Starr focuses on the next move

A day before Ringo Starr's new solo album, "Postcards From Paradise," was slated for release, the former Beatle was at the hub of a frenzy of activity. He bounded from one room to the next in his top-floor suite at a West Hollywood hotel, hustling through a string of interviews.

Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard steps through the fire

Ben Gibbard never thought he'd find himself where he did at the end of 2012.

iHeartRadio Music Awards: 10 most embarrassing moments

After iHeartRadio’s 2014 debut into a crowded marketplace of award shows, our takeaway was less than enthusiastic. Maybe they'll matter next year, we hoped. 

Johnny Mathis — time for a full-scale comeback?

An unlikely act stole the show last month at the annual all-star gala Clive Davis hosts the night before the Grammy Awards.

Rihanna has a new single (not an album) dropping Thursday

At a time when surprise releases are the new normal, Rihanna did the unimaginable: She actually gave fans a heads up that new music was coming in fewer than 24 hours.

Lollapalooza 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica to headline festival

It's clear now what the long and winding road of the American music festival scene was leading to.

Library of Congress welcomes recordings by the Doors, Righteous Brothers

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant.

Outside Lands books Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Sam Smith

Outside Lands -- San Francisco's colder, more surge-price-prone cousin to Coachella  -- just announced its 2015 lineup. Even the hardiest Los Angeles festival partisan would have to doff their straw sunhat in praise of it.

Courtney Barnett's 'Sometimes I Sit' is incisive

Sometimes you hear something new and you just know. In 2013, Courtney Barnett's "Lance Jr." popped on the radio and stopped me in my tracks.

Laura Marling LP's 'Short Movie' is approachable

Laura Marling arguably hit the high point of her career with 2013's "Once I Was an Eagle." Everything about that album was big — its thicket of acoustic arrangements, its peals of lyrics about heartbreak, its run time (an hour and change).

David Crosby hit jogger with his car, authorities say

Singer-songwriter David Crosby hit a jogger with his car in Santa Barbara County over the weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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