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Stagecoach 2017: Willie Nelson 'Still Not Dead' and glad to celebrate his 84th birthday with fans

Willie Nelson was the very essence of “chill” ahead of his spotlight performance Saturday night, despite the fact that he’d soon be taking the stage at the world’s biggest country music festival, in front of a few thousand rabid fans, a new album just released and on his 84th birthday no less....

Stagecoach 2017: 'I'm not shying away from anything,' Rhiannon Giddens says of her music

In what was one of the most moving performances at the 2017 Stagecoach country music festival, singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens employed a carrot and just a little bit of the stick when explaining her music. “We’re all beautiful people,” she said with a broad smile, introducing folk singer Richard...

Exclusive: Doors drummer John Densmore on 'Chasing Trane' and the price musicians pay chasing their art

John Densmore, founding member of the Doors, will participate in a question-and-answer session on Sunday following a screening at the Arclight in Hollywood of director John Scheinfeld’s new documentary “Chasing Trane,” tracking the life and career of influential jazz saxophonist John Coltrane....

Stagecoach 2017: Dierks Bentley recalls when 'Taylor Swift opened for me'

Sitting in his trailer backstage at Stagecoach on Friday a few hours before stepping onto the Mane Stage as the first of the festival’s three weekend headliners, Dierks Bentley recalled his initial appearance at what is now the world’s biggest country music festival. What immediately sprang to...

Stagecoach 2017: The Zombies' 'keeping their chops up' in 50-year career

When the Zombies recorded their 1968 album “Odessey and Oracle,” the one the group is performing in its entirety Saturday night at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, the last thing the band members were thinking was that they’d recorded something for the ages, something they’d still be performing half...

Stagecoach 2017 gets underway with the Blasters, Justin Townes Earle, Bailey Bryan and Cactus Blossoms

A key question surfaces with the dawn of each new edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio: Just what is country music these days? As this year’s installment got underway Friday at the Empire Polo Field just a week after its bigger, older sibling Coachella, a variety of potential...

The chaos of the Fyre Festival: 'It looked like the set of ‘Outbreak' '

The first-ever Fyre Festival wasn’t supposed to be like this. Hyped as “the cultural experience of the decade,” the festival was supposed to launch the first of its two consecutive weekends Friday on a remote island in Fyre Cay in the Exumas, a string of islands in the Bahamas. It turned out to...

John Mellencamp maintains a rebellious spirit with 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

At 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama. “I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough;...

How Elle King rode into Nashville on a 'triple-platinum hoverboard'

Elle King remembers wanting to cry after one of the first gigs she played in Nashville. The young singer with roots in pop and rock was opening for Margo Price a few years ago and recalls doing two songs in an empty club — a harsh experience for any artist, but maybe especially for one who’d already...

Michael McDonald has outlived all your jokes about yacht rock

When Michael McDonald was a teenager he played as a member of one of the countless pick-up bands that famously backed the late Chuck Berry on the road. “I remember seeing him show up that night — it was like something out of a rock and roll movie,” said the veteran singer and keyboardist, recalling...

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme possessed a rock 'n' roll spirit

For good reason, several of pop music’s greatest visionaries — Neil Young, David Byrne, Bruce Springsteen, the Pretenders — turned to filmmaker Jonathan Demme when they wanted to put their work on a big screen. It wasn’t simply because of Demme’s estimable film resume, which includes “Silence of...

What to listen to now: Sabrina Claudio, Little Dragon, Charlie Puth and Brad Paisley

Here’s our weekly look at must-hear music from Times staffers. This week’s picks include the latest from indie electronic act Little Dragon, budding R&B artist Sabrina Claudio, crooner Charlie Puth and country superstar Brad Paisley. Little Dragon, "Season High" (Loma Vista) Pop music historians...

California Sounds: Los Angeles Police Department issues another record, DJ Quik and Problem expand on 'Rosecrans' and Annie Hardy turns grief into art

Los Angeles Police Department, “Los Angeles Police Department” (Anti). Rest assured that if the real LAPD issued an album it’d be covered here, but the second full length by the artist who performs under that moniker, Ryan Pollie, sees him brashly wrest control from the Man without firing a shot....

'They are not cutting ties:' Dr. Luke rep responds to report producer and Sony Music have split

Hit maker Dr. Luke is no longer chief executive of the label he founded under Sony Music in 2011, but sources indicate his relationship with the label hasn’t been completely severed. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter wrote that Sony had distanced itself from the producer, born Lukasz Gottwald,...

Stagecoach fine-tunes the formula with Shania Twain, Jerry Lee Lewis and more

“So at Stagecoach, I’m going to be mostly surrounded by the guys?” Shania Twain asked a visitor about her upcoming headlining slot at the world’s biggest country music festival that opens April 28 in Indio. The assumption was understandable. In the 13 years since the Canadian singer, songwriter...

The bassists of Coachella: Celebrating the oft-unsung heroes who propel the booties

A celebration of Coachella bassists, who often stand aside as musical peacocks strut thei stuff

'Life's About to Get Good' for Shania Twain with new album, Stagecoach appearance

The name of Vincent Van Gogh probably isn’t one that springs to mind for most people in connection with pop-country superstar Shania Twain. But the Canadian singer and songwriter feels a special connection with the 19th century post-Impressionist painter in terms of how she’s gone about writing...

Grouplove brings joy and Kendrick Lamar proves his mettle as Coachella comes to a close

As day gave way to night during the final hours of Coachella 2017, a collective heave seemed to permeate the acreage in and around the polo grounds. The hard heat had subsided and the festival went into its final lap. The relief seemed to blow in with the wind gusts, felt h by the estimated 125,000...

Fun outshines a scorching sun at Coachella music fest's second weekend

Despite a brutal heat wave that drove many into air-conditioned dance tents and a few others to medical tents with heat exhaustion, the second weekend of the annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival concluded with hundreds of thousands of revelers none the worse for wear. Give or take. Coachella...

A humbled John Mayer sands the rough edges at Forum show, losing the rapscallion he wants to be

There was no mistaking that John Mayer had returned to pop music. The singer and guitarist, who spent much of the last few years pursuing rootsier, lower-key concerns, took the stage Friday night at the Forum leading his slick seven-piece band through “Belief,” from 2006’s double-platinum “Continuum”...

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