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Live: BigBang explodes K-Pop convention at the Honda Center

Pop artists aren’t often regarded as the best and as the most popular group at the same time. In the English-speaking pop world in the last decade, only maybe Adele, Beyonce and Taylor Swift have earned the same, simultaneous caliber of critical praise and concert tickets sold.  In South Korea,...

Sam Smith tours Rome, James Bond chases women and villains in new video

The morning after British crooner Sam Smith unveiled the video for "Writing's On the Wall," his new theme song for the upcoming James Bond film "Spectre," the track already amassed nearly 400,000 YouTube views. But, then, it is Smith in all his full-throated glory, and it is James Bond in all his...

Van Halen finally crosses the finish line at the Hollywood Bowl

Nobody in Van Halen said anything onstage Friday night about what’s next for the famously volatile hard-rock band, which this weekend is wrapping up 3 ½ years of intermittent activity with a pair of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. We know what’s already happened. In 2012 Van Halen released “A Different...

Los Lobos and commercial success: Blame it on 'La Bamba'

In recording its "The Neighborhood" album, Los Lobos wrestled with questions of artistic purity and commercial compromise. This story was originally published on Sept. 2, 1990. "There's no success like failure and failure's no success at all," Bob Dylan wrote more than 25 years ago, capturing the...

The American Dream Lives on in Los Lobos

Wherever you turn on the Eastside, it seems you'll find someone with something to say about Los Lobos. This story first appeared in print on Jan. 25, 1987. Cesar Rosas started up his 1953 powder-gray Cadillac, pulled away from the Virgin of Guadalupe statue and flaming red poinsettias that dominate...

Janet Jackson has 'lots to talk about' on new album 'Unbreakable'

Janet Jackson is well aware of the job at hand on her first album in seven years, and she doesn’t waste any time facing up to it. “Hello,” she coos in the opening track of “Unbreakable.” “It’s been a while. Lots to talk about.” No kidding. In 2009 Jackson’s brother Michael died. In 2012 she married...

Janet Jackson finally learns to say 'I'

"I'm not a robot. I want people to know that I'm real," Janet Jackson told The Times in an interview in 1990. Jackson was doing her first world tour and still working to define herself as an artist and get out of the shadows of her family and collaborators. This story first appeared in print on...

Los Lobos goes home to East L.A. for 'Gates of Gold' celebration

The site of Los Lobos’ homecoming record release party earlier this week seemed unsettling: the former Ramirez Mortuary in East Los Angeles, where a concert stage had been set up in what reportedly once was the embalming room. But as the band has done throughout its 42 year run, Los Lobos found...

Live: Disclosure wrangles 'Caracal' and big crowds at the Sports Arena

Disclosure is the dream of dance music in 2015. The very young English production duo is popular enough to score pop smashes like "Latch" and A-list guest vocalists like Lorde, the Weeknd and Sam Smith on their new, second LP, "Caracal." They're progressive enough to sneak deep house and twitchy...

Lady Gaga named Billboard's 'Woman of the Year'

Lady Gaga has been named Billboard's woman of the year and will be the focal point for the first national telecast of the magazine's annual "Women in Music" crowning of the 50 most powerful female executives in the music industry.

'Meow the Jewels': A landmark achievement in feline-based music

In a world overwhelmed by one-trick feline Instagram sensations like Snoopy Cat and kitties that earned fame by the oddball luck of nature like Grumpy Cat or trend-chasing (Hamilton the Hipster Cat), the expert furries that purr and paw their way through Run the Jewels' new all-cat remix album...

Sean and Sara Watkins bring 'Family Hour' show home to Largo on Oct. 2

From the beginning, musical siblings Sean and Sara Watkins intended their monthly Watkins Family Hour performances to be everything the music business as usual isn't.

AC/DC salutes those who came to rock at Dodger Stadium

We begin as any discussion of AC/DC should: with a thought experiment.

New dates for the Who's postponed 50th anniversary tour

The Who will revive its 50th anniversary tour that went on hold while singer Roger Daltrey is recovering from viral meningitis, with a new round of shows starting next winter.

L.A.'s Milk Carton Kids bring their lo-fi neo-folk home on Oct. 1

Thursday's homecoming show for Los Angeles' neo-folk duo the Milk Carton Kids rings especially poignant for singer and songwriter Joey Ryan.

Nicki Minaj comedy series gets picked up by ABC Family

ABC Family has given a series commitment order to a comedy that is executive-produced by multiplatinum rapper Nicki Minaj.

Live: Silversun Pickups appeal to rock's 'Better Nature' at Hollywood Forever

2005 was a banner year for independent-minded rock and pop acts. LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A. and Bloc Party each released LP's that proved small, ambitious bands could have an outsized influence, thanks to a confluence of high-speed internet, acts meshing rock and electronics, and new kinds of music...

Silversun Pickups at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Silversun Pickups play at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Masonic Lodge on Sept. 28. Silversun Pickups, an L.A. indie rock band, became KROQ favorites and a nationally prominent group in the mid-2000s.

AC/DC at Dodger Stadium: 5 thoughts on Monday's show

Dodger Stadium went from blue to black Monday night when AC/DC took over the place for the final U.S. date of its latest world tour. Out on the road behind last year's strong "Rock or Bust," the "Back in Black" rockers hadn't been missing from these parts for long; they launched the tour, as you...

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