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Byrds founding member Gene Clark to be saluted Saturday in South Pasadena

Gene Clark — a founding member of the Byrds whose musical legacy is often overshadowed by those of his onetime bandmates Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Clarence White and latter-day member Gram Parsons — will get a salute of his own on Saturday at the South Pasadena Library from several...

Beyoncé joins outcry against Trump's move on transgender rights

In the wake of the Trump administration's decision to roll back protections that allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity, artists across the continuum have taken to social media and the airwaves.  At the top of the list? Beyoncé, who posted on her Facebook page...

California Sounds: New electronic tones from Tokimonsta's Young Art Sound and Kingdom — and a new Hil Jaeger video

It’s hard to overstate the quantity of hot beat-based music bumping out of Los Angeles, and the new year has already produced some keepers. In fact, Los Angeles is riding another crest in a wave of synthesized sounds that over the last decade has made the region a hub.  Below, a few highlights...

Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

If Alison Krauss has learned one thing along the way to becoming the musician laden with more Grammy Awards than any other woman in pop history, it’s to trust her instincts. So when her intuition told her it was time to step away from her longtime band Union Station to make only her second solo...

Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

With splashy performances by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars and major trophies presented to Adele and Beyoncé, Wednesday’s Brit Awards might’ve convinced those paying only partial attention that they were watching a replay of last week’s Grammys. Yet the U.K.’s most prestigious music awards show, held...

'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

Nearly 40 years ago “Weird Al” Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.  Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic’s early parodies of the Knack’s then-chart-topping new wave hit “My Sharona” (recast as “My...

What to listen to now: The Feelies, Jessie James Decker and Rose Cousins

A weekly round-up of must-hear music recommended by Times staffers. This week’s picks include the latest from veteran cult-favorites the Feelies, as well as new music from Jessie James Decker and  Rose Cousins. The Feelies, “In Between” (Bar None) Hoboken, N.J., band the Feelies have issued a mere...

Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

In yet another confirmation that you’re getting old, pop superstar Rihanna has hit a landmark: She has now landed 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna. She charted her 30th hit this week when “Love on the Brain” crossed the threshold...

Dolly Parton, Adele and Pearl Jam among stars saluting Brandi Carlile's 'The Story'

One sign of a would-be classic album: Brandi Carlile’s “The Story” went gold last month — a decade after its release. Another indicator? The Americana singer and songwriter’s breakout long-player is being celebrated through a new tribute album that will feature expert interpreters including Dolly...

California Sounds: Vince Staples slams the 1%, the Regrettes rage at Trump and Meatbodies freak out

Vince Staples, “BagBak” (Def Jam). The smart, agile Long Beach rapper seems to float across the futuristic synth bars on his new track. Staples, who is only 23, has been on a thrilling run since his “Stolen Youth” mixtape in 2013. His confidence seems to be growing alongside his skills as a writer,...

Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

Soulquarius had the type of buzz inaugural festivals could only hope for.    The stacked lineup was an ambitious tracing of the last quarter century of R&B, and the daylong Saturday festival at the Observatory grounds in Santa Ana had long been sold out.   New jack swing and R&B representing the...

James Brown's ‘Funky Drummer' Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73. His wife, Jody Hannon, told the Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure about noon at a Madison, Wis., hospital. He had been suffering from kidney...

T Bone Burnett's new project is a wild techno-skeptical concept album

T Bone Burnett has produced pretty much any artist you’d want to listen to and even had a prolific solo career in his own right. But it’s rare to get original songs from him these days. Which is why his new project is so intriguing. Well, that and the fact that it’s a spoken-word concept album...

German label Giegling shut out the world for a weekend in L.A.

With all the inherent challenges in maintaining underground club music, perhaps there’s some safety in numbers.  And not in terms of crowd size.  As the sun came up on the Boyle Heights warehouse housing last weekend’s showcase from the German label Giegling, the dozen-strong crew of DJs, producers...

With 'Dirty Projectors,' Dave Longstreth lights his own path

Can an album look inward and out at the same time? Dave Longstreth thinks so, and he’s just made one that proves it. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the core of Dirty Projectors, Longstreth is known to indie-rock fans for his knotty compositions and high-flown concepts. In 2009...

Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban. The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the...

HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and the stage musical “Lazarus.”  “Blackstar,”...

In wider release, Prince's streaming figures skyrocket

In life, Prince was one of streaming’s great holdouts. Now, not even a year after his death, his music has finally hit Spotify, Apple Music and the other major streaming services. And fans have stormed the gates to revisit his hit-heavy catalog. Nielsen Music reported Thursday that after finally...

Brandy on new music, being 'brave' and why we're still obsessed with '90s R&B

It can be easy for those without a finger on the pulse of R&B to overlook Brandy’s influence. Yet she helped define the genre’s ‘90s golden age and carried it into the new millennium alongside singular divas such as Aaliyah and Monica. Still, she hasn’t had a crossover hit in 15 years. Brandy’s...

What to listen to now: Ryan Adams, Fred Eaglesmith and Nikki Lane

A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times’ music staff. This week’s picks include the latest from veteran singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, under-the-radar Americana artist Fred Eaglesmith and the outspoken country of Nikki Lane.  Ryan Adams, “Prisoner” (Pax Am/Blue Note) One way to hear Adams’...

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