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Welcome back to the jungle: Axl Rose finds his snake hips as Guns N' Roses regains its edge at Dodger Stadium

The sideways crab walk. The snake-hipped shimmy. The headlong dash from one end of the stage to the other. Leading the partly reunited Guns N’ Roses he’s been on the road with since April, Axl Rose brought his full arsenal of moves to Dodger Stadium for the first of two hometown shows as part of...

Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.

The Los Angeles homecoming stop next month on the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour will include all three surviving members of the made-for-TV band, guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Nesmith confirmed Friday. In a post to his Facebook followers that also strongly suggested it could be his...

Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour delayed a week by Puff Daddy's shoulder surgery

A bad shoulder has put the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour on hold, but only for a week, according to the Associated Press. Bad Boy rapper and label exec Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is recovering from shoulder surgery and needs the extra time “to recover and give fans the incredible stage experience they...

Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless' on Apple Music

After weeks of rumors, new Frank Ocean music has arrived. Late Thursday night the enigmatic R&B crooner released, “Endless,” an 18-track visual album streaming exclusively on Apple Music. “Endless” adds to the growing trend of upending the traditional album release model that has buoyed recent...

Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

Metallica  has returned with its first new album since 2008. The veteran group announced “Hardwired...To Self-Destruct,” its first non-collaborative record since 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” The band’s last LP was a head-scratcher of a collaborative concept album, 2011’s “Lulu,” with the late Lou Reed....

Premiere: Lucy & LaMer 'Rainy Days' video and L.A.'s water problem

Water conservation efforts in Los Angeles are getting a bit of help from indie band Lucy & LaMer in a new video for the group’s song “Rainy Days,” premiering here. The video for the jaunty pop song, from the Echo Park-based band’s 2015 EP “Little Spoon,” is written and directed by lead singer Lucy...

Echo Park Rising: separating the amateurs from the pros during the indie-centric L.A. festival

There are over 4 million people in the city of Los Angeles, and most days it seems like the majority are either musicians or stand-up comedians (when they’re not writing screenplays or auditioning for acting roles).  The four-day Echo Park Rising festival, for example, which occurs at various venues...

James Woolley dies at 49; former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist

Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the industrial rock band from 1991 to 1994, died Sunday, his ex-wife Kate Van Buren, announced in a Facebook post. No cause of death was given. Woolley, 49, was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album “The Downward...

Kanye West to open 21 'Pablo' pop-up stores worldwide - for one weekend

Kanye West fans can buy a taste of "The Life of Pablo" following the rapper-turned-fashion mogul's announcement of 21 pop-up stores worldwide that will be open just this weekend. West on Wednesday night tweeted a map with red dots indicating the stores' locations. Fourteen of the stores will be...

Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

We’re a decade into the EDM boom of the 2000s. So why hasn’t there been a great American television show or movie set within the scene? EDM – and all the raptures, perils and outsize personalities that come with it – would seem a natural setting for film. Its exaggerated stage productions are science...

The Regrettes may be high-school age, but the band's worldview is all grown up

Out of the gate, teen band the Regrettes isn’t holding back. The group’s first major single, “A Living Human Girl,” takes aim at the patriarchy in one verse and societal expectations of beauty in another, with lead singer Lydia Night rattling off perceived faults as if they’re cause for celebration....

Dance music producer Zhu goes from darkness into the light

Steven Zhu’s career has risen in reverse. His breakthrough 2014 single “Faded,” a lithe, late-night house cut, took off before anyone knew anything about the artist going by the name Zhu. When the Bay Area-raised, now L.A.-based producer earned a Grammy nomination for it in 2015, no fan had yet...

Appreciation: Bobby Hutcherson connected some of the highest points in jazz

After spending decades as a marginalized genre, jazz has something of an internal obsession with providing entry points. If the right album gets into the right hands at the right time, the thinking goes for listeners of jazz and all music worth exploring, another fan is born. It’s an irresistible...

Ahead of a show with the L.A. Phil, Ben Harper discusses his favorite musical collaborations

“Collaborations are a commitment to being willing to grow,” says Ben Harper. “You only grow in situations where you surrender to the unknown.” The guy knows what he’s talking about: A singer, songwriter and guitarist acclaimed for his rootsy blend of blues, soul, folk, rock and reggae, Harper has...

PJ Harvey adds second L.A. performance on Friday for her new U.S. tour

Singer and songwriter PJ Harvey has added a second show to her tour stop in Los Angeles with a performance Friday at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood along with her Thursday show date at the Shrine Expo Hall, which quickly sold out. Tickets are on sale now for the added show, which extends her run...

Paul McCartney signs new contract returning his solo career to Capitol

Paul McCartney is getting back to where he once belonged, renewing his relationship with Capitol Records, the label that ushered him and the rest of the Beatles to household name status in the U.S. in the 1960s. The new contract, announced Wednesday by Capitol, will cover his complete solo catalog...

Rap 'feud' between Drake and Eminem shut down by joint Detroit appearance

So much for reports of a feud between rappers Eminem and Drake, amid growing social media speculation that one or the other was readying a diss track aimed at the other.  Eminem joined Drake on stage at the Joe Louis Arena in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit to perform Drake’s song “Forever.” Introducing...

Britney Spears to perform at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

For the first time in nearly a decade, Britney Spears will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star will return to the VMA stage for the debut live performance of her comeback single, “Make Me,” the network announced Tuesday afternoon.  Spears is in the middle of an aggressive comeback...

Elvis Presley 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' 40 years later

Tuesday marks the 39th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977, and as usual, there will be a plethora of activities in and around Graceland to celebrate his life for thousands of fans who make a pilgrimage to his final resting place. Those who aren’t making the trek to...

Country, rock stars join all-star Country Music Hall of Fame benefit lineup in L.A.

James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Joe Walsh and Kacey Musgrave join host Vince Gill on Sept. 27 for this year’s All For the Hall Los Angeles concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education program. The show will take place again at The Novo by Microsoft Theater (formerly Club...

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