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Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera top lineup for Oct. 13 'Official Prince Tribute'

Stevie Wonder, Chiristina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and John Mayer will headline a concert dubbed “The Official Prince Tribute” on Oct. 13 in the late musician’s home state of Minnesota. The bill at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul will also include Tori Kelly, Morris Day and the Time, Anita Baker, Doug...

Lady Gaga announces her new album, 'Joanne'

Lady Gaga has announced a new album, and her first under her birth name — well, almost. The singer debuted the news of a new record on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show Thursday. The LP, titled “Joanne,” will come out Oct. 21 on Streamline/Interscope. The record is titled after Gaga’s middle name (she was...

Could Shawn Mendes be the real deal? 'There's a reason I have 13 million followers,' he says

Shawn Mendes knows how to speak to young people. This fresh-faced singer from suburban Toronto first built an audience through the video-sharing app Vine, where three years ago he started posting bite-size acoustic covers of pop hits by stars like Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé. By 2014, Mendes had signed...

An Appreciation: Lewis Merenstein, producer of Van Morrison masterpiece 'Astral Weeks'

Even if Lewis Merenstein hadn’t produced records by Gladys Knight & the Pips, Miriam Makeba, John Cale, the Spencer Davis Group, Mama Cass Elliot and numerous other acts, music fans would owe him a debt of deep gratitude if the only recording he helped usher into existence had been Van Morrison’s...

Hold the wrecking ball: Hollywood's Amoeba Music is here to stay - for now

Since 2001, Amoeba Music in Hollywood has stood as a beacon for resilience in an industry disrupted by digital downloads and streaming music services. This week, the store had to take to social media to assure fans that the multi-level mecca to independent retail would not be the latest casualty...

The Robert Glasper Experiment's 'ArtScience' stretches the borders of R&B fusion

Those searching for a breakout success story in jazz over the last five years would be hard-pressed to top Robert Glasper. However, for a better read on the trajectory of the Houston-born keyboardist, it may be more instructive to think of “breakout” in terms of what one does to leave a prison....

More Desert Trip passes will go on sale Saturday

Additional tickets are being released for October’s Desert Trip concerts in Indio, Calif., with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters. Concert promoter Goldenvoice announced that additional seats have become available as the stage and seating arrangements...

Gwen Stefani to play Irvine Meadows' swan song shows Oct. 29-30

Orange County-reared pop star Gwen Stefani has been tapped for two swan song performances at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the 35-year-old concert venue slated to close permanently following the 2016 concert season and be razed for a new housing development. Stefani will play Oct. 29 and 30, with...

Lady Gaga is back: 'Perfect Illusion' shows the singer has rediscovered her mojo

Let’s not bother with a poker face here. The new single by Lady Gaga? It. Totally. Rules. Released late Thursday, “Perfect Illusion” is a stomping disco-rock jam with a killer robot-Motown groove, buckets of scuzz-punk guitar fuzz and a key change designed to trigger Pavlovian fist-pumps. It has...

On its third album, 'Sunlit Youth,' Local Natives moves toward the center without compromising

Seated around a Mt. Washington kitchen table, three members of the Los Angeles rock quintet Local Natives were having a conversation recently about songwriting, band dynamics and the group’s 13-year ascent, which began when its founders were teenagers living in Orange County. The band’s ambitious...

Premiere: Jackson Browne joins Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for 50th

A half-century ago, a loose-knit community of young musicians working in Southern California were tinkering with new musical hybrids, experiments that led to the folk-rock sound of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, the country rock of Linda Ronstadt and the Flying Burrito Brothers and an even...

Elvis Presley encores with Royal Philharmonic for 'The Wonder of You' set

Elvis Presley’s voice is posthumously teamed with the full forces of an orchestra for a second time with “The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” a collection due Oct. 21 that adds newly recorded orchestral accompaniment to more than a dozen of the King’s original...

Review: Drake contains multitudes at Staples Center

At least one bar at Staples Center was offering a specialty cocktail Wednesday called the Hotline Bling. Described as a jalapeño-watermelon margarita, this rather iffy concoction was designed, of course, to honor the evening’s headlining performer, Drake, whose recent hit single by that title helped...

In Fabric's closing in London, an echo of L.A.'s rave scene woes

A world-class nightclub takes years to build, but it can be undone in just a few hours. On Tuesday, the local council overseeing venue licensing in the Islington area of London revoked the permits for Fabric, one of the most influential and internationally renowned electronic music venues on the...

Why Britney Spears and her team opted for tradition with the release of 'Glory'

At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, there was one pop star with more at stake than any other that night: Britney Spears.  Her last appearance — in 2007 — was a disaster, with the singer famously stumbling through her performance.   Not so this year, when Spears — long since removed from the time...

'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs bolts from the 'popular to the fringe' with experimental hip-hop act Clipping.

A man flees his home on a ship, hoping to escape the turbulent life of his youth. All around him, a culture of slavery stains the past and future. The man sets out for a barely charted new land, one with the promise of redemption but also the fear of the unknown. That’s the plot behind two of Daveed...

Portrayed as the bad guy in 'Straight Outta Compton,' music man Jerry Heller had an influential, colorful career

Jerry Heller's life was the stuff of movies. Unfortunately for his short-term legacy, the only portrayal that has so far made it to the big screen — the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” — cast him as a villain. The former label head, promoter and booking agent, who died last Friday of a heart...

Why Capitol Record's vinyl master Ron McMaster is busier than ever

Ron McMaster, skilled in the art of cutting vinyl records, had been planning to retire. To the longtime Capitol Studios mastering engineer, the era of digital streaming services such as Spotify seemed to sound a death knell for his profession. He’d watched album sales plummet after Napster and...

'Star Trek' at 50: Pop music boldly goes to space

Unlike “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” takes place not “a long, long time ago,” but in the not-too-distant future.  That has allowed the series, both on TV and on film, to reference contemporary pop culture in general — and pop music in particular — in smart and lively ways over the last half-century....

Christina Grimmie's family releases 'Without Him' video, slain singer's final piece of 'Side A'

Christina Grimmie’s family has released the music video for “Without Him,” the final work in a posthumous set of four visuals accompanying “Side A,” the slain singer’s second EP. The YouTube star, who finished fourth in Season 4 of “The Voice,” released “Side A” on Feb. 1 and said in June that a...

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