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Fetty Wap says he's OK after motorcycle accident

Rapper Fetty Wap has assured fans he's OK after being hospitalized over the weekend following a motorcycle accident in which the New Jersey rhymer says he broke his leg in three places.

Kanye West's vulnerability was the centerpiece in his '808s & Heartbreak' show

Even with all the artificial snow, full-body burlap wraps and dozens of stone-faced performers, the most fascinating bit of stagecraft at Kanye West's Friday night Hollywood Bowl show was West himself. 

L.A. band Wand plugs into retro-futuristic psychedelia; Carole King's City revisited

Wand, "1000 Days" (Drag City). A lysergic journey in search of bliss, the Los Angeles band Wand's new album mixes tripped-out psychedelia, glam and rock with washes of analog electronics to create a wonderful retro-futuristic mess. Focused on pop structures but swimming with paisley-patterned distortion,...

First Impression: Revelatory Bob Dylan 'Bootleg' series Vol. 12

There's a story about Paul McCartney that during the Beatles' heyday in the 1960s, he once hired an assistant to follow him around and jot down every idea that came into his head, lest he might lose track of any of them.

Like the Eagles' 'Desperado'? Don Henley says thank Stephen Foster

Don Henley marvels at the broad range of music he was immersed in growing up in northeast Texas, near where the Lone Star State borders Arkansas and Louisiana.

Kesha says her career is doomed if lawsuit against Dr. Luke remains unresolved

Kesha's career is "effectively over" so long as the litigation between the pop star and her producer remains unresolved, according to a preliminary injunction filed by the artist.

James Taylor schools us on the need for clarity, guitar help and boredom

With his wire-frame eyeglasses and slightly rumpled slacks, James Taylor looked more like a kindly professor than a veteran pop star when we met for coffee this week. And in a way the visit had the feel of college office hours.

To Los Angeles and beyond: A guide to the Angel City Jazz Festival

An end-of-summer fixture since its debut at Barnsdall Art Park in 2008, the Angel City Jazz Festival has drawn top-tier talent from figures across the jazz vanguard, including John Abercrombie, Archie Shepp, Ravi Coltrane, the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Anthony Braxton and the Necks.

Pop duo YACHT talks about yellow film location signs and visual language in 'L.A. Plays Itself'

When the Los Angeles dance pop duo YACHT relocated to Los Angeles from Portland and started learning the language of the city, they immediately noticed the yellow production signs that most residents by this point ignore. Festooned to poles across the region, the signs direct film and TV crews...

Next Bob Dylan 'Bootleg' volume mines mid-'60s 'golden era'

The latest volume of the Bob Dylan "Bootleg" series of archival releases will explore in depth the high-water-mark albums considered by many music critics and Dylan aficionados to be the holy trinity of his 1960s catalog: "Bringing It All Back Home," "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Blonde on Blonde,"...

Ringo Starr on five fab moments from his book 'Photograph'

Most music fans know that Ringo Starr was the drummer for the hottest band out of Liverpool, England. Starr also likes to point out that he could make that claim long before he joined the Beatles in 1962. As drummer for Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, Starr belonged to Liverpool's most popular band...

IFC's 'Documentary Now!' season fades to black on a soft-rock high note with 'Gentle & Soft'

The inspiration for "Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee," the two-part season finale of the IFC comedy series "Documentary Now!," arrived during a viewing of "History of the Eagles."

Sean Combs tops Forbes' highest paid hip-hop stars list

Sean Combs tops Forbes magazine's annual list of "The World's Highest-Paid Rap Acts."

Foo Fighters and friends at the Forum: 5 thoughts on Monday's show

There's a reason Dave Grohl seems so cheerful in a  well circulated TMZ video that finds the Foo Fighters frontman claiming his band was booked, then unceremoniously booted from, Sunday's Emmy Awards: Turns out, Grohl had his own star-studded affair planned for the very next night -- and this one...

One Direction to release new album 'Made In The A.M.' on Nov. 13

Before they take a break, superstar boy band One Direction will release its fifth album "Made In the A.M."

Chicano Batman's score for documentary 'On Two Fronts' has appeal for two generations

There are few groups better suited to score music for the documentary "On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam" than the Los Angeles quartet Chicano Batman. The film, which airs Tuesday on PBS, explores the often overlooked role that Latino Americans played during the Vietnam War.

Destroyer's Dan Bejar checks in at the Regent

You didn't have to attend Destroyer's Sunday show at the Regent Theater to know that songwriter Dan Bejar and his band were going to have a hard time reproducing "Poison Season," the band's 10th album. Bejar's been working for almost 20 years in a mode of rock song that pivots on the lyric, more...

Ryan Adams turns to Taylor Swift for help on his version of '1989'

What if "The End of the Innocence" meant as much to Taylor Swift as "Like a Prayer"?

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