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Jeff Lynne's ELO will play the Hollywood Bowl for three nights in September

At last, it's a livin' thing. Months after Electric Light Orchestra sparked talk of a comeback with the release of its first studio album in more than a decade, the veteran British group announced Thursday that it will play three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in September. See more of Entertainment’s...

Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

Just since the start of a new year, the world has lost what feels like an inordinate number of high-profile music-world figures: rock provocateur David Bowie, singer Natalie Cole, Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, jazz...

Big Boi headed to Las Vegas for monthly residency

The Las Vegas Strip isn’t just for sparkly pop divas, electronic dance music kings and beloved icons from generations past. Adding to the growing list of hip-hop acts making the pilgrimage to Sin City, Big Boi has announced a yearlong residency at the Wynn Las Vegas. The co-founder of pioneering...

Inside Miguel's twisted Wildheart Motel installation this past weekend

The invitation for Miguel’s two-day immersive art installation this past weekend was cryptic, yet enticing. The words “Check into surreal” were typed in tiny black letters underneath the black-and-white crest logo for the Wildheart Motel. A red heart squeezed with barb wire was the only splash...

FIDLAR's emoji-only clip for 'Why Generation' captures the spirit of 2016

In FIDLAR's new emoji-only video for "Why Generation," frowny-faced emojis pogo and mosh as four avatars rock on stage. Scrunched faces drink emoji beer steins, eat emoji pills, vomit emoji puke. On a cartoon streetscape, emoji cyclists race, cars crash, a billboard overhead advertises using the...

Eric Church, Chris Stapleton lead 51st ACM Awards nominations

The Academy of Country Music has heaped nominations for its upcoming 51st awards ceremony on singer-songwriters Eric Church and Chris Stapleton, each of whom received five nods including album and male vocalist recognition. Church’s “Miss Misunderstood” and Stapleton’s “Traveller” are vying in...

PJ Harvey's 'The Wheel' continues her fiery social commentary; DJDS dig deep in 'Stand Up and Speak'

PJ Harvey, "The Wheel" (Island/Universal). The first song from Polly Jean Harvey's forthcoming new album, "The Hope Six Demolition Project," rolls with a garage punk momentum while documenting "a tableau of the missing." Though unnamed, Harvey quantifies the vanished in sing-song rhyme with sordid...

How 'Jock Jams' inspired 'Cold Chilling,' a reimagining of classic West Coast gangsta rap

Twenty years ago, before compilation albums such as “Now That's What I Call Music!” and “Kidz Bop” topped the charts, a series of sports-themed compilations called “Jock Jams” became the unlikeliest of hits. The premise of the compilations paired “the hottest crowd-pumping grooves of all time”...

With 'Anti,' Rihanna shows the strength in vulnerability

You can’t name your album “Anti” without inviting your audience to think about what you oppose. So what is Rihanna standing against on her eighth studio record? A smoothly choreographed product rollout, for one. After repeated delays, “Anti” finally appeared online Wednesday night, first in an...

How Paul Kantner and Jefferson Airplane delivered LSD music to the masses

Those looking to understand the roots of San Francisco psychedelic rock need only read one observation from Paul Kantner, who died Thursday at age 74, to connect the microdots.  "Jefferson Airplane had the fortune or misfortune of discovering Fender Twin Reverb amps and LSD in the same week while...

How Woody Guthrie was radicalized by his time in L.A -- when he wasn't drawing cartoons

Woody Guthrie is best known for his work as a Dust Bowl balladeer and protest singer. But like many restless Oklahomans of the time, the singer and songwriter felt the pull of the West in the 1930s. Looking for adventure and working on a life in music, Guthrie spent crucial early years in Los Angeles...

Rihanna's 'Anti' hits 1 million downloads in 14 hours; physical release to come

Rihanna’s new album, “Anti,” hasn’t been out for 24 hours and it’s already been downloaded 1 million times. Exclusively released late Wednesday to the fledgling music service Tidal — which the pop star co-owns with Jay Z and other musicians including Madonna, Usher and Beyonce — the album was also...

Sia wastes an opportunity on the ordinary 'This Is Acting'

A year and a half ago, Sia transformed a serious liability into an undeniable asset. So why does her new album seem to make waste of her success? An Australian singer-songwriter with a flair for fitting confessional lyrics to sleek electronic beats, Sia built a respectable following as an artist...

'Why the Mountains Are Black' aims to show music as a 'tool for survival'

In summer 2014, four writers and one record collector were sitting in a room in Faber, Va. The record collector, an adept and passionate scholar, was Chris King. He had been playing 78s from his collection, which he keeps in plain brown sleeves that are not marked. They are organized by genre and...

Coldplay to play Rose Bowl in August on summer U.S. stadium tour

Coldplay will set down in a large handful of major-market stadiums across the U.S. this summer as part of the group’s first world tour in five years, the band announced Thursday. The stateside leg of A Head Full of Dreams tour opens July 16 at New York’s Met Life Stadium and will reach the Rose...

Bert Berns tabbed for Rock Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award

Songwriter, producer and record label executive Bert Berns will be this year’s recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held April 8 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Berns, who died in 1967 of heart failure at age 38, is best...

Surprise! Rihanna's 'Anti' is finally out -- and it's free

The day that started with new Rihanna music has ended with new Rihanna music in a whirlwind that included a surprise single release and the leaking of her latest album, “Anti.” Hours after premiering a collaboration with Drake called “Work,” the long-awaited album hit the Internet. “Anti,” the...

Jenny Lewis on 'Rabbit Fur Coat': 'It was the first time for everything'

In 2005, Conor Oberst asked Jenny Lewis if she might be interested in making a solo album for his fledgling record label, Team Love. Her reaction wasn’t quite what the Bright Eyes frontman was expecting. “I was like, “‘Are you crazy? I can’t make a record on my own!’” recalled Lewis, then known...

Rihanna releases 'Work' from new album expected to arrive this week

Another day, another Rihanna tease. Except, thankfully, the singer felt generous enough to issue a new single. After weeks of speculation about a collaboration with Drake called “Work,” Rihanna released the Caribbean-tinged track from her long-gestating album, “Anti.” Released to Jay Z’s Tidal...

Kanye West to roll out 'Waves' album Feb. 11 in New York

Rapper Kanye West will roll out his new album, which he has retitled “Waves” after announcing it as “Swish,” at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11 during his “Yeezy Season 3” presentation during New York Fashion Week, Billboard reports. He also plans to release a track per week up until the album’s...

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