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D'Angelo returning to Los Angeles with House of Blues concert

R&B recluse D'Angelo is in hiding no more. After appearing with the Roots at Bonnaroo in June, the sonic manipulator of funk and soul has booked a surprise July 4 date at West Hollywood's House of Blues, according to promoter Live Nation.

Meek Mill: Chris Brown, Drake not to blame for brawl

Rapper Meek Mill now says that neither Drake nor Chris Brown started last weekend's melee at a NYC nightclub, and that there's not necessarily bad blood between the three. Gerrick Kennedy reports.

Liz Phair on new record: 'I'm going to get this one right'

Liz Phair is working on a new album. "My fantasy is that this comes out on Matador," she says, referring to the independent that released her first three albums, including the career-defining "Exile in Guyville." Liz Phair resurfaces with music on the DreamWorks/Touchstone film "People Like Us," a song that is a collaboration with Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman.

Spotify updates its radio function, takes on Pandora

Spotify, the popular music streaming service, announced Tuesday an update to its mobile application, and that it would offer it free to all users, not just premium subscribers. Times pop critic Randall Roberts investigates.

Cracker's David Lowery: an essential music and tech-biz critic

Amidst the outpouring of ogling and admiration that comes with every new online music services, actual artists are very often an unpaid afterthought. The commentary of Cracker's David Lowery sets the record straight.

Album review: Fiona Apple's 'The Idler Wheel ...'

You learn a lot about Fiona Apple by what she chooses to reveal in the lyrics to her new album, “The idler wheel is wiser than the driver of the screw and whipping cords will serve you more than ropes...

Album review: Neneh Cherry and the Thing's 'The Cherry Thing'

"I think I'm built to last," sings Neneh Cherry on "Cashback," the opening track on "The Cherry Thing," her cacophonic collaboration that is something of her comeback. Cherry started her career with the punk-influenced collective Rip Rig + Panic but...

With ‘Believe,' Justin Bieber's at top of his vocal game

Justin Bieber's new album ‘Believe' is beautifully sung and deftly adds a Euro-house beat to the teen idol's usual R&B mix.

Quick chat: Ice-T on the L.A. riots, LL Cool J and more

Ice-T’s directorial debut, “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” documents the genre’s history through interviews with such artists as Dr. Dre and Kanye West. But the rapper-turned-actor (he’s now a regular on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) made history himself two decades ago when he emerged out of South L.A. Show More Summary

Naked & boring: Shia LaBeouf is nude in aimless Sigur Rós clip

It's delightful to see the words "Sigur Rós" appear on a number of major news sites. The adventurous Icelandic outfit makes lovely, atmospheric music and deserves a wider audience, and if it takes a naked Shia LeBeouf to get one, so be it. The Times' Todd Martens only wishes this video were good.

Happy 70th birthday, Paul McCartney

Be it the veganism, the new marriage, the Hollywood star, or the recent standards album, we could all learn something from Paul McCartney about life after 64 - or after 70.

VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' gets dirty

Pop & Hiss caught up with two of the ladies from the new reality show, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," aspiring performers Joseline and K. Michelle, to talk drama, putting themselves in front of the camera and, of course, music.

Graphic: Fiona Apple's new 23-word album title, diagrammed

Fiona Apple's new album is a sentence, and a rather unruly one at that. It's called: "The idler wheel is wiser than the driver of the screw and whipping cords will serve you more than ropes will ever do," and...

FYF Fest 2012: Refused, Wild Flag, M83, Yeasayer booked

Now in its ninth year, the independent-focused FYF Fest is returning to the Los Angeles State Historic Park and for the first time since moving downtown will expand from one to two days. Top-billed artists this year include the reunited...Show More Summary

Sneaker review: Bon Iver's 'Ramos' shoe by Keep

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has released a shoe. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts offers a furrow-browed appraisal.

Listen to Joe Smith's talks with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, more

Veteran record executive Joe Smith is donating 238 hours of taped interviews of rock, pop and other music world luminaries to the Library of Congress. Joe Smith interviewed Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Jerry Lee Lewis and hundreds of others for his 1988 book "Off the Record."

Joe Smith's candid artist talks heading to Library of Congress

Classic-film fans know all about Frank Capra’s 1941 political treatise “Meet John Doe.” Soon, music lovers will have the chance to “Meet Joe Smith,” and in the process get a little closer to dozens of the most important players in.....

Review: Nickelback at Staples Center

Nickelback has no official connection to the big-screen version of “Rock of Ages,” but on Friday night at Staples Center, it was hard not to think of the just-opened movie musical -- a flashy-trashy dramatization of the 1980s hard-rock scene...

Review: Grimes, Grouplove and more at Make Music Pasadena

Now in its fifth year, Make Music Pasadena celebrates music at its most casual and community-focused, and has grown from a festival that once largely featured intimate, acoustic appearances in storefronts to one that can draw artists with national appeal. Show More Summary

A field guide to this weekend's Make Music Pasadena

A quick guide to Saturday's Make Music Pasadena, including essential sets from Grimes, Y La Bamba and more by August Brown.

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