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Want to be in pictures? Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are shooting 'A Star Is Born' at Coachella this week

Want to be an extra in a Bradley Cooper remake of “A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga? If you’re in the Palm Springs area and have some Western duds, you’re in luck: The film will shoot on the Coachella grounds this week. The casting call arrived via the official Coachella Valley Music and Arts...

Recording Academy merges organizations in expansion of Grammy Museum programming

On a recent Friday evening, L.A. Live was thick with action. Music blared from a DJ booth as guests filed into the Microsoft Theater for an ESPN event. A casual basketball game was in full swing in the courtyard and jersey-clad Lakers fans descended upon the downtown complex. Calmer was the...

Bigger size, more stars: How Coachella's expansion affected the fest

“Don’t be scared — I’ve done this before,” Lady Gaga told the massive crowd gathered for her Saturday night headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. And, sure, this was hardly the Super Bowl halftime veteran’s first experience before a live audience numbering in the tens...

Beyond the headliners, Coachella's scene offers plenty to sample

Music remains the primary mission of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but for those who venture beyond the three top-billed headliners — Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar — there was plenty to see, do and hear. Below, just a few highlights from the 2017 edition of the fest. Future...

Lady Gaga's Coachella performance was an absolute thrill — until it wasn't

Lady Gaga, to quote one of her many hits, was on the edge of glory. Headlining Coachella on Saturday night in front of the weekend’s biggest crowd so far, the pop superstar gave as thrilling and complex a performance as any I’ve ever seen at the annual desert festival. It was wild but controlled,...

Coachella returns bigger and brighter than ever, but some fans miss the ol' days

When Radiohead’s sound cut out a few songs into its Friday night headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one fan watching the performance on the main lawn was spotted putting her head in her hands and wincing. “This feels like the election,” she was overheard saying, alluding...

Radiohead fought the machines at Coachella — and the machines won

Of course it happened to a (relatively) old-fashioned rock band. After hassle-free performances all day by dance and hip-hop acts whose music relies largely on programmed elements, Radiohead ran into serious trouble with Coachella’s speaker system not long into its headlining set Friday night on...

California Sounds: Who are Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn' collaborators?

When the Grammy-winning artist Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, “Damn,” arrived Thursday night, his legions commenced celebrating the Compton rapper’s lyrical chops and acrobatic turns of phrases. But they also started poring over the album credits and liner notes: Lamar’s wordplay is equaled...

Our 3 instant reactions to Kendrick Lamar's startling new album

After weeks of feverish anticipation — and just days ahead of his headlining performance at this weekend’s Coachella festival — Kendrick Lamar released his new album, “Damn,” on Thursday night. The record is the acclaimed Compton rapper’s official follow-up to 2015’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” a searing...

In a political year, Latino artists storm the undercard at Coachella

Since it emerged out of the alternative rock scene in 1999, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has featured many acts spanning hip-hop, folk, EDM, pop, heavy metal and classic rock. Yet one style of music has long been underrepresented on the grounds of the posh Empire Polo Club in Indio:...

Chris Stapleton premieres 'Broken Halos,' first track from 'From a Room: Volume 1'

The first track from Americana singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton’s widely anticipated sophomore album, “From a Room: Volume 1,” surfaces today with the premiere of “Broken Halos.” Stapleton wrote the song with Mike Henderson, his former bandmate in the avant-bluegrass band the SteelDrivers, and...

Last of the record men: Seymour Stein looks back on 50 years of Sire Records

Seymour Stein tried to executive produce this article. “Don’t put it like that,” the cofounder of Sire Records told me in his gruff New York accent on a recent afternoon. “I’m talking too much. If this appears, I’ll kill you.” Stein, 74, was sitting in a cushioned chair at his daughter Mandy’s...

Coachella's second hottest ticket? The Palm Springs Air Museum

If the peak-hour Coachella crowds can sometimes feel like a war zone, they still won’t compare with the ambience awaiting fans at two of the music and arts festival’s pre-parties. The Palm Springs Air Museum has emerged as the (second) hottest ticket in town during Coachella week, on the strength...

Vince Staples wants you to look with him, not at him

“L.A., y’all having a good time tonight?” Vince Staples asked, and it wasn’t clear what answer he was searching for. The 23-year-old rapper from Long Beach had come to the Fonda Theatre on Tuesday night for the first of two concerts to finish a lengthy North American tour. In a way, the run of...

TV veteran Norman Lear to receive 2017 Woody Guthrie Prize in L.A.

Television producer, writer and social activist Norman Lear will receive the Woody Guthrie Prize, which is awarded annually to an artist who “best exemplifies the spirit and life work of the Oklahoma singer, songwriter and folk music provocateur.” Lear will receive the award at a ceremony May 12...

J. Geils Band founder dead at 71

John Warren Geils Jr., the founding guitarist behind the ’70s and ’80s rock powerhouse J. Geils Band, died at his longtime home in Massachusetts on Tuesday. He was 71. Donald Palma Jr., the chief of police in Groton, Mass., confirmed Geils’ death on Tuesday night, saying in a press release that...

South L.A. band gives voice to Trump-era fury

Even among the wave of young, rules-smashing punk acts today, the band F U Pay Us is something new. The South L.A. band’s serrated hardcore is acerbic but spiritual, ferocious yet meditative. They’re also — as four black, largely queer young women — in constant dialogue with punk’s history and...

Coachella promoter would gladly book Kate Bush — if only he could

No, Paul isn’t dead, but yes, Kate Bush would be more than welcome to perform at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival any time she’d like. Goldenvoice chief Paul Tollett set the record straight Tuesday about a couple of erroneous reports that surfaced just days before the 2017 edition...

At the World of Dance competition, swagger matters almost as much as spin moves

The World of Dance Tour attracted thousands of dancers and fans to the Pomona Fairplex grounds. The competition event has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.

Music streaming is on the rise, Nielsen figures show

It’s a streaming world in the music business, lest anyone still had any doubts. Nielsen Music’s first-quarter figures for music consumption bear that reality out solidly, with numbers that show on-demand music streaming up a whopping 35.2% in the first three months of 2017 compared to one year...

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