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Britney Spears' smooth 'Make Me' sees the pop star exploring a new, mature sound

Britney Spears is back, and doing things much differently. Ever since her emergence at the tail end of the ‘90s, Spears has launched each new project with a massive banger. “Oops! … I Did It Again,” “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Me Against the Music,” “Gimmie More,” “Womanizer,” “Hold It Against Me,” “Work...

Tom Morello on why activism in music matters: 'Dangerous times demand dangerous songs'

Tom Morello, who is perhaps best known as the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, has long paired music with activism. The artist, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen and has a new project, Prophets of Rage, touring this summer, was asked by The Times to express why politics and pop live...

Mexico's N.A.A.F.I. record label is changing club culture around the globe

Museo Jumex, the new spiky-roofed contemporary art museum in Mexico City, is a beacon for a global cultural capital. Nestled between billionaire Carlos Slim’s own glittery private-collection monument Museo Soumaya and rows of gleaming new condo towers, the space is analogous to L.A.’s Broad Museum....

Tom Petty's band Mudcrutch taps Sean Penn to direct grim Anthony Hopkins-led video

Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s reformed early band, has released a new video for its song “I Forgive It All,” but if you’re looking to start your day off with kittens and puppies you’ve come to the wrong place. Co-directed by Mr. Sunshine himself, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, and starring Oscar winner...

How In the Red Records has survived 25 years on weirdness and punk

This weekend, the Los Angeles rock ’n’ roll label In the Red Records will celebrate 25 years of unsung achievements with three nights of jagged, distorted bands from across its catalog of more than 300 titles. It's a celebratory occasion for one of Los Angeles' most enduring, and confounding, rock...

Bon Iver, Justice headline O.C.'s Beach Goth festival

A tender-voiced singer-songwriter and a brutal arena-techno duo will headline the fifth Beach Goth festival in October.  Bon Iver and Justice are the two top acts at Beach Goth, a once-modest punk and garage rock festival (founded by local rockers the Growlers) that’s now catching up to FYF Fest’s size...

'All my homies showed up tonight?': Gwen Stefani opens her summer tour on a high note

Gwen Stefani had an announcement to make. “This is really fun!” she said about halfway through her concert Tuesday at the Xfinity Center near Boston. It was opening night of a North American tour that will keep the pop star on the road through mid-October, and there seemed to be a touch of relief...

Bad Boy Records to release anniversary box set featuring Notorious B.I.G., Danity Kane and others

Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs continues the 20th anniversary celebration of his influential Bad Boy Records imprint by announcing the label’s first retrospective box set. Curated by label president Harve Pierre and executive produced by Pierre and Combs, the “Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set Edition”...

A documentary on Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' will feature never-before-seen footage

The creation of Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 release, “What’s Going On,” will be traced in an upcoming documentary. Titled “Marvin, What’s Going On?” the film is the first to be approved by the family of the late revered soul singer.  Noah Media Group and Greenlight are developing the film, according...

The audience yells along with Jenny Lewis' impassioned NAF at the Troubadour

The setup at the Troubadour Monday looked like a post-prom house party. Columns of balloons were tied to the rafters, and the stage was full of young people bopping to a DJ’s disco tracks. A homemade peace sign lighted up a little drum-bass-synthesizer rig in the middle of the floor, where the...

What are we listening to at weddings? Spotify data confirms too much Ed Sheeran and Journey

With marriage season in full swing, the streaming service Spotify has revealed an analysis of wedding-themed playlists, and it turns out we’ve been doing a lot of thinking out loud during our first dances. Specifically, according to global music streaming leader Spotify, the young British folkie...

'It's tough right now': Jay Z confronts police brutality with new song 'Spiritual'

Jay Z dropped a new song titled “Spiritual” late Thursday, a work he issued in response to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in the suburbs of St. Paul. The song is streaming for free on Tidal. The artist said he initially began work on the...

Music streaming up, sales down again during first half of 2016

Negative signs outnumber the positives among the measurements of the music business during the first half of 2016, the big plus being that audio streaming activity surpassed video streaming, making it the dominant streaming choice for consumers. Data released by Nielsen Music, which tracks music...

Oklahoma's Parker Millsap winning friends in cool places with tuneful character studies

For an unassuming-looking kid out of tiny Purcell, Okla., population 6,300, singer and songwriter Parker Millsap has attracted some pretty impressive friends in cool places since the 2014 release of his debut album. Earlier this year, pop superstar and musical tastemaker Elton John dropped Millsap’s...

Brian Wilson revisits the making of 'Pet Sounds' 50 years later

Brian Wilson was doing his best to be a good sport. While talking to a reporter and then posing for a photographer, he often appeared to be enjoying himself about as much as he would on a visit to his oral surgeon. About 15 minutes into the interview, when asked how he felt about producer George...

Beatles experts revel in the Fab Four's history at Grammy Museum

Five Beatles authorities from different corners of the seemingly infinite Fab Four universe gathered Thursday at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to revisit and analyze the group’s impact on popular culture in conjunction with the museum’s just-opened exhibit “Ladies and Gentlemen … the Beatles.”...

Read Beyonce's open letter in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

The superstar artist Beyoncé is the latest and most high-profile musician to issue a statement in response to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minn. Published just after Sterling’s and Castile’s deaths, Beyoncé issued an...

Axl-led Guns N' Roses perform with Steven Adler for the first time since 1990

The last time the Axl Rose-led Guns N’ Roses played with original drummer Steven Adler, it did not end well. The band’s 1990 Farm Aid set has gone down in rock history as a bit of a train wreck, and Adler’s supposed poor performance ultimately led to his ouster from the group. Adler was not part...

L.A. Phil strikes magical chord with 'Harry Potter' at the Hollywood Bowl

Who knew the world was so full of bright young Ravenclaws? That was one revelation among many during Wednesday’s celebration of the world of Harry Potter at the Hollywood Bowl, an evening in which the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed John Williams’ movie score live during a screening of “Harry...

Garth Brooks 24/7 Sirius XM channel to launch Sept. 8

Garth Brooks fans will soon be able to hear the country superstar’s music 24/7 when Sirius XM satellite radio service launches a new Garth Brooks channel for its subscribers. The Garth Channel will premiere Sept. 8 and will be curated and presented by Brooks, who joins a short list of pop musicians...

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