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Ringo Starr celebrates 77th birthday with help from his friends — including Jenny Lewis

When a Beatle talks, people listen. That maxim was proved true anew on Friday as Ringo Starr drew hundreds of fans and dozens of fellow musicians, including Jenny Lewis, as well as friends and family members to his annual “Peace and Love” birthday celebration, centered this year once again in Hollywood....

Two of us: The day Paul McCartney met John Lennon 60 years ago

The fabled day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church social in Liverpool 60 years ago — on July 6, 1957 — can appear less-than-fateful from a chronological distance of six decades. After all, what are the odds that two teenage boys obsessed with the nascent sound of the rock ’n’ roll...

The Who's Pete Townshend brings reimagined 'Classic Quadrophenia' to the U.S. for benefit shows

The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” stands as the musical climax and final track for the group’s 1973 rock opera “Quadrophenia.” And during the album’s recording, bandleader Pete Townshend initially thought singer Roger Daltrey had completely flubbed it. “When he did the take, I was about to go out...

Music streaming shatters records, according to Nielsen Music report

The music industry continues to move headlong into a streaming future, according to Nielsen Music's new mid-year report on listening habits.

New album from L.A. breakout stars Haim makes you believe rock might have a future

In the music video for “Want You Back,” the lead single from their long-awaited new album, the three sisters of Haim saunter down a deserted Ventura Boulevard, air-drumming as they pass the sushi joints and car dealerships of their native San Fernando Valley. The video’s early morning shoot may...

H.E.R. wants to remain a mystery — even in the spotlight

Inside a North Hollywood rehearsal space, musicians playing the drums, keyboards and the harp compete with an industrial-sized floor fan attempting to bring relief from the 90-plus degree heat. They are losing. The only sound not being drowned out is the voice of H.E.R., the mysterious young R&B...

The affair, the twins, his mother's coming out: Jay-Z's '4:44' makes news as it reveals beautiful truths

He didn’t tweet. He didn’t post on Instagram. And he certainly didn’t spill his guts to a dude with a camera from TMZ. So where did Jay-Z turn when the fiercely private but closely watched rapper was finally ready to make some announcements? Get this: his music. On “4:44,” the stunning new album...

Neil Young & Promise of the Real wax political in 'Children of Destiny'

Rocker Neil Young muses over what notions of patriotism and freedom mean circa 2017 in a new song and video, “Children of Destiny,” that he released by surprise on Friday just in time for weekend commemorations of Independence Day. Backed by the Promise of the Real, the young Americana rock group...

Ice Cube reflects on the 25 years since the release of 'Death Certificate'

Controversial at its time of release -- and loaded with political and social commentary -- Ice Cube's pivotal 'Death Certificate' gets the reissue treatment.

Nick Cave, a conjurer of a sonic tempest at the Ace

To begin his performance at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, Nick Cave slowly sauntered onstage, elegantly waved his arms like a conductor and then took a seat. Over the next two hours, Cave would transform, multiple times, from orator to preacher to savior to conjurer of a sonic tempest. Though seated,...

California Sounds: King Henry & Ry X, the Acid, DJDS, Matthewdavid

Southern California electronic beat producers generate almost as many wild rhythms as the region’s freeways do traffic. In its sheer bounty, this seemingly endless supply can overwhelm. As soon as a producer drops one beat, another dozen are blossoming. Below, a few futuristic tracks from the city’s...

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples discusses creating art for art's sake — and being inspired by Madonna and Duran Duran

First, regarding the title of Long Beach rapper Vince Staples’ new record, “Big Fish Theory”: The moniker does not refer to any particular doctrine or a chalkboard full of equations. “It comes from something that I experienced as a child, which became several realizations as I got older,” Staples...

Latter-day Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser dies at 50

Rock guitarist Dave Rosser, a latter-day member of the Afghan Whigs, died Tuesday after a battle with inoperable colon cancer. He was 50. “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration. Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love,” according...

California Sounds: Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe, Dream Syndicate and Shannon Lay

Computers and keyboards may be running the city’s commercial pop music industry, but you still can’t toss a Telecaster in this town without hitting a guitarist. Below, a few new six-string driven songs that complicate a recent story on the death of the guitar, one of which stars a cat named Blood,...

The Grammy Awards return to Los Angeles in 2019

In the bicoastal competition to host the Grammy Awards, New York City scored a major victory last month with the news that the music industry’s biggest event would be held there next year. But now Los Angeles has come roaring back with the announcement Wednesday that the Grammys will return to...

Jessica Fichot, the HillBenders help show the vitality of free summer concerts around L.A.

In this era of the mega-festival, it can be easy to overlook the crucial role that free, small-scale music fests play in our communities. That is, they provide a vital forum for artists operating outside the mainstream and offer a relatively painless way to discover new sounds. Take Los Angeles...

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren departs

Pandora, under intensifying pressure from music streaming rivals Spotify and Apple Music, said Tuesday that that Chief Executive Tim Westergren has stepped down from that role and is leaving the board. Westergren, who co-founded Pandora 17 years ago, had a two-year stint as CEO from 2002 to 2004...

Premiere: Dead Rock West celebrates a freewheeling spirit with John Doe on 'Boundless Fearless Love'

It isn’t necessary to know whatever real-life details inspired “Boundless Fearless Love,” the first track on the forthcoming album from L.A. roots music duo Dead Rock West. What matters is the spirit of urgency and openness to embracing whatever lies ahead. The jangly, hard-driving tune sung by...

Arroyo Seco Weekend and the joy of peaceful, easy feelings for grown-up festival fans

As one enters one’s mid-30s, the usual feeling at music festivals is some variation of “I’m getting way too old for this.” Sometimes, like when walking into the EDM revelry at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the near-total disconnect from the hordes of fidget-spinning teen ravers is amusing....

Inside the deal that brought Sony's 'Spider-Man' back to Marvel's cinematic universe

Sony Pictures Entertainment was running out of options for its most valuable film franchise, Spider-Man. After 15 years and five movies of web-slinging, and $4 billion in global box office, the studio was struggling to give the character a much-needed reset. So in early 2015, Sony’s top two executives,...

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