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Rock in Rio: Five highlights from Day 1

When gates opened at Rock in Rio USA’s tiny city on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday afternoon, it already had the benefit of a full weekend of operation  under its belt.

Taylor Swift flexes a fierce new attitude at Rock in Rio USA

"We begin our story in New York," said Taylor Swift -- never mind that she was standing in Las Vegas.

Holly Herndon on an exploratory 'Platform'; Shamir ratchets up the beat

Holly Herndon, "Platform" (4AD Records). The San Francisco-based Herndon is a singular artist whose productions blend layers of electronically manipulated voice with beats, noise, sibilant textures and filtered sound to create eardrum-tickling joy. On her second album she manages to sound both...

Faith No More with new 'Sol Invictus' album: 'We can do anything we want'

When the members of Faith No More took the stage of the Wiltern for the first of three concerts last month, they didn't warm up the crowd with one of their old hits. Instead, the reunited hard-rock band opened with a new song from an album that hadn't even come out yet; what's more, the tune featured...

B.B. King built a bridge to the blues for the world

The least important historical fact about B.B. King, who died in Las Vegas on Thursday, is the one most people know: that he played the blues on a guitar he'd named Lucille. But that ax and her tone, while melodic and often transcendent, are the least of King's contributions. In fact, Lucille's...

B.B. King dies: Generations of guitarists used 'B.B. Box' to learn how to play

Check out any guitarist at a nightclub, arena or recording studio, and chances are the sound you hear is being colored by an array of effects pedals that add distortion, echo, phase-shifting, wah-wah cries and more.

Doors drummer John Densmore to host Hollywood book signing Saturday

Doors drummer John Densmore recounted his roller coaster ride through the legal system on the opposite side of the courtroom from his former bandmates in his lively 2013 book “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial,” and Saturday he’ll be signing copies in Hollywood.

Miley Cyrus plays a grip of great covers with Flaming Lips, Ariana Grande

Think what you will about Miley Cyrus' latest transformation into a sailor-mouthed Burning Man faerie sprite. She might be having the most fun of any musician on the planet right now.

Mariah Carey, at home in Las Vegas, explains it all: 'This is just the beginning'

Mariah Carey says she's happy. She asks if that sounds like a cliche, but given the rollercoaster few years she's had, it shouldn’t.

ABC's 'Nashville' stars sing, and it's not just for show

Life is starting to imitate art for the cast of "Nashville," ABC's prime-time soap about a group of drama-prone country music stars.

Kendrick Lamar commended at California State Senate

Compton's Kendrick Lamar has long been a de facto spokesperson for a generation of ambitious, inquistive young people telling new stories about their hometown. Now the state senator from that district has returned the recognition.

'American Idol': This show could use a gong for everyone

In 2002, Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn reviewed "American Idol" about a month into the show's run. Here is what he had to say:

The fall of 'American Idol' as hitmaker reaches an inevitable end

If you thought "American Idol" had been a bit pitchy for its last few seasons, its home network, Fox, agreed.

Rock in Rio debuts to 82,000 fans

Rock in Rio made it in South America and Europe. But how did the decades-old music festival fare in America? 

Justin Bieber, Kanye West take the Wango Tango stage with urgency

Justin Bieber stood on a platform riser, 50 feet above the field at the StubHub Center during Wango Tango on Saturday night. He looked utterly scared and alone.

Rock in Rio starts slow, morphs into wild party

By the end of the night Friday, the first day of Rock in Rio had finally hit its stride.

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