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Beyoncé, Kanye and almost all of pop music show up in Madonna's new video

If you're a pop singer today, one must not be content to simply appear in one's own videos. Now a video needs a certain magnitude of star power that illuminates the depths of one's Rolodex.

Neil Young: Donald Trump 'not authorized' to rock in the free world

Billionaire Donald Trump, a Republican, announced his bid for the presidency with Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" blasting in the background, and once again a political candidate has associated himself with a rock star without the endorsement of said star.

Cinefamily to host Neil Young film fest June 18-22 in L.A.

L.A.'s Cinefamily theater is hosting a five-day festival surveying the films of Neil Young, assembled in conjunction with a new album he's releasing June 30.

After years away, Hilary Duff chooses the spotlight with a new show, new album

The paparazzo languished in the sunlight, waiting for Hilary Duff to leave a café. He and a dozen other photographers had amassed outside Zinque on Melrose Avenue, leaning on the hoods of cars and snapping pictures of nothing, to make sure their gear still worked.

Techno music pioneering band Underworld remains ever current

Underworld's Karl Hyde admits that when he took the stage at Barcelona, Spain's Primavera Sound Festival in May, he was a little anxious.

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver disappointed in Apple, digital music

Bon Iver first became famous by decamping to the woods and making an album of pristine, heartrending acoustic folk. So it's perhaps not totally surprising that Justin Vernon, who created the project, might have some misgivings about the direction Apple has taken in its approach to digital music...

Father John Misty needs an ambulance in the 'I Love You, Honeybear' video

Father John Misty has a well-documented love of morbid vehicles, so its perhaps no surprise that he set his latest video largely in the back of an ambulance.

Robert Glasper returns to his roots in new album 'Covered'

When keyboardist Robert Glasper released the full-length debut from his project the Experiment in 2012, you could hear the jazz marketplace shifting. Freely drawing from hip-hop and R&B, "Black Radio" — along with its sequel "Black Radio 2" — brought Glasper out of jazz clubs and into the pop conversation,...

A grown-up Hilary Duff is back in the game

The paparazzo languished in the sunlight, waiting for Hilary Duff to leave a café. He and a dozen other photographers had amassed outside Zinque on Melrose Avenue, leaning on the hoods of cars and snapping pictures of nothing, to make sure their gear still worked.

Beck changes course with 'Dreams,' his dance-ready new single

Just months after Beck's surprising win for album of the year at the Grammys, he's back with a new single and a striking new sonic direction. 

Playboy Jazz Festival keeps the party moving at the Bowl

"We'd like to play a piece for Ornette Coleman," Jason Moran told the Playboy Jazz Festival crowd late Saturday afternoon.

5 sets you'd be crazy to miss at Electric Daisy Carnival next weekend

Many of the faces atop the lineup at next weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival  will be familiar to longtime ravers. Several of the headliners, like Tiesto, Above & Beyond and Kaskade, played the festival as recently as last years.

Tom Russell to preview new cowboy opera on Saturday at McCabe's

Los Angeles-born and bred singer-songwriter  Tom Russell grew up loving Broadway musicals rooted in western themes such as “Oklahoma!” and “Annie Get Your Gun,” but always lamented that the hit shows typically were written by New Yorkers and consequently lacked a certain cultural authenticity.

Marilyn Manson's comeback validated by Kerrang lifetime achievement award

Marilyn Manson surprised skeptics this year by unexpectedly releasing one of the year's best hard rock albums. "The Pale Emperor" was a brooding, darkly funny vamp  in the spirit of his heroes Nick Cave, Bauhaus and David Bowie, and refreshed a career that had seemingly been in decline.

Why was Ornette Coleman so important? Jazz masters both living and dead chime in

¿I listened to him all kinds of ways. I listed to him high, I listened to him stone cold sober. I even played with him. I think he¿s jiving, baby.¿ -- Roy Eldridge to Esquire magazine, 1961

R.I.P., Christopher Lee, actor and heavy metal hero

Any actor who played a definitive Dracula and Saruman in "Lord of the Rings" would surely be welcomed in the realm of heavy metal fans. But Sir Christopher Lee, the estimable British actor who died Monday, is a particular hero to fans of heavy rock. 

New music will drop on Fridays: Record industry moves to unified global release date

Those who once built their music-buying week around new albums coming out on Tuesdays will have to change their schedules.

Apple Music may be overselling its usefulness

It was a convincing proposal, one befitting masters of their domain.

N.W.A.'s MC Ren hates the official trailer for 'Straight Outta Compton'

Just days after Ice Cube announced that an N.W.A. reunion (well, most of a reunion ) would land at the BET Experience festival, one member of the group is lambasting the major, soon-to-be-released biopic about the pioneering hip-hop act.

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