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Shaggy, Alison Hinds, Tarrus Riley shine at JazzReggae Fest

On day two of UCLA's annual JazzReggae Festival, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Collie Buddz, Alison Hinds and others showcased the many sounds of the Caribbean, from soca and reggae to reggaeton and lovers rock. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts offers an overview of the day.

A Beach Boys homecoming at the Hollywood Bowl

The group’s trademark SoCal sound will be in full effect Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Here are a few points to ponder about Brian Wilson and the crew. Brian Wilson officially quit as a touring member of the Beach Boys...

Album review: Regina Spektor's 'What We Saw From the Cheap Seats'

“The piano is not firewood yet,” Regina Spektor declares not long into her new album, and indeed it's hard to imagine this New York City songstress running out of better applications for her instrument any time soon. On “What We SawShow More Summary

Album review: Sigur Rós' 'Valtari'

Now that anyone with a laptop can make decently epic soundscapes, how will Sigur Rós keep its lead? On “Valtari,” it does it by using all its usual tricks, but in even more evocative and expert ways.

'American Idol': 10 ideas for a reboot and a ratings revival

American Idol's ratings are the lowest in its history, prompting some to wonder whether it's time for a series reboot. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts offers 10 ideas.

'Duets': I missed it because of singing-show fatigue

"Duets," ABC's first foray into singing competitions premiered on Thursday. We missed it, in a case of singing competition fatigue.

Influential guitar picker Doc Watson recovering after fall, surgery

Legendary flatpicking guitarist Doc Watson remains in critical but stable condition after a fall at his North Carolina home landed him in the hospital, where other issues were discovered.

Music for your Memorial Day weekend

The Pop & Hiss run-down of the weekend's top shows has returned. Included this week is the Lightning In a Bottle Festival, the JazzReggae Festival and Silver Lake's Jubilee.

M.I.A. signs deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation

The politically charged electro-pop rapper M.I.A. has joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, the entertainment company announced Thursday.

Elton John in hospital with 'serious infection,' cancels Vegas gigs

Singer Sir Elton John was hospitalized with a "serious respiratory infection" on Wednesday after getting sick earlier in the week. He has canceled three of his "The Million Dollar Piano" concerts in Las Vegas this weekend.

Phillip Phillips steps onto 'American Idol' treadmill

With Phillip Phillips winning 'American Idol,' he becomes the fifth "white guy with guitar" in a row to win. Whether his success is fleeting or sustained is to be determined. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts addresses the "Idol" machine, and its successes and failures.

'American Idol' finale: The winner and the show's top moments

After two hours of awards-show-like grandiosity, "American Idol" named its winner. The 11th season of the talent show competition came down to a battle between Southern good ol' boy Phillip Phillips, an acoustic strummer in the Matchbox...Show More Summary

Could a hologram-like Elvis tour? If 'tasteful,' says Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley discusses the possibilities of a Tupac Shakur-like projection of her father, Elvis Presley, in concert. "If they can come up with something tasteful, creative and classy, I wouldn’t object," she said.

Google's Bob Moog tribute a synthesized hit

Google users woke up to a fully-functioning model of a classic Moog synth in their browser window.

Adam Lambert's chart-topper 'Trespassing' is a high and a low

When Season 11 of "American Idol" comes to a close, no one should feel too sorry for the runner-up. One only need to look to this week's pop charts for evidence that the "American Idol" crown isn't a requisite to cultivating a fan base. Show More Summary

Justin Bieber's 'Believe' tour to hit Staples Center in October

Justin Bieber has booked concerts for two consecutive nights beginning Oct. 2.

'American Idol' finale 2012: How to compare Phillip and Jessica?

American Idol finale: Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez square off. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts sees a clear favorite for the winner.

Library of Congress names 25 new entries for National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress has named 25 new entries for its National Recording Registry, honoring historically significant sound recordings. Recordings by Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, Leonard Bernstein and others are joining the registr...

An appreciation: Doug Dillard was 'my mentor,' John McEuen says

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen praises banjo player Doug Dillard as "my mentor." Doug Dillard helped inspire many young fans, including McEuen and Steve Martin, to take up the banjo.

Kanye West, Jay-Z's 'Throne' dominates BET Award nominations

Kanye West leads the list of nominations for the 2012 BET Awards, which the network announced on Tuesday. West scored a leading seven, six of them the result of his heralded collaboration with Jay-Z.

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