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The great adventurer: Paul Simon is as polished - and restless - as always at the Hollywood Bowl

There must be 50 ways to play “Homeward Bound,” and Wednesday night, Paul Simon demonstrated two of them. Standing onstage at the Hollywood Bowl, the pop pioneer began the song — one of his oldest — as a stripped-down acoustic ditty, not far from the way it started out when Simon sang it half a...

Why Tegan and Sara broke free of the 'stifling' indie scene and found freedom in pop

Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin knew what they didn’t want to write about on their new album “Love You to Death”: Gender identity. America’s marriage-industrial complex. “The existential crisis of getting into a relationship over and over and over again.” Those piles of textbook-appropriate words?...

At its first show, Prophets of Rage definitely brought the noise. Can the group fight the power too?

The lyrical change was small but significant, a clear sign of what this new band wants to do with its music. Rapping over the crunchy hard-rock guitar riff that anchors the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” Chuck D and B-Real tweaked the song’s chorus ever so slightly as they stood onstage...

The Smell owner vows to save the all-ages punk club from shutting down

Jim Smith’s all-ages punk club the Smell was dealt a bruising blow Friday when its landlord posted a notice that the downtown building had been issued a permit to be to demolished. The news sparked despair and outrage on social media, especially when it was learned that the adjacent properties that...

Downtown punk club the Smell launches $1.4-million GoFundMe campaign to relocate

On Friday, the iconic downtown Los Angeles punk club the Smell learned the bad news when a bill was posted on its entrance. Delivered by the building’s owner, L&R Group of Companies, the notice informed the venue that its days were numbered and that the building would be demolished. The news, posted...

Chuck D, B Real join members of Rage Against the Machine to form supergroup Prophets of Rage

A few weeks ago, an anonymous website arrived with a countdown clock, one set to hit zero on May 31. The domain, Prophets of Rage, is named for a Public Enemy song, and arrived with a red-and-black militaristic logo. Prophets of Rage also started posting oblique Instagram photos and embeds of Public...

Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood becomes a dad to twins at the age of 68

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has become a father again at 68 after his wife, Sally Humphreys, gave birth to twin girls.  Wood's publicist, Karen McNamara, said in a statement Tuesday that the couple “are delighted to announce the birth” of Gracie Jane, who weighed 6 pounds, and Alice Rose,...

Prince's death casts spotlight on anti-opioid addiction drug

It was an intervention that never happened, and it featured two stars: Prince, an adored music icon, and buprenorphine, an obscure drug hailed as a revolutionary tool to fight opioid addiction.  Prince died before the first scene, when a drug-addiction consultant, a physician and Prince's associates converged...

The logistical and cultural challenges of creating the Manana Cuba festival

It’s hard to overstate the amount of work and ingenuity that went into producing Manana Cuba, the country’s first international electronic music festival. The Times’ Sunday Calendar piece on the event mainly focused on the cultural significance of the festival and the experience of being in Santiago...

Fifth Harmony's '7/27' is largely a reminder of its strengths

From its inception four years ago, Fifth Harmony has had to defy the odds.  The pop girl group was pieced together four years ago by reality show magnate Simon Cowell on the short-lived, less successful U.S. edition of “The X Factor” after the members entered the competition as solo hopefuls. And...

Amber Heard files for domestic violence restraining order against Johnny Depp

Amber Heard has filed a domestic violence restraining order against husband Johnny Depp, People reported Friday, just days after the actress filed for a divorce from the “Alice in Wonderland” actor.  Reports reveal that Heard submitted a photograph of the actress with what appears to be a bruise...

DJ Calvin Harris after car crash: 'I'm feeling lucky and very grateful'

Calvin Harris may be feeling lucky in the wake of last week's car crash that left the Scottish DJ with minor injuries, but he's definitely not feeling 100%. The producer, whose real name is Adam Wiles, shared Thursday on his official Facebook page that he would be unavailable to perform at his...

The Strokes announce first new record in three years

After a run of successful festival appearances, the Strokes have announced their first new record since 2013's "Comedown Machine." "Future Present Past" is a four-track EP with three new songs -- "Drag Queen," "OBLIVIUS" and "Threat of Joy" -- and the second track sporting a remix by the band's...

Former Dum Dum Girl Kristin Welchez embraces pop as Kristin Kontrol

The second song on Kristin Welchez’s debut album as Kristin Kontrol is a matter-of-fact tale recounting a party she DJed at a hotel in New York City. At first, “White Street” sounds like a pretty humdrum night out, especially for a musician who for years fronted the venomous noise-pop group Dum...

'Los Punks' documentary goes behind the scenes of L.A.'s underground punk rock scene

For decades a low-budget, high-energy punk rock scene has been burning through the backyards and empty lots of East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and South Central Los Angeles. If the new documentary "Los Punks: We Are All We Have" is any indication, the neighbors aren't too happy about it.  But the...

Dance music festival Manana comes to Cuba and magic ensues: 'Cubans have a right to demand concerts like this'

“Solo quiero conectarme la Wi-Fi.” That's the hook from a new song by the Barcelona-based, Afro-Cuban singer and producer Kumar Sublevao-Beat. And throughout the hot, smoggy weekend of Manana Cuba, the country's first international electronic music festival, it was everywhere. The tune thumped...

5 things about Mudcrutch reunion - Part 2

The recent re-reunion of Mudcrutch, the early-1970s Florida rock band that Tom Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench played in before they moved to Los Angeles and created the Heartbreakers, has reconvened the original lineup, also including co-lead guitarist Tom Leadon and...

Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

In a new interview for the BBC Mastertapes series, Paul McCartney defended Kanye West's use of racially volatile language in his single "All Day." McCartney recalled collaborating with West on the single, which featured a McCartney melody radically revised by West into a hard-hitting single that...

Paul McCartney mines virtual reality for 'Pure McCartney' release

Paul McCartney will bring fans into his world by way of virtual reality through a six-part series of VR experiences created to support the June 10 release of "Pure McCartney," his new retrospective album surveying the music of his career after the Beatles disbanded. The ex-Beatle has teamed with...

The Who: 50 and still fabulous in Anaheim

The Who was forced to postpone a big chunk of the band's 2015 tour, but the culprit wasn't one of the stereotypical rock 'n' roll reasons such as rehab, run-ins with the law or internal drama.  Instead, a very real-world case of viral meningitis took lead singer Roger Daltrey out of action for...

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