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Jay Z and Jack White are calling Tidal users amid company layoffs

Jay Z's streaming service Tidal has taken a low-tech but certainly more personal way to interact with fans - in-person phone calls from artists. If recent reports of departures and layoffs at the company are suggestive of the climate there, Tidal may need the help.

Meet the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

In anticipation of Saturday's induction ceremony in Cleveland for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Calendar spotlights each of the acts being welcomed into the hall this year.

Coachella 2015: Are Kanye West tix, iPhones worth wristband in trade?

In a few hours the gates for Weekend Two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will open.

Steve Aoki, Mayor Garcetti announce concert in downtown L.A.

Steve Aoki is best known for his high-adrenaline electro that, for many years, served as a prelude to a cake in the face for his crowds. 

Rock Hall of Fame cure? Let the layoffs begin

Ignoring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual foolishness can be a great time-saver for fans of pop music and its history. So why do I let each new induction announcement and ceremony lure me into the same old trap of grumping the same old useless gripes?

One of Coachella's hippest art installations happens to have hippos

The wily performer smashed his equipment, rolled around on the ground and growled like a wild animal in front of a mesmerized crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The evening's headliners, AC/DC, had a hard act to follow and would eventually prove tame in comparison.

Coachella preview: Weekend 2

Coachella's Weekend 2 is generally free of surprises. The reason behind the second edition of the fest is to so accurately replicate the first that fans don’t mind it if they missed the insta-sellout opening nights. The most major change we’ve ever seen between weeks is a switchup of Blur's and...

IMS Engage: Chuck D, Seth Troxler and Kaskade on the state of EDM

On the 12th floor of the W Hotel in Hollywood, during an afternoon talk the dance music conference IMS Engage  on Wednesday, Seth Troxler explained the nuances of contemporary dance music for Chuck D.

Live: Arca unsettles and re-invents at Hollywood Forever

Just a half hour into Arca’s set at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge on Wednesday, a young woman in the crowd started looking ill. As the Venezuela-born, London-based producer’s seismic sub-bass and shrieks of noise shook the upstairs rafters, she put a denim jacket over her head and grabbed her...

Barry Manilow bids farewell (for now) at Staples Center

“You all know this song,” Barry Manilow said Tuesday night at Staples Center as his band struck up one of his soft-pop standards. In many cases, the performer making such a statement will allow the music to demonstrate that he’s right. Not Manilow.

Glastonbury lineup boasts Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Parliament-Funkadelic

Britain's Glastonbury Festival has announced its full 2015 lineup, and though much of the bill is in line with the ongoing Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, it does brag some standout major acts of its own.

Jack White announces upcoming touring break for 'a long period'

For all the fans who caught Jack White's searing set on the Main Stage at Coachella, savor it: that might be the last time you see him for a while.

Percy Sledge's 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' a great American ballad

The great Percy Sledge record “When a Man Loves a Woman” was released 49 years ago on Thursday. Credited to songwriters Andrew Wright and Calvin Lewis, it was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala., and featured some of the era’s great R&B instrumentalists.

Death Cab, Mumford & Sons blast Tidal as pompous and out of touch

For an allegedly artist-friendly take on streaming services, a lot of artists sure seem to hate Tidal.

Coachella 2015: Four parting thoughts from the first weekend

Now that the dust has settled, the robot butterflies have bloomed and the anti-capitalist hippos have returned to their pond, we can take a look back at arc of Coachella 2015. All in all, it was better than we expected musically and generally in great spirits for the whole weekend. A few last notes...

Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 would require radio to pay for music

A broad coalition of recording artists, labels, managers and other industry players are lining up in support of a bill introduced in Congress on Monday designed to require forms of terrestrial and digital radio to pay royalties to musicians for use of their recordings.

A Coachella attraction you hope to skip: The Lost and Found

A joyful vibe permeates the Empire Polo Grounds this time of year. From the grassy fields to the dance tents to the beer gardens, the atmosphere at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of peace and playfulness.

Coachella Festival's epic factor plays out in the music, good and bad

Abel Tesfaye, the Canadian R&B singer known as the Weeknd, is not a man given to exaggerated cheer. In his dark but sensual music, which has exploded in popularity since he released a series of albums on the Internet in 2011, he describes a world of romantic dysfunction where no one ever has...

Coachella fest outdoes itself as a rollicking Sim City

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival doesn't yet have its own ZIP Code, but at this point maybe it should.

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