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Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

Considering the eerie tone of the new Netflix show “Stranger Things,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its musical score and opening theme were composed under curious circumstances by a pair of lesser known first-timers. The score to the Duffer Brothers-created series, about the odd disappearance and...

Elizabeth Banks leads a pack of celebrities in an a capella version of 'Fight Song' for Hillary Clinton

In a celebrity endorsement move timed to coincide with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination, a bounty of famous actors and singers released a buoyant new music video of them singing a cappella to Rachel Platten's "Fight Song." Featuring Elizabeth Banks, Sia, Alan...

Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

The estate of musician Randy California, of L.A. rock band Spirit, intends to appeal the jury verdict last month that found that Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for the group’s hit “Stairway to Heaven” from an earlier Spirit instrumental, “Taurus,” court documents show. The...

Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

Singer, songwriter and mystical mood conjurer Tony Joe White brought his swamp-rooted music and mind-set to the Grammy Museum on Monday for a Q&A session and performance that ultimately turned into one of the rowdier events staged in the often sedate environs of the museum’s Clive Davis Theater....

The Strokes turn darkness into light at an L.A. benefit concert

For their whole life as a band, the members of the Strokes have evoked images of a seedy Lower East Side New York full of beautiful rocker kids indulging vices and balming melancholy in dark bars. On Monday night, however, the band played its only local date of 2016 to push for a safer, more compassionate...

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' nominated for 11 MTV Video Music Awards

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” has emerged as a serious award season contender. The concept musical drama, which recently landed four Emmy nods, dominates the crop of nominees for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, which the network unveiled  Tuesday.  Incorporating bits of narrative fiction, documentary and...

The Democratic convention united Demi Lovato, Paul Simon and Boys II Men for every generation of music lovers

A pitchy Paul Simon served as musical entertainment during Monday's raucous opening of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, even if his offer of solace "when darkness comes and pain is all around" was of little comfort to Bernie Sanders supporters. Simon capped a day and night of convention-floor...

Willie Nelson's album salute to friend and mentor Ray Price is due Sept. 16

Willie Nelson will pay homage to fellow Texas country music giant Ray Price in a new album, “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,” which is set for release Sept. 16. Price, who died at 87 in 2013, helped change the sound of country music in the 1950s with what became known as “the Ray Price...

Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

Make it eight. Pop singer Adele has booked two more shows to her extended series of concerts at Staples Center in August, adding to her already slotted six sold-out gigs. The new dates are on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.  The artist has been touring for much of the year in support of her 2015 album, “25,” after...

Drake, Britney Spears, U2 and more to play the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

The lineup for the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival has been announced, and for the sixth year in a row it will feature some of the most heavily rotated musicians on the FM radio dial, including U2, Drake, Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and others.  The festival...

With new music festival Panorama, Goldenvoice pushes east

Several times during his politically charged set at the Panorama music festival Saturday night, Kendrick Lamar referred favorably to the host city. “New York started some of my most dedicated fans,” he said at one point, to raucous cheers. “Do you agree?"? The Compton  rapper, who once controversially...

Christina Grimmie died of gunshots to the head and chest, autopsy report says

Christina Grimmie, the former contestant on "The Voice" who was killed during a post-concert meet-and-greet with fans in June, died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest, and her death has been ruled a homicide.  "After examination of the body, toxicology analysis, and review of the available...

Panorama music festival: Arcade Fire and FKA Twigs help AEG push east

NEW YORK — Toward the end of his headlining set at the inaugural Panorama music festival on Friday night, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler looked around and offered an assessment of the outdoor grounds "We were here in 2007 and it was like a dustbowl,” he said. “Now they put in technology and Internet...

L.A. Soul Music Festival founder says this weekend's inaugural event is just the beginning

Launching a new music festival in Los Angeles is a massive undertaking for any promoter. It’s an even bigger challenge for one that’s new to the city. Last year that was Mark Douglas. The chief executive of Airborne Tickets had relocated to L.A. after spending two decades in the Bay Area producing...

His music may be dangerous, but rapper The Game is out to make the world a safer place

Compton rapper The Game was once a latch-key kid weaned on the unofficial rap anthem of  South Los Angeles,  N.W.A’s “F— tha Police.” “It was what we all knew in the ’hood, it was in our DNA,” he said.   Now 36 and a celebrity of sorts, The Game (a.k.a. Jayceon Taylor) has forged a successful career...

Skrillex and Rick Ross deliver an IMAX-sized rap cut for the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack

Rick Ross has the largest single-family home in Georgia, and now he's got a new single with Skrillex that's big enough to fill every last room of it. The two collaborated on the new single "Purple Lamborghini," a centerpiece of the upcoming "Suicide Squad" soundtrack released today via Zane Lowe's...

'Indulge with confidence,' says Willie Nelson of his new Reserve marijuana brand

Country music icon Willie Nelson, long an advocate of marijuana legalization, is putting his money where his mouth (and joint) is by launching Willie’s Reserve, a new marijuana brand to be introduced in Washington and Colorado over the next few months.  The writer of such classics as “Crazy,” “Always...

After years of battling insecurities, PJ steps out of the shadows with 'Rare'

“I felt like people were overlooking me,” PJ said when asked what inspired her debut full-length project, “Rare.” To the uninitiated, that may come as a surprise, considering that the 26-year-old has contributed to singles from Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B and Fantasia. Her debut album, “Rare,” was released...

DJ Q-Bert talks Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion, Low End Theory Fest and the evolution of scratching

When the annual bass-heavy Low End Theory Festival announced the lineup for its second annual gathering at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo grounds, which occurs Saturday, fans of the hip-hop sub-genre called turntablism were buoyed to see that the Bay Area crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz would be showcasing...

Kesha announces her first U.S. tour since starting a legal war with Dr. Luke

Starting this week, Kesha will get back to throwing some glitter and making it rain. On Tuesday, the multi-platinum pop singer announced an American summer tour, her first since the Warrior Tour in 2013. She took to Instagram to share the news.  “I’m playing songs you’ve never heard me play before...

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