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Joan Jett: These days, 'everything rocks except rock'

Joan Jett's cover of the Arrows' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was a hit from the moment it arrived on the airwaves in 1982. More than 30 years later, the genre is finally proclaiming its love for her as well.

The Weeknd continues big year with 'The Hills'

The Weeknd hasn’t had an album out since 2013, but that’s not stopping him from having a massive year.

Five things about U2's massive first night at the Forum

The Irish mega-rock band U2 opened five nights at the Forum on Tuesday with a set that drew from throughout its 30-plus years as a band. The Times will have a full review of their heavy debut later in the morning, but until then, five quick observations.

Primavera Sound: Can Europe's Coachella help Spain's economy recover?

For years, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival has been the international vanguard of successful music festivals. Taking into account the quality of its acts, the idyll of its setting and the relatively recent transition from dusty free-for-all into an efficient and high-end vacation spot,...

Old-time music at a ranch? It's an American idyll

It is late in the afternoon, that time when the light begins to soften and the orange groves seem to shiver in the breeze. More than six dozen people have piled into a century-old farmhouse in the Santa Clara River Valley for an old-time music concert.

B.B. King's daughters say guitarist was poisoned; investigation under way

On May 14, the music world shook with news of the death of storied blues guitarist B.B. King. Now, two of his daughters are claiming the 89-year-old died as a result of poisoning.

'Remembering Mountains' a remarkable tribute to Karen Dalton

Folk singer Karen Dalton released only two studio albums in her time before descending into lifelong addiction and dying homeless in New York City, but those recordings proved enough to nurture an obsessive fan base and bowl over a generation of interpreters.

'Touch Down 2 Cause Hell' by Boosie Badazz goes deep

In just three years, Boosie Badazz has gone from facing the death penalty at Louisiana's notorious Angola State Penitentiary (he was found not guilty on murder charges) to releasing a major-label LP with Young Thug, T.I. and Rick Ross. In the interim, his music became an ad hoc soundtrack to the...

High tide of music to wash over L.A. this summer

When Martha and the Vandellas described summer life in 1964's "Dancing in the Street," they sang, "All we need is music, sweet music, there'll be music everywhere." Little could they have known our future relationship with sound.

Teragram Ballroom adds to L.A.'s music venue roster

The Mercury Lounge and the Bowery Ballroom have been key players in New York City's music scene since they opened in the '90s, and now both venues are about to get a new stepsibling in Los Angeles: the Teragram Ballroom.

Roger Daltrey, countercultural figure, objects to pot smoke at Who show

The kids are alright, according to Roger Daltrey, unless they're into marijuana.

Foo Fighters play David Letterman's favorite song, 'Everlong,' for farewell

Would that we all got our favorite band to play our favorite song as we say goodbye to our greatest career achievement.  

Brandon Flowers' new solo album, 'The Desired Effect,' takes personal turn

Here's one way to win Brandon Flowers' confidence: Tell him you like a song of his that nobody else likes.

Rock in Rio report card: 6 ways to make a better festival

For more than a year, organizers promised that the inaugural U.S. edition of the Brazilian-born Rock in Rio would be unlike anything the American public had seen.

Rolling Stones announce 'secret' Hollywood gig tonight; no one is surprised

The last time the Rolling Stones played a little L.A. club, it was the 700-capacity Echoplex in Echo Park. Now they've moved up to the bright lights of Hollywood -- keep an eye on these guys; it looks like they're going places!

Foo Fighters will be Letterman's last musical guest: Why he loves them

Dave Letterman booked his favorite band to close out his three-decade-long run in late-night TV. Foo Fighters have been confirmed as the last act to earn a sign-off from Dave when his term on the "Late Show" wraps up Wednesday night...

Kanye West is sick of being censored, apologizes to fans for Billboard Awards

Fans who had hoped to see Kanye West perform "Black Skinhead" and "All Day" at last weekend's Billboard Music Awards instead got mere blips of those songs peppered wth huge swaths of silence.

Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love are ships in the night at the Bowl

On paper, a Lana Del Rey/Courtney Love tour sounds like one of the best pairings in recent pop music history. Both are lightning rods for the kind of vitriol reserved for female artists who step outside the rigid constraints of pop-star femininity — the elder stateswoman of sneering feminist invective...

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