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Iranian rock band Kiosk to play L.A. on March 22 for Persian New Year

The climactic event of Sunday’s daylong Nowruz celebration of the Persian New Year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be a headlining performance by Iranian rock band Kiosk, which has staked out a career with music that examines and often criticizes the political and...

SXSW 2015: Tove Lo, Best Coast power up their pop

"This is 'Not on Drugs,'" said Tove Lo, introducing one of her songs late Thursday night at the Belmont in Austin, Texas. "But that's not true."

Andy Fraser: A bassist whose rumbling sound allowed Free to soar

When guitarists die, Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying" leaps to mind as a musical line to remember for fans trying to summon what they've loved and now will miss.

'Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage' not as entertaining as its controversy

The most captivating thing about “Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage” is the drama that unfolded in the days before its limited release on Thursday.

Online record retailer Insound to close

The vinyl revival wasn't enough to keep one of its earliest champions afloat: Insound, the 16-year-old New York-based online music retailer, has announced that it will shutter by the end of March.

The success of the music of 'Empire': By the numbers

Fox’s breakout hip-hop soap opera “Empire” saw its soundtrack compilation land a rare No. 1 atop of the Billboard 200 this week, after moving 130,000 units in sales and streams, according to Nielsen Music.

Rihanna distances herself from her own back catalog

Few artists have had a pop-chart run like Rihanna in recent years. But now the singer has told MTV that she hopes to step back from her previous hits on future performances.

Kendrick Lamar sets 'new global record' with Spotify streams

Kendrick Lamar's new album has been fixed at the top of the iTunes album chart since it unexpectedly appeared late Sunday night.

Sia, No Doubt to play May 16 benefit for L.A.'s LGBT Center

Sia and No Doubt will be joined by comedian Sarah Silverman on May 16 at the Hollywood Palladium as the headliners for the 2015 “An Evening With Women” gala benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Coachella is set to power up the music festival season

The modern music festival tries to be all things to all people. Consider, for instance, this year's lineup for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, set for the weekends of April 10-12 and April 17-19.

Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond

The most memorable televised music performance of 2014 occurred on Nov. 15, when self-described Compton's human sacrifice Kendrick Lamar stood on the Studio 8H stage of "Saturday Night Live" and performed his then-new single, "i." It had been more than two years since the rapper's...

After 'Blurred Lines' verdict, Brian Wilson talks Chuck Berry and 'Surfin' U.S.A.'

Brian Wilson's forthcoming studio album, "No Pier Pressure," features the Beach Boys creative leader ?collaborating with several guest musicians, including Blondie Chaplin, the South African guitarist and singer who briefly was a member of the Beach Boys in the 1970s.

Watch Mary J. Blige blow away an audience of none

Fresh from her appearance on Wednesday night's episode of "Empire," Mary J. Blige stars in the new music video for "Doubt," an uplifting cut from last year's "The London Sessions."

Van Dyke Parks on 'Blurred Lines' verdict: 'Too little, too late'

On his critically acclaimed 1968 solo album debut “Song Cycle,” singer-multi-instrumentalist-composer Van Dyke Parks included a song titled “Public Domain.” The title itself immediately acknowledged the important role in the pop music world of public domain—the...

Rihanna, Sam Smith, Madonna to appear iHeartRadio Awards

Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Meghan Trainor and Kelly Clarkson are among the performers for the second edition of the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Iggy Azalea pushes 'Great Escape' tour back to the fall

For Iggy Azalea, the show won’t go on, at least not for another several months. 

First impression: Mumford & Sons 'Believe' single

The first salvo from Mumford & Sons’ forthcoming album “Wilder Mind” arrived Monday, the new single “Believe” largely abandoning the acoustic guitars, mandolins and banjos that had defined the group’s sound to date as the British neo-folk outfit enters the...

Sam Smith-John Legend 'Lay Me Down' duet to benefit Comic Relief

Sam Smith has teamed with John Legend for a new version of Smith’s song “Lay Me Down” that will generate money for Comic Relief’s biannual Red Nose Day benefit.

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