| Jul 25, 2013
| 12:07 PM
Aubrey Plaza was telling her friends about a Hilary Duff concert she'd just been to when she looked at her right arm and realized she was unable to move it. She felt confused and suddenly blacked out. When she regained consciousness, she couldn't speak;...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Clutching a gold microphone as shiny as his gold watch, Robin Thicke sauntered into a recording studio in Playa Vista on a recent afternoon like he owned the place.
The R&B singer known for his romantic ballads was taping a brief live performance for...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Beyoncé's stealth midnight release — a self-titled collection of new music and videos — may have arrived in near silence earlier this month, but it now rules the charts and The Times' Consensus Top Albums of 2013.
The list, which stretches...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Robert Glasper has plenty of people he can call on for guest appearances at his gigs.
The jazz pianist’s acclaimed 2012 album, “Black Radio,” contains cameos by Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello and Lupe Fiasco, among others, while a...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:23 PM
“I'm just trying to move forward and learn from every mistake," Chris Brown tells me as he explains the genesis of "X," his upcoming album.
It’s late March and Brown is at a Burbank studio previewing tracks from a record meant to jolt a...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Howe Gelb, "The Coincidentalist" (New West)
Over 30 years and nearly as many albums, Arizona songwriter Howe Gelb has walked a singular path, one that has drawn a cultish following devoted to his guitar- and piano-based wanderings. He got his start as...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:00 PM
Jay Z led the pack in the race for Grammy Awards earning nine nominations including one for Rap Album and two nominations in the Rap/Sung Collaboration category. Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake also scored big...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
Daft Punk, "RAM" = Robotic French duo channel vibe of Studio 54, "Thriller" & Giorgio Moroder. Perfect clone for new...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Erica McKinney recalled the pain of hearing the names of the Orr Academy High School Class of 2013 as she sat among friends and family on graduation day this June.
Her brother, Darrell "D.J." McKinney, would have walked across the stage that day had...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 10:57 AM
"Almost Doesn't Count" for Brandy -- the singer has called off her engagement to music executive Ryan Press.
"They are no longer together. The engagement is off, but the friendship is still on," the R&B singer's rep told Us Weekly on Tuesday.
| Apr 15, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Even Pharrell Williams, he of the flamboyant toppers, can't overcome the bowling-over capabilities of Oprah Winfrey.
During his "Oprah Prime" appearance on Sunday, the seven-time Grammy-winner was overcome with emotion as the TV queen brought up his...