| Sep 24, 2012
| 5:00 AM
Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is heading to rehab just days before the band is to release the first of three new albums. The revelation comes less than 48 hours after Armstrong ranted and smashed his guitar at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 7:54 AM
Frank Ocean can add another award to the pile.
The Village Voice late Tuesday released the results of its annual Pazz & Jop critics poll, which asked approximately 500 music writers for their favorite albums and singles of 2012. Ocean's "Channel Orange"...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:27 AM
Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s work takes many shapes. One of them is a Sunday night performance by Young Jeezy at Pompano's Club Cinema. Jeezy's "Its tha World" mixtape dropped this past December, adding to the ranks of trap hip-hop records...
| Feb 4, 2013
Annual grumble: The Grammys refuse to nominate anything that’s not already widely popular. Why? Why?!!
OK, now that that’s out of my system, I still have plenty of favorites and artists I root against, aside from the built-in interest of...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 9:29 AM
"Political theater" as a rubric covers a range of narrative tropes, but two current productions provide very different lenses for looking at the corrosive effects of achieving — and hanging onto — power at any cost.
"Leaves, Trees, Forest"...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 6:35 AM
Resilient youth was served at the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday, with relative newcomers such as Mumford & Sons, fun. and Gotye sweeping the major awards.
The Black Keys also enjoyed a banner night. The Nashville-via-Ohio rock duo won three Grammys,...
| Jun 23, 2012
Fiona Apple had a lot to say during her recent interview with Steve Appleford and the L.A. Times, including how she came up with the 23-word title to her new album....
| Jun 21, 2012
A new reissue of work by Cameroonian-born songwriter Francis Bebey explores his fascinating take on makossa music by way of synthesizers and drum machines on "African Electronic Music, 1975-1982." The Times' pop critic Randall Roberts listens....
| Jun 24, 2012
Power 106 FM kept its annual summer hip-hop show, Powerhouse, old school and relatively orthodox, with rappers Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Young Jeezy leading a show that was light on the dance-oriented pop hits that dominate the airwaves. The Times' August...
| Jun 25, 2012
Glen Campbell performed his final Los Angeles concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts reviews....
| Sep 23, 2012
"There are four of you out there, and I want you to know that I heard everything you did," Fiona Apple told her Houston audience. "I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking that I couldn't hear or see you."...