| Apr 11, 2014
| 9:38 AM
If the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival guarantees festival-goers anything, aside from wickedly high temperatures, it’s this: Leave your expectations outside the gates.
As the festival kicks off Friday, much of the buzz undoubtedly will be...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:00 PM
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off April 11. The Times' pop music staffers weigh in on the artists they're most looking forward to seeing.
Chance the Rapper: This Chicago-born artist is one of the great hopes of a new hip-hop...
| May 9, 2014
| 3:05 PM
From the first, there was the voice, and with it Michael Jackson crafted beauty. The sequins and moonwalk came later.
Even as a tyke he captivated with tonal purity, and in the intervening four decades and 10 studio solo albums that voice was a unifier,...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 9:53 AM
With spring arrives a fresh blossoming of seasonal metaphors to suggest new birth. A sprouting of unheard music arriving after months of cultivation. Proverbial butterflies crawling out of their cocoons. Bears stretching after deep sleep. In the...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Less than three months ago, Atlanta outfit Outkast played its first full-length show in a decade at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The set - analyzed by thousands in absentia via live stream - was less than universally praised, with...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Frank Ocean made a bold, career-defining decision ahead of his 2012 debut album. Before "Channel Orange" was released, the R&B singer silenced the growing speculation about his sexual orientation.
In a poignant letter, posted on Tumblr and initially...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” won the prize for R&B album at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday.
A decade into a career that boasts more than 35 millions records sold and 14 Grammys, Keys said she was struggling to find herself. After...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 2:44 PM
Of all the narratives that can be spun out of the list of Grammy nominations, announced late Friday, came one head-scratching truth: The Recording Academy still doesn't quite know what to do with alternative R&B.
When the academy announced it had...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Frank Ocean isn't happy with Chipotle. The singer posted a photo of a cashiers check on his tumblr with a special message to the burrito chain that indicated just how disgrunted he is.
The check was for $212,500, the amount that Chipotle says Ocean...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 9:34 AM
The electronic music scene has been heavily monopolized.
Duos like The Chemical Brothers, Justice and Daft Punk have been emblematic of the electronic genre and have therefore defined its qualities.
Within that established realm, there have been...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 8:24 AM
"I am the cowboy on my own trip," Tyler, the Creator raps on his new solo album, and now the curious can ride along with him: Though it's not due in stores until Tuesday, "Wolf" is currently streaming in full at Odd Future's Tumblr.
The follow-up to...