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The rise in popularity of competitive gaming — the most recent evidence being the international phenomena that is “Fortnite” — may not only alter how we play but also where we play.

At least that’s the bet being taken by WePlay, a Venice-based marketing agency that next year will expand to downtown’s...

Honey or vinegar. The carrot or the stick. Art or politics.

Over an extraordinary weekend in London, two groups of emissaries from America brought drastically distinct ways of relating to international constituencies, approaches that cast into sharp relief Robert Frost’s timeless poem about diverging...

Rapper Cardi B, the Carters, Childish Gambino and Drake lead the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, tipping the scales in favor of hip-hop and R&B artists this year.

Cardi earned 10 nominations, power couple Beyonce and Jay Z earned eight, while Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) and...

What’s a brash male rock star like Harry Styles up to when he covers a song like Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”?

The hit country song — already a tangle of same-sex female attraction and jealousy — was one of the unexpected centerpieces of Styles’ tour-closing set at the Forum on Saturday.

When...

Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks, “The Immigrants” (Nonesuch). Few scenes are as thrilling to a Los Angeles music fan as witnessing composer, arranger and longtime Southern California chronicler Parks sit in his Los Feliz home studio and enthusiastically gesticulate as he listens to a rough mix of...

For nearly a decade, Bethany Cosentino has been vividly chronicling the romance and ennui of twentysomething life as the frontwoman of Los Angeles’ Best Coast.

But with her latest project the Glendale native, now 31, is turning her attention to a different demographic.

“Best Kids” is the first...

The first time Dan Reynolds felt the price of homophobia in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was on his wedding day seven years ago.

The straight singer and songwriter for the chart-topping rock group Imagine Dragons had grown up in a large, close and fairly orthodox Mormon family....

Few musical partnerships over the last four-plus decades have proved as influential as the one between Devo’s Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh.

Those who just dismissively guffawed — “The geeks with the flower pot hats?!!” — might consider holding that chuckle until after studying “Devo: The...

As his musical alter ego Childish Gambino, Donald Glover last released the brilliant, lacerating “This Is America,” whose video, in particular, captures the horror and absurdity of our modern times like few other songs in recent memory have.

But now we can add “breezy, beachside pop jams” to Glover’s...

Kenny Loggins has been thinking lately about “Danger Zone” — specifically whom he might ask to help remake his classic 1980s rock song for the “Top Gun” sequel currently in production.

“I’d love to do it with the Foo Fighters,” said the veteran singer and songwriter. “And Needtobreathe is great....

If there’s a word to describe Kathy Griffin as she returns to what for her is the normal, hectic life of a stand-up comic it would probably be one that’s suited her for much of her career: defiant.

As a stand-up in the ’80s and ’90s, she was defiant in the face of what was often a boy’s club of...

Cut Chemist, “Die Cut” (A Stable Sound). Earlier this year, the master Los Angeles DJ and producer born Lucas MacFadden issued his first album in a decade, and since then he’s offered a steady drip of clips to remind the attention-deficient that a few-months-old record is still a new release.

Cut...

Ten years ago when Ringo Starr turned 68, the Beatles drummer recalled someone asking what he wanted for his birthday.

“I couldn’t think of anything, and I don’t know why I said it, but it just came out: I said I would like for everyone in the world to say, ‘Peace and love,’ at noon,” the Beatles...

There aren’t a lot of people who are handed the key to one of music’s most beloved properties and told, essentially, to go have fun with it.

But that’s pretty much what happened to audio engineer Peter Cobbin when he was given access to the Beatles’ original master tapes to create new mixes of...

In 1999, Whitney Houston was at the peak of her fame post-“The Bodyguard.”

Her first album in eight years, “My Love Is Your Love,” was hot on the charts and she was prepping a tour that would take her across Europe and North America.

Wanting to tell her story at a time when speculation about her...

Charlie Puth was deep into a take-out salad at a Burbank rehearsal studio when he heard two members of his road band discussing his song “How Long,” specifically the best way to navigate a move from one section of the tune to another.

“Wait, are you guys talking about the turnaround?” the singer...

Michael Giacchino has won Oscar, Emmy and Grammy statuettes throughout his career, but there’s one brag-worthy feat that likely won’t be found on his resume: The composer has the ability to ride roller coasters nearly a dozen times back to back without getting motion sickness.

“I've always been...

There’s no shortage of music closely associated with the Independence Day holiday and the American spirit.

For some, it’s traditional patriotic fare such as “Yankee Doodle” or “God Bless America,” while for others the marches of John Philip Sousa — or songs out of the time-honored tradition of...

In 2011, Shawn Cotton abruptly quit a minimum wage job cleaning refrigerators at a Best Buy distribution center in Dallas. Down to his last $27, he purchased a MacBook, a cheap video camera and the domain name SayCheeseTV.com. By most conventional metrics, it should’ve been a terrible idea.

When...

When news broke Tuesday morning that Richard Swift — the beloved producer, musician and touring member of the Black Keys, the Shins and the Arcs — had died after an undisclosed illness, legions of artists and admirers took to social media to pay homage to an unsung hero.

Swift, who was 41, wasn’t...