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Before singer-songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward moved to Los Angeles three years ago from Baltimore, she cut hair for a living. Dozens of clients a week, sometimes many more during wedding season. She was great at it, and could have maintained a comfortable living on the East Coast.

“It’s absolutely...

In the 1990s, the Cranberries were easy to view as mere passengers on a number of bandwagons.

The Irish quartet followed Sinéad O’Connor and the Frames (not to mention “The Commitments”) in establishing that country’s idea of post-U2 pop stardom. Frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan’s gender ensured that...

Starcrawler, “Starcrawler” (Rough Trade). The debut album from this young post-punk band arrives with a pedigree, but that’s hardly the only thing that the Arrow DeWilde-fronted group has going for it.

The singer, who grew up among indie luminaries including Beck and Elliott Smith as the daughter...

In a backstage trailer behind the politically charged Into Action gallery show in Chinatown on Friday, three members of the Black Eyed Peas prepared to walk onstage with new music for the first time in seven years.

The gallery was packed with young left-leaning activists, radical-chic paintings...

The Grammys may have finally discovered the domination of hip-hop, but the genre and its power players have infiltrated mediums beyond music, especially film and TV.

Before Inara George was a musician, she spent four years as the daughter of one.

Well respected today in Los Angeles pop circles for her solo work and for her many collaborations — including the Living Sisters and the Bird and the Bee — George wasn’t even 5 when her father, Little Feat frontman...

Modern-day soul man Nathaniel Rateliff and his band the Night Sweats have released the first salvo from their forthcoming sophomore album, “Tearing at the Seams,” a new rock-R&B-soul track titled “You Worry Me.”

It’s the follow-up to the group’s 2015 debut, an album Rateliff made as a last-ditch...

As the zany-but-brainy on-air alter ego of music historian Barret Hansen, veteran radio show host Dr. Demento has championed the career of “Weird Al” Yankovic, the wacky music of humorists Spike Jones, Allen Sherman, Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer, and obscure recordings that push the limits of propriety.


“Fast” Eddie Clark, the original lead guitarist of the British heavy metal rock band Motorhead and the last surviving member of the power trio’s original lineup, has died while being treated for pneumonia. He was 67.

Motorhead announced on Facebook that Clarke had died Wednesday in a hospital.


Hollywood and the record industry converged on a winner this week in Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s music for the P.T. Barnum movie musical “The Greatest Showman.”

On Sunday night, the composing duo’s “This Is Me” — a feel-good power ballad about “bursting through the barricades and reaching for...

When music supervisor Barry Cole signed on for Lena Waithe’s show “The Chi,” about the intersecting lives of black Chicagoans on the city’s South Side, he had two distinct jobs.

One, he had to authentically showcase a huge range of music from the city’s history and present. That could mean sounds...

XXXTentacion (that's "X​-X​-X​-Ten​-Tah​-See​-Ohn​") is having a major breakout - but he's also charged with mutiple felonies for allegedly beating and strangling a then-pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock group the Moody Blues, has died at 76, months before the band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His music label, Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, said Thomas died suddenly Thursday at his home in Surrey, south of London.


Fond memories and reality television came to life Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater, where R&B quartet Xscape played the first of two concerts to finish a reunion tour it launched last year.

A platinum-selling operation throughout the 1990s — any R&B fan knows “Just Kickin’ It” and “Understanding”...

"Doctor Who" may have got its global premieres synchronized, but it took a year for "David Bowie: The Last Five Years," a film about Britain's other great cultural spaceman, to make it to the United States. Francis Whately's film, which premiered in the U.K. in January 2017, comes to HBO Monday...

Various artists, Brainfeeder 2017/2018 mix (Soundcloud) To mark the new year, Los Angeles experimental beat label Brainfeeder has issued a mix that couples recent and forthcoming jams into a 45-minute suite — and is capped by a new Flying Lotus track.

That shouldn’t be surprising. Brainfeeder,...

In November, in the candlelit basement of a house just above the Silver Lake Reservoir, Alexandra James walked over to an altar where her husband, Zachary, waited near a bleached human skull, teeth locked in eternal rictus. From the altar, she lifted a sword and drew points across his chest while...

You’ll hear “Rockstar,” all right — it just may be harder to find an actual rock star.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Tuesday revealed the lineup for its 2018 edition, and for the first time in the annual festival’s 19-year history, no rock act is among the headliners.


Ed Sheeran’s album “÷” was the most-consumed album of 2017 in the U.S., logging total equivalent sales of 2.76 million copies, a figure that melds sales and streaming data, according to final year-end music consumption data compiled by Nielsen Music.

It was one of just two albums, along with Taylor...

Before Ella Mai turned to Instagram, she didn’t think her music would ever reach anyone.

It was the summer of 2015 and the singer-songwriter was studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute when a light bulb went off: “I literally had an epiphany. Like, 'What am I really doing?” she...