Celebrating the CD and vinyl reissues of his solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (which was originally released via BitTorrent in September 2014), Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke played a rare club gig at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre Tuesday night, backed on glitchy, twitchy computers by longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Dutch audiovisual artist Tarik Barri.
On night two, the Killers brought the festive holiday vibes, not only by covering two songs by canceled headliner Morrissey but also by paying tribute to the photographers at the venue.
The singer-songwriter’s new album brings us 15 new —well, mostly new — tracks. What’s up with them? Yahoo Music has the breakdown on each one. And we confide who we think inspired the whole thing.
Katy Perry plays the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election win. She didn't make any sweeping political statements, but her voice was on glorious display.
L.A. showed its dark side at the first Cloak & Dagger festival, which brought together a collection of Goth bands past and present.
Two of the greatest singer-songwriters to ever capture the hopeful, maverick spirit of Los Angeles are Beck and Tom Petty. So as Beck his first local show since Petty’s death, it was time for one L.A. legend to salute another.
Janet Jackson may have been passed over for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination this week, but the 51-year-old pioneer proved her relevance with a sold-out set at Los Angeles’s 17,500-seat Hollywood Bowl Sunday.
On Sept. 23, Gorillaz headlined the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas, thrilling spectators with funky-fresh Humanz tracks like “Strobelite,” “Ascension,” and “Sex Murder Party.” Just one weekend later, another Vegas music festival, Route 91, became the site of the largest documented mass shooting in U.S history. Sitting wearily at his piano, Albarn shook his head, exasperated, and sighed to the capacity crowd, “It seems like every week, the world gets slightly crazier. This was Albarn’s introduction to an uncharacteristically rustic, homey, and alt-countryish new Gorillaz song, “Ode to Idaho,” written during a much-needed off-the-grid respite just this week.
As far back as the late ‘90s/early 2000s, a full-scale Daryl Hall and John Oates revival was in the works — a phenomenon much like the resurgence of other artists once deemed tragically unhip, like Burt Bacharach, the Carpenters, or Neil Diamond. It became abundantly obvious how well-written adult-contemporary staples like “She’s Gone” and “Rich Girl” and blue-eyed soul jams like “You Make My Dreams” and “Kiss on My List” always were, and suddenly it was fashionable for young bands to namecheck Hall and Oates as an influence. Gym Class Heroes named one of their treks the “Daryl Hall for President ’07 Tour” (perhaps Hall will consider a bid in 2020, with Oates as his running mate?) and released a Hall and Oates mashup album.
Music’s elite have graced the Hollywood Bowl stage, but perhaps none has received such a rock star’s welcome as the Muppets during their residency.
Back in the ever-ironic 1990s, hipsters suddenly turned on their heartlights for the once-disparaged Neil Diamond. Smarmy Chicago cocktail-rockers Urge Overkill crooned their Pulp Fiction-popularized cover of Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” wearing open-shirted white suits and gold medallion nestled in their chest hair. Heavy Metal Parking Lot underground filmmakers Jeff Krulik and John Heyn released their straight-to-bootleg-VHS sequel, Neil Diamond Parking Lot. Will Ferrell debuted his bizarre Diamond impersonation on SNL. ...
As Kesha returns with her third album, “Rainbow,” it seems that the worst thing to ever happen to her career (she hasn’t been able to release a full LP since 2012) has brought out her best.
Los Angeles’s very first F*** Yeah Festival took place as a free underground event back in 2004, founded by a then-18-year-old indie fan with a dream named Sean Carlson. Now a major music marathon held at downtown Los Angeles’s sprawling Exposition Park, FYF Fest is one of the hippest and most anticipated events of the festival season. This year it expanded to three days — recruiting major artists ranging from old-school rap superstars Missy Elliott and A Tribe Called Quest to new-school R&B performers Frank Ocean and Solange and rock legends Nine Inch Nails and Iggy Pop.
The last time we saw reclusive rapper Missy Elliott onstage, she was totally outshining Katy Perry (and Left Shark) with a dynamite surprise performance at Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. Last Friday, Elliott triumphantly returned to the stage, headlining night one of Los Angeles’s FYF Fest (formerly the F*** Yeah Festival) with her first full U.S. concert in nearly a decade. Also spotted in the stage wings were Knowles soul sisters Beyoncé and Solange (the latter would play FYF on Sunday), Janet Jackson, and fellow Friday FYF main stage performer Björk.
Director Allen Hughes takes two music-industry figures, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, and tells the story of the modern music industry in the fascinating, four-part HBO documentary The Defiant Ones.
This wasn’t the first Los Angeles brush with Minneapolis rock royalty for Rudolph and Lieberum, who met in the early ’90s at UC Santa Cruz and quickly bonded over their shared obsession with pop music’s ultimate sexy MF. Gretchen and I got to meet [Prince] the last time he played in town,” Rudolph told the L.A. Weekly in 2015. “And he gave us both these big, nice hugs, and he said that he had our performance [of “Darling Nikki”] on Jimmy Fallon recorded on his DVR.” Princess returned to the Fallon-hosted Tonight Show under much sadder circumstances last year, five days after Prince’s death, performing a poignant cover of “Sometimes It Snows in April” with D’Angelo that is widely considered to be one of the best Prince homages ever.
Ryan Adams’s two-hour Saturday show at Los Angeles’s Greek Theatre was a night of muscular musicianship — all extended Heartbreakers-style jams to complement the sensitive singer-songwriter’s trademark heartbreaking lyrics. Elson, the famously flame-haired supermodel and ex-wife of Jack White who recently released her Southern Gothic sophomore album Double Roses (her first full-length since 2010’s White-produced The Ghost Who Walks), was Adams’s well received opening act Saturday — and when she blended her delicate croon with Adams’s world-weary rasp during his 2000 classic, it was magical moment that had us hoping these two will collaborate on projects in the future. Perhaps Elson could sit in on those recording sessions with Adams and Liz Phair?
Harry Styles was joined onstage by Stevie Nicks Friday night at Los Angeles' Troubadour, a gig that marked the singer's first full U.S. concert.
Fans at the Fox Theater in Detroit Wednesday night saw an epic show by Soundgarden. It proved to be frontman Chris Cornell’s last. Here, a firsthand account.
All the participating artists had a blast-from-the-past performing hits of the 1980s for a totally awesome cause, defraying medical expenses for musicians in need.
Certainly it’s too early to dub Harry Styles “the next Bowie,” but his heroically ambitious, guitar-oriented solo debut is one of the year’s best albums so far.
January has been filled with David Bowie tributes to mark what would have been the legend’s 70th birthday, as well as the first anniversary of his death and Blackstar release. But perhaps no homage has been as stunning as Tuesday’s performance at Los Angeles’s Wiltern by Sting, who held the audience in thrall with “Lazarus” and an epic, nearly nine-minute cover of Blackstar’s sprawling title track.