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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, Blues legend B.B. King pauses during an interview in Los Angeles. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday, May 14, 2015, at home in Las Vegas. He as 89.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Stamina, Consistency Marked B.B. King’s Legacy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let nothing that follows detract from B.B. King’s indelible legacy — a legacy that, though King died early Thursday at 89, stands unparalleled in the history of the blues. He was an incredible guitarist, “without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century,” as AllMusic.com put it. He helped create a ornamented, horn-heavy version of minimalist Mississippi Delta blues without sounding like a cheesy lounge act. And he was a stand-up guy: diabetes advocate, philanthropist, friend of U2’s Bono. “From his humble beginnings as a plantation worker to his rise to world-class status as king of the blues, King not …

Kanye West, Nicki Minaj on Billboard Bill

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New York — Kanye West and Nicki Minaj have been added to the list of performers for Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions also announced that Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will perform their No. 1 hit remembering actor Paul Walker, See You Again, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Imagine Dragons will pay tribute to the late Ben …

A Living in Music: Patrick Ross Plays and Records With the Urgency of Manual Labor

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It’s about time I understand That timing is everything. The heart beats for a reason. I hear it beat in rhythms that dance. — from The Fun of A Chase April 2015 journal entry by Patrick Ross At the rear of The Stone Room in Bradford, Vt., last Sunday, with 10-month-old Ophelia asleep …

Rolling Stones Plan Big North American Tour

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Los Angeles — The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego. Other stops include Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Nashville, …

Who Is Trevor Noah, Comedy Central’s New ‘Daily Show’ Host?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Um ... who? That was the question for a lot of people when Comedy Central told The New York Times that Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Here’s what we know so …

U.S. Registry Adds Calif. Artists

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant. Each year the institution surveys more …

How Will You Die if You’re a Rock Star?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur’s murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to …

Borrowing, Appropriating and Stealing Are as Old as Art Itself

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blurred lines indeed. The recent verdict by a federal jury in Los Angeles may have settled one case, but it has ignited a larger debate about creativity and ownership and how to sort out the co-opted from the …

Luke Bryan, It’s Time for You to Grow Up

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Modern country music stars love reliving high school and college glory days (see any Kenny Chesney song), but Luke Bryan really loves it. So much so that every year since 2009, the Nashville superstar has released a special …

‘Bosch’ Gets Second Season After Amazon Prime Premiere

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, the veteran LAPD homicide detective with the unbending code of ethics and strict sense of justice, is going to have to put a lot more shine on that shoe leather. He’s going to be on the beat for quite a while. Bosch, Amazon Prime’s series …

‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Opens New Copy Claims

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

After a Los Angeles jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give it Up and awarded the singer’s estate $7.4 million, Washington Post music critic Chris Richards warned: “Let us swiftly prepare for every idiom of popular music to go …

This Court Case Will Change Music

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Will Madonna sue Lady Gaga? Will George Clinton sue OutKast? Will Prince sue Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and umpteen-hundred others? And then will Little Richard sue Prince? These idiotic questions became frighteningly legitimate on Tuesday after a …

NBC Brings Back Veteran to Run News Division

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NBC took a step toward stabilizing its troubled news operations Friday by rehiring Andrew Lack to oversee NBC News and MSNBC, placing the two operations in the hands of a seasoned executive. Lack, 67, oversaw NBC News in its 1990s heyday, when the Today show, Meet the Press …