Music

Elton John performs at the Wiltern Theater on Jan. 13, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

No Sad Songs for Elton John

Sunday, February 14, 2016

In addition to his myriad accomplishments as an artist, Elton John has long maintained a reputation as a tastemaker. He’s been an early champion of emerging pop acts from Swing Out Sister and Eminem in the ’80s and ’90s through current stars Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd, thanks to a voracious appetite for the music industry’s latest releases. Yet when …

Rapper Poised for Historic Grammy Win

Sunday, February 14, 2016

New York — Kendrick Lamar has a chance to become the first rapper to win album of the year since Outkast took the prize in 2004 for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. He could also be the first rapper OF ALL-TIME — said in Kanye voice — to win song of the year. But if …

Cassettes Are Cool Again

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Steve Stepp likes to tell people his company is still around after 45 years thanks to his stupidity and stubbornness. As the owner of family-run National Audio Co., the last business to manufacture audio cassette tapes on a massive scale, the longtime Springfield, Mo., resident weathered nearly two decades of people telling him …

Weiland Died of Accidental Overdose

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose of cocaine, alcohol and methylenedioxyamphetamine, the drug commonly known as MDA. The cause of death of the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman was confirmed Friday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis. The medical examiner’s office also …

Can ‘The Voice’ Make Jordan Smith a Star?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

No shocking twists this season on The Voice. As expected, Jordan Smith, the 22-year-old church choir leader from Kentucky and clear favorite from the very beginning, took home the crown on the Season 9 finale Tuesday night. His …

Eagles of Death Metal to Return to Paris

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Eagles of Death Metal, the band performing last month when terrorists stormed into the Bataclan concert hall in Paris and killed more than 80 audience members, will resume its European tour and return for a Paris show in February. The band will resume its tour Feb. 13 …

A Bittersweet Nomination

Sunday, December 13, 2015

New York — For saxophonist Jimmy Greene, whose daughter died in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, earning Grammy nominations for his album inspired by his late daughter is “bittersweet.” Greene earned his first pair of Grammy nominations Monday, …

U2 Gives Eagles of Death Metal a Stage in Paris

Thursday, December 10, 2015

“It’s a rock ‘n’ roll show!” Bono shouted not long into U2’s concert Monday night in Paris, but of course he knew it was more than that. The second of two gigs rescheduled from mid-November, when they were …

Lamar, Swift and The Weeknd Lead in Grammy Nominations

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kendrick Lamar continues a huge year as the leading nominee at the Grammy Awards — the rap superstar scored 11 nominations, the most of anyone. Lamar landed an album of the year nomination for his critically-acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly, along with a song of the year nomination …

Carole King’s Musical Odyssey

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Consider that winter of 1971, at the A&M studios off Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Carole King, who had long viewed herself as primarily a tunesmith and “always enjoyed being a sideman,” set up shop in Studio B …

Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots Singer, Is Dead at 48

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Scott Weiland, the singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver who spent much of his life battling substance abuse, is dead at 48. Weiland, on tour with his group Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, was found dead …

If It’s Not on TV, Can It Really Be a TV Christmas Special?

Friday, December 4, 2015

Among its other uses, the televised Christmas special once provided such delightful target practice for critics (a little Kathie Lee Gifford, anyone?). Lately, picky viewers have learned to ignore the few specials that remain, such as NBC’s annual, forced-cheer broadcast from the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting. Someone is always …

Tanya Tucker Stages Comeback

Sunday, November 29, 2015

In the ’70s, Tanya Tucker was a teen sensation, famous for hits like Delta Dawn. In the mid-’80s, she was reborn as a country-pop star. Throughout, she was a tabloid bad girl with a reputation for raising hell, …