Music

Cassette tapes were easily tossed aside in the move to digital music formats but there is still a cult following and new releases put out on tape. These music cassetes are on the racks for sell at Burger Records in Fullerton, California, on July 22, 2010. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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 his product was obsolete. He didn’t budge: …

Politicians Strive to Speak Meaninglessly About Culture

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The presidential campaign trail always intersects with pop culture, and the 2016 race has been no exception. Scott Walker tried to use the unofficial Star Wars holiday May 4th to bolster his flagging presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton snuck into Chipotle for a burrito bowl and campaigned with Girls creator Lena Dunham, just one of the many actresses and showrunners who have turned out …

Charlie Puth: ’Tween Idol and Music Nerd

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The shrieking of little girls filled the air at Staples Center in Los Angeles when Charlie Puth took the stage last month. A baby-faced pop singer best known for See You Again, his chart-topping duet with rapper Wiz Khalifa, Puth wasted no opportunity to milk the crowd’s adoration. There was grinning. There was …

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, …

Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album Sells for M illions

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wu-Tang Clan’s ambitious, one-of-a-kind secret album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin — of which only a single copy was produced — has been sold to an American buyer for an undisclosed figure that was in the millions, private auction house Paddle8 announced on Tuesday. Earlier this year, …

Musician Turns to Broadway

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New York — She’s got a new album out with brand-new music, but Sara Bareilles has pulled it all from her past. The singer-songwriter of such hits as Brave and Love Song has changed gears entirely to write …