Review: Stevie Wonder’s holiday concert played like an open-mike night for his pals

“I know we’ve got to leave in a minute, but I want to do this song with this person.” That was Stevie Wonder, almost comically indefinite, at 10:59 on Sunday night, addressing the crowd gathered at Staples Center for the singer’s House Full of Toys…

“I know we’ve got to leave in a minute, but I want to do this song with this person.”

That was Stevie Wonder, almost comically indefinite, at 10:59 on Sunday night, addressing the crowd gathered at Staples Center for the singer’s House Full of Toys benefit.

An annual holiday event, the concert...

Why the perfectly reasonable Grammy nominations feel like something of a letdown

One of the most nominated songs at the 61st Grammy Awards first reached many listeners as part of the 60th Grammy Awards. A three-way pileup involving a young country singer, an established EDM star and an up-and-coming dance-pop production team, “…

One of the most nominated songs at the 61st Grammy Awards first reached many listeners as part of the 60th Grammy Awards.

A three-way pileup involving a young country singer, an established EDM star and an up-and-coming dance-pop production team, “The Middle” premiered during January’s annual telecast...

Album of the year nominee Kacey Musgraves on the importance of the Grammy Awards

Awards season has long been underway for Kacey Musgraves. Last month her “Golden Hour” — a tender and dreamy meditation on new romance by this recently married 30-year-old — was named album of the year at the Country Music Assn. Awards. For the Gra…

Awards season has long been underway for Kacey Musgraves.

Last month her “Golden Hour” — a tender and dreamy meditation on new romance by this recently married 30-year-old — was named album of the year at the Country Music Assn. Awards.

For the Grammys, for which nominations were unveiled this...

Grammy nominations are due Friday. Here are three story lines to follow

Even people not obsessed with music are likely asking some of the big questions set to be answered Friday morning, when the Recording Academy announces its nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards. Will Taylor Swift earn her fourth nod for album of t…

Even people not obsessed with music are likely asking some of the big questions set to be answered Friday morning, when the Recording Academy announces its nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards.

Will Taylor Swift earn her fourth nod for album of the year — more than Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,...

Michael Bublé on his son’s cancer: ‘I can’t wait to never talk about it again’

“Ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK,” Michael Bublé sang, strumming an imaginary guitar with his right hand as his left foot kept time on an imaginary kick drum. “Ba-BA-da-BOOM!” Seated — just barely — at a dining table in a West Hollywood hotel sui…

“Ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK,” Michael Bublé sang, strumming an imaginary guitar with his right hand as his left foot kept time on an imaginary kick drum. “Ba-BA-da-BOOM!”

Seated — just barely — at a dining table in a West Hollywood hotel suite, the throwback crooner was excitedly using his...

Michael Bublé on his son’s cancer: ‘I can’t wait to never talk about it again’

“Ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK,” Michael Bublé sang, strumming an imaginary guitar with his right hand as his left foot kept time on an imaginary kick drum. “Ba-BA-da-BOOM!” Seated — just barely — at a dining table in a West Hollywood hotel sui…

“Ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK-jenk-ga-JENK,” Michael Bublé sang, strumming an imaginary guitar with his right hand as his left foot kept time on an imaginary kick drum. “Ba-BA-da-BOOM!”

Seated — just barely — at a dining table in a West Hollywood hotel suite, the throwback crooner was excitedly using his...

Even with Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani, One Love Malibu felt cozier than the average benefit concert

After Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma ravaged cities across the South last year, the major television networks joined forces with social media’s most powerful outlets to raise money for survivors with an all-star telethon. This past weekend, ap…

After Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma ravaged cities across the South last year, the major television networks joined forces with social media’s most powerful outlets to raise money for survivors with an all-star telethon.

This past weekend, approximately 1,000 folks gathered in a muddy field...

Review: Matty Healy is more daring — and more anxious — than ever on the 1975’s new album

Matty Healy is so self-aware — so deeply, painfully, hilariously cognizant of his place in the world — that you almost can’t believe the guy went to rehab last year to treat an addiction to heroin. Not because his self-awareness should somehow have…

Matty Healy is so self-aware — so deeply, painfully, hilariously cognizant of his place in the world — that you almost can’t believe the guy went to rehab last year to treat an addiction to heroin.

Not because his self-awareness should somehow have enabled him to master his impulses. As the singer...

Matt Bellamy of Muse on what L.A. has to do with their slick new album

Matt Bellamy sipped his cappuccino and peered at the ocean as he thought. Asked how he came to live in Los Angeles, the frontman of England’s Muse — one of that country’s biggest rock groups, and one whose music has proudly echoed such foundational…

Matt Bellamy sipped his cappuccino and peered at the ocean as he thought.

Asked how he came to live in Los Angeles, the frontman of England’s Muse — one of that country’s biggest rock groups, and one whose music has proudly echoed such foundational British bands as Queen and Pink Floyd — had already...

The CMA Awards offered a vivid demonstration of Nashville’s gender problem

You know a problem has gotten bad when Carrie Underwood is willing to joke about it. The Jay Leno of country stars, Underwood generally steers clear of anything approaching controversy, which is why her latest album contains a song about gun violen…

You know a problem has gotten bad when Carrie Underwood is willing to joke about it.

The Jay Leno of country stars, Underwood generally steers clear of anything approaching controversy, which is why her latest album contains a song about gun violence that portrays that scourge as an act of God...

Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies have never been more important than they are right now

For the Pistol Annies, sometimes a song arrives whether or not all three members of this country-music supergroup are ready for it. One example? “Best Years of My Life,” a casually devastating account of adult-onset disappointment that begins with …

For the Pistol Annies, sometimes a song arrives whether or not all three members of this country-music supergroup are ready for it.

One example? “Best Years of My Life,” a casually devastating account of adult-onset disappointment that begins with Ashley Monroe delivering this instant classic of...

Review: Camp Flog Gnaw was a carnival that couldn’t escape the real world’s anxieties

“It’s been a crazy week,” Kanye West said, and here for the first time, perhaps, was an understatement of the facts from one of music’s most grandiose personalities. The rapper was onstage late Sunday night with Kid Cudi, his partner in the duo Kid…

“It’s been a crazy week,” Kanye West said, and here for the first time, perhaps, was an understatement of the facts from one of music’s most grandiose personalities.

The rapper was onstage late Sunday night with Kid Cudi, his partner in the duo Kids See Ghosts, to close this year’s edition of Tyler,...

Camp Flog Gnaw was blanketed by wildfire smoke. Folks partied anyway

“It never rains in Southern California,” Raphael Saadiq told the crowd gathered Saturday for Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, and how painfully true those words rang as the Woolsey fire burned tens of thousands of bone-dry acres nearby. Delivered during a …

“It never rains in Southern California,” Raphael Saadiq told the crowd gathered Saturday for Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, and how painfully true those words rang as the Woolsey fire burned tens of thousands of bone-dry acres nearby.

Delivered during a medley of tunes this veteran R&B artist has written...

Review: Joni Mitchell just turned 75. This tribute concert was not a worthy gift

Maybe they just should have gotten her a cake. On Tuesday night, hours before her 75th birthday, Joni Mitchell was celebrated by an all-star cast of admiring musicians at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Which certainly sounds like a good idea. Mitch…

Maybe they just should have gotten her a cake.

On Tuesday night, hours before her 75th birthday, Joni Mitchell was celebrated by an all-star cast of admiring musicians at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Which certainly sounds like a good idea.

Mitchell is one of pop music’s most widely adored talents;...

Review: How Tropicália quickly became one of L.A.’s most inviting festivals

“Estoy en casa!” Morrissey cried to begin his headlining performance at this past weekend’s Tropicália Music & Taco Fest, and as far as I know he wasn’t speaking literally. Yes, the British post-punk veteran has lived in Southern California on and …

“Estoy en casa!” Morrissey cried to begin his headlining performance at this past weekend’s Tropicália Music & Taco Fest, and as far as I know he wasn’t speaking literally.

Yes, the British post-punk veteran has lived in Southern California on and off since the 1990s — long enough that last year...

Review: How Tropicália quickly became one of L.A.’s most inviting festivals

In its second year, the concert in Long Beach wasn’t intended to be a definitive survey of Latin pop in 2018; instead, it was after something of the texture of life around these parts for members of the Latin American diaspora.

In its second year, the concert in Long Beach wasn't intended to be a definitive survey of Latin pop in 2018; instead, it was after something of the texture of life around these parts for members of the Latin American diaspora.

Barbra Streisand needs you to read this interview right now

Barbra Streisand surged into her living room — well, one of her living rooms — with a stack of papers and an important question: When would this interview be published? Told the plan was to run the story this week, she looked relieved and said, “Oh…

Barbra Streisand surged into her living room — well, one of her living rooms — with a stack of papers and an important question: When would this interview be published?

Told the plan was to run the story this week, she looked relieved and said, “Oh, good.”

The show-business legend was no doubt...

Tropicália Fest: Five acts everyone should listen to (beyond Morrissey and Cardi B, of course)

The headliners of this weekend’s Tropicália Music & Taco Fest say plenty about the event’s broad view of Latin pop at a moment when that genre (if we can really call it that) is dramatically expanding its footprint in the United States. Set for Sat…

The headliners of this weekend’s Tropicália Music & Taco Fest say plenty about the event’s broad view of Latin pop at a moment when that genre (if we can really call it that) is dramatically expanding its footprint in the United States.

Set for Saturday and Sunday at Long Beach’s Queen Mary Park,...

Review: Phil Collins is back on the road. But does he know why?

“Take a look at me now,” Phil Collins pleaded to open his concert at the Forum, and that’s precisely what we’d come to do. The English singer’s first tour in more than a decade, Not Dead Yet (as he’s calling the production that stopped here Sunday …

“Take a look at me now,” Phil Collins pleaded to open his concert at the Forum, and that’s precisely what we’d come to do.

The English singer’s first tour in more than a decade, Not Dead Yet (as he’s calling the production that stopped here Sunday for its final North American date) is part of a...

Diplo on his quirky new music and moving beyond life as an EDM bro

It’s not that Diplo doesn’t like Kanye West and Lil Pump’s ultra-lewd hip-hop hit in which the two rappers enthusiastically describe a woman’s sexual appetite. “Look, it’s a fun song,” the popular DJ and producer said of the thumping “I Love It,” w…

It’s not that Diplo doesn’t like Kanye West and Lil Pump’s ultra-lewd hip-hop hit in which the two rappers enthusiastically describe a woman’s sexual appetite.

“Look, it’s a fun song,” the popular DJ and producer said of the thumping “I Love It,” which after premiering at last month’s Pornhub Awards...

Dear Grammy voters: Here’s how to get the nominations right

Dear Grammy voter, It’s been a while! Hope you’re well. I’m getting in touch, of course, because it’s that time again: First-round voting for the 61st Grammy Awards — in which you and your colleagues in the Recording Academy are sorting out nominat…

Dear Grammy voter,

It’s been a while! Hope you’re well.

I’m getting in touch, of course, because it’s that time again: First-round voting for the 61st Grammy Awards — in which you and your colleagues in the Recording Academy are sorting out nominations for the music industry’s most coveted prize...