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November 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Actress Katey Sagal can be heard crooning regularly on the soundtrack of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy," but the acting has really been a long detour from her first love, singing. And to remind people of that, she's releasing her first album in nine years, titled "Covered. " Back in her pre-"Married ... With Children" days, Sagal had a budding singing career, performing as a backup performer with Tanya Tucker and Bob Dylan, according to Billboard. She released her first album, "Moon Over Brooklyn," in 1976.
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April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The lead cut on the new Pixies album is called "What Goes Boom?," and one answer to that question is the Pixies' other albums. Formed in Boston in 1986, this smart but savage guitar band did as much as any to invent what became known as alternative rock. Its early records, such as "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle," were like a big bang that led to the creation of Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, whose Kurt Cobain once described his "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as a rip-off of the Pixies' soft-then-loud sound.
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July 10, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
With his decision to address lust for another man on his new album, "Channel Orange," 24-year-old Frank Ocean has become something other than one of the most dynamic R&B singers and songwriters of the last half-decade: He's become, for the moment, one of the first to challenge a genre known for its acidic intolerance of homosexuality. The album was highly anticipated, coming on the heels of Ocean's critically acclaimed collection from last year, "Nostalgia, Ultra," and the sexual content - which surfaces on two songs - has so far received fairly gentle treatment.
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April 25, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The best part about a surprise is keeping the big reveal a secret.  Unless you're Mariah Carey. The pop diva has spilled the beans that her forthcoming record will arrive Beyoncé-style, meaning she plans on dropping it unexpectedly on the Internet when it's completed.  Her serially delayed record - once called “The Art of Letting Go” - will be issued in a similar fashion as Beyoncé's attention-grabbing visual album late last year,...
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February 2, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. A two-decade wait for a new album by My Bloody Valentine may be about to end. "We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening," the influential band wrote on its Facebook page late Saturday . "We will make an announcement as soon as its up. " After revealing in December that the album -- My Bloody Valentine's first since "Loveless" in 1991 -- had been...
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August 19, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Area theme parks haven't even completed their Halloween makeovers yet, but the pop music world is already looking ahead to Christmas. Singer Kelly Clarkson on Monday unveiled details on her first holiday-themed collection, "Wrapped in Red," due Oct. 29.  The lead-off single will be the original "Underneath the Tree. " The song again sees Clarkson working with local producer Greg Kurstin, one half of indie-pop act Bird and the Bee and a songwriter/producer on  Clarkson's smash "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
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December 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
OK, Beyoncé's overnight surprise album drop isn't news only to fans -- it's news to other celebs too. Because that's how Sasha Fierce rolls. Queen Bey dropped her "visual album, " "Beyoncé," which features 14 songs and 17 videos, late Thursday, disrupting quite a few fans and much of the Internet. "I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans," she said in the album announcement.
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November 5, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
TLC is plotting a comeback. The surviving members of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time are planning their first new album in 10 years, according to the BBC. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins announced their potential return at the 2012 Mobo Awards in Liverpool on Saturday. They were there to accept the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The new  album would be the first since 2002's “3D,” which was released six months after the group's third member, spitfire Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras.
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July 27, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Duran Duran's  John Taylor has one promise for Friday night's concert in London's Hyde Park in honor of the Olympics: The band's set won't be corny. That means Duran Duran won't be attempting to write its own "Eye of the Tiger"-like sports anthem for the occasion.  "It was either sports or music -- the great working class way out," Taylor said Thursday. "We're not a sporty lot, I'll say that. " The concert Friday night with Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and Paolo Nutin isn't an official Olympics event, but the performance will coincide with the Danny Boyle-directed opening ceremony across town.
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March 21, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Merle Haggard is on the receiving end of a couple of new tributes, as the 2014 recipient of the Academy of Country Music's Crystal Milestone Award and as the subject of a new multi-artist tribute album highlighting his songs. Haggard will be presented with the ACM's Crystal Milestone Award, given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement, on April 6 at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Previous recipients include Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Jennifer Nettles.
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April 23, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
In a dark little room called the Whiskey Kitchen, the four rockers who collectively call themselves Off! are nearly done with basic tracks for a new album, "Wasted Years. " Most of it has been recorded to tape on this Sunday before Christmas, and the sound is raw and snarling, and growing heavier with each take. Crowded into one corner with his amplifier is Dimitri Coats, shaking his auburn curls and slashing at a white electric guitar in a Circle Jerks T-shirt. Most of the songs are done in one or two passes, but they're about to make a rare third try on the song "Meet Your God. " "We've done the majority of our critical listening in the moment," says Coats, who also produces the band's albums.
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April 22, 2014 | By August Brown
For Steve Aoki fans, today brings news that's even better than a cake in the face . The DJ, producer, label czar and general party purveyor has announced a new album, "Neon Future 1. " It's due out Aug. 12 on his own Dim Mak Records and EDM staple label Ultra Music. It's the first installment of a two-part release, with the second due out in 2015.  The first half of the double album features a huge range of collaborators, including will.i.am, Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun and Bonnie McKee.
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April 22, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
The Bots aren't old enough to drink, but they've already played some of the biggest festivals in the world, including the Warped Tour, Glastonbury, South by Southwest, CMJ and, most recently, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Brothers Mikaiah, 20, and Anaiah, 17, Lei may still live with their parents, but that doesn't mean this Glendale skate punk outfit hasn't paid its dues. Since forming in 2006 - Anaiah was in the fifth grade - the brothers have issued an album and three EPs, opened for Bad Brains, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tenacious D, and had Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz namedrop them as one of his favorites.
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April 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters. The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog.
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April 18, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After years of releasing his music independently in unconventional ways, Prince has returned to  Warner Bros. Records, the label that issued most of his biggest hit singles and albums from the late 1970s into the '90s, and which is set to put out the artist's new studio album at an unspecified date. "A brand-new studio album is on the way,” Prince said in a statement issued Friday, “and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.
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April 15, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Aspiring artists face few challenges more daunting than escaping the shadow of a family member who has established a reputation in the same field. That goes double for Carlene Carter. The veteran singer and songwriter not only is the daughter of one of the most prominent female figures in all of country music -- June Carter -- but she's also the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter, who along with her brother-in-law A.P. Carter and his wife was part of the Carter Family, a trio whose recordings and radio performances played a crucial role in bringing country music to the world nearly a century ago. Oh, and her stepfather happened to be Johnny Cash.
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September 25, 2012 | By August Brown
When Kesha was born into the pop world in 2009, there was no Carly Rae Jepsen (in America, at least), no One Direction and Justin Bieber still had bangs to make a Renaissance sculptor weep.  How will her glitter, feathered gear and tequila go over in a world where fresh-scrubbed dance-pop is the lingua franca? We're about to find out. The singer has released her first new music since 2010's mini-album "Cannibal," in the form of a new single "Die Young. " It's no major departure from her classic template of ravey pop spiced with gum-smacking raps and occasional vocal acrobatics.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason wasn't kidding when he said he was working on an album: It's now on iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets. Mason, who was fired earlier this year from the company he founded, released his "motivational business music" album "Hardly Workin'" on Tuesday. The album features seven songs intended to help "executives, mid-level management, and front-line employees," the 32-year-old tech entrepreneur says in a  blog post . "This album pulls some of the most important learnings from my years at the helm of one of the fastest growing businesses in history, and packages them as music," Mason said.
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April 14, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Two years ago during a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Teri “Gender Bender” Suaréz climbed to the top of a lighting rig , locked her legs around a rung and then hung upside and sang. Standing between her skull and a stage was little more than gravity, and while the move was certainly of the don't-try-this-ever variety, Suaréz and her trio Le Butcherettes are committed, aggressively, to the visceral.  But the reckless antics would be just that if the music wasn't also incendiary, where every rant or tear shed is amplified for its maximum emotional venom.
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April 13, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nas, Jay Z and Diddy hit the stage together at Coachella to celebrate a landmark hip-hop album. Twenty years ago Nas, a hungry 20-year-old emcee from New York's tough Queensbridge projects, issued his debut, “Illmatic.” The album, with its stark coming-of-age narrative on the pits of inner-city life in a drug-fueled, poverty-stricken housing project, set a new benchmark for hip-hop. LIVE UPDATES: The Coachella scene Nas feted the game-changing album - it officially hits the milestone a week later - during his late night set on the Outdoor stage.
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