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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.
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.
December 23, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
This month, Beyonce's new self-titled “visual album” all but broke the Internet, moving more than 828,000 copies internationally in its first three days on iTunes with no prior promotion. But despite its media-shattering debut and glowing reviews, Slate's Matt Capetola argued that the album left something to be desired: “Beyonce” ignored its gay audience. “It dawned on me, though, after I drooled over the album's 17 videos for about the fourth time, that it featured not a single unambiguous nod to LGBTQ rights,” Capetola writes.
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,...
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.
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...
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)
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.
February 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The year of Phoenix has begun. After announcing last week that it would release a new album in April, the French band on Monday posted the disc's first song, "Entertainment," on YouTube. It's a speedy electro-rock jam built around the group's signature live-disco guitar, as well as a giant-sized synth hook that after a few spins is reminding Pop & Hiss of some of the rave-ier moments from Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto. " (Listen to "Entertainment" below.) Due out in the U.S. on April 23, "Bankrupt!"
March 31, 2014 | By Todd Martens
A new album will once again offer fans a glimpse as to what music lies inside the Michael Jackson vaults. On May 13, Sony's Epic Records will release "Xscape," a collection of eight, previously unreleased Jackson songs.  The album was executive produced by Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid, who, according to a Sony press release, curated the album and decided on its final tracklist. A host of recognizable producers worked on the Jackson songs, including the project's lead producer, Timbaland.
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.
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.
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, Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun and Bonnie McKee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Beyonce's surprise album drop constitutes an early holiday gift to fans, but it also figures to bolster her own bank account considerably, enough that it may combine with her other business ventures to deliver her most lucrative year yet, Forbes reports . Whatever she gleans out of the $15.99 downloads of “Beyonce,” the new “visual album” that posted with zero fanfare early Friday on iTunes, will add to revenue from her “Mrs....
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.
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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