A trio of new labels is home to L.A.’s best dance music
She's selling out concerts and inspiring fervent devotion, but Japan’s Hatsune Miku is virtually a star
Lyrical, dulcet, symphonic—perfumers find harmonic convergence in musical jargon
Jazz is only the beginning for Esperanza Spalding
Ever since Chuck Berry’s country boy who plays guitar “just like ringin’ a bell,” the name has been rock ’n’ roll gold
Tom Schnabel and Jordan Peimer riff on world music, audience pleasers...and what doesn't sell in L.A.
School of Seven Bells is back in session with a renewed vision; plus, song picks of the month
Comedian Donald Glover is serious about rap, and he’s got the lyrics to prove it
Vintage disks that give new meaning to the words beautiful music.
The L.A. Phil conductor laureate returns home with a newly unearthed Shostakovich opera.
How Carter Burwell conjured up the atmospheric strains of the Twilight climax, Breaking Dawn.
When the kids left home, Neil Finn and wife Sharon birthed another—the Pajama Club.
The name Skylar Grey may not ring a bell just yet, but she’s backed up the biggies and is now ready to shine.
The enduring sartorial influence of musical pioneers, from David Bowie to Prince to Lady Gaga. Everything old is new again.
Long before Nashville was Nashville, the home of good old honky-tonkin’ was right here in Southern California.
International music writers weigh in with their picks for the one song Americans should know from beyond our borders.
Finding beauty in the most unlikely of California’s corners, Dave Alvin proves he’s far more than a blast-from-the-past roots rocker.
Six indie bands that are beyond breakout but not quite household names—complete with audio of each.
We pick the ultimate homegrown groups—get video of all 50, and vote for number one.
The producer behind some of music’s biggest names tells how he came to be the force behind the fame.
Los Angeles is saturated in music, and its influences are universal. Herewith, the many sounds of our city—all in LA.
Kylie Minogue’s not quite superstar status here has unique benefits for her U.S. fans.
Drug dealer or cop, salesman or Nordic god, American or Frenchman, this Brit plays both sides of the line.
With a deceptively lo-fi sound and a bluesy-punk vibe, indie band the Kills is, well, doing just that; plus, this month’s song picks
A kid from the projects of Chicago, Lupe Fiasco is a musical bridge between ballers and NPR listeners; plus, monthly song picks.
Hollywood’s most prolific multihyphenate wants you to know...well, just about everything he’s learned.
Everyone talks about house music...but what is it, exactly? We go to the experts.
The bewitching Brit Florence + the Machine casts her spell stateside; plus, L.A. experts make their song picks.
For an over-the-top New Year’s Eve, there is still one go-to destination: Vegas, baby...Vegas.
See the magical elements that make this street-style circus larger than the sum of its parts.
Los Angeles Times critics, writers and contributors share their 2010 moment of transcendence.
The spotlight this month is on Roxy rocker Bryan Ferry, who's bringing in the biggies on his new solo effort; plus, our panel picks the tunes you should know.
Jesca Hoop couldn't get a foothold in the States, so she made music in England. With a new CD, she's back for another go.
We anted up the contenders, and you ranked them. So, who is number one? Click and see!
An emphasis on the good old days, from 1960s Palm Springs to classic Disney cartoons to the venerable Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A.
For Laraine Newman and her daughter, rock music became the currency with which they traded a profound unspoken intimacy.
You won’t find any retro-soul laudings on the press material for these rising stars, and yet the vivacious pair are champions of the genre.
Quadraphonic sound systems were a failed experiment launched in 1970. But now they're back and ready to roar.
Who will be the next great indie band in L.A.? Our pundits weigh in with their picks.
This year, the Ojai Music Festival is a tuneful blend of old, new—and Frank Zappa.
After an 11-year absence, Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair is fully reloaded for a new genre-busting century.
Reb Kennedy knows a good thing when he hears it, so he started Wild Records, L.A.'s little indie label that could. And the listeners are flocking.
To get people dancing sometimes takes a heroic effort—and it takes a superstar spinner to breathe new life into a dying party.
Nic Harcourt talks with the erstwhile 10,000 Maniac about her renewed music horizons; plus must-mix music.
A chat with Wes Anderson, plus reviews of Nneka, the Raveonettes, Maata Haari and more.
He usually lets his music do the talking, but we caught up with the politically inspired rocker to see what makes him tick; plus, must-mix tracks.
Our exclusive first look at The Official Michael Jackson Opus—a leather-bound 400-page tribute sanctioned by the star.
Nic Harcourt catches up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on the eve of their sophomore releases, Contra.
Even if you don’t know him by name, you’ve definitely heard Ennio Morricone’s scores...and he's still going strong at 80. Plus, must-mix tracks.
Since announcing her arrival in 1998 with her first solo release, iMegaphone, Imogen Heap’s voice is everywhere. Step into her ethereal world; plus, must-mix tracks.