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Nine Inch Nails’ two new albums capture the ups and downs of 2020

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at FYF Fest in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, Calif. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

We are living in weird times indeed. A global pandemic has put half of the countries in the world on lockdown, canceled almost all events and closed most schools. The star of “The Apprentice” is the president of the United States and he started 2020 by getting in a Twitter beef with Iran, putting...

Childish Gambino releases surprise album ‘3.15.20’

Donald Glover attends the Global Press Conference for Disney’s THE LION KING on July 10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

April 5, 2020

Donald Glover has a career that spans multiple mediums, either under his real name or musician alias Childish Gambino. While many people know Childish Gambino as a Grammy-winning musician, Glover got his start as a writer for the comedy "30 Rock." In 2009 he was cast in the beloved NBC comedy "Commu...

5 Seconds of Summer differentiates itself from boy bands with new album ‘CALM’

5 Seconds of Summer attends the Jingle Ball 2015 red carpet on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Do you know what I really hate? I really hate advertisements. When you really sit down and think about it, ads are everywhere. If you turn on your phone, if you google something, if you check Instagram, Facebook, Reddit or Twitter, you can expect to see some company trying to sell you something. If you g...

Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is perfect to dance to

Dua Lipa backstage during the 61st Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Dua Lipa is a good example of what feels like an overnight success story. Okay, maybe not overnight, but the model-turned singer was 19 years old when she signed a record contract with Warner Music Group. She released a handful of singles, including hit "New Rules," and her debut album, all by the...

“Circles” is Mac Miller’s soulful goodbye

Mac Miller performs on day three of the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on March 5, 2016 in Okeechobee, Fla. Miller was found dead in his home on Sept. 7, 2018 of an apparent drug overdose. (Rolando Otero/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

January 20, 2020

There is something inherently exploitative about posthumous albums. The concept is usually that record companies dig through vaults to find any unreleased songs, songs which are typically unreleased for a reason, then release them in posthumous albums or compilations that the living artist had no say i...

REVIEW: Luke Combs releases album ‘What You See Is What You Get’

Luke Combs has jumped several notches with his booking for the 2019 edition of the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Calif., where he first performed in 2017. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

There is an interesting amount of diversity going on in modern country music; “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and the remix with Billy Ray Cyrus absolutely shattered the charts with a fusion of country and rap. On the other end, Eric Church’s most recent album deeply embraced experimentation, craf...

Kanye’s “Jesus is King” is searching for meaning

Kanye West, pictured at Coachella in April, presented a playback of his new album and film Oct. 23 at the Forum. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Stephen Lambros, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2019

To say Kanye West is undergoing a tumultuous career moment is an understatement. While the rap artist has always been surrounded by controversy, his brand of controversy is perhaps undergoing a sort of metamorphosis; his alleged support of President Donald Trump and apparent shift from secular rap to...

Swans review: a wonderfully melancholic listen

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William Becker, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Going through the entire Swans discography is one of the most interesting musical experiences I have ever had, which is somewhat unfortunate, considering the fact that unless you are a die-hard fan of Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop) or really like experimental music, you have probably never heard of...

Five albums for spooky season

Singer Marilyn Manson performs at Wacken Open Air music festival on Aug. 5, 2017 in Germany. Marilyn Manson co-founder Scott Putesky, who left the band during the recording of their 1996 breakout album

William Becker, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

Editor's Note: This post contains sensitive and possibly disturbing content. Halloween is coming, and of course, everyone needs some music to fit in with the season, either for parties or to just get “in the mood.” A lot of places come out with lists like this and usually include soundtracks ...

Taylor Swift’s “Lover” brings back a familiar sound with grown-up feel

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Fairley Lloyd, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Taylor Swift is back again with new music. She released her seventh studio album, “Lover,” on Aug. 23, 2019. Like Swift’s previous albums, “Lover” has a special touch to it that makes it familiar yet also different in many ways. However, unlike her past albums, “1989” and “Reputation,” “L...

JPEGMAFIA’s third album is a glimpse into the future of rap

JPEGMAFIA's third album is a glimpse into the future of rap

Gabrielle Maynor, Contributing Writer

September 18, 2019

To say that JPEGMAFIA’s third album, “All My Heroes Are Cornballs,” represents a change in sound would be ridiculous—what was his sound before? On his instantly iconic sophomore project “Veteran,” a highlight from a year littered with experimental hip-hop, JPEGMAFIA proved that he could bend ...

Embrace “nothing” with Korn’s 13th studio album

IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 30, 2019 Singer Jonathan Davis, center, and bass player Reginald Arvizu, background, perform with Korn at the Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine on August 30, 2019. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

Korn is an interesting blend of genres and might be the poster child for what we now know as nu-metal (if you do not know what nu-metal is, think Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones, Slipknot and System of a Down to get an idea.) Since their self-titled debut in 1994, Korn has produced an odd blend of...

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