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Music Interviews
5:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Erik Jensen portrays rock critic Lester Bangs in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.
Craig Schwartz

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:42 pm

In his 33 years on earth, rock critic Lester Bangs left behind tens of thousands of pages of writing. He died of a drug overdose in 1982 — but this month, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif., Bangs and his ideas are coming to life on stage in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.

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Music Interviews
7:35 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Son Lux, The Perennial One-Man Band, On Teaming Up

Son Lux's new album, Bones, comes out June 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

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Deceptive Cadence
4:52 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

'The Most Beautiful Offerings': Terry Riley At 80

Composer Terry Riley (center) celebrates his 50th birthday in 1985 with his muses in the Kronos Quartet (from left) David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Joan Jeanrenaud.
Richard McCaffrey Courtesy of Kronos Quartet

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 11:32 am

Composer Terry Riley turns 80 Wednesday. He's been called the father of minimalism for his groundbreaking 1964 work In C. But his influence has spread far beyond, sparking the imaginations of many artists, from cutting-edge electronic musicians to rock gods.

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The Record
12:29 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

A Rational Conversation: Are B-Sides For Die Hards, Or Everybody?

Jay Z performs a B-sides and album tracks at a concert in New York City on May 17, 2015.
Theo Wargo Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:33 pm

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Movie Interviews
1:46 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

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All Songs Considered
11:11 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Song Premiere: Adult Mom, 'Told Ya So'

Adult Mom.
Daniel Dorsa Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 11:35 am

Adult Mom's Steph Knipe says "Told Ya So" is a "happy queer" song, as "it's a song that acts as a space of self-validation." Adult Mom's music deals deeply and thoughtfully with queerness and identity, a directive made even more impressive by the upbeat, electronic-tinged folk pop the band — which is Knipe solo on recordings and a quartet live — uses to achieve it.

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Music Interviews
3:09 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

GoldLink: 'I Create Music For People To Dance To Again'

GoldLink wants to be known for his music and not his face.
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All Songs Considered
1:51 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Song Premiere: Fairground Saints, 'Turn This Car Around'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 2:07 pm

There's something particularly delicious about fightin' words sung sugar sweet. Fairground Saints, a newly formed Los Angeles trio, strikes the balance delectably on their latest song, "Turn This Car Around," an argument between lovers sung in call-and-response, then meeting in high folk-pop harmony.

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All Songs Considered
10:27 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Song Premiere: Craig Finn, 'Newmyer's Roof'

Craig Finn.
Shawn Brackbill Courtesy of the artist

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Neil Young Is Displeased That Donald Trump Was 'Rockin' In The Free World'

Neil Young says he supports Bernie Sanders — and that Donald Trump shouldn't have used his song "Rockin' in the Free World." He's seen here performing in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Larry Busacca Getty Images for NARAS

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:27 pm

When Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he's running for president, the soundtrack at the Trump Tower event was Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," which was played loudly and repeatedly. But afterward, Young said Trump had used the song without permission — and that he's a Bernie Sanders guy, anyway.

Young's manager released a statement saying:

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