New Postal Service delivery: Sometimes it pays not to give up. The Postal Service released their first new song in a decade earlier today, titled “A Tattered Line of String.”
It remains to be seen if bedroom beeps and boops canvased over plaintive yearning hold as much water as they did 10 years ago, but with a reissue of “Give Up” and a Coachella performance ahead, who knows?
Check out music critic Randall Roberts’ thoughts, including his comparison of the Postal Service’s new song to the Pet Shop Boys. Listen below to see if you think Roberts is on the right track!
One year after Whitney’s passing: Today marks the one-year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s sudden death at the age of 48.
Houston’s death in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite was a result of complications caused by heart disease and cocaine, which led to her drowning.
(Photos via Kevork Djansezian, George Rose, Paul Zimmerman and Valerie Macon / Getty Images)
Grammys 2013: The 55th Grammy Awards were held last night, in spite of the now-infamous dress code memo, with fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and others taking home Grammy gold to accompany their live performances.
Take a look at some of the best (and worst) dressed from the red carpet, the top winners and see if you agree with entertainment writer Mikael Wood’s review of the ceremonies.
Or just watch Justin Timberlake return to the stage seven years after FutureSex/LoveSounds (seven years!!!)
(Photos via Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times, gif via Vulture)
Happy birthday, Bob Marley: He was born 68 years ago today, on Feb. 6, 1945, and died when he was just 36, on May 11, 1981.
Photo: Marley in 1976. Credit: Los Angeles Times
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Ravi Shankar, the revered master of the sitar who introduced Indian music to much of the Western world, has died at age 92.
Photo: Shankar at his home in Encinitas, Calif., earlier this year. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, a popular recording artist and reality television star, is feared dead after a small plane crashed early Sunday in northern Mexico.
Mexico’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the Learjet carrying seven people, including Rivera, was found in mountainous terrain in Nuevo Leon, just south of Monterrey. There were no survivors, authorities said.
Photo: Rivera at Verizon Amphitheater in 2010. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times
“The fact is that jazz is welcomed, not simply accepted, without reservation throughout the world. It is felt to be the most authentic example of American culture.” —Dave Brubeck
This article appeared in The Times on May 31, 1960, about six months after the release of Brubeck’s Time Out album.
Grammy nominees: Frank Ocean, Fun., the Black Keys, Jack White and Mumford & Sons are up for album of the year. Ocean and Fun. each received six nominations, including best new artist. The 55th Grammy Awards take place Feb. 10 at L.A.’s Staples Center. Here’s our story and the full list of nominees.
Photo: Ocean performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 20. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Nominations for the 2013 Grammys will be announced tonight, and a spin through our interactive timeline of Grammy winners past seems like just the thing to get you in the music-award mood.
Here’s a look at some possible contenders.
Photo: Adele onstage during the 2012 Grammys. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
“I feel guilty when people say I’m the greatest guitarist on the scene. What’s good or bad doesn’t matter to me; what does matter is feeling and not feeling.” —Jimi Hendrix in 1969
Jimi Hendrix was born 70 years ago today (November 27, 1942). Here he is performing at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970. He died just a few months after this photo was taken. Robert Hilburn, then The Times’ music critic, wrote this appreciation after Hendrix’s death.
Photo: Getty Images