Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, "We Are Your Friends" is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction.
Anyone who's glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian. But "Kanye West: God & Monster" by Mark Beaumont argues West's talent and influence stretch well past the gossip headlines.
LOS ANGELES — When Carly Rae Jepsen moved to Southern California in 2012, not long after Justin Bieber helped launch her song "Call Me Maybe" toward becoming one of that year's biggest pop hits, the Canadian singer first touched down in family-friendly Woodland Hills. Jepsen was dating a guy who lived there at the time, and her plan was to camp out at his place briefly until she found something more in keeping with the tastes of a young star.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Music producer Bob Johnston, who played a key role in landmark recordings like Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison," is being remembered as a maverick who helped bring folk rock to Nashville.
NEW YORK — Radiohead's Thom Yorke has written original music for the upcoming Broadway revival of the play "Old Times" by Harold Pinter, in what its director calls the combination of "a beautiful piece of theater and a true rock star."
Born just outside the storied music crucible of Muscle Shoals, Ala., the 36-year-old Jason Isbell has been regarded as a songwriter's songwriter since gaining wide acclaim with Southern rock band the Drive-By Truckers. Since leaving the band in 2007, Isbell has released three albums before his breakthrough in 2013 with "Southeastern." A gripping, unflinching portrait of his path to sobriety and lives on the edge of destruction, "Southeastern" was named album of the year at the Americana Awards in Nashville, where he now resides.