Australian pop star Cody Simpson is preparing to release an album of duets with Justin Bieber.
NEW YORK (AP) - Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.
The final two acts on the Parkway on Sunday night were Dutch superstar DJ Tiësto and Southern arena rockers Kings Of Leon. The former let loose with a hyper-adrenalized set that kicked off, naturally, with his triumphant techno race up “Rocky” and remixes of John Legend and Icona Pop songs, accompanied by a flashy light show.
It would take some investigating to see what 28-year-old New Orleans native Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and 65-year-old Charles Bradley, born in Gainesville, Fla., have in common beyond music. That said, the roots in deep, abiding soul, gutsy R&B, and slippery, jazzy funk indigenous to each man's area of origin would be enough to create binding ties - and to sell out South Street's Theater of the Living Arts on a humid Saturday.
New York's Electric Zoo festival has been cut short due to storms.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The second day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival sizzled on Sunday as more than 34,000 concertgoers grooved to an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and electronic music under the blazing sun.
When the New Pornographers appeared in 2000, they were billed as a Canadian supergroup, but they're even more "super" now.
Sunday She's got the blues The dynamite singer Janiva Magness performs her distinctive electric blues at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-222-1400.
Front man Britt Daniel took the stage in an all-white outfit, spitting lyrics and strumming his guitar like a seasoned pro (which of course he is), while the rest of the band contributed solid grooves.
Following Danny Brown's outrageously fun set at the Liberty Stage is another artist known for her "outrageous" creations: Canadian artist Grimes, who blanketed the late afternoon with trippy, surrealist tunes, drawn mostly from her 2012 record Visions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city's diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music. Kanye West, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Rise Against, John Mayer and Juanes were among Sunday's performers.