Beyonce samples Challenger disaster, reactions differ

Beyonce came under fire this week for sampling audio from the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in a song on her new album.

Broadway's 'Spider-Man' musical turns off the lights at last

By most estimates, the trouble-plagued show will have lost about $60 million when it closes tomorrow. It has been commercial theater's most stunning flop.

Polish composer Wojciech Kilar dies, aged 81

Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The Pianist" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula," died Sunday.

Artist Jay Shells brings his Rap Quotes project to Los Angeles

Artist Jay Shells has been traversing New York City, posting red and white street signs with location-specific rap quotes, in an effort to make people aware of hip-hop's influence on the cities in which we live.

9 versions of 'Feliz Navidad' you never knew existed

KPCC news editor Oscar Garza may hate Jose Feliciano’s song, but he's found versions you never knew existed, from metal to reggae to "The Wiggles."

Tuesday Reviewsday: Beyonce, Mac Miller, Hayden Panettiere and more

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter and Chris Martins from Spin Magazine.

Jazz great Charlie Haden plays Downtown LA's REDCAT

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson went to the Downtown L.A. theater for a rare performance of Haden's ensemble composed entirely of CalArts students.

Surprise! Beyonce drops new self-titled album with 17 music videos

Sorry Spotify — it’s an iTunes exclusive. Bey dropped it by surprise, sending Twitter into a frenzy and music journalists ripping up their 2013 top 10 lists.

The fire still burns for Charlie Haden

The great jazz bassist, suffering from post-polio syndrome, shows his CalArts students and a packed audience that his spirit and talent are intact.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, Lee Hazlewood and more

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Justino Aguila from Billboard Magazine and music critic Steve Hochman.

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore muscle into Grammy picture

Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.

12 times Rebecca Black's 'Saturday' references 'Friday'

Rebecca Black just released a new song, "Saturday." Before you cover your ears in fear, I promise, it's better than the SoCal native's viral-because-it's-so-bad "Friday."

Tuesday Reviewsday: Khari Mateen, Solange Knowles and more

In our weekly feature, our reviewers pick their favorite new music. Take a listen and view videos by their recommended bands.

From working at Trader Joe's to performing on stage with a Latin Grammy winner

Each week we profile a different musician - and this week we have Irene Diaz with her debut album "I Love You Madly."

LeVar Burton MCs World AIDS Day concert in downtown LA

Sunday is World AIDS Day and it's being commemorated with a free concert Saturday night in downtown L.A. The concert is also honoring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton passes away at 92

An NEA Jazz Master saluted as a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center, Hamilton recorded more than 60 albums as a band leader, beginning in the 1950s, and also appeared in and scored films.