(Republic Records)

Album Review: ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’

Abel Tesfaye, also known as the The Weeknd, is back after casually redefining pop music in one fell swoop. Tesfaye’s second full-length album, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” combines ’80s vibes with lecherous lyrics, creating a modern version of pop to be consumed by the masses. Read more...

(Republic Records)

Nate Schwartz, a rising third-year ethnomusicology student, formed his own orchestra, the Nate Schwartz & His Jazz Orchestra and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of its debut album. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)
Nate Schwartz, a rising third-year ethnomusicology student, formed his own orchestra, the Nate Schwartz & His Jazz Orchestra and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of its debut album. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Pop star Taylor Swift performed "New Romantics" while supported by a crew of backup dancers at Staples Center Monday as part of her 1989 World Tour in Los Angeles. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Pop star Taylor Swift performed "New Romantics" while supported by a crew of backup dancers at Staples Center Monday as part of her 1989 World Tour in Los Angeles. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin senior staff)

At the Main Stage, solo act Toro y Moi brought funk and dance vibes to the crowd Sunday. (Courtesy of Kelsey Heng)

FYF Fest highlights span musical genres, include Kanye West set

For the second year in a row, Los Angeles’¬†Exposition Park played host to FYF Fest for two days of eclectic beat-making and expensive food-trucking. With a sprinkling of every genre from noise rock to hardcore hip-hop to dance-funk to anything that might remotely fit in between, Saturday and Sunday demonstrated modern-day American music culture at its most multifaceted, though also at its most uncomfortably disconnected. Read more...

At the Main Stage, solo act Toro y Moi brought funk and dance vibes to the crowd Sunday. (Courtesy of Kelsey Heng)

Electronic musician Josh Legg, known on stage as Goldroom, will perform his California-influenced music at FYF Fest Saturday. (Shore Fire Media)
Electronic musician Josh Legg, known on stage as Goldroom, will perform his California-influenced music at FYF Fest Saturday. (Shore Fire Media)

Chair of Musicology Raymond Knapp (left) and Chair of Ethnomusicology Steven Loza (right) are two of the three co-directors that, along with executive director Judith Smith, are helping the Herb Alpert School of Music transition to an independent music school pending University of California approval. (Kristen Payne/Daily Bruin)

UCLA plans to centralize, grant autonomy to Herb Alpert School of Music

UCLA plans to centralize the departments of ethnomusicology, musicology and music and grant autonomy to the Herb Alpert School of Music, the university announced Wednesday. The final proposal, which was initially approved by the UCLA Academic Senate’s Legislative Assembly in June, aims to establish the independent School of Music as the first of its kind in the UC. Read more...

Chair of Musicology Raymond Knapp (left) and Chair of Ethnomusicology Steven Loza (right) are two of the three co-directors that, along with executive director Judith Smith, are helping the Herb Alpert School of Music transition to an independent music school pending University of California approval. (Kristen Payne/Daily Bruin)

Indie dance rock duo Matt and Kim will be performing at the Santa Monica Pier Saturday as part of radio station ALT 98.7's Summer Camp concert line-up. (Courtesy of Matt Miller)
Indie dance rock duo Matt and Kim will be performing at the Santa Monica Pier Saturday as part of radio station ALT 98.7's Summer Camp concert line-up. (Courtesy of Matt Miller)


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