At 32, St. Lucia (aka Jean-Phillip Grobler) was a long way from being born when Earth, Wind & Fire was in the midst of its career-defining 1970s run. But the group and its leader Maurice White -- who died on Thursday at the age of 74 -- still provided a musical touchstone for the South African-born electropop artist.
By 1996, the world had seen plenty of hip-hop blockbusters. Some of these albums were poppy, some were gangsta, and some were given that slightly condescending label “socially conscious.” Few, if any, checked all three boxes, and none did so more successfully -- artistically or commercially -- than the sophomore effort from Fugees.
Adele's surprise show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on Feb. 12 was truly the hottest ticket in town. It was her first concert in the city since 2011 -- "I haven't played in L.A. for years," she told the audience early on in the night, and remarked that her "best show here" in L.A. was at The Wiltern, back in January 2009.