March 18, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- Below is a highly subjective list of bests and worsts of the South by Southwest music festival, which concluded Sunday after many thousands of performances over six packed days. Best fan/singer interaction: During the Austin punk band A Giant Dog's thrilling set of bare bones punk, the charismatic singer Sabrina Ellis complained about the heat. “Could you all blow on me?” she politely asked. The response from one subservient fan: “Yes, Lord!” Best Beatles cover: During a night celebrating 50 years of the Beatles, the Pyramids, which features Tim Nordwind of OK Go and charismatic singer Drea Smith, chose two gems from the white album.
March 11, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake's guest shot on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend featured an encore performance of his current hit “Suit & Tie” with a lyric change that appeared to answer Kanye West's recent diss of his duet with Jay-Z. “My hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic,” Timberlake sang, an apparent comeback to West's comment about the song last month during a show in London, at which he told the audience, “I got love for Hova, but I ain't [expletive] with that 'Suit & Tie.'” His SNL gig was his fifth time hosting the show, a rare feat recognized in the opening skit in which Timberlake was awarded his membership in “The Five Timers Club,” described as “the most exclusive club in New York City.” IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Grammys 2013 On entering an old-school drawing room, Timberlake was presented a smoking jacket emblazoned with a gold “5” and immediately ran into fellow club member Paul Simon strumming an acoustic guitar.
February 18, 2013 |
It's impressive enough for a charismatic guy with a British accent, a pirate's hat and an acoustic guitar to bring a theater full of excited teenage girls to a frenzy of screams worthy of Justin Bieber or the Beatles, as Ed Sheeran did on Sunday night. But at the Nokia Theatre on what the 22-year-old described as his biggest American gig to date (on his birthday, no less), Sheeran achieved a more amazing feat. Using a crowd control method he dubbed “the universal shush,” the supremely talented artist asked this hormonal mass to remain quiet for the softer songs.
February 6, 2013 |
Downtown L.A.'s Staples Center may be home to the Grammys, but it's a relatively nondescript industrial complex in Burbank that's attracting some of the awards show's most notable nominees this week. Fender Musical Instruments' new artist showroom has become a hub for well-known musicians of all stripes. And with the Grammy Awards scheduled to air Sunday, business is brisk. Just as dress designers clamor to get their gowns on Oscar contenders, makers of musical equipment such as Fender are doing their best to get their newest products in the hands of Grammy-nominated pop stars.
January 10, 2013 |
There are only a few times in our lives when we are presented with a choice so big that it will assuredly shape the experiences of every generation to follow. A choice that holds sway over the smallest of details in our children's cherished memories, and that of our chldren's children. This, ladies and gentleman, is one of those times. So please, for our future's sake, don't vote for the iron. In what is the biggest choice facing American consumers since voting to replace the tan M&M with the blue one in 1995, Hasbro is asking Monopoly fans to vote to keep their favorite piece in the current set. The lowest vote-getter will go directly to Monopoly jail, never to return.
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December 18, 2012 |
Guitarist Wayne Kramer's loud, fast and stripped-down rock 'n' roll paved the way for the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash - before he was sentenced to four years in prison for dealing drugs. Throughout his time behind bars, a guitar was an uncomplaining companion of the former frontman for the Detroit band MC5. On Tuesday, Kramer, who now composes music for television and films, and a group of fellow musicians visited the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco to perform a Christmas concert and donate 14 new Fender acoustic guitars to inmates.