May 1, 2010 |
How's this for a novel strategy in the beleaguered record industry: Forget the hits; aim instead for modest sales over the long haul. That's essentially what's allowed Beverly Hills-based Concord Music Group to thrive in what in many corners is a bleak business. The company, born nearly four decades ago as a jazz label, has become one of the most robust independent labels in the world, one that last month scored two big additions: Paul McCartney's entire post-Beatles catalog and the esteemed Cambridge, Mass.
February 15, 2003 |
A coldblooded family killing climaxes an early episode of "Kingpin," NBC's six-part series about a Mexican drug lord. As the main character's brother blows away an uncooperative uncle on a yacht, the husky, mournful voice of Lila Downs is heard singing "La Martiniana," a haunting Zapotec Indian folk song from her latest album, "Border/La Linea." The contrast between the scene's unblinking brutality and the song's spiritual tenderness makes the violence even more chilling.
January 20, 2005 |
How can one musician have a reunion? What sounds like a Zen koan actually is the question alt-country rocker Jay Farrar had to answer in coming up with a new record by his old band, Son Volt. The St. Louis-based musician was all set to reconvene Son Volt, which went on indefinite hiatus nearly five years ago, when the group reunited last year long enough to record a song for the Alejandro Escovedo benefit album, "Por Vida."
September 9, 1999
The unshackling of racial and stylistic restrictions is one of the key developments in hip-hop over the last year, and the Universal Amphitheatre's five-act bill puts the movement on display with eclectic L.A. rap acts Everlast and Black-Eyed Peas hosting Detroit bad boy Eminem and Philly veterans the Roots. Neo-soul singer Macy Gray opens. * Everlast, Eminem, the Roots, Black-Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 8:15 p.m. $25.50 to $41.50.
September 6, 1996 |
Jimmie Dale Gilmore has built a substantial reputation in the roots-music world by singing about such literally insubstantial things as spiritual aspirations and philosophic quests. But that was some pretty substantial stuff the skinny, 51-year-old Texan and his robust young band laid down Wednesday night at the Coach House--as in chunky, solid, meaty music with a palpable, rocking kick. Best of all, the hefty numbers didn't intrude upon Gilmore's famous ethereal loveliness.
May 5, 2008 |
Naomi Judd had some advice for breakout star Taylor Swift during the Judds' sundown reunion set at the Stagecoach Festival on Saturday. "I remember when Taylor Swift said that winning her [2007 CMA award] was the highlight of her senior year," Judd said. "It's my job to tell you to get a good lawyer and save your money." The line drew big laughs, but it underscored the difference between Stagecoach and last week's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
June 15, 2000 |
Sunday is Father's Day, so it's prime time to reflect on what made our fathers our fathers."By the Hand of the Father" peers down a deep well indeed. The latest ambitious multimedia music-theater project of About Productions, the show carries multiple meanings in its title: the hand of tradition, the literal hand of "discipline," the hand of guidance and love.