April 22, 2010 |
"People used to say nobody can sing my songs but me — they're too personal," Joni Mitchell explained last week during a rare interview. Apparently, nobody told John Kelly not to try adapting her songs. The renowned Obie Award-winning actor and performance artist has been belting out Mitchell's songs for more than 20 years. This weekend, the New York-based Kelly concludes the L.A. run of his acclaimed solo tribute to the iconic, iconoclastic singer-songwriter, "Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell," at Renberg Theatre.
September 8, 2005 |
Britain's prestigious Mercury Music Prize was established to honor the best British album of each year, so eyebrows have been raised after an album by the New York-based band Antony & the Johnsons won the award over such high-profile and indisputably British acts as Coldplay and the Kaiser Chiefs this week.
July 25, 2008 |
In the middle of the sweaty, happy crowd dancing Wednesday at the Echo, a man in a straw boater and fancy silk cravat held aloft a majestic yellow fan. Imaginative onlookers might have thought it was the Spirit of Disco, come down to bless Hercules and Love Affair, the Brooklyn-based ensemble onstage. Embossed, colorful fans were an emblem of early disco, when the subculture still thrived in multiracial, gay-dominated clubs, before it became suburbanized.
August 17, 2008 |
The FIRST vocal lines of young composer Nico Muhly’s new album, "Mothertongue," consist of a seemingly arbitrary list of numbers and addresses. Sung by mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer over aching strings and a distorted sub-bass synthesizer, the arrangement feels like a Stockhausen gag; a misdirection that subverts your expectations about how the work might move you. For Muhly, however, there's poetry in all that data. "If you ask someone to name all the phone numbers you can off the top of your head, it's going to be pretty interesting," the Manhattanite said.
January 21, 2009 |
Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion" Domino * * * 1/2 With its eighth studio release, urban tribalist Animal Collective has distilled an album of its purest songs yet. "Merriweather Post Pavilion" shines a light into Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist's subterranean world of labyrinthine freakadelia, banishing some of the ghosts that have haunted it before.