August 11, 2013 |
What Maisie Knew Millennium, $28.99; Blu-ray, $29.99 Available on VOD beginning Aug. 13 It's tough enough to have a normal childhood in the cramped bustle of the big city, but even harder when being shuttled back and forth between two parents who hate each other and are too busy with their careers to be actual guardians. In co-director Scott McGehee and David Siegel's adaptation of Henry James' novel "What Maisie Knew" (scripted by Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright), Onata Aprile plays a little girl who gets lost in the shuffle when her mom and dad split up and take new lovers.
August 8, 2013
Are the boys of One Direction secret classic-rock fans? That's the question raised by the beginning of the British boy band's new single, "Best Song Ever," which appeared on YouTube recently. The lead track from One Direction's upcoming album — its third in three years — "Best Song Ever" starts out more or less exactly like the Who's "Baba O'Riley," with pounding piano and drums revving to life over an arpeggiated synth figure. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
August 7, 2013 |
Tosh Berman's “Sparks-tastic: Twenty-One Nights With Sparks in London” (Barnacle Books: 220 pp., $14 paper) is exactly what it sounds like: the chronicle of a 21-night stand in London, in which the rock band Sparks played every one of their albums, back-to-back-to-back. Berman portrays himself as the world's most obsessive aficionado, traveling for a month to England, where he wrestles not only with loneliness and economic worries but also issues of identity. “[S]ince we're talking about pop music,” he writes early in the book, “we're also talking about image - how one lives out a life that is also an image, while projecting that image to the outside world.” In a very real way, then, “Sparks-tastic” is a kind of dream journal in three dimensions, in which the dream in question is neither that of the band nor of the audience individually, but rather something that is shared.
July 24, 2013 |
The good news for British new wave band A Flock of Seagulls: The group's equipment van that was stolen early Sunday from its hotel in Downey has been located in Santa Fe Springs. The bad news: The $70,000 worth of musical instruments, sound equipment, stage clothing and other touring necessities that group members said they'd left in the van was nowhere in sight. The early '80s group best known for its 1982 hit “I Ran (So Far Away) was between gigs in Bellflower and Woodland Hills over the weekend when a thief, caught on hotel surveillance video, broke into the rented equipment van about 2 a.m. Sunday and drove off with it. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Also in the vehicle were computer hard drives containing sound files of lead singer Mike Score's solo album he'd been working on while the group has been touring the U.S. The van was found Tuesday night in Santa Fe Springs, City News Service reported.
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July 22, 2013 |
Members of the 1980s new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls were robbed of $70,000 worth of equipment after a performance in Bellflower over the weekend. The equipment was stolen from the van of the group, best known for their hit " I Ran (So Far Away).” The van was parked at a hotel in Downey. Surveillance video from the hotel showed the band's white 1999 Ford E-350 van parked in front of the reception area. Overnight, a car was seen pulling up to the van. A man got out of the car, broke into the van and drove off with it and everything inside, including the hard drives of a new solo album recorded by band frontman Mike Score.
July 18, 2013 |
Entertainment industry veterans, young musicians and fans of emerging bands will gather Aug. 1-3 at the Vegas Music Summit. Various venues in downtown Las Vegas will host a mix of concerts and workshops, all with an emphasis on nurturing and promoting the city's live music scene. The summit kicks off the evening Aug. 1, when various bands will take to the stages of three clubs: Backstage Bar & Billiards , Beauty Bar and Commonwealth . The afternoons of Aug. 2 and 3 will be chock-full of panel discussions.
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July 17, 2013 |
At least 14 people were taken into custody Tuesday night and many more remained at large after marauding bands of young people conducted a string of robberies, assaults and acts of vandalism along Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles police said late Tuesday. The crimes did not appear to be related to the protests over the George Zimmerman acquittal in the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Incident commander Dennis Kato said police were inundated with phone calls beginning about 9 p.m., reporting that packs of young people were roaming along Hollywood and attacking people.
July 12, 2013 |
It's hard to be a symbol; it's even harder to be a teenager. Yet somehow the Runaways made both look easy - and over-the-top fun - for a few years in the bacchanalian L.A. rock scene of the mid-1970s. Sadly, both symbols and teens tend to age out. "Queens of Noise," Evelyn McDonnell's new history of the band, thrusts us into a nearly unrecognizable Los Angeles. Female students aren't allowed to play drums in school bands, everyone is taking Quaaludes, and lecherous music-industry types are sleeping with minors without compunction.
July 7, 2013 |
By 10:30 Friday night, Joey McIntyre had been listening to the shrieks of a packed arena audience for nearly an hour and a half. So you could understand his sense of security in acknowledging that his boy band, New Kids on the Block, no longer contained any actual boys. It had been a quarter-century, the 40-year-old McIntyre said, since the group broke out with the smash-hit “Hangin' Tough” album in 1988. And though “a lot has happened in 25 years” -- including the birth of McIntyre's three children, one of whom he brought to the stage at Staples Center -- he and his bandmates were looking forward to another 25. Cue more shrieking.