September 27, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Singer and guitarist James Hetfield wore a familiar trickster grin and a pair of 3D glasses as he bobbed his head to the thundering riffs of "Enter Sandman," but it was a different sort of arena that was playing host to the world's bestselling hard-rock band. Metallica had come to Comic-Con International in July to premiere the trailer for its movie "Metallica Through the Never," and the charismatic frontman had turned his chair to watch the clip unspool along with the 6,500 fans in the San Diego Convention Center's main hall.
September 27, 2013 |
There are all sorts of great rock 'n' roll movies: straight concert docs ("The Last Waltz," "Gimme Shelter"), road sagas ("Don't Look Back," "Dig!") and fictional films ("A Hard Day's Night," "Quadrophenia"). So what is this weird beast "Metallica Through the Never"? It's two-thirds orthodox concert flick, one-third wordless sci-fi fright show. For America's biggest metal band, it's an ambitious but garbled attempt to stir up new evil. Director Nimród Antal ("Kontroll," "Predators")
September 26, 2013
Re "Full access to a medical specialist? It'll cost you," Column, Sept. 24 David Lazarus misses the target. The medical marketplace is not about having the right mix of Corollas, Cadillacs or Bentleys. The concierge movement in medicine - in which patients pay a premium to have increased access to their physicians - is a reaction to our failed healthcare system. With unfunded mandates, rising expenses and reduced reimbursements, what is a physician to do? The real blame for concierge medicine lies with failed government policy that allows our health insurers, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals to continue their feeding frenzy while the rest of us struggle to stay above water.
September 17, 2013 |
Christian Zucconi was nobody's idea of a Hollywood slickster when he ambled onstage one night last month at Club Nokia. Gawky, wild-haired and wrapped in what appeared to be a secondhand bathrobe, the frontman of L.A.'s Grouplove was there to perform with his band as part of a benefit for the Grammy Foundation. In the audience, well-dressed guys and women teetering on high heels listened attentively enough as Zucconi sang about losing his head over Andrew Wessen's clanging guitar.
September 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A little slice of L.A. came to New York Fashion Week on Sunday night when Band of Outsiders' creative director Scott Sternberg showed his women's collection at a Chelsea art space. In the front row, stylist Brad Goreski, practically unrecognizable in a camo-print suit and trim beard, was catching up with actress Rashida Jones, who stars with her sister Kidada Jones in the fall 2013 Band of Outsiders campaign. And the set piece on the runway was a view of the Hollywood sign from behind, and the lights of Los Angeles County glittering below.
September 9, 2013 |
Charles Thompson, known to Pixies fans by his pseudonyms Frank Black and Black Francis, has some ideas about the band he co-founded in 1986. They're pretty basic. "I believe in my heart that the agenda for the Pixies has always been, from the beginning, to be a rock band," he said on the phone from Boston a few weeks ago, in advance of a string of concerts. "And by being a rock band, what I mean is 'a collective of people that goes to a nightclub and performs a concert, and then also books recording sessions at studios.' And that's about it. " If only it were that simple.
September 1, 2013 |
Something a little unusual happened at Florida A&M University's football game against Mississippi Valley State on Sunday: The marching band showed up. In almost any other college football game, bands would be a normal feature of the game-day experience. But this wasn't just any game, because Florida A&M University's band is no longer just any band. The so-called Marching 100, on a nationally televised ESPN broadcast, made its first return from a suspension laid down two years ago after a drum major's hazing death at the hands of fellow band members.
August 30, 2013 |
Louis Tomlinson peered out from behind the door of a hotel suite and aimed a toy Nerf gun down a hallway full of hulking bodyguards. The 21-year-old and his four One Direction bandmates had been cooped up on the second floor of the W Los Angeles all day, doing interview after interview to promote their set of singing Hasbro dolls (retail price: $29.99 per dude), and he was eyeing his escape route. Suddenly, he made a break for it, firing foam bullets and running down the corridor.
August 29, 2013 |
The musical group known as One Direction inspires feelings, intense feelings. Just in the last week alone, the band has been applauded and booed, honored, put down and defended. All of which seems about right for a group that has ridden to fame as a byproduct of the hard-edged, all-or-nothing interactions of the social-media age. The new documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" is not the raw confessional that title might imply but rather both a primer and new product presentation. The Brit sensations pride themselves on being, as one member calls them, "a cool boy band" mocking choreographed dance moves and playing a rock-oriented pop over the more typical boy band pop-flavored R&B. They conform to certain personality archetypes, with Harry Styles the pin-up leader, Zayn Malik even referred to by the others as "the mysterious one" and then Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson frustratingly difficult to distinguish for the uninitiated.
August 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For the first time in their 29-year history, the MTV Video Music Awards were broadcast live from Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sunday night, but as to whether the event showcased all the borough had to offer - well, you can fuggedaboutit. The setting - the shiny new Barclays Center arena in downtown Brooklyn - may have lent the awards a veneer of hip, but homegrown talent such as Jay Z was scarce among the evening's winners and performers. Instead, MTV offered up "California Gurl" Katy Perry boxing in front of the Brooklyn Bridge and doled out prizes to Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.