November 29, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. This year's crop of holiday music releases demonstrates anew that the only rule of success in this specialized genre is that there are no rules. Who'd have predicted that the standouts in a year of big name entries would include R&B superstar Mary J. Blige, the erstwhile king of British pub rock (Nick Lowe) and an Indian classical music virtuoso (James Whetzel)? Here is Calendar's annual assessment of the highs and lows of seasonal music collections for 2013.
November 13, 2013 |
The formula for a successful British band is simple: Grow up together in an industrial town (in this case, Manchester), wow 'em in London, win over Europe and Asia and then shred the music charts in America for the really big money. After getting tantalizingly close, the Stone Roses never made it in America, burning brightly across the pond in the late 1980s and early 1990s before famously flaming out. As the new documentary "The Stone Roses: Made of Stone" makes clear, the Roses were the Manchester band conquering Britain, Europe and Japan, more so than contemporaries Happy Mondays and the Charlatans and years before Oasis came along.
November 13, 2013 |
The lunch order at Lucy's El Adobe on Melrose was as follows: Cesar Rosas: steak picado with corn tortillas. David Hidalgo: chile relleno, with a beef taco dorado a la carte. Louie Pérez: vegetarian burrito. Conrad Lozano: steak picado, but could he have flour tortillas instead of corn please? The waiter, originally from Tijuana, knew he'd been handed a setup line. "No flour here!" he barked at Lozano. "Only Mexican people here!" PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations The Los Lobos bassist and his bandmates broke up laughing.
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November 12, 2013 |
They call themselves guerreras -- warriors. The women of Pico Gardens have fought gang violence, unemployment, litter and potholes. So when rumors spread recently that their public housing project in Boyle Heights was going to be privatized, they organized. "We had to find out, 'What does this mean for us?' " said Daria Nunez, a resident for 26 years. "Are we going to lose our homes? Is rent going up? Will new managers treat us unfairly?" The city's Housing Authority, which manages the site, assured them at a recent community meeting that residents and rent would stay put. Rumors that a private, for-profit owner was taking over were untrue, officials said.
November 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - They said they sang in English instead of Farsi because they wanted their music to be heard by the world, but their secret performance space in Tehran was padded with Styrofoam so they wouldn't be arrested for playing forbidden music. Their shows in Iran sometimes had lookouts, and the rockers had to ask fans to come but not to bring their friends, lest they attract too much attention. In other words, they were as punk rock as punk rock gets. But when the band known as the Yellow Dogs eventually fled Tehran to escape repression and claim their slice of indie glory in Brooklyn, tragedy followed.
November 11, 2013 |
This post has been updated, see below for details. Three men, including two members of a Brooklyn rock band, are dead after a fellow musician shot them to death in their East Williamsburg apartments before turning the gun on himself, according to various news reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Quoting a law enforcement official, the Wall Street Journal said that the musician, a onetime affiliate of the band, used a .308-caliber rifle as he moved from floor to floor of the apartment building to find and shoot members of the Yellow Dogs.
November 5, 2013 |
Joe Iconis, a promising 32-year-old composer, is best known for writing the song "Broadway, Here I Come" for Season 2 of the now-defunct backstage theater soap opera "Smash. " His new musical "The Black Suits," which opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, will likely be as swiftly forgotten as that much-derided NBC series, but it at least gives us a chance to get better acquainted with a talent musical theater insiders have been excitedly touting. The show revolves around a Long Island garage band led by Christopher (Coby Getzug)
November 3, 2013 |
In her role as a counterculture den mother to a group of suburban would-be rock stars in the new musical "The Black Suits," Annie Golden isn't just going through the motions. She knows rock 'n' roll. The 62-year-old actress was the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based punk band the Shirts in the 1970s. She was discovered by director Milos Forman when the band was headlining the legendary East Village rock club CBGB, and he cast her in his 1979 film adaptation of "Hair. " Although she has acted on Broadway, in movies and on TV - including most recently on the hit Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" - she still relates to her rebellious roots.
November 2, 2013 |
A jailed member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot has gone missing in the country's prison system, her family says. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, known commonly as Nadya, was scheduled to be transferred from a prison in the Republic of Mordovia on Oct. 21, after embarking on a hunger strike to protest conditions there. But she has not been heard from since, her family said, nor has any information been forthcoming from government officials. “There's no proof she's alive,” Andrei Tolokonnikov, Nadya's father, told the website Buzzfeed.