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June 11, 1998
POLAND Daily newspaper, Zycie, which means Life: "For the first time, each team will play the preliminaries at different locations. This is done so the hosts can make a lot of money on the fans moving around. . . . The feeling that the World Cup is taking place is omnipresent in Paris. Almost on every Parisian square one can buy 'cheap' mementos of the games.
In life, British folk singer Nick Drake was a commercial disaster: an artist too sensitive to tour, too withdrawn to give interviews, too high-minded to compromise his artistic vision, even as he longed for a wider following. In death, he is a rising star, thanks to a car commercial. Drake, who died in 1974 at the age of 26, got his big break when his song "Pink Moon" was used in a TV ad in 1999 for the Volkswagen Cabrio. U.S.
January 18, 2004 | Dean Kuipers; Natalie Nichols; Steve Baltin; Steve Hochman
Dizzee Rascal "Boy in Da Corner" (Matador) *** 1/2 In 2002, English hip-hop producer and rapper Mike Skinner, a.k.a. the Streets, introduced Americans to a relentless, verbose, street-tuff style called garage or two-step, a combination of minimalist beat and torrid rap that broke hip-hop free from R&B and, at the time, sounded like a revolution. Now it's clear he was just making way for Dizzee Rascal.
March 17, 2002 | Robert Hilburn; Steve Hochman; Richard Cromelin; Kevin Bronson; Steve Baltin; Soren Baker; Agustin Gurza
***1/2 NORAH JONES "Come Away With Me" Blue Note Despite training in jazz, Jones has musical instincts that seem tied far more closely to a soulful, sometimes country-accented brand of pop that is showcased marvelously in this album debut. The 22-year-old Texan's deliberate, molasses-like vocal style is so understated that it may seem one-dimensional on first listening, but the restraint eventually hooks you with its haunting allure and underlying sense of longing.
April 7, 2002 | Steve Hochman; Natalie Nichols; Agustin Gurza; Soren Baker; Marc Weingarten
***1/2 NEIL YOUNG "Are You Passionate?" Reprise Neil Young: Soul Man? He opens his new album (due in stores Tuesday) with a variation of the introduction to Booker T. & the MG's "Time Is Tight," raising the question: Is this just another side trip for the mercurial rocker, like his rockabilly or technoid incarnations of the past?
December 19, 2004 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Talk about your two Americas. Here's sobering news from pop music's great divide: Five of the year's 10 most compelling albums, including Kanye West's "The College Dropout" and U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," have sold more than 14.4 million copies collectively; combined sales of the other five totals less than 550,000.
March 11, 2013 | By Todd Martens
On the final night of the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, last year, a young folk-rock trio from Denver took the makeshift stage at a church a few blocks away from the main action down on 6th Street. The church was about half full, providing enough room for the band members to run the aisles, stand on benches and play music from a debut album they had yet to release. Attending that show meant missing out on more well-known entities such as Sleigh Bells, Norah Jones and Nas, but that baby band -- the Lumineers -- would go on to become one of the biggest acts in the U.S. As sprawling as SXSW has become - last year boasted more than 2,200 acts across 104 stages - the festival continues to reward those who favor the unknown rather than those who chase the big names.
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