September 23, 2013 |
In an autumn filled with female-fronted electropop releases both big (Katy Perry, Lady Gaga) and smaller (Icona Pop), the debut from Scottish trio Chvrches might get lost. It shouldn't be. "The Bones of What You Believe" is an assured and sober album of synthetic pop that's set apart from their peers' four-four barrage. But it's still rousing, arena-ready fun. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners Singer Lauren Mayberry is an obvious draw - her light burr, endearing profanities and ear for room-shaking melodies make this the rare electro record that could sound just as good played on a lone piano.
September 23, 2013 |
Amiable country singer and songwriter Alan Jackson has been talking for ages about his wish to make a straight bluegrass album. That's the reason he signed on for Alison Krauss to produce his 2006 album, "Like Red on a Rose," one of his strongest collections, but one that veered far afield from traditional bluegrass. Not this time - there's nothing but earthy, lonesome music-making on Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album. " It boasts all the requisite fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dobro, acoustic guitar, upright bass and sweet bending harmonies that define bluegrass.
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September 18, 2013 |
Authorities have confirmed that human bones and clothing were discovered next to the Lexus of a missing Burbank man found in Angeles National Forest, but haven't determined if they are connected to his disappearance. Gevork Boyadzhyan's white Lexus sedan was located by authorities Sunday 400 feet off a cliff near the Angeles Crest Highway, Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station told the Burbank Leader. Boyadzhyan was reported missing nearly two months ago. Investigators have not identified the remains or determined their sex or age, according Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.
September 14, 2013 |
In life and in death, the man known as Fortune was treated as nothing more than a thing owned by others. Fortune was a slave in Waterbury in east-central Connecticut, purchased by a doctor and bonesetter, Preserved Porter. When Fortune died in 1798, Porter flayed Fortune's corpse and boiled the bones. The bones were used for more than 100 years by Porter's descendants to learn anatomy and become doctors. In 1933, one of Porter's descendants donated Fortune's bones to the Mattatuck Museum in town.
September 8, 2013 |
Hip-hop has plenty of incentives for artists - money, fame, command of a potent art form. But what are the incentives for fans at this year's Rock the Bells? Unexpectedly, it's less about discovery and more about dedication: staying put and paying attention. The layout and popularity of this year's Rock the Bells seems designed to keep fans - once they get inside - in a kind of couch-lock at whatever stage they're interested in. The two side stages can be accessed only through a long, winding path at the San Manuel Amphitheatre.
September 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Marcus Wainwright and David Neville chartered new territory with their Rag & Bone collection for spring, which was shown on the runway Friday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The look: Clean sweep, cool and comfortable. The inspiration: Japanese minimalism circa the 1990s, Wainwright said backstage. "Regimented pleating and folding, with some references to military and samurai clothing balanced with softness. " Key pieces: Light summer leather jackets and perforated leather carpenter pants; skirts and tapered pants with foldover waistbands worn with cropped apron tops and longer-length spring coats; black apron-top jumpsuit; white tux pants with shimmery iridescent side stripes; a sexy-as-hell deep-V neck knit top that looked like a riff on the tennis sweater; soft, crossbody bags; crocodile-embossed wedge sandals with rope details that looked comfortable enough to keep you on sure footing.
September 3, 2013 |
Since its inception in 2004, Rock the Bells has anchored itself as the preeminent festival for hip-hop fans. For its 10th edition, the festival, which begins at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, once again proves why it's a hot ticket. The bill overflows with emerging rhyme-slayers, chart-toppers, rap icons - and even a couple of revered, but dead, performers. To help festival goers sort through the more than 60 acts, we've broken down the lineup and organized it into four themes filled with can't-miss performers during the two-day festival.
August 24, 2013 |
Statistics through Friday's game. Last week's rankings in parentheses: BEST IN SHOW 1. DODGERS Top dogs: Dodgers are an MLB-best 46-10 since June 22. (1) 2. TEXAS Guide dogs: Rangers go 13-3, take division lead since Cruz's suspension. (3) 3. TAMPA BAY Loyalty issues: Rays last in MLB in attendance for second straight year. (7) 4. PITTSBURGH Rescue dog: Let go by Twins and White Sox, Liriano tops Pirates with 14 wins. (4) 5. ST. LOUIS Fetch boys!
August 21, 2013 |
Director Harald Zwart was in a forest outside of Toronto on Friday, looking for a possible home for fairies to live. After finding a proper wooded locale, he would have to quickly shower and change into a suit and tie for the Canadian premiere his new movie, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. " It's not unusual for a director to be promoting one film while setting up the next. But in today's risk-averse Hollywood, it's rare for that next project to be a sequel before the first film has even proved itself at the box office.
August 20, 2013 |
Many of Hollywood's recent adaptations of young adult fiction are confounding: They seem far more invested in the fantasy trappings and wonky internal mythology of their made-up universes than they are in the deeper metaphors of body shock, transformation and revelation. They are made as if their audiences actually care about vampires and werewolves, not the dark corners of the human psyche they represent. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is no exception. It's the first film adaptation from Cassandra Clare's series of novels, and the fact that there is already at least one sequel planned feels more like a threat than a treat.