May 2, 2005 |
Think of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as the rock 'n' roll equivalent of TiVo. It's a way of seeing your favorite acts and exerting control over the clock.
June 2, 2003 |
U2's frontman has been referred to as "St. Bono," a facetious reaction to the singer's high-profile social crusades, inspirational music and generally unimpeachable ways. Don't look now, but rock has a new candidate for canonization. At the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Coldplay's Chris Martin seemed to be fitted for a halo as he led the English band through a set of its grand, classically proportioned ballads.
December 10, 2002 |
This has been the most exciting year for adventurous rock 'n' roll in nearly a decade, so you'd think alt-rock titan KROQ-FM's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas benefit concert Sunday would have been a four-star celebration -- a hearty ho-ho-ho-ho on the Santa scale. But the show at the Universal Amphitheatre came close to being simply a ho-ho-ho-hum. The main reason is that several of the acts that brightened KROQ's (106.
April 28, 2005 |
"Our goal is to take over from U2," Coldplay's Chris Martin said during lunch in a funky beachfront restaurant in Malibu. The comment was so audacious that he quickly moved to put it in context. "I don't mean 'take over' in a commercial sense or careerist sense, but in writing songs that move people in a big way. When I'm in a crowd of thousands of people singing a song I love, I get the best feeling -- a sense of genuine community."
November 28, 2007 |
THE music of the Scottish band Travis is a lot of things -- it can be rainy-day reflective, Brit-pop sparkly or yearningly anthem-like -- but it is not generally thought of as tough-guy music. That made it especially amusing last week when the band members jogged to the stage of the Wiltern Theatre in boxing robes while the theme from "Rocky" blared and spotlights strafed the crowd.
February 22, 2003 |
Coldplay's Chris Martin broke away from the usual thank you speech Thursday at the Brit Awards, the local equivalent of the U.S. Grammys, to declare, "Awards are essentially nonsense, but we're all going to die when George Bush has his way -- it's good to go out with a bang." The critically admired rock band's lead singer, who left the stage at Earl's Court Arena to the usual screech of applause from admiring young fans, had never before spoken publicly about the Iraq issue.
December 10, 2013 |
When the 2013 Oscars opened in February, host Seth MacFarlane declared that the show had a theme. The Academy Awards, MacFarlane said, would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Though such a thesis may have been obscured by the ensuing song-and-dance number that commemorated toplessness in cinema, it was, at least, a noble cause. After years of being an also-ran, the Oscar original song category received a full five nominations. Selections ranged from the too big to ignore (Adele's theme from "Skyfall")