October 23, 2013 |
Soprano Audra McDonald is clearing out junk - in more ways than one. When reached by phone at her home outside New York City, the five-time Tony-winning actress and two-time Grammy-wining singer was awaiting a call from "the 1-800 junk guy," who would soon be hauling away the fruits of her fall cleaning. McDonald's newest album, the 12-song disc "Go Back Home," is also a clearing of sorts. It's the Broadway star's first solo album in seven years, and it addresses major life shifts that unfolded during that time, including the death of her father in a plane crash in 2007.
October 22, 2013 |
For the first time, part of Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert will be streamed live from the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., on Oct. 26. This year's lineup includes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun., Heart and Jenny Lewis. Johnson and Arcade Fire are scheduled to perform only for Saturday's show....
October 21, 2013 |
Film composer Ennio Morricone, who has been nominated five times for an Oscar and who received an honorary statuette in 2007, is scheduled to conduct concerts of his movie music at performances in Los Angeles and New York in March. The L.A. concert is set for March 20 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live; the New York performance is scheduled for March 23 at the Barclays Center's Cushman and Wakefield Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at www.axs.com. Listing Morricone's most famous movies scores can be a difficult task simply because there are so many - "A Fistful of Dollars," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Once upon a Time in the West," "The Mission," "The Untouchables," "Cinema Paradiso," and "Bugsy" among them.
October 14, 2013 |
With Bruno Mars expected to deliver a dazzling halftime show during Super Bowl XLVIII in February, a slew of acts will play warm-up to him and help kick off the biggest sporting event of the year with concerts in the days leading up to the big game . VH1 has teamed up with the NFL to host six concerts in the week leading up to Super Bowl, the network has announced. Taking advantage of MetLife Stadium's close proximity to New York -- the stadium that will host the game is just a stone's throw away in New Jersey -- the bulk of the concert series will be anchored in each of New York's five boroughs and end with a show in New Jersey on the eve of Super Bowl.
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October 2, 2013 |
A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday found that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable for the death of Michael Jackson, capping a marathon civil trial that laid bare the troubled singer's health problems, struggles with drugs and fateful attempt at a comeback tour. The verdict came four years after Jackson received a fatal dose of an anesthetic from his doctor as he was about to launch a concert series produced by AEG aimed at reviving his stalled career. Jackson's mother and three children filed the lawsuit, alleging that AEG was to blame for the King of Pop's death because it was negligent in the hiring and supervision of the doctor, Conrad Murray.
September 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Early during the magnificent tribute to folk music at Town Hall while much of America was learning the fate of "Breaking Bad's" Walter White, actor John Goodman welcomed the capacity crowd to a night of reckoning devoted to what he called "weeping and wailing and sowing and reaping. " Performing folk songs from the canon, many of which are featured in the forthcoming Coen brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis" and its soundtrack, what followed on Sunday night was three-plus hours focused on hard truths and tested faith, on doubt, death and, of course, rocket ships to the moon. A movie set in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s, "Inside Llewyn Davis" features music curated by T Bone Burnett, and though the night bore his imprimatur, it was the artists who burned. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Specifically: Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, the Punch Brothers, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, the Milk Carton Kids -- take a breath, because the lineup was packed with talent -- Oscar Isaac, the Avett Bros., Conor Oberst, Secret Sisters, Willie Watson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens and more delivered sharpened songs on acoustic instruments, singing in pitch perfect tone that left an oft-awestruck audience silently stunned -- then vocally thrilled.
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 |
Gustavo Dudamel will do it again. He will begin his fifth season as Los Angeles Philharmonic music director like he did his first -- offering a free concert with the Youth Orchestra LA, which he founded with the L.A. Phil, before going on to lead a very tony gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The big occasion for this year will be a celebration of Disney's 10th anniversary. What will be different, though, is that the free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday will, this time, be at Disney Hall, not the Hollywood Bowl.
September 25, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon know just how #ridiculous the hashtag frenzy has become. Timberlake, 32, who's all over the media this week promoting the next installment of his album "The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2," out Monday, appeared in a pre-recorded segment for "Late Night" on Tuesday just to have a little hashtag conversation about what he and his "History of Rap" collaborator have been up to. The kicker? They utilized the overwrought social media colloquialism in an everyday verbal repartee.
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September 24, 2013 |
Drivers who dealt with the traffic mess caused by a partial closure of Hollywood Boulevard for Paul McCartney's concert Monday night would do well to remember an alternative route for Tuesday. This time, the stage will belong to Justin Timberlake. The free concerts are being put on by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” outside the show's studio, closing down a roughly quarter-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. Thousands of fans who were able to secure tickets for the outdoor staging area turned out Monday to hear McCartney play a mix of classics and fresh material as the ex- Beatle promotes a new album.