July 14, 1991 |
*** David Byrne, "The Forest," Luaka Bop/Warner Bros. Byrne does Berlioz in this mainly orchestral, sometimes floridly Romantic piece. His stated aim is to sift the Industrial Revolution for Jungian revelations, or something like that. No such coherent program congeals, but "The Forest" takes a zig-zagging, interest-sustaining tour through exotic, sacred settings, ranging from an Andean peak to a pagan Temple of Doom.
March 10, 1994 |
David Byrne and salsa music make classic star-crossed lovers. His yelpy, existential New York nervousness and the Latin music's tightly played, jubilantly felt release are unlikely enough suitors that only in irony the twain shall really meet, but there's a good amount of fun in the attempt. "Between the Teeth," an unadorned movie rendering of Byrne's 1992 tour, effectively documents the multicultural mirth.
July 7, 1994 |
What happens when rock's sartorial Renaissance man gets buck naked? At first, there's a tremendous feeling of newfound freedom, as David Byrne demonstrated Tuesday at the Coach House. Long rock's disinterested observer in the button-down collar, Byrne achieved that feeling several times in his new guise as an artist working in the emotionally exposed first person. But then there also were a number of times when he came across like nothing so much as a man in search of a bathrobe.
June 7, 1990
Musician/composer/filmmaker David Byrne of Talking Heads fame will perform Tuesday at the Ventura Theatre, but don't expect a medley of his greates hits. Never shy about breaking new ground, Byrne currently is touring with a Latin American band, performing pieces from his most recent release, "Rei Momo," a combination of Latin and pop.
August 30, 2004 |
David Byrne's musical expeditions have taken him over an ever-expanding swath of territory culturally, stylistically and chronologically. But one thing was clear from his career- and planet-spanning performance Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall: No matter where he journeys, he'll never get far from the beat.
June 19, 1994 |
The eclectic choices in this edition of the guide--a way to keep up with what's exciting in pop on a budget of $50 a month--range from a solo acoustic album by country legend Johnny Cash to the latest rap 'n' roll high jinks from the irrepressible Beastie Boys. May Johnny Cash, "American Recordings" (American).
June 4, 2001 |
David Byrne isn't about to compromise. At the El Rey Theatre on Friday, he gave equal time to both Talking Heads songs and material from his solo career, demanding or assuming that fans see things the same way. The result was a broad range of passionate sounds, demonstrating his continued role as an innovator. Byrne's hair was gray and spiky, as if he has embraced the role of pop elder statesman, rather than the twitchy Talking Heads frontman of more than a decade ago.
December 4, 2003 |
For a prolific Renaissance man, David Byrne has always seemed a little removed. Not difficult, but removed.
March 27, 1988 |
"I went to my record company yesterday, and nobody was there," says David Byrne with a vaguely puzzled look. "Most of the head people had gone to the Grammys." He pauses, then resumes haltingly. "I guess they must have some acts that are up for stuff." It's the afternoon after the Grammy Awards, and David Byrne is sitting in a Laurel Canyon restaurant and showing just how little attention he pays to contemporary rock 'n' roll.