October 4, 2013 |
When Cassadee Pope took the crown in the third season of “The Voice” late last year, the clock started ticking. Like many a winner before her, she had to quickly cash in on her new-found fame before a new season of replacement contestants stole viewer interest. While the show's competitor “American Idol” has turned out successful acts like Kelly Clarkson and Phillip Phillips , NBC's hit competition, despite its formidable ratings, has yet to churn out viable pop stars.
July 31, 2013 |
Gustavo Dudamel's debut album with the Berlin Philharmonic will be released in September and will spotlight music by Richard Strauss, including "Thus Spake Zarathustra," "Don Juan" and "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. " The album, which is scheduled to be released by Deutsche Grammophon on Sept. 17, was recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic during concerts in 2012 and 2013. The release of the album will also mark a special occasion -- next year is the 150th birthday of Strauss, who was born in Munich. Dudamel said in a statement that the recording was both an honor and a challenge because "as soon as you think of 'Zarathustra,' you think of the Berlin Philharmonic, and of [Herbert von]
June 2, 2013 |
Laura Mvula "Sing to the Moon" (Columbia) The young English singer Laura Mvula makes a stunning entrance on her debut album, weightlessly soaring over the massed harmonies of a gospel choir as slow-motion bass and brass rev to life beneath the intricate vocal interplay. The opening tune is called "Like the Morning Dew," which feels appropriate: A composition graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Mvula is providing renewal in a U.K. pop scene overloaded with old-fashioned soul strivers chasing Adele's runaway success.
May 23, 2013 |
Here's an aspiring musician whose major label debut won't have to struggle with the budget constraints most first-timers are faced with. “Everywhere at Once” is the introductory effort from Paul Allen and the Underthinkers. Allen, in case you're wondering, is the same Paul Allen who back in 1975 created a little venture called Microsoft with his pal Bill Gates. Allen, who also owns the Portland Trailblazers basketball team, has always been a music aficionado and an accomplished amateur guitarist who used a chunk of his Microsoft fortune to start the Experience Music Project museum in Seatte.
March 22, 2013 |
It was 50 years ago today….a Beatles album came out in the U.K. That would be the Fab Four's debut album, “Please Please Me,” released March 22, 1963. To mark the occasion, the Beatles official website is posting the five-minute making-of “Please Please Me” documentary, which also can be seen here: The album consists of several John Lennon-Paul McCartney songs including the title track, “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Love Me Do” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret” along with Beatles versions of several American R&B and pop hits they loved such as “Anna (Go To Him)
March 21, 2013
A steady hum permeates the self-titled debut album from Django Django, an East London four-piece. That record finds comfort in the warm synth lines of "Wavetones," and "Skies Over Cairo" offers solace with steady human rhythms, analog electronic warbles and a vaguely Egyptian melody. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat., $22.50. goldenvoice.com .