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March 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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)
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March 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Not long ago, Barbara and Ethan Gruska - the fresh-faced siblings at the core of L.A.'s Belle Brigade - were deep in a rehearsal with their two bandmates. The goal that afternoon was reworking the songs on the Belle Brigade's self-titled 2011 debut so that they fit alongside tunes from the group's just-finished follow-up. It took some doing. A sunny blast of retro West Coast folk-pop, "The Belle Brigade" pulled deeply (and openly) from crowd-pleasing forebears such as the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. The new album, by contrast, begins with a digitally processed train whistle laid atop a booming drumbeat.
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October 15, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will issue his debut album, “The World From the Side of the Moon,” on Nov. 19, Interscope Records announced Monday.   The album is led by his hit, “Home” -- Phillips' “Idol” coronation song that got an impressive boost when it was paired with Olympic promos this summer -- and it was produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Train, Daughtry), with Phillips writing or co-writing the majority of the disc. When Phillips took the “Idol” crown in May, he earned a majority of the 132 million votes cast, but some critics wrote off the 22-year-old troubadour as just the latest "white guy with a guitar" to win -- a trend that's dominated the show for the last five seasons.
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March 8, 2014 | By August Brown
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future. The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon. FOR THE RECORD: Echo Park's NO: In the March 8 Calendar section, a profile of the Echo Park band NO said that its record label, Arts & Crafts Records, is based in Montreal.
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July 31, 2013 | By David Ng
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]
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February 26, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“X Factor” champ Tate Stevens is wasting very little time in cashing in on his new-found fame. The Season 2 winner of the Fox singing competition has announced that his debut album will arrive April 23 through Syco Music/RCA Nashville. The self-titled disc will be the first real test of whether the show's millions of viewers (and arduous voters) will translate to actual album sales. Although the U.K. version of the series has spawned hit albums from One Direction, Leona Lewis and Cher Lloyd, the U.S. edition has yet to see a debut for its Season 1 winner, Melanie Amaro, more than a year after she was crowned victor in 2011.
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August 29, 1998 | CONNIE JOHNSON
*** 1/2 KELLY PRICE "Soul of a Woman" Teaneck/Island Now this is a singer. Price, former backup vocalist for Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and the Notorious B.I.G., is overdue for her own snippet of the spotlight. She wrote "Friend of Mine," arguably the best and most moving R&B hit of the year. On this tale of romantic betrayal, she sounds like three unheralded soul divas rolled into one: Jennifer Holliday, Shirley Murdock and Martha Wash.
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February 2, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
If despite the likes of Rodney Crowell you still think that honky-tonk music is the territory of dumb rural types, you'll have a problem with Chris Gaffney. He's certifiably honky-tonk. But he sure ain't dumb. Gaffney--who for 10 years has worked on the Los Angeles docks--writes songs that smartly twist and sometimes laugh with (not at) honky-tonk conventions.
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July 12, 1998 | Ernesto Lechner, Ernesto Lechner is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Few would guess from the lilting, melodic strains of Lysa Flores' impressive debut album that one of the 24-year-old singer-songwriter's chief influences was X, the seminal Los Angeles punk-roots rock band. Yet Flores, who has been called the Joni Mitchell of Chicano rock, names X as a primary reason why she's making music. "They were romantic yet political, and somehow I related to that," the East L.A. native says of the veteran group.
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August 8, 1993 | STEVE APPLEFORD, Steve Appleford writes regularly about music for Westside / Valley Calendar.
The music had all sounded just fine to the ears of music industry guests coming to those early shows by the Inclined. And yet something wasn't quite right. Here was this young trio, playing its songs with all the required energy, but jumping jarringly from mellow country rhythms to rap to rock to strange numbers played on the cello. "It was extreme," singer-guitarist Miles Tackett says now. "Lots of potential," the band heard time and again.
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December 24, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It's not exactly Beyoncé shocking the world by dropping an unannounced album on iTunes. But for fans of indie-aligned pop and rock, Sky Ferreira provided a jolt late Monday with a tweet that linked to a video featuring her and Ariel Pink performing Pink's song "My Molly. " Ferreira's collaboration with the L.A.-based eccentric -- in which they crash around a white-walled soundstage -- follows the release in October of her long-anticipated debut album, "Night Time, My Time. " The video was directed by Grant Singer, who also made recent clips for the record's title track and "You're Not the One. " And "My Molly" might be the first in a series of such surprises.
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November 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
When Sky Ferreira turned up recently at an Echo Park watering hole to talk about her debut album, the singer's seen-it-all manner - joyless expression, slumped shoulders, eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses - hardly communicated the giddy excitement of an artist on her way up. But it wasn't entirely unexpected of someone who's been through what Ferreira has. In 2007, when she was 15, the Los Angeles native signed a major-label record deal after developing...
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October 4, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
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.
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July 31, 2013 | By David Ng
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]
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June 2, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
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.
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May 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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April 7, 1988 | Mike Boehm
Wherever television sets plug into cables, there are people who have heard the Movement. However, they vastly outnumber those who have heard of the Movement, a young rock band from San Clemente that is just setting out to make a national name for itself. Over the past year and a half, the six-man group brought its sound, if not its identity, to a broad public by writing and performing background music for several sports specials on the ESPN cable network.
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April 21, 1991 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Leaping from a successful dancing career to serious work as a pop singer is an obvious enough path, particularly since the chart-topping successes of singer-dancer-choreographer Paula Abdul. And now, for Angel Ferreira, the time spent in a recording studio recently was merely another step in his evolution to what he called a pure "entertainer."
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March 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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)
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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 .
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