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]
February 26, 2013 |
“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.
August 29, 1998 |
*** 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.
July 12, 1998 |
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.
February 2, 1990 |
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.
August 8, 1993 |
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.