August 19, 1999 |
* Elvis Costello, right, was such a hit with keyboardist Steve Nieve at their recent Wiltern Theatre concert that they're doing it again. Tickets for the team's Oct. 2 return to the Wiltern go on sale Sunday. . . . Tickets also go on sale Sunday for three tenors--no, not those Three Tenors--Irish tenors John McDermott, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan, who are joined Sept. 24 at the Greek Theatre by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. . . . System of a Down rocks three clubs: the Roxy on Sept.
September 24, 1999 |
When a musical genre is as steeped in rural tradition as Cuban son, there's no better setting for it than a live performance. There's something a little sterile about listening to this music on a CD player when it was clearly intended as a communal experience, an opportunity for dancing, singing along and sharing the moment.
January 23, 2000
Rapper Q-Tip is doing a guest spot on the debut album from Lucy Pearl, the new trio that features his former A Tribe Called Quest mate Ali Shaheed Muhammad, ex-En Vogue singer Dawn Robinson and Tony Toni Tone singer Raphael Saadiq. The album is due May 16 from Beyond Records. . . .
August 15, 2002
* Bright Eyes, "Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground," Saddle Creek. Normally a CD with a 73-minute running time and interludes of dialogue and ambient sound would be a red flag signaling pretension and self-indulgence. But Conor Oberst pulls off everything in this sprawling, bravura work with ease and command.
February 22, 2001 |
The voters responsible for awarding Grammys in the Latin categories have always been embarrassingly out of touch with the realities of this music, but, even with that in mind, some of their choices this year are enough to make you shake your head in disbelief. As in the past, the No. 1 victim here was rock en espanol, that most misunderstood of genres.
January 4, 2001 |
The fact that most of this year's Grammy nominations in the Latin field are pedestrian and unimaginative is not due to poor choices by academy members, but rather to the state of the music itself. The nominations corroborate what observers have been discussing for the last 12 months: 2000 was, overall, a lackluster year for the genre. You can't help but regard with suspicion a year in which two of the five nominees in the Latin pop category are live recordings.