January 5, 2013 |
Asking some of the finest classical conductors in the world what pop, jazz or rock music they listen to seemed like a quixotic idea. Even if they had favorites, what were the chances conductors would take time out from their busy schedules to respond? As it turned out most of those queried did respond, and with gusto. Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony, was asked while in transit to a conducting gig at the Italian Senate for the president of Italy. When he forgot to mention another favorite, he emailed again two days later on his way to Munich because he wanted to add Celine Dion's name to his list.
January 1, 2013 |
Elvis fans, there'll be a whole lotta jumpsuit viewing goin' on in 2013. Graceland will roll out two new travel-themed exhibits at Elvis Presley's Memphis, Tenn., home this year, one about his movies and concerts in Hawaii and another about the King's Las Vegas years. Each promises artifacts that haven't been displayed before. "Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!" opens Jan. 8 on what would have been his 78th birthday. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the concert "Aloha From Hawaii" that was broadcast on TV by satellite from Honolulu.
December 18, 2012 |
Dec. 21 marks end of the world, according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar. Doomsday preppers may be stock-piling gas masks and Velveeta, but what about some tunes to go along with that paranoia? A playlist for the End Times from the Pop & Hiss crew: Skeeter Davis, "The End of the World" Yes, we know it's technically a song about how the world is actually not ending, despite the doom feelings after a breakup. A Mayan apocalypse might finally make us feel justified for acting as if it's all going to hell every time we're dumped.
December 14, 2012 |
The very notion of Gary Oldman as an Elvis impersonator sounds like it alone should be worth the price of admission for "Guns, Girls and Gambling. " Alas, his turn is not as wildly committed as one might hope, and the movie overall is similarly a promising letdown. A strangely anachronistic crime and double-crosses picture - is there something more current to rip off than '90s Tarantino? - the film is needlessly flat, never much achieving the kick and surprise it aspires to. A man who introduces himself as John Smith (Christian Slater)
December 4, 2012 |
Fresh off receiving the Kennedy Center honors this weekend from President Obama, the surviving members of legendary British rock group Led Zeppelin -- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones -- stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater for a visit with their fellow honoree, David Letterman. First, the bad news: The group did not perform, they did not announce a reunion tour, and they did not perform any devious acts involving sharks. Nor did they open up much about their music career, their feelings about other high-profile British acts of their era, or their famously debauched past.
November 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- With lawmakers singing the blues about the looming "fiscal cliff," why not a resolution to show their support for designating Jan. 8 as Elvis Presley Day? Ten members of Congress have signed onto the resolution to show they have a big hunk o' love for the King of rock 'n' roll. Presley, born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Miss., died at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977, at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. He "remains one of the most famous American entertainers of all time whose influence on music and whose cultural impact continues today," according to the resolution.
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November 16, 2012 |
Bernard Lansky, the Memphis retailer who helped a young Elvis Presley establish his signature clothing style of pegged pants, two-toned shoes and other flashy duds in the 1950s, has died. He was 85. Julie Lansky, the clothier's granddaughter, said he died Thursday at his Memphis home. He had Alzheimer's disease. Bernard Lansky and his brother Guy started a retail business in Memphis in 1946, with help from a $125 loan from their father, Samuel. After World War II, the store started selling Army surplus goods on Beale Street.
October 11, 2012 |
It's no Graceland, but the Beverly Hills home shared by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla is hardly a jailhouse either. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom French Regency estate, seated on a 1.2-acre promontory with city-to-ocean views of Los Angeles, is now for sale at $12.995 million, according to real estate website Trulia . The gated, 5,367-square-foot property is in a quiet cul-de-sac of Trousdale Estates and bears the ZIP code 90210....
October 3, 2012 |
Elvis Costello's been part of the pop music landscape for so long now, and has written and recorded so much, it can be hard at times to remember what it was like before he elevated the game with his razor wit, impeccable compositional skills and kiln-hot passion. The pre-Elvis age probably feels like another era to many -- as indeed it was before his explosive debut in 1977 -- and that may be the inspiration for the cheeky title of his current solo tour that stopped Tuesday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre: “2054 -- the Centenary Tour.” But even though 100 years haven't passed literally for the often-brilliant, engaging English singer and songwriter, he did tip his stylish raffia boater hat to nearly a century's worth of musical tradition.
September 8, 2012 |
“Rockabilly filly” Rosie Flores returned to her Southland stamping ground Wednesday for the unveiling of a project obviously near and dear to her heart, “The Blanco Sessions” album she produced for '50s rockabilly singer and songwriter Janis Martin. The album comes out Sept. 18, but showcasing the material Martin sang for her first new recording in more than two decades falls to Flores. Shortly after working on the album in 2007 with Flores, Martin, then 67, learned she had cancer, and died a few months later.