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October 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Conventional wisdom about the Beatles' arrival in the United States in February 1964 for their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is that it was a watershed cultural moment---for Americans. Beatlemania, however, had already been raging back home in England, and in the days before global telecasts were commonplace, the band's journey to the States didn't have anywhere near the same impact on the British. Except for a certain four young Liverpudlians. PHOTOS: 'The Early Beatles Collection' “The Americans will never understand it, but all the music we loved came from America,” Ringo Starr told Pop & Hiss on Wednesday following a brief performance for media and a few invited fans to preview his upcoming tour of Mexico and South America, which opens Tuesday (Oct.
November 6, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
On "Saturday Night Live" last month, Bruno Mars followed his performance of " Locked Out of Heaven " -- the delightfully Police-ish lead track from next month's "Unorthodox Jukebox" -- with a slow-and-low piano-ballad take on the album's second single, "Young Girls. " It was pretty but a bit slight, not unlike the singer's 2010 smash, " Just the Way You Are " (which nonetheless topped the Hot 100 and sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone). Posted on YouTube on Tuesday, the studio version of "Young Girls" remedies that flavor deficiency with pounding drums, fuzzy synth textures and a soaring vocal performance full of the passion Mars has sometimes sacrificed in the name of polish.
July 25, 2011
EVENTS Smurf Day at L.A. Zoo Are there enough blue creatures in the world? We've always thought there could be more. Sprucing up the zoo and celebrating the release of the film "The Smurfs," the creations from Belgian cartoonist Peyo will be meeting visitors, beginning a week of Smurf-related events in L.A. As a bonus, enjoy the blue animals at the zoo, including the blue-and-gold macaw, Sclater's blue-eyed lemur, and blue peafowl....
September 19, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Even on a day designed to celebrate 50 years of the signature harmonies of the Beach Boys, the notoriously fractious group couldn't avoid striking yet another discordant note amid all the good vibrations.   A day before band members gathered at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to take in various accolades, singer and lyricist Mike Love caught his fellow band members by surprise in announcing his decision to resume touring with his latter-day incarnation of the Beach Boys -- minus creative leader Brian Wilson or original members Al Jardine and David Marks.
September 25, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's something to do while waiting out Carmageddon II this weekend: Get a serious culture fix - for free. Selected museums across the country will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of Museum Day Live. The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and other venues in Southern California will participate in the free day. The deal: Smithsonian magazine hosts this event each year to encourage people to revisit their favorite museum or learn about a new one in their area.
August 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
If anyone has the right to release a new single that's unabashedly Beatle-esque, it'd be Paul McCartney, and that adjective surely applies to “New,” the bouncy first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, due Oct. 15 (Oct. 14 in the U.K.) “New” has a rock lilt akin to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “It's Getting Better,” a beat that propels his song about the rejuvenation and anticipation that comes with a new relationship. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The production, by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is loaded with instrumental and vocal hooks, including a hopscotching guitar-keyboard riff at the opening that repeats later in the song, crisp hand claps and a soaring “ooh-ooh-ooh” accent that add up to one of the catchiest tunes McCartney's ever done.
June 26, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
James McCartney generated some supportive reviews after issuing his debut EP, “The Complete EP Collection,” in 2011 and for his associated live shows, but today he's collecting some stinging jabs for his recent appearance on the BBC in conjunction with the release of his debut album, “Me,” released last month. The Twitterverse quickly lit up with comments such as “boring,” “seemingly arrogant,” “monosyllabic” and “PR disaster” after he appeared on “BBC Breakfast” to talk about the new album and his famous dad. But if McCartney comes across several notches less electric than Tom Cruise bouncing on Oprah's sofa, he's hardly monosyllabic.
May 24, 2010
BOOKS Carlos Ruiz Zafón This Spanish novelist has been living in Los Angeles for more than a decade, but his work reaches far and wide, with millions of copies in 45 countries and 30 languages. His latest book, "The Angel's Game," follows a struggling pulp-fiction writer. Zafón will discuss fiction in a global age with moderator Rick Kleffel. Zócalo Public Square at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave. 7:30 p.m. MOVIES Friday the 13th Part 3 Comedian Doug Benson hosts this special screening, part of the Cinefamily's Comedy Death-Ray series.
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