November 6, 2012 |
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.
September 25, 2012 |
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 |
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.
October 26, 2013 |
When I spoke to Vince Gill earlier this year about “Bakersfield,” his album saluting the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, he mentioned that the supporting tour would bring him and his collaborator on the album, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, to the city the collection was named for. I asked whether they'd be performing in the most obvious place: Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. Gill was plainly sad to say no, that they'd be playing the nearby Rabobank Theater to accommodate more people.
July 28, 2010
MOVIES RiseUp The film documents the lives of Jamaican musicians with three very different music and lifestyles, from one who grew up in the ghetto to a wannabe-gangster who plays in dance halls to a singer from the countryside. Filmmaker Luciano Blotta focuses on the undiscovered musicians and the underground Jamaican music scene. Grammy Museum , 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free admission. (213) 765-6830. EVENTS National Storytelling Conference This weekend-long gathering of raconteurs starts early with a pre-conference workshop about storytelling in education and a free story slam.
March 30, 2011
BOOKS Sudan: The Next Killing Fields? Will the secession of southern Sudan promote peace in the war-torn region or militate against it? Three scholars, including a Sudanese native, come together to offer their own answers on this question of the perils of post-conflict nation-building. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. http://www.hammer.ucla.edu Sarah Vowell With her idiosyncratic sense of humor intact, Vowell dives into the rich history of Hawaii in her latest work, "Unfamiliar Fishes.