October 25, 2013 |
In case you've been lost at sea and starved of Instagram, Twitter and potable drinking water for the last six months, the Arcade Fire have a new album out Tuesday called "Reflektor. " A few years in the making and mostly produced by the band with James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, DFA) and longtime collaborator Markus Dravs, the album is the first from the Grammy Award-winning, Montreal-based band since it snagged the album of the year award for its 2010 record, “The Suburbs.” Recently Arcade Fire has been popping up in various cities - and "Saturday Night Live" and "The Colbert Report" - to market its release, and as part of the rollout the band had announced a Tuesday, Oct. 29, L.A. gig at an undisclosed location in conjunction with the MTV Iggy and Intel "The Music Experiment 2.0. " That undisclosed location, Pop & Hiss has learned, will be outside of Capitol Records building in Hollywood. No tickets are for sale to the show.
July 18, 2013
Alabama Shakes' first album, "Boys & Girls," is an electric jolt that anyone who loves blues-based rock music should track down immediately. Consisting of three men and one young explosion named Brittany Howard on vocals and guitar, the group, which formed in northern Alabama in 2009, offers stripped-down truth, minus any affectation, histrionics or irony. Rather, the Shakes make rock 'n' soul music as if the last 40 years of popular sounds had never happened. Songs, instead, suggest that sweet period from 1966 to 1974, when electric blues and rock music were intermingling.
June 3, 2013 |
Björk began her Sunday night concert at the Hollywood Palladium with a definition of terms, and as usual for Iceland's foremost sonic adventurer, those definitions were about as broad as possible. “Welcome to 'Biophilia,'” said the British broadcaster David Attenborough in a recorded voiceover, “the love for nature in all her manifestations.” Later, Attenborough described music as “sound harnessed by human beings, delivered with generosity and emotion.” “Biophilia” is Björk's latest burst of ambition, released in 2011 as an album of songs along with a system of interactive apps for the iPad and iPhone.
May 31, 2013 |
Standing on-stage Thursday night at the Hollywood Palladium, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons looked out at a capacity crowd and said with astonishment, “I don't even know how this many people know about us.” His bandmates had a hunch, however. That was the moment they powered up “ Radioactive ,” the moody electro-grunge single that tops three of Billboard's rock charts and sits at No. 9 on the Hot 100, nestled comfortably between tunes by Rihanna and Bruno Mars. It's this Las Vegas group's second big radio smash following “ It's Time ,” which set a record last year as the longest-running top 10 hit on the alternative chart.
May 24, 2013 |
The afternoon light leaked through the open doors of the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday. But inside the venue, everything was lighted red enough to resemble a reign in blood. The thousands-deep line outside for Thursday's memorial for founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman (who died earlier this month at age 49) proved that the service was more than just appropriate -- for metal fans, it was necessary. Few bands command the kind of loyalty that the Southland metal pioneers have enjoyed for three decades.
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May 21, 2013 |
City Councilman Eric Garcetti's supporters began filling up the Hollywood Palladium theater long before the first results were released, as the Los Angeles mayoral hopeful awaited returns with his family at a nearby hotel. The choice of the cavernous venue - the campaign was expecting several thousand supporters Tuesday night - was a hint of the team's optimism about their chances. While his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel, stumbled in her fundraising efforts in the final days, Garcetti's campaign was comparatively flush, aides close to Garcetti said, to outgun her in advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts that will be crucial in a low-turnout race.