November 6, 2013 |
Arcade Fire burned through the competition on its way to the top of the Billboard 200 this week. The Canadian group bowed at No. 1 on the album chart Wednesday with "Reflektor," which sold 140,000 copies in its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Arcade Fire's second straight chart-topper following 2010's "The Suburbs," which won a Grammy for album of the year and sparked widespread chatter about indie rock's increased commercial viability. Yet as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out , "Reflektor" -- which the band recorded with help from James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem -- is being distributed by the Universal Music Group, a first for Arcade Fire.
February 25, 2013 |
It's called "Sacrilege," but the new single from Yeah Yeah Yeahs feels full of the spirit. The first taste from a new album due in April, "Sacrilege" starts out as a lean, indie-rock jam, with singer Karen O cooing about "falling for a guy" and "feathers in our bed" over a restrained groove by guitarist Nick Zinner and Brian Chase. Before long, however, a full-blown gospel choir joins in, pushing "Sacrilege" outward (and upward) to much larger dimensions. "And I plead / And I pray," Karen O and the guest vocalists sing, and you can practically envision the crew holding forth at some too-cool tent revival.
November 8, 2012 |
Rick Alverson's "The Comedy" is part of a recent spate of indie films that might be loosely referred to as the Cinema of Annoyance, movies that often dare audiences to continue to watch as increasingly uncomfortable situations unfold. Opening on the drunken high jinks of a group of Brooklyn friends, the film focuses on the character of Swanson, who seems a tad too old for his layabout lifestyle. Projecting an obnoxious exterior, Tim Heidecker gives a self-lacerating edge to Swanson's passive-aggressive contrarianism.
December 20, 2013 |
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: Daft Punk, "RAM" = Robotic French duo channel vibe of Studio 54, "Thriller" & Giorgio Moroder. Perfect clone for new android ears. #getlucky "Spring Breakers" soundtrack: Dubstep 'n inst. score capturing spirit of moment just as 'Singles,' '16 Candles' & 'Apocalypse Now' before. Earl Sweatshirt, "Doris": Odd Future rapper's work marked arrival of smart LA voice "in the midst of a tornado/Misfitted like Clark Gable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1987
A San Diego man died Friday night at Sharp Memorial Hospital of head and internal injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle, the county coroner said Saturday. James Kelly Murphy, 21, of the 2300 block of Manzana Way, was northbound Thursday night on 70th Street in La Mesa when he collided with a vehicle making a left turn onto Stanford Avenue from a southbound lane of 70th Street, Lt. John Oleksow of the La Mesa Police Department said.
May 23, 1988 |
Although his fanciful modern-dance abstractions demand a high degree of technical sophistication from his company, Alwin Nikolais has never exactly been known for choreographing celebrations of prowess. Never say never. Nikolais' "Arc en Ciel" is the exception proving the rule: a dancer-as-gladiator showpiece that just may be the thinking person's "Canto Vital."
November 4, 1991 |
Allen Pitts, the former Cal State Fullerton standout twice cut by the Rams during training camp, set the Canadian Football League's single-season receiving record Sunday by catching seven passes in the Calgary Stampeders' 39-27 regular-season ending victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Calgary. Pitts finished with 118 catches, bettering by two the record set by Winnipeg's James Murphy in 1986.