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.
May 15, 1997
Dana Hills' Brandon Fallon defeated Mission Viejo's Eric Bachelor, 6-4, 6-3, to win his second consecutive South Coast League title in the league boys' tennis finals Wednesday at the Laguna Niguel Racquet Club. Brian Kent placed third for second-ranked Dana Hills with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory. The doubles team of Scott Merryman and Michael Nguyen captured the doubles' championship, defeating Rob Hall and Chad Widtfeldt, 6-1, 6-2, for Capistrano Valley.
September 21, 1990 |
Multimillionaire developer Mark Raymond Vogel, who was arrested last week on a cocaine charge, plans to relinquish day-to-day fiscal control of Rosecroft Raceway, according to the track's general manager. James Murphy, who also is Rosecroft's president, said he will assume daily control of the track's finances. He spoke after a Thursday meeting between Maryland Racing Commission officials and Daniel Sandler, vice president and treasurer of Rosecroft.
May 17, 2003 |
The Rapture is yet another young band making an interesting hybrid of minimal punk and electronic dance music, and the New Yorkers' angular, post-postmodern groove wowed the youthful hipsters who packed the El Rey Theatre on Thursday. The group's raw energy was fetching, but its music wasn't that distinctive, and the shrill vocals were definitely an acquired taste.
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.
September 9, 2013 |
By now we've come to expect interactive Web videos from Arcade Fire, and the woozy user-controlled effects on the Vincent Morisset-directed "Reflektor" don't disappoint. Go watch it at the band's new dedicated site , if you like. What's new is that Arcade Fire made a straight-up disco single that Larry Levan might have dropped at Paradise Garage in a different era. (A limited-edition 12" single version of the track will also be available at Amoeba Records in Hollywood at 9 tonight.)
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.
May 17, 2005 |
Dance music is a big category of endless possibility and too much imitation. So it was a welcome night of nonstop invention and excitement Sunday at the El Rey Theater as the combined forces of LCD Soundsystem and M.I.A. took dance music on divergent but complementary paths.