April 26, 2013 |
The Old Globe's new artistic director, Barry Edelstein, is a noted Shakespearean, and its 2013-14 season, the first he's picked, will give extra emphasis to the Bard, beyond the separate summer series that typically offers at least two Shakespeare plays in the outdoor theater that's part of the Old Globe complex in San Diego's Balboa Park. Edelstein will direct “The Winter's Tale” (Feb. 8-March 4, 2014), the first indoor Shakespeare play at the Old Globe since a 2001 staging of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” And he's giving Shakespeare a new collaborator -- deceased Southern California-raised rocker Jeff Buckley -- in “The Last Goodbye,” (Sept.
January 11, 2013 |
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... Angel Olsen “Half Way Home” (Bathetic) A few Fridays ago at the little Bootleg Theater in Silver Lake, a singer and songwriter named Angel Olsen performed to a crowded room of curious, rapt admirers. Standing before a microphone and holding an electric guitar, the St. Louis (via Chicago) singer offered work from her debut solo album, “Half Way Home,” a small, good thing that's slowly (and after-the-fact)
December 21, 2012 |
The Holy or the Broken Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" Alan Light Atria: 272 pp., $25 There's a great scene in Penelope Spheeris' 1992 film "Wayne's World" - find it on YouTube under the title "May i help you riff" - in which an impatient guitar-store employee prevents Wayne from plucking out the opening arpeggios of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. Pointing with great urgency, the guy directs Wayne's attention to a sign hung on the store's wall: "NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN," it reads.
October 3, 2012 |
An experienced presence in her native New Zealand, Kimbra bent American ears -- and quite a few of them -- earlier this year as the female voice on Gotye's Hot 100-topping "Somebody That I Used to Know. " But that acoustic quirk-pop hit only hints at a bit of what Kimbra does on "Vows," her appealingly scattershot solo debut. It flits from jazzy electro-pop to muscular art rock to one tune that sounds like it was written for TLC's "CrazySexyCool. " Pop & Hiss caught up with the 22-year-old singer-songwriter at a Studio City cafe ahead of her shows Wednesday and Thursday at the Fonda Theatre.
October 25, 2008
Re "USC Acts by Popular Demand," by Randy Lewis, Oct. 22: Musicians Institute in Hollywood has been offering accredited bachelor's degrees in popular music performance since 1995. MI's bachelor of music in performance (contemporary styles) includes majors in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and voice. The article raised questions about the potential for coexistence between popular music and higher education. We feel that these concerns were answered long ago by the countless MI students who have gone on to careers in every facet of contemporary music, including members of bands like Weezer, Nine Inch Nails and Red Hot Chili Peppers, artists like Keb' Mo' and Jeff Buckley, and musicians working with artists from Pink and Mariah Carey to Dwight Yoakam and John Doe. The marriage between pop music and higher education has proved to be happy and long-lasting, and we welcome USC to the field.
May 15, 2007 |
Jeff Buckley released only one studio album during his lifetime -- 1994's "Grace" -- and it was an exquisite look at romantic innocence and obsession. But a new retrospective is an even more satisfying display of why he was one of the most promising artists of his generation. Most of all, the new "So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley" CD reminds you of how astonishingly good a singer he was, someone with a strong, but subdued touch of the aggressive jazz and soul instincts of Van Morrison.