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January 19, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It's an idea that's easy to grasp: Justin Vernon onstage in Los Angeles the week before the Grammy Awards. Two years ago, after all, the singer-songwriter and his Wisconsin band Bon Iver were named best new artist at the Grammys, and “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” -- a modest masterpiece of deep-feel introspection -- won the prize for alternative music album. So it seems natural that Vernon would return to town for the annual crush of concerts and parties that takes place during the run-up to “music's biggest night,” set this year for Jan. 26. PHOTOS: Concerts by the Times Only Vernon didn't draw a sold-out crowd to the Fonda Theatre on Saturday with Bon Iver.
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March 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
First, there was "Midnight"; now there's "Magic. " After surprise-releasing a so-so new song last week that suggested frontman Chris Martin had been bro-ing down with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Coldplay dropped another fresh tune on the Internet late Sunday, one that has Pop & Hiss considerably more excited about what appears to be the English band's new direction. "Magic" is billed as the official lead single from "Ghost Stories," Coldplay's sixth studio disc, due May 19. The album will follow up "Mylo Xyloto," which came out in 2011.
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March 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
First, there was "Midnight"; now there's "Magic. " After surprise-releasing a so-so new song last week that suggested frontman Chris Martin had been bro-ing down with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Coldplay dropped another fresh tune on the Internet late Sunday, one that has Pop & Hiss considerably more excited about what appears to be the English band's new direction. "Magic" is billed as the official lead single from "Ghost Stories," Coldplay's sixth studio disc, due May 19. The album will follow up "Mylo Xyloto," which came out in 2011.
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January 21, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Can a jazz guitarist grow up idolizing Stevie Ray Vaughan? That may be a question for the purists in considering “Golden Age,” the debut album from Nir Felder, who took up guitar at age 13 and still plays the $250 Stratocaster he bought with the blues-rock legend in mind. Potential future covers of Kenny Burrell's “Chitlins Con Carne” aside, Felder is after more subtle, yet no less electric pleasures than his idol with a swift, lyrical flow sharpened in stints backing Greg Osby, Jack DeJohnette and Esperanza Spalding.
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January 21, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Can a jazz guitarist grow up idolizing Stevie Ray Vaughan? That may be a question for the purists in considering “Golden Age,” the debut album from Nir Felder, who took up guitar at age 13 and still plays the $250 Stratocaster he bought with the blues-rock legend in mind. Potential future covers of Kenny Burrell's “Chitlins Con Carne” aside, Felder is after more subtle, yet no less electric pleasures than his idol with a swift, lyrical flow sharpened in stints backing Greg Osby, Jack DeJohnette and Esperanza Spalding.
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December 25, 2011
UNDERRATED Louis C.K.'s online experiment : Though initially most notable among fans of FX's "Louie" and those who enjoy stroking their chin about Internet commerce, Louis C.K.'s recent effort to film and self-release a downloadable stand-up concert from his website was a victory for the good guys. Selling it for $5 a copy with no digital rights restrictions, Louis made enough money to try it again, which is good news for comedy as well as for human nature. The Roots' 'Undun' : Although the Philadelphia group is one of the top live bands and a longtime critical darling, its latest album seems to have floated under the radar amid all the year-end listmaking and holiday hype.
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July 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Blind Boys of Alabama, known in various formations since the late 1930s for their harmony-rich gospel music, are courting a new audience: indie-rock millennials. On Thursday the group announced details of its upcoming collaboration with Justin Vernon of the hipster-beloved Bon Iver, who broke out in 2008 with "For Emma, Forever Ago," a set of cloistered folk songs he said he'd written and recorded while camped out by himself in a cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Last year Bon Iver won the Grammy Award for best new artist.
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December 27, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Here are the Top 10 singles of 2012, as selected by Times pop music staff writer Mikael Wood 1. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe.” What else? With nearly 400 million views on YouTube - and nine straight weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 -- Jepsen's inescapable summer smash dominated mainstream pop in 2012. But “Call Me Maybe” is more than its statistics. It's also a pitch-perfect expression of young love's irrational promise. 2. Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing.” A singer in search of a sound finds it at last in her mesmerizing post-disco confession.
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August 29, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Word of a full-length album from the indie music-loving  Silver Lake Chorus has been eloquently buzzing 'round these parts for two years now. The choral group is getting closer. A two-song EP will be self-released on Sept. 18, and now the 25-strong member group has its very own video for the Justin Vernon-penned "From the Snow Tipped Hills. " Fans of Vernon, who is best known for his work as Bon Iver, probably won't be surprised to hear that his words and arrangements translate comfortably to that of a choral group.
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September 20, 2011
EVENTS A Taste of Old Pasadena This self-guided walking and tasting tour offers a chance to nosh on bite-size samples from 35 local restaurants, such as Bar Celona, Green Street Tavern, City Thai and Tibet Nepal House. Various locations, Pasadena. 5:30-9 p.m. $25. (626) 795-2455. http://www.pfarcf.org. BOOKS The Origins of the Universe and the Arrow of Time Explore the mysteries of the ages when Santa Monica College kicks off its fall literary series with Sean Carroll, the Cal Tech professor of theoretical physics and astrophysics behind Discover Magazine's Cosmic Variance blog.
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January 19, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It's an idea that's easy to grasp: Justin Vernon onstage in Los Angeles the week before the Grammy Awards. Two years ago, after all, the singer-songwriter and his Wisconsin band Bon Iver were named best new artist at the Grammys, and “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” -- a modest masterpiece of deep-feel introspection -- won the prize for alternative music album. So it seems natural that Vernon would return to town for the annual crush of concerts and parties that takes place during the run-up to “music's biggest night,” set this year for Jan. 26. PHOTOS: Concerts by the Times Only Vernon didn't draw a sold-out crowd to the Fonda Theatre on Saturday with Bon Iver.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Blind Boys of Alabama, known in various formations since the late 1930s for their harmony-rich gospel music, are courting a new audience: indie-rock millennials. On Thursday the group announced details of its upcoming collaboration with Justin Vernon of the hipster-beloved Bon Iver, who broke out in 2008 with "For Emma, Forever Ago," a set of cloistered folk songs he said he'd written and recorded while camped out by himself in a cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Last year Bon Iver won the Grammy Award for best new artist.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Here are the Top 10 singles of 2012, as selected by Times pop music staff writer Mikael Wood 1. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe.” What else? With nearly 400 million views on YouTube - and nine straight weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 -- Jepsen's inescapable summer smash dominated mainstream pop in 2012. But “Call Me Maybe” is more than its statistics. It's also a pitch-perfect expression of young love's irrational promise. 2. Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing.” A singer in search of a sound finds it at last in her mesmerizing post-disco confession.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Word of a full-length album from the indie music-loving  Silver Lake Chorus has been eloquently buzzing 'round these parts for two years now. The choral group is getting closer. A two-song EP will be self-released on Sept. 18, and now the 25-strong member group has its very own video for the Justin Vernon-penned "From the Snow Tipped Hills. " Fans of Vernon, who is best known for his work as Bon Iver, probably won't be surprised to hear that his words and arrangements translate comfortably to that of a choral group.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2011
UNDERRATED Louis C.K.'s online experiment : Though initially most notable among fans of FX's "Louie" and those who enjoy stroking their chin about Internet commerce, Louis C.K.'s recent effort to film and self-release a downloadable stand-up concert from his website was a victory for the good guys. Selling it for $5 a copy with no digital rights restrictions, Louis made enough money to try it again, which is good news for comedy as well as for human nature. The Roots' 'Undun' : Although the Philadelphia group is one of the top live bands and a longtime critical darling, its latest album seems to have floated under the radar amid all the year-end listmaking and holiday hype.
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June 14, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
"Yeezus," the highly anticipated new album from Kanye West, leaked online on Friday morning, resulting in immediate Twitter trending and sending less-ethical fans all over the world to various illegal download and mirror sites to get a free copy. The back cover of the CD has also leaked, which shows the many samples and songwriters involved in West's newest construction. Among those sampled include Nina Simone, whose version of "Strange Fruit" gets center stage on "Blood on the Leaves.
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