May 29, 1988 |
***K.D. LANG. "Shadowland." Sire. If Dolly Parton recorded an album of classic country as good as "Shadowland" they would stage a parade down the main street of Nashville. However, the fact that Canadian vocalist K.D. Lang is a former New Wave performance artist puts a slightly different spin on the ball--it makes this record feel like a "Zelig" exercise, a homage rather than the genuine article.
July 21, 2011 |
Many cities offer concert series, but few can compete with the Rose City for the most intriguing venue. The Oregon Zoo in Portland is hosting a full menagerie of top-notch acts this summer in its outdoor amphitheater. The zoo series is surprisingly inexpensive, considering the talent on the roster, which includes many Grammy winners. Tickets cost $14 to $39, depending on the act. Many of the most desirable shows are in the mid-$20s, such as Los Lobos with Los Lonely Boy (Sunday)
February 19, 2006 |
MUSIC stars love to do new versions of old hits, but sometimes they also like to do covers of, well, album covers. Elvis Presley's debut album for RCA Records was a rush job -- it was 1956, and no one was sure that this new hubbub called "rock 'n' roll" would last long. But its distinctive cover caught the imagination of a generation with its energy and style.
February 22, 1996 |
Inside the case of k.d. lang's latest CD is a picture of a sew-on patch that says: I got this lousy patch when I was in L.A. In all capital letters, right under the disk itself, it's hard to miss. "I found that in Chinatown while we were doing the photo shoot for the album cover and I thought it was pretty funny," says lang, who performs Friday and Saturday at the Universal Amphitheatre.
April 1, 1990 |
Bill Ivey, executive director of the Country Music Foundation in Nashville, is optimistic about the future of country music. "I think we are at a point of changeover in the generations of country writers and singers," he said when asked about which artists might be found alongside Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson as country music legends 20 years from now.
March 15, 1992 |
k.d. lang "Ingenue" Warner Bros . * * * Lang used to claim she was channeling the spirit and voice of Patsy Cline. Now, perhaps, Edith Piaf has pirated the frequency. Lang's last album--and perhaps her last as a "country" artist--was winkingly called "Absolute Torch and Twang," but this very different follow-up is all torch 'n' hardly a hint of twang.
September 12, 2013 |
Singer k.d lang will bring her singular brand of pop-country music to the annual Hammer Museum gala, set for Oct. 5. Ann Philbin, the museum's director, confirmed in an interview that lang will perform at the fundraising dinner. The Hammer will honor artist Robert Gober and playwright Tony Kushner at its 11th annual gala. The event is being chaired by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, along with Tomas Maier. Among the scheduled speakers will be Viola Davis and artist Charles Ray. The museum said the evening includes a viewing of current exhibitions and cocktails followed by a seated dinner.
September 26, 1997 |
K.d. lang executed two gender reversals in her lyrics during her Wiltern Theatre concert on Wednesday. In Steve Miller's "The Joker," she got rid of the cowboy and made it, "Some people call me the space cowgirl." And during her own "Miss Chatelaine," she glanced down at her '50s-style suit and two-tone oxfords and crooned, "I can't explain why I've become Mister Chatelaine."
April 10, 1990 |
Grammy-winning singer k.d. lang knows her androgynous appearance doesn't fit the usual mold of country music stars. In an interview for cable television, Lang says her appearance and manner "became unprecedented for a woman in country to look and act." "Their role is specifically set out," she said. "Unfortunately, everyone in country music today pretty much abides by those rules. And if they don't, they don't get played on the radio and they don't get (Country Music Assn.) nominations."
June 10, 1997 |
k.d. lang has come up with more than just the title of the year for this collection of songs built around the theme of cigarettes. She has also given us what is likely to stand as one of 1997's most ambitious and satisfying albums. Despite the fun of her early cowgirl years on record, lang found her artistic calling in 1990 when she recorded Cole Porter's "So in Love"--demonstrating a vocal freedom and liberation on the pop standard that was little short of astonishing.