March 11, 2012
UNDERRATED "The Woman in Black" : Though spring isn't the best time for cinematic scares, it's worth tracking down this recent chiller starring the former Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe. Set in a damp, perpetually bleak corner of Northern England in the Gothic-friendly early 1900s, this atmospheric haunted house story delivers plenty of creepy jolts and subtle, over-the-shoulder scares but somehow never succumbs to becoming gory or silly (no small feat in this genre of late)
October 19, 2009 |
The soul singer known simply as Maxwell made a lot of demands on his audience Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl. At one point, during a long, improvised bit at the end of his version of "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush, he declared, "God made us to love," and therefore, "I don't care what you believe as long as you believe in something bigger than yourself." Later, he had the crowd sing an entire verse of his song "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" as he conducted happily from center stage.
March 20, 2009 |
A barbecue joint in the heart of Austin's party district may not seem like the best place for a composer and his ensemble to debut a serious new work. But Oregon's the Decemberists, the collaborative that realizes Colin Meloy's conceptions, are a rock band too. So just after midnight Thursday, the group took the stage at Stubb's and presented "The Hazards of Love," its new "folk opera," for the first time in concert. The show celebrated the release of the "Hazards" album (out now on iTunes, due Tuesday on CD and vinyl)
October 30, 2005 |
LIKE a mysterious heroine emerging from the mists of the moors, Kate Bush has returned from self-imposed exile. When her album "Aerial" comes out Nov. 8, the English singer will end a silence of 12 years, an interval that's only burnished her mystique and her reputation as pop's ultimate recluse. But according to Bush, there was nothing mysterious about it. "After the last record I thought I would take a year out, and the year became a bit longer than a year," Bush, 48, said last week.
July 1, 1994 |
Kate Bush has always seemed like a true sensualist trapped in an English art-rock singer's overcerebral body. She makes hay of that tension by casting herself in a very loose remake of "The Red Shoes," adapted into her self-directed 50-minute musical fantasy "The Line, the Cross, the Curve" (opening today for two days at the Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, with a Laurie Anderson film).