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March 19, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The four identically dressed members of Kraftwerk stood before electronic consoles, glowing lecterns outlined in strips of blue light, in a dark Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Above them, three-dimensional moving images of sleek commuter trains speeding down tracks, molecules colliding and musical notes orbiting an idealized Earth were projected onto a vast screen.  Appearing for the first and second of eight sold-out performances over four...
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March 19, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The four identically dressed members of Kraftwerk stood before electronic consoles, glowing lecterns outlined in strips of blue light, in a dark Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Above them, three-dimensional moving images of sleek commuter trains speeding down tracks, molecules colliding and musical notes orbiting an idealized Earth were projected onto a vast screen.  Appearing for the first and second of eight sold-out performances over four...
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January 14, 2004 | Richard Cromelin
English rock band Radiohead, German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and the reunited post-punk heroes the Pixies will be the key attractions on the first night of the fifth Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which will be held at the Empire Polo Field in Indio on May 1 and 2. The remaining lineup will be announced before tickets go on sale in early February.
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November 26, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The influental German electronic group Kraftwerk plans to perform eight of its albums at Walt Disney Concert Hall in spring 2014. The concerts, which will take place over four days, March 18-21, will feature full showcases of the group's classic Teutonic pop albums, including “The Man-Machine,” “Trans-Europe Express,” “Computer World” and “Autobahn.” The quartet, founded in Düsseldorf, West Germany, in 1970 by Florian Schneider and...
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November 26, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The influental German electronic group Kraftwerk plans to perform eight of its albums at Walt Disney Concert Hall in spring 2014. The concerts, which will take place over four days, March 18-21, will feature full showcases of the group's classic Teutonic pop albums, including “The Man-Machine,” “Trans-Europe Express,” “Computer World” and “Autobahn.” The quartet, founded in Düsseldorf, West Germany, in 1970 by Florian Schneider and...
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December 12, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
When shortstop Barry Larkin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, Reds fans looking to defend his entry had mounds of measurable data at their disposal: 12-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, league MVP, first shortstop to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season. The truth of his talent was in the numbers. How does one gauge the worthiness of Donna Summer's entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, announced Tuesday along with five others?
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April 22, 1986 | ROBERT HILBURN, Terry Atkinson
"Neil Young in Berlin." VidAmerica. $29.95. Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg does a fine job of maintaining the intimacy that works so well in concert videos. Still, this isn't the essential Neil Young collection because the 1983 "Trans" tour was not his most gripping series of shows. Techno-rock numbers like "Computer Age" left the concerts merely another eccentric sidestep in the singer-songwriter's long though fascinating career.
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September 4, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Admit it. You thought you had Cat Power's Chan Marshall pegged - and maybe grown a little nervous that her smooth, smoky voice and increasingly carefree demeanor had settled into a blue-eyed soul groove that would soundtrack hipster dinner parties through the next decade. But "Sun" will prove you wrong. A big, confident, and captivating pop album that's so far removed from her Memphis-inspired previous album of originals "The Greatest" (In between, she released an album of covers called "Jukebox")
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November 8, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Few cultural aficionados today recognize Raymond Scott's name. But if you've ever watched a Looney Tunes cartoon, or an episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show," or "The Simpsons," you've likely heard some of his antic, polyrhythmically perverse, one-of-a-kind music. And if you're a musical-techno gear geek, you may use state-of-the-art sound-making and noise-processing equipment that Scott, a prolific inventor, helped pioneer in the days of reel-to-reel tape recorders and UNIVAC computers.
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May 3, 2004 | Steve Baltin, Special To The Times
Crowds were a major issue throughout the sold-out first day at Coachella, and the dance tents were not immune. A steady stream of fans made their way into the expansive Sahara Tent, the primary venue for dance music, but the strong allure of big-name acts on other stages made the dance venues a bit of an oasis for most of the day. DJ Icon's energetic two-hour set, a nice mix of showmanship and large synthesizer-laden grooves, got the party started early on.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
When shortstop Barry Larkin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, Reds fans looking to defend his entry had mounds of measurable data at their disposal: 12-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, league MVP, first shortstop to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season. The truth of his talent was in the numbers. How does one gauge the worthiness of Donna Summer's entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, announced Tuesday along with five others?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Few cultural aficionados today recognize Raymond Scott's name. But if you've ever watched a Looney Tunes cartoon, or an episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show," or "The Simpsons," you've likely heard some of his antic, polyrhythmically perverse, one-of-a-kind music. And if you're a musical-techno gear geek, you may use state-of-the-art sound-making and noise-processing equipment that Scott, a prolific inventor, helped pioneer in the days of reel-to-reel tape recorders and UNIVAC computers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Admit it. You thought you had Cat Power's Chan Marshall pegged - and maybe grown a little nervous that her smooth, smoky voice and increasingly carefree demeanor had settled into a blue-eyed soul groove that would soundtrack hipster dinner parties through the next decade. But "Sun" will prove you wrong. A big, confident, and captivating pop album that's so far removed from her Memphis-inspired previous album of originals "The Greatest" (In between, she released an album of covers called "Jukebox")
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2004 | Steve Baltin, Special To The Times
Crowds were a major issue throughout the sold-out first day at Coachella, and the dance tents were not immune. A steady stream of fans made their way into the expansive Sahara Tent, the primary venue for dance music, but the strong allure of big-name acts on other stages made the dance venues a bit of an oasis for most of the day. DJ Icon's energetic two-hour set, a nice mix of showmanship and large synthesizer-laden grooves, got the party started early on.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2004 | Richard Cromelin
English rock band Radiohead, German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and the reunited post-punk heroes the Pixies will be the key attractions on the first night of the fifth Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which will be held at the Empire Polo Field in Indio on May 1 and 2. The remaining lineup will be announced before tickets go on sale in early February.
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June 10, 1998 | MARC WEINGARTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kraftwerk hasn't released an album of original material in close to a decade, its live shows are few and far between and none of the four members has gone on to release any recent solo material of note. So how is it that the German quartet not only sold out the Hollywood Palladium on Monday but managed to turn this ultra-rare L.A. appearance--its first in close to 15 years--into one of the can't-miss musical events of the year?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1998 | MARC WEINGARTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kraftwerk hasn't released an album of original material in close to a decade, its live shows are few and far between and none of the four members has gone on to release any recent solo material of note. So how is it that the German quartet not only sold out the Hollywood Palladium on Monday but managed to turn this ultra-rare L.A. appearance--its first in close to 15 years--into one of the can't-miss musical events of the year?
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April 14, 2002 | TERRY MCDERMOTT
The beginning of the end of life as we know it occurred here, on a beaten patch of asphalt out in the vast, flat no man's land of greater Los Angeles. The beginning of the end came unannounced. There was no salute, no blast of trumpets or heavenly choir. It came in the sunken heat of summer at an abandoned drive-in movie theater called the Roadium. The Roadium was graced by a grand arched gate that, in its day, promised entry to whatever secret kingdom Hollywood could conjure.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1986 | ROBERT HILBURN, Terry Atkinson
"Neil Young in Berlin." VidAmerica. $29.95. Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg does a fine job of maintaining the intimacy that works so well in concert videos. Still, this isn't the essential Neil Young collection because the 1983 "Trans" tour was not his most gripping series of shows. Techno-rock numbers like "Computer Age" left the concerts merely another eccentric sidestep in the singer-songwriter's long though fascinating career.
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