November 26, 2013 |
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...
December 12, 2012 |
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?
April 22, 1986 |
"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.
September 4, 2012 |
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")
November 8, 2012 |
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.
April 14, 2002 |
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.