November 6, 2013 |
Arcade Fire burned through the competition on its way to the top of the Billboard 200 this week. The Canadian group bowed at No. 1 on the album chart Wednesday with "Reflektor," which sold 140,000 copies in its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Arcade Fire's second straight chart-topper following 2010's "The Suburbs," which won a Grammy for album of the year and sparked widespread chatter about indie rock's increased commercial viability. Yet as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out , "Reflektor" -- which the band recorded with help from James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem -- is being distributed by the Universal Music Group, a first for Arcade Fire.
April 27, 2013 |
By the time you read this post it will likely be too late, but the Rolling Stones have scheduled a last-minute club gig in Los Angeles on Saturday night in preparation for the continuation of the band's "50 and Counting" anniversary tour. Tickets to the show, which appears to be scheduled for the Echoplex in Echo Park, are $20, cash only, and could be purchased starting at 1 p.m. at the El Rey. The ability to purchase tickets was to be assigned via a lottery and there is a one-ticket limit.
March 10, 2012
Here are sample playlists put together from my own (admittedly limited) library, each one "arced" for a particular purpose. Then I asked a few folks who can really pick out a tune to share their sample lists. AMINA KHAN PICK-ME-UP: It's siesta time. I feel myself lapsing into food coma, eyelids drooping and motivation flagging. Flo Rida's sunny dance beats shake me awake, and LMFAO'sdriving base gets me going. Calvin Harris evens out the energy level, and Cypress Hill's vibrant melodies with Marc Anthony's soaring vocals send my spirits flying.
December 21, 2007 |
Jeremy Dawson was traveling the morning of Dec. 6, heading back home to Los Angeles for a DJ gig at the BPM magazine holiday party, when his cellphone buzzed. "It was a text from the president of the record company," the keyboardist for electro-rock quartet Shiny Toy Guns said. "It said, 'Congratulations, I'll take that.'
March 7, 2014 |
In the first season to come together after last year's closing of the long-running Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, the similarly sized Greek Theatre in Griffith Park is unveiling a noticeably busier 2014 season, with shows by many of the acts that had played the Gibson in years past. David Byrne will headline a May 8 show built around the music of Nigerian electro-pop musician William Onyeabor also featuring members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem and others; Los Lobos will host the band's third Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 3 with Ozomatli and Mariachi El Bronx; New Order will perform on July 13; Dierks Bentley tops a multi-artist country bill on Aug. 8; and Tejano band Intocable arrives on Oct. 24. In fact, the Greek has a substantial slate of Latino and Hispanic acts confirmed, also including Argentine jazz pianist Raúl di Blasio (May 31)
April 18, 2014 |
The bloom was off the rose. The genie, out of the bottle. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival's big reveals - its giant roving spaceman art piece and special guests Slash, Justin Bieber and Beyonce - had long since emerged from the wings and into cultural memory. In its second back-to-back weekend, the festival was no longer the new new thing it had been in the breathless months leading up to the grand unveiling of Coachella's 2014 lineup. It was no longer the new new thing compelling fan wonderment at how OutKast's reunion might pan out ( comme si, comme ca, if we're being generous)
June 5, 2009 |
To the casual observer, it looked like a typical night out at a Hollywood club -- crowded dance floor moving to the sounds of a DJ, deep scrums at every available bar, couples making out. But to the seasoned clubber, a recent night at the Avalon's weekly "Control" party was far from typical. The dance floor was conspicuously free from the usual orange tans and Affliction and Ed Hardy fashions prevalent in Hollywood.
April 19, 2013 |
When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs began making records in 2001, it would've been difficult to imagine the band someday doing a song as "Like a Prayer"-ish as "Sacrilege," the first track on its new album. "Falling for a guy, fell down from the sky," frontwoman Karen O sings over a descending guitar figure, "Halo round his head, feathers in our bed. " Later in the tune a gospel choir shows up -- as one did last weekend during the group's performance at Coachella, where it's to play again Friday night -- and pushes "Sacrilege" into true-blue power-in-the-midnight-hour territory.
November 10, 2011 |
Metaphors and visual symbols play a big role in conceptual landscape painter Whitney Bedford's life. Take what happened in 2001. The daughter of an international businessman and a flight attendant, Bedford impulsively jumped on a plane to follow a man she had a crush on to Antarctica. When she arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina , the southernmost city in the world and a port to the South Pole, she discovered he wasn't there. "I was devastated," she said. A master's in fine arts candidate at UCLA at the time, she decided to stay for a couple of weeks and make the best of it. "I took flying lessons and used it as a metaphor for coming back up" from her emotional doldrums.
October 10, 2013 |
Those on the West Coast still adjusting to a new day might want to head straight to the headphones: David Bowie has just released an epic remix of his "Love Is Lost," deconstructed by producer/LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy. Ten minutes of noggin-rattling fun, the track, subtitled "Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA," is a joyful way to start a Thursday. Specifically, the piece begins with applause, which gracefully evolves into an off-kilter, clapped beat.