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October 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
This post has been updated; see below for details. The Arcade Fire keeps on burning. Hot on the heels of two small-scale warehouse shows in New York, the Canadian indie-rock band on Monday released a new song from its upcoming album, "Reflektor. " Like the title track that appeared last month, "Afterlife" layers frontman Win Butler's vaguely apocalyptic ramblings over a sleek disco groove presumably honed by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, who's credited as a producer on the album, due Oct. 29. RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts It's one of two songs Arcade Fire performed Monday night on "The Colbert Report," along with " Normal Person ," for which the group did a version of the misdirection prank it pulled off in Brooklyn.
October 25, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
In case you've been lost at sea and starved of Instagram, Twitter and potable drinking water for the last six months, the Arcade Fire have a new album out Tuesday called "Reflektor. " A few years in the making and mostly produced by the band with James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, DFA) and longtime collaborator Markus Dravs, the album is the first from the Grammy Award-winning, Montreal-based band since it snagged the album of the year award for its 2010 record, “The Suburbs.” Recently Arcade Fire has been popping up in various cities - and "Saturday Night Live" and "The Colbert Report" - to market its release, and as part of the rollout the band had announced a Tuesday, Oct. 29, L.A. gig at an undisclosed location in conjunction with the MTV Iggy and Intel "The Music Experiment 2.0. " That undisclosed location, Pop & Hiss has learned, will be outside of Capitol Records building in Hollywood.  No tickets are for sale to the show.
July 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art may not be well-endowed financially, but it's getting ready to shake its booty nevertheless: An upcoming exhibition will examine the cultural impact of disco music, according to a report Tuesday by the New York Observer's GalleristNY blog. Basing his post on an interview Monday with museum Director Jeffrey Deitch, blogger Michael H. Miller reported that  the exhibition, “Fire in the Disco,” will be co-curated by James Murphy of the now-disbanded dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem.
October 10, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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.
March 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Concert season kickoff in Los Angeles this year boasts a few rare sightings, the most notable of which is New York singer and pianist Billy Joel, who arrives for the first concert of his classics here in years. Joel's been doing these sorts of shows as part of a monthly residency at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so by the time he arrives at the Hollywood Bowl May 17 for the first of three nights the rust should be mostly knocked from his joints. Another curio, a French chanteuse and former first lady of France, Carla Bruni, will arrive in Los Angeles in the capacity for which she first gained renown: as a vocalist updating the classic French pop sound (that and as a supermodel)
April 27, 2013 | By Todd Martens, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
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 | Kevin Bronson, Times Staff Writer
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.'
June 5, 2009 | Scott T. Sterling
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 | By Mikael Wood
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.
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