December 18, 2012 |
This year Interscope Records has a little surprise for us under the tree: Arriving amid the good cheer, the caroling and the mistletoe comes gangsta rapper Chief Keef's studio debut, "Finally Rich. " Landing a week before the big day, the 17-year-old Chicago thug offers infectious odes to nihilism and tirades against haters that are as simple-minded and catchy as they are brutal. Musically, however, the album shimmers with power, which makes the dozen songs feel even more dangerous. Apparently unintentional is Keef's placement of a song called "Hallelujah" near the beginning of his album in the week leading up to Christmas.
June 18, 2013 |
You've seen them but not noticed them. You've heard them but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a spotlight away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
July 31, 1988 |
***THE RAVE-UPS. "The Book of Your Regrets." Epic. ***DANCING HOODS. "Hallelujah Anyway." Relativity. These two emigre L.A. bands--the Rave-Ups from Pittsburgh and Dancing Hoods from Long Island--used to share the same bass player and still share a feisty-yet-marketable rock 'n' roll attitude. Following independent debut LPs, the Rave-Ups have issued their long-delayed major-label debut, while the Hoods are out with another, better heralded indie release.
June 17, 2011 |
Some delicate-flower extreme has been reached with "The Art of Getting By," a charm-free wisp of a movie about that most annoying of recent archetypes: the mopey, privileged adolescent. Hollywood teen rebellion now comes in the form of cherub-faced, overcoat-wearing drip George (Freddie Highmore). A daydreaming, doodling Manhattan senior, George refuses to do homework because he's wise enough — he reads Camus, drinks in Leonard Cohen! — to realize that life is meaningless. But, boy, do his feelings get hurt when he falls for flirty cool chick Sally (Emma Roberts)
June 26, 2006 |
Even the traffic gods were smiling I'd like to begin by thanking the couple in the Mercedes parked behind me at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night for allowing me to back up and escape the stacked parking via the row opening up next to us. I'd also like to acknowledge the two blonds in that row who, while waiting for the Acura driver blocking them, set the generous, patient tone of the moment by repeatedly saying, "Life is good!"
April 20, 2013 |
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt. The era-spanning entertainer is here to talk about his new album, "Spirit in the Room," coming out Tuesday. His latest work continues a career rejuvenation that kicked off in earnest three years ago with "Praise & Blame," a collection produced by Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns.
June 30, 1994 |
The U.S. government formally announced Wednesday that it has settled its giant fraud case with National Medical Enterprises, but it said it continues a far-reaching investigation into individuals and businesses suspected of accepting kickbacks and bribes from the Santa Monica-based hospital chain.
June 30, 2006 |
Movies like "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man" come at you in sections and, more often than not, the sections arrive unevenly sliced. Director Lian Lunson attempts to mold a synthesis of biopic, symposium, concert film and mash note to one of the icons of late 20th century songwriting. The creature that results from such earnest work looks either exotic or distorted, depending on your angle of vision.
October 19, 1997 |
Is it fair to append a couple of new tracks to "best of" collections to tempt fans into spending $14 on songs that they have? Whatever your view, it's become standard procedure, so it must work. The question is whether the new tracks are worthy additions to a collection or simply toss-offs. With these four-star singer-songwriters, the new selections are a mixed bag. Browne, on his first-ever anthology, fares best.