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September 21, 2012 | By August Brown
Every day they saw their dream, but now that dream is on hiatus for LMFAO.  The electro-pop duo, beloved and reviled for their wink-nudge dance odes to the Zubaz-printed good life, suggested to an Australian reporter that Redfoo and SkyBlu would be taking time apart to pursue solo ventures . " I feel like we've been doing this for so long, five or six years. And we're kind of like saying, well, let's just do what's natural and just kind of explore that, instead of like forcing it all the time," Redfoo said.
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October 30, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Creating high-energy dance songs for female pop stars is a crowded business in 2012, one dominated by professional hit makers such as Diplo, Max Martin and Dr. Luke. So you can understand why the Scottish writer-producer Calvin Harris, who broke through in the U.S. last year with Rihanna's chart-topping "We Found Love," diversifies his attack on "18 Months. " The third album he's released under his own name, it contains relatively grimy collaborations with English rappers ("Here 2 China," featuring Dizzee Rascal)
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January 15, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Last week LMFAO had the No. 1 song in America. Again. This time it was for the L.A. rap/dance/pop duo's ode to self-infatuation, "Sexy and I Know It" — an infectiously simple dance-floor ditty with a relentless rhythm and a video that has been viewed more than 188 million times on YouTube. Last year's ubiquitous hit, "Party Rock Anthem," currently at No. 6, is a truth-in-advertising title if there ever was one (347 million views). Created by an uncle-nephew team who rose in Los Angeles' club scene in the mid '00s and made a splash with their in-your-face debut album, "Party Rock," in 2009, "Sexy and I Know It," from the 2011 conciliatory follow-up, "Sorry for Party Rocking," has worked its way into America's subconscious through repetition and sticky, simple chords.
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October 29, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
If you'd asked Pop & Hiss three months ago which hallmark of the summer would still be with us come late October -- 90-degree days or Carly Rae Jepsen -- we'd definitely have picked the Canadian singer whose " Call Me Maybe " spent nine consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100. Not long into fall, though, Jepsen's chart dominance is already beginning to seem like a memory. " Kiss ," her American major-label debut, sits at No. 49 on Billboard's album chart (behind the "Rock of Ages" soundtrack -- yikes!
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February 6, 2012 | RANDALL ROBERTS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
To label the selection of Madonna as a halftime performer at the Super Bowl as curious is to neglect the surreal history of what has become one of the year's most discussed 10 minutes of music on American television. From the high-water mark Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake nip slip to the weird non sequitur Rolling Stones gig to a children's choir singing "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," the Super Bowl has never been short on ridiculousness. But all different kinds of musical craziness had nothing on this year's Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance.
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August 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Writer
If you haven't yet heard "Gangnam Style," the viral Korean pop-rap hit by PSY, beware, because the operative word is "viral. " A song so ridiculously infectious and over-the-top as to make LMFAO sound like James Blunt, "Gangnam Style" is one of those pushy worldwide phenoms like the Numa Numa dance : inescapable, trashy and explosive. And annoying as the day is long? Yes. The song was released earlier in the summer, and so far has amassed nearly 45 million views on YouTube.
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October 29, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
If you'd asked Pop & Hiss three months ago which hallmark of the summer would still be with us come late October -- 90-degree days or Carly Rae Jepsen -- we'd definitely have picked the Canadian singer whose " Call Me Maybe " spent nine consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100. Not long into fall, though, Jepsen's chart dominance is already beginning to seem like a memory. " Kiss ," her American major-label debut, sits at No. 49 on Billboard's album chart (behind the "Rock of Ages" soundtrack -- yikes!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Creating high-energy dance songs for female pop stars is a crowded business in 2012, one dominated by professional hit makers such as Diplo, Max Martin and Dr. Luke. So you can understand why the Scottish writer-producer Calvin Harris, who broke through in the U.S. last year with Rihanna's chart-topping "We Found Love," diversifies his attack on "18 Months. " The third album he's released under his own name, it contains relatively grimy collaborations with English rappers ("Here 2 China," featuring Dizzee Rascal)
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January 14, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Resolutions? Nothing serious. I'd like to keep Iran from closing the Strait of Hormuz. I'd like to read more political biographies. I'd like to lose 1.3 pounds. I have suddenly found myself at the age at which I need to exercise more but doing so leaves me achy, as if my joints are separating. It becomes a Catch-22 of New Year's resolutions. To feel better, you must work out, but you can't because it hurts. January, huh? Our purgatory of self-improvement. Adding to my predicament is that my Sunday touch football league, formerly made up of overweight litigators, TV types and scrawny scribes, now includes a crew member from the rapper band LMFAO.
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September 2, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The season of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is winding down, her so-called "wish in a well" has long been thrown. The addictive ode to obsessive ambivalence, propelled into the heads of millions after a Justin Bieber tweet in the spring, can safely be called the proverbial "song of the summer. " At slumber parties and pool parties, during barbecues, while jogging or making out, in front of YouTube on repeat, remixed and covered thousands of times by amateurs, "Call Me Maybe" has been everywhere.
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September 21, 2012 | By August Brown
Every day they saw their dream, but now that dream is on hiatus for LMFAO.  The electro-pop duo, beloved and reviled for their wink-nudge dance odes to the Zubaz-printed good life, suggested to an Australian reporter that Redfoo and SkyBlu would be taking time apart to pursue solo ventures . " I feel like we've been doing this for so long, five or six years. And we're kind of like saying, well, let's just do what's natural and just kind of explore that, instead of like forcing it all the time," Redfoo said.
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September 2, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The season of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is winding down, her so-called "wish in a well" has long been thrown. The addictive ode to obsessive ambivalence, propelled into the heads of millions after a Justin Bieber tweet in the spring, can safely be called the proverbial "song of the summer. " At slumber parties and pool parties, during barbecues, while jogging or making out, in front of YouTube on repeat, remixed and covered thousands of times by amateurs, "Call Me Maybe" has been everywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Writer
If you haven't yet heard "Gangnam Style," the viral Korean pop-rap hit by PSY, beware, because the operative word is "viral. " A song so ridiculously infectious and over-the-top as to make LMFAO sound like James Blunt, "Gangnam Style" is one of those pushy worldwide phenoms like the Numa Numa dance : inescapable, trashy and explosive. And annoying as the day is long? Yes. The song was released earlier in the summer, and so far has amassed nearly 45 million views on YouTube.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2012 | RANDALL ROBERTS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
To label the selection of Madonna as a halftime performer at the Super Bowl as curious is to neglect the surreal history of what has become one of the year's most discussed 10 minutes of music on American television. From the high-water mark Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake nip slip to the weird non sequitur Rolling Stones gig to a children's choir singing "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," the Super Bowl has never been short on ridiculousness. But all different kinds of musical craziness had nothing on this year's Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Last week LMFAO had the No. 1 song in America. Again. This time it was for the L.A. rap/dance/pop duo's ode to self-infatuation, "Sexy and I Know It" — an infectiously simple dance-floor ditty with a relentless rhythm and a video that has been viewed more than 188 million times on YouTube. Last year's ubiquitous hit, "Party Rock Anthem," currently at No. 6, is a truth-in-advertising title if there ever was one (347 million views). Created by an uncle-nephew team who rose in Los Angeles' club scene in the mid '00s and made a splash with their in-your-face debut album, "Party Rock," in 2009, "Sexy and I Know It," from the 2011 conciliatory follow-up, "Sorry for Party Rocking," has worked its way into America's subconscious through repetition and sticky, simple chords.
HOME & GARDEN
January 14, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Resolutions? Nothing serious. I'd like to keep Iran from closing the Strait of Hormuz. I'd like to read more political biographies. I'd like to lose 1.3 pounds. I have suddenly found myself at the age at which I need to exercise more but doing so leaves me achy, as if my joints are separating. It becomes a Catch-22 of New Year's resolutions. To feel better, you must work out, but you can't because it hurts. January, huh? Our purgatory of self-improvement. Adding to my predicament is that my Sunday touch football league, formerly made up of overweight litigators, TV types and scrawny scribes, now includes a crew member from the rapper band LMFAO.
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July 7, 2009 | Ann Powers; Mikael Wood; Randy Lewis
Maxwell "BLACKsummers' Night" Sony * * * * The best way to listen to Maxwell's new "BLACKsummers' Night" is with the volume turned all the way up. The R&B artist didn't take a turn toward heavy metal during the eight years he's spent between releasing albums; this one, like his previous three, is full of meditative jams written on the continuum between ardor and heartache.
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February 2, 2010 | By August Brown
It was only 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Downtown Standard hotel, but Redfoo already had a crisis on his hands. The singer stood shirtless in a corner of his modish hotel room, his black pants hovering mid-thigh to reveal boxer-briefs with "Don't Judge Me" emblazoned in silver sequins across the tuchis . Searching to complete the ensemble he'd wear to the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony, he rummaged through a pile of accouterments -- gold medallions...
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February 2, 2010 | By August Brown
It was only 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Downtown Standard hotel, but Redfoo already had a crisis on his hands. The singer stood shirtless in a corner of his modish hotel room, his black pants hovering mid-thigh to reveal boxer-briefs with "Don't Judge Me" emblazoned in silver sequins across the tuchis . Searching to complete the ensemble he'd wear to the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony, he rummaged through a pile of accouterments -- gold medallions...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2009 | Ann Powers; Mikael Wood; Randy Lewis
Maxwell "BLACKsummers' Night" Sony * * * * The best way to listen to Maxwell's new "BLACKsummers' Night" is with the volume turned all the way up. The R&B artist didn't take a turn toward heavy metal during the eight years he's spent between releasing albums; this one, like his previous three, is full of meditative jams written on the continuum between ardor and heartache.
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