August 9, 2012 |
Fans of the Australian group Avalanches are still waiting for a follow-up to 2000's “Since I Left You,” a landmark album on which the sampling masters created startling new music from thousands of tiny song snippets. Now, another Australian act appears determined to fill the gap. The pop-wise knob-twirlers of Pnau -- including Nick Littlemore, who also plays in Empire of the Sun -- rummage through Elton John's early-'70s catalog on “Good Morning to the Night,” grafting together bite-sized bits of his tunes: a guitar lick from “Crazy Water,” or the vocal line from “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” that provides the record's title.
June 23, 2012 |
Don't let the name fool you: Milo Greene is a quintet, with four lead singers, none of whom are named Milo. And that's hardly the only unique quality of this local indie folk-pop band. Except for dedicated percussionist Curtis Marrero, each member sings lead and backing vocals, plays multiple instruments and switches roles from song to song. Though ambitious, the democratic approach often proves logistically difficult. "I think we secretly wish we could be more spontaneous with the set list," says Robbie Arnett, 27, just before the band's recent set at the Make Music Pasadena festival.
April 12, 1998 |
Who's to blame for the cancellation of Lollapalooza '98? Ted Gardner, one of the tour's founding partners, has commented that plans fell apart in February with word that fellow partner Perry Farrell's re-formed Jane's Addiction, expected to headline this year as it had the original Lollapalooza in 1991, would not be available.
February 2, 1992 |
What was the most surprising tour success of the summer of 1991? Lollapalooza--the seven-act, cross-country, cross-cultural event, right? So, what does Pop Eye hear that the Lollapalooza organizers are planning for the summer of 1992? That's right: Lollapalooza II. And who'll succeed Jane's Addiction as the headliner in the "alternative rock" lineup? The advance word is L.A.'s own funk-rock meisters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
August 28, 1997 |
John Adams' "Lollapalooza" lasted just under seven minutes when Marin Alsop conducted it to open her Hollywood Bowl program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Tuesday night. It was a very easy seven minutes. The piece is a small dazzler. It has a deliberate, boogaloo bass line. Winds and strings dance above in all-American syncopated counterpoint. It is happy-go-lucky music, and it couldn't be more American. I noticed smiles all around me.
August 3, 1996 |
Main stage: * Psychotica: Singer Pat Briggs makes himself up to look like a space oddity, and his theatrical vocals owe everything to the David Bowie style. This band from New York City was signed to a record deal before it ever played a gig. Three of the six members are women--the only females scheduled to perform at a festival that ought to be dubbed Fellapalooza. 3-3:35 p.m. Saturday/1-1:35 p.m. Sunday. * Screaming Trees: This band from Ellensburg, Wash.
February 4, 1996 |
Perry Farrell wants out of Lollapalooza. The unpredictable rock musician has long felt alienated by some of the directions taken recently in the traveling rock festival that he co-conceived both as a forum for new music and as a platform for social issues and technological innovations. According to various sources close to the situation, Farrell is planning to break away from it and explore the possibility of launching his own new event.
March 12, 1995 |
What would be the all-time punk reunion? The Sex Pistols, of course. But any chance of that happening seems nil after John Lydon shredded reunion rumors last summer, reiterating his distaste for nostalgia and stating that he would never play with the band again. The close runner-up: the Clash, which turned fiery leftist rhetoric and imaginative punk, reggae and funk elements into often gripping songs, including the hits "London Calling" and "Rock the Casbah."
February 6, 1994 |
Will the kids in plaid go for the Man in Black? Or will they groove on the captain of the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership? Yes, country-rock legend Johnny Cash and funk pioneer George Clinton may be along for part or all of "Lollapalooza '94."
September 14, 1992 |
H ere we are now, entertain us. With that sour mantra from Nirvana's huge hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," so-called alternative rock solidified its claim to a place in pop's commercial mainstream. Kurt Cobain, the song's author, turned up singing a different tune Saturday at "Lollapalooza '92," the hot-selling, hotly hyped summer tour that closed its eight-week run with shows Friday through Sunday at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.