October 10, 2011
MUSIC Swahili Blonde Founded by former "WEAVE!" drummer and vocalist Nicole Turley, the experimental octet — which has collaborated with former Chili Pepper John Frusciante in the studio — continues its Monday night residency at the Echo. Expect plenty of disorienting chord progressions and obscure rhythms during the set. The Black Apples, Residual Echoes and Secret Circuit open. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 9 p.m. Free. (213) 413-8200. http://www.attheecho.com . Lupe Fiasco The rapper made a name with the unlikely skate-anthem-hit "Kick Push" but has since become a radio stalwart in his own right for his personally explorative lyrics and charismatic flow on "Lasers," his most commercially minded album yet. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $39.50.
June 17, 2010
Badu is on her second installment of her "New Amerykah" series, this one a little more rooted in organic instrumentation than digital wonkery. Live, she's a hypnotic, riveting performer full of Neo-soul's Erykah righteous rage and deep-rooted feeling. Janelle Monáe and Lupe Fiasco will also perform. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Sun. $38.50-$101. (323) 665-5857.
December 23, 2007 |
In a downtown photo studio, Lupe Fiasco thumbs through a rack of jackets, letting out an appreciative "Hi-yoooo!" as he notices a patchwork piece in orange military nylon and black leather, and then another constructed from vintage green army coats and duffel bags, handles dangling from its sleeves. They're all the creations of Darren Romanelli, the L.A. designer and branding guru who creates clothing under the Dr. Romanelli label.
December 19, 2007
Lupe Fiasco lyric: A review in Tuesday's Calendar section of rapper Lupe Fiasco's new album, "The Cool," mistakenly had "hat" in place of "that" in an excerpt from the song "Dumb It Down." It should have read: "I'm earless / And I'm peerless / That means I'm eyeless / Which means I'm tearless."
February 11, 2007 |
Lupe Fiasco, "Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor" Ludacris, "Release Therapy" Pharrell, "In My Mind" The Roots, "Game Theory" T.I., "King" 2006 was an annus horribilis for rap, with junk in the trunk (such as pop-group contender "My Humps") dominating artistically and sales dropping even for superstars. The choices here cultivate hope by casting a wide net.
July 20, 2008
Why should Superman have all the fun? Song after song references the Man of Steel, but what about Batman? He doesn't show up often on the rock 'n' roll charts, but artists including rapper Lupe Fiasco, left, Lily Allen and Genesis have found inspiration in the Dark Knight. For more music to fight crime by, check latimes.com/entertainment.