January 10, 2014 |
There's really no question: When it comes to pop songs about spherical implements of destruction, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" beats Lea Michele's "Cannonball" in every way, not least in the matter of each song's central metaphor. "I came in like a wrecking ball / I never hit so hard in love," Cyrus sings , "All I wanted was to break your walls / All you ever did was wreck me. " That's good writing -- concise, emotional, easy to visualize. Then there's Michele, who sings, "Now I will start living today / Today I close the door / I got this new beginning, and I will fly like a cannonball.
January 9, 2014 |
Leave it to a couple of "ice cold" rap stars to bring the heat back to the desert. OutKast, the trailblazing Atlanta hip-hop duo whose members memorably described themselves that way in their 2003 smash "Hey Ya!," will headline this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, organizers announced late Wednesday. The performance is to be the group's first since it went on hiatus nearly seven years ago, following the release in 2006 of "Idlewild," an ambitious movie musical that spawned a companion album with the same title.
December 4, 2013 |
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they've never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance. The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won't be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner who's curating the festival as its music director.
December 3, 2013 |
Prince is headed to New Orleans to headline the 2014 Essence Music Festival, the annual three-day festival held over Independence Day weekend, Essence announced Tuesday . Next year's installment will mark the 20-year anniversary of the festival, which is billed as one of the largest gatherings of black artists in the country. Prince previously performed at Essence in 2004 to mark the festival's 10th year. The 2014 festival is set for July 4-6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
October 16, 2013 |
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Club Stagecoach Country Music Festival, April 25-27 (Fri.) Shrine Expo Hall Steve Aoki, Nov. 15 (now) El Rey Theatre The Mowgli's, Dec. 11 (Fri.); the White Panda, Dec. 7 (Sat.) Fonda Theatre Darkside, Jan. 25 (Fri.); the Aquabats, Dec. 7 (Sat.) The Wiltern Panic! at the Disco, Feb. 16 (Fri.); Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer, Nov. 15 (Sat.)
October 7, 2013 |
Six years in, it's reasonable to expect some growing pains from the Angel City Jazz Festival. Heading into its third and most conventionally "festival-like" concert on its six-night schedule, which offered a slate of four acts under clear skies at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the festival still couldn't escape the shadow of a run of bad luck with scheduling. With the event's most buzzed-about act -- the Robert Glasper Experiment -- canceling its show due to a scheduling conflict, the festival rebounded fast by booking the Terence Blanchard Quintet in his place for Oct. 12. But just as the sun was setting, festival emcee LeRoy Downs announced from the stage that Blanchard had also canceled his appearance (a festival representative later cited "circumstances beyond our control," and said all pre-sold tickets would be refunded)