November 9, 2013 |
A great rock band requires a source of tension. It can be almost anything: the relationship between melody and noise in Nirvana, for instance, or the competing interests of creative co-captains like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones. During its original run, Nine Inch Nails drew on several such sources, including frontman Trent Reznor's uneasiness about the celebrity he'd attained and the obsession in his lyrics with submission and domination. The group packaged a sense of danger for a mass audience.
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November 7, 2013 |
The new Melrose Avenue storefront is a man's world, make no mistake. The theme could not be stated more bluntly. Above the front desk: the rusted front end of a 1953 Chevy pickup. Along one wall: a vintage sign whose faded red letters read AUTO. Scotch is ready to pour, pending a liquor license. The lights are dim, the leather chairs deep. This place calls itself the first man cave for … manicures. Its name is Hammer & Nails . It will welcome the hairy-chested public starting Saturday.
September 27, 2013 |
Is Trent Reznor a secret soul-music man? After spending the summer earning concert reviews filled with words like "brutal" and "wrathful," the Nine Inch Nails frontman revealed the lineup for the band's upcoming Tension 2013 tour, and it features some perhaps-unexpected R&B veterans. According to a tweet from its official account, the influential industrial-rock group will perform as an eight-piece, including bassist Pino Palladino (who's played with D'Angelo and Jose James) and backup singers Sharlotte Gibson and Lisa Fischer, the latter of whom tours regularly with the Rolling Stones.
September 20, 2013 |
Louis C.K. railed against smartphones on Thursday's “Conan,” arguing that our mobile devices are getting in the way of our capacity to feel emotion and empathy. Sure, we may text our friends more than we may ever have called them in the pre-smartphone era, but are we really connecting? Or have we evolved into a culture that uses smartphones to prevent us from feeling? For all of the possibilities that smartphones open up, like pretty spectacular medical advancements and Amber text alerts , there is the flipside reality, one that shows the destructive cultural impact of mobile devices.
September 4, 2013 |
When Trent Reznor plays arena shows, he usually has a quiet spot to go hide from the crowd and rest his voice. Not so when the Nine Inch Nails founder played the Troubadour on Tuesday in celebration of his industrial rock act's comeback album, “Hesitation Marks.” “We usually have several places that we can go onstage,” he joked. “Back there I'm usually relaxing, catching up on 'Breaking Bad.'” At this point in his decades-long career, no one would blame him for taking time to kick back with Walter and Jesse.
September 3, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA - Nearly two decades into his unparalleled rap career, Jay Z hasn't abandoned his lofty ambitions. In the last year, the hip-hop magnate (born Shawn Carter) jolted the album release model when he struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Samsung to issue his latest effort, "Magna Carta Holy Grail,” via smartphones, a move that instantly scored platinum status for the album. He also packed stadiums on a summer tour with Justin Timberlake, casually added "sports agent" to his already weighty resume, and was named, along with superstar wife Beyoncé, music's first billion-dollar couple, according to the International Business Times.