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.
August 30, 2013 |
A simmering, claustrophobic aggression dots Nine Inch Nails' eighth studio album, "Hesitation Marks.' It's within the lyrics of the opening track, "Copy of A," in which Trent Reznor's narrator in typical breathy monotone describes himself as "just a finger on a trigger on a finger. " It's at the center of "All Time Low," when he orders an unnamed other to "get down on the floor/shut the goddamn door. " He's a ghost on "Came Back Haunted," recounting a trip to the other side, where a mysterious "they" implant "something inside of me/Its smile is red and its eyes are black/I don't think I'll be coming back.
August 16, 2013 |
Lindsay Lohan has launched a new website and has apparently rocked out her guest performance on HBO's "Eastbound and Down. " The newly rehabbed star is making headlines again, for good reason. On Thursday, the troubled "Mean Girls" actress also rehabilitated her domain. LindsayLohan.com relaunched with a sweet message titled "Welcome" from its titular patron. "To my fans, Welcome to my new site… Your support has been everything. I'm so excited for what's next. xo All my love, Lindsay," she wrote , and teased to the post on Instagram.
August 12, 2013 |
Nicole by OPI on Monday announced a partnership with six-time Grammy winner and country music star Carrie Underwood that will bring 14 shades of limited-edition Underwood-inspired nail lacquers to market in January. Described as "a colorful mosaic of hues ranging from soft pastels to dark sultry shades to playful glitters," the line will include colors with names such as "American as Apple Pie" and "Southern Charm. " Of particular note is a gold textured shade -- called "Carrie'd Away" -- that was created exclusively for Underwood.
July 17, 2013 |
Apparently, things are worse than we thought: We have run out of rock 'n' roll musicians. How else to explain the latest cover of Rolling Stone, which features not the Rolling Stones -- or even Captain Hook -- but accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? And not only that: Many have noticed and commented on -- unfavorably -- that the magazine's cover photo “casts the bombing suspect in an inappropriately flattering light,” as my colleague Mikael Wood reported.
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July 16, 2013 |
In a push to make nail salons safer, the city of Santa Monica is launching a program to recognize salons that use healthier products and provide better indoor air quality. The program, which begins Tuesday, aims to improve working conditions for roughly 120 nail technicians working at 30 licensed salons throughout the city. Nail salons will be recognized if they meet certain requirements, including avoiding polishes with the most toxic chemicals, ensuring their employees wear proper gloves and taking steps to improve ventilation.
June 18, 2013 |
A potent charge of relevant provocation propels “revolver” at the Celebration Theatre. In the final production at its longtime venue, L.A.'s flagship gay theater scores a profoundly affecting bull's-eye with Chris Phillips' incisive study of violence and forgiveness, as expressed in societal, personal and even eternal terms. Unfolding in seemingly random vignettes that echo the six chambers of the title firearm, “revolver” explores its thematic subtext via distinct issues, from homophobia to substance abuse to the afterlife, that impact on the gay community, but by no means exclusively.