December 2, 2012 |
The Jonas Brothers covering Frank Ocean -- now there's a Rorschach test for how you feel about pop music today. On the one hand, when the once-omnipotent teen-pop trio played Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You" during its set at KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, it might have signaled that even Disney sitcom bands can grow into adventurous good taste. Even if their seducer's falettos lacked Ocean's gravitas, hey, at least the arc of music bends toward the good stuff, and they might take a lot of post-tweens with them.
September 21, 2008 |
THERE ARE plenty of excellent songs on Ne-Yo's new release, "Year of the Gentleman." But one stands out for me -- and apparently for the 25-year-old smooth lover too. When I met with Ne-Yo in the studio last month to sample from his new selections, he was predictably enthusiastic about everything. But the song "Fade Into the Background," a mini-epic about watching your lost love walk down the aisle with some lucky cleanup fella, got him seriously jazzed. " 'Fade Into the Background' is the story of a guy who's dating a young lady; they end up breaking up," Ne-Yo says.
October 19, 2008 |
Gliding across the stage, crooning "come closer" over a driving beat, he manhandles the microphone stand like a modern-day James Brown. Only without the polyester jumpsuit. Ne-Yo, the R&B triple-threat singer, performer and songwriter, is rocking a steel gray Tom Ford sharkskin suit, a silver tie cinched with a tie bar -- and his trademark fedora. His retro style -- or "swag" as he calls it -- informs every element of the performance. Flanked by four female dancers, he sings in front of an old-school band with a full horn section.
May 8, 2006 |
Radio station-sponsored concerts are a lot like an evening at the movies where all you see are trailers. That's not a bad thing as long as you remember going in not to expect anything with a beginning, middle and end, or anything remotely resembling a coherent plot. That was certainly the case at Wango Tango on Saturday in Irvine, but it was suspended long enough in the right places to put this year's edition a cut above the typical radio concert plugfest.
November 26, 2010
Cory Monteith , Chord Overstreet , Kevin McHale and Mark Salling have a "Glee"-filled evening at GQ's Men of the Year party at Chateau Marmont, alongside James Franco , Jimmy Kimmel , Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz ? Chris Brown , David Arquette , Nelly and Katie Cassidy at Colony for the Us Weekly Hot Hollywood bash ? Jenny McCarthy , Diddy , Jamie Foxx and Kelly Rowland at the Avalon for Ne-Yo's post-American Music Awards bash ?
September 7, 2008 |
Looking classic-casual in a summer blazer, Ne-Yo leaned over his laptop in a West Hollywood recording studio one mid-August afternoon, playing selections from "Year of the Gentleman," his third solo album, out Sept. 16. "The thing that sticks out on this record is the drama," said the 25-year-old singer-songwriter as he pushed a button and the swirling ballad "Lie to Me" blasted out of the room's stereo system. "You can almost see it." A Laserium-style synth effect meshed with the swells of a string section.