July 28, 1997 |
With its lineup of guitarist-vocalist James Blood Ulmer, bassist-producer Bill Laswell, P-Funk alumni Bernie Worrell and Jerome Brailey and gospel-rooted jazz organist Amina Claudine Myers, Third Rail is a musician cult hero dream band. Yet the quintet's local debut at the House of Blues on Friday showed that it's a group designed for the players, as the 90-minute set meandered between stirring high points and aimless drifting with a rhythmic bite.
December 5, 1990 |
There will be no 1989 Grammy for best new artist. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' board of trustees has voted to leave the Grammy--which was stripped from Milli Vanilli frontmen Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan--unawarded rather than give it to the act that received the second-highest vote total.
April 2, 2001 |
A line of hipsters snaked away from the Knitting Factory on Saturday, and curious moviegoers heading to the theater above the Hollywood nightclub wanted to know who was performing. They all shrugged when told, "It's Alan McGee of Creation Records fame, come all the way from the U.K. to spin some cool tunes and host some cool bands at his new traveling club, Radio 4."
August 18, 1996 |
NEARLY GOD "Nearly God" Durban Poison/Island Independent * * * If music is a mood enhancer, this collaboration between British soul artist Tricky and a handful of all-star singers is a bittersweet depressant--nothing less than the best of post-modern blues.
December 24, 1989 |
Urban music and urban concerns dominate the 1989 Times pop music critics poll, in which veteran Neil Young's feisty "Freedom" led the way, with Fine Young Cannibals' neo-English soul "The Raw & the Cooked" and L.A. rap group N.W.A's controversial "Straight Outta Compton" right on its heels. Five of the 13 voters named "Freedom" on their year-end top 10 lists for a total of 38 points in a system that awards 10 points for each first place vote, nine for second and so on.
April 26, 1993 |
Saturday's "KIIS and Unite" AIDS benefit at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre offered a one-stop survey of current radio-friendly commercial pop, heavy on the newcomers. Despite all the new blood, though, there was little in the way of surprises. The short sets, running 15 to 30 minutes, allowed a quick recitation of the hits and little more. P.M. Dawn, the mystically inclined rap duo, brought along a huge cadre of live musicians, including a deejay and three back-up singers.
December 23, 1990 |
Has rock's youth movement hit the wall? With the exception of winner Sinead O'Connor, the English band World Party and two rap entries, The Times' consensus best albums of 1990 are from artists whose combined discographies would be as thick as the Westside telephone directory. Even Sonic Youth, the most adventurous occupant of the Top 10, has a back catalogue of nine albums. Last year, by contrast, six of the Top 10 were debuts (N.W.A.
September 17, 1989 |
Director Steven Spielberg gave him a run for his money, but singer-moon-walker Michael Jackson came out on top for the second straight year in Forbes magazine's list of the highest-paid entertainers. Jackson's estimated gross income for 1989 is $65 million, giving him a two-year total of $125 million. Spielberg's 1989 total is expected to be about $64 million, for a 1988-89 total of $105 million.