November 17, 2011
MUSIC Noel Gallagher is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. " Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s, or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. If Liam hones the Stones, Noel reworks later-era Kinks, forgoing guitar theatrics for the inclusion of strings, horns and a chorus. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging.
November 9, 2011 |
"No one told me Neil Young recorded here!" Noel Gallagher exclaimed, standing amid stuffed polar bears and ornate Italianate antiques in the grand room of the Paramour. The Silver Lake mansion is where Young made "Le Noise," and it's where Gallagher shot his music video in August for "If I Had a Gun…," the first U.S. single off his solo debut, "High Flying Birds," released Tuesday. Gallagher is both an apt pupil of rock history and a part of it: He rose to fame in the '90s as the guitarist and songwriter for Oasis, penning hits like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" that transformed the Britpop group from Manchester, England, into superstars, selling more than 70 million albums worldwide.
April 19, 2010 |
Jay-Z's most talked about Coachella performance might not have been his headlining set on Friday. Though the rapper's triumphant hit parade overjoyed the tens of thousands of fans crowning the first night of their three-day odyssey of music, art and California desert vibes, spotting Jay's sunglassed visage at the side-stage indie rock shows became a favorite game for the audience. There he was, shaking hands with Brooklyn's electro-pop exotica act Yeasayer (or, as Jay shouted them out on the Main Stage, "the Yeasayers")
November 11, 2006 |
This has been quite a week for special performances by feisty leaders of turbulent British rock bands. First, the Who's Pete Townshend anchored an intimate Tuesday show at the tiny Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. And on Thursday, Oasis' primary songwriter and lead guitarist, Noel Gallagher, took over the 1,400-seat Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood, revisiting his star-crossed band's legacy and promoting a new best-of album. It was a fitting convergence.
May 29, 2005 |
It was easy to see how much times have changed for Oasis when the band's Noel Gallagher set up an interview for 9 p.m. so he could spend the day with his daughter. A decade ago, the party-minded Gallagher might have just been having breakfast at 9 p.m. Few British bands ever lived up to the adage of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" more fully than Oasis, which for a brief time in the '90s enjoyed a Beatles-like popularity in its homeland.
May 26, 2002 |
For decades, books of rock 'n' roll quotes have depended on the same old provocateurs, from Pete Townshend and Frank Zappa to Elvis Costello and Johnny Rotten, to entertain us with memorable comments about the pop lifestyle. So John D. Luerssen, author of "Mouthing Off: A Book of Rock & Roll Quotes" (Telegraph Co., $14.95), thought it was time to point out that today's rockers are keeping the tradition alive. Most of the nearly 500 quotes in the paperback collection are from the past 10 years.