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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Times staff writers
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off April 11. The Times' pop music staffers weigh in on the artists they're most looking forward to seeing. Chance the Rapper: This Chicago-born artist is one of the great hopes of a new hip-hop generation. His masterful "Acid Rap" mixtape set ears ablaze when released in 2013, and that's why Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, is known in the rap world. To CNN viewers, the 20-year-old artist is a shining star of "Chicagoland," the network's documentary about local politics, a city struggling against gang violence and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's attempts at addressing both.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By August Brown
Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving is named after the avant-garde composer Philip Glass' pre-fame moving company, and that's a pretty good metaphor for the band's sound: high-minded musicians doing some dumb, brawny lifting. The band's self-titled debut comes after a gentler acoustic solo album and what appears to be a long hiatus for Sonic Youth (Moore is separating from his wife and band co-founder Kim Gordon). So it makes sense that his next move is this low-stakes, punky project whose album sounds like it was written in an afternoon - in both good and bad ways.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
British singer Leona Lewis has sold her home in Hollywood Hills West for $2,073,500. The Nichols Canyon-area mini-estate sits on three-quarters of an acre in a gated community. The remodeled contemporary Mediterranean, built in 1999, features an all-white decor, formal living and dining rooms, four fireplaces, four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,946 square feet of living space. The detached guesthouse contains a gym, a bedroom and a bathroom. A swimming pool, lawn and gardens completed the lush grounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
As its title implies, "IV" is the fourth studio album from this long-running Los Angeles punk band. But that total comes with an asterisk: Following "III" in 2008, the Bronx effected an unlikely transition and released two records - both excellent - as Mariachi El Bronx, an honest-to- Dios mariachi outfit complete with brass and guitarrón . Now the group has shed the charro suits and returned to its original sound with 12 serrated hard-core jams...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By August Brown
"Two Lanes of Freedom" is Tim McGraw's first album since he announced that he gave up alcohol five years ago. It's also his first record for Big Machine - appropriately, also Taylor Swift's home label, given her single "Tim McGraw" - and he looks hale and hearty in the album's accompanying videos. It all signals a major new start for McGraw, one of pop-country's bestselling but critically assailed figures. If only the songs on "Two Lanes" were as honed and wiry as their singer. The album should keep him atop the country commercial firmament, but doesn't really advance him as an artist.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT
The number of followers of Cypress Hill is larger than most people expected. The group's acclaimed "Black Sunday" entered the pop album chart at No. 1, blowing away the competition. U2's "Zooropa," which figured to be on top through August at least, was bumped to second. The question, of course, is whether Cypress Hill can maintain anything close to this level of sales. Don't be surprised if U2 is back on top next week.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT
Paula Abdul wasted no time getting to the top of the Billboard magazine pop album chart with "Spellbound," which rocketed into the lead in just two weeks. The album is getting a strong boost from her single, "Rush Rush," that's rushing to the No. 1 position on the pop singles chart (it's currently No. 3). "Extreme II Pornografitti," by the pop-metal band Extreme, is the newest member of the Top 10--inching up one notch to No. 10. The group also has the No. 1 pop single with "More Than Words."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The New Kids' slide continues. Their album, "Step By Step," stepped down another rung--to No. 3. It hasn't rallied after its shockingly brief (one-week) stay at the top of the Billboard magazine pop chart. Also, the single of the title song dropped to No. 6 on the pop singles chart, supplanted by "She Ain't Worth it," by Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown. By far the hottest new album on the pop chart--by the year's hottest newcomer--is "Mariah Carey," by 20-year-old pop-soul singer Carey.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
"Tomorrow's Harvest," the fourth album by Scottish ambient electronic duo Boards of Canada, begins with the sound of an audio logo, a quick "Intel inside"-suggestive mnemonic that vanishes as quickly as it arrives. The tones are followed by a moment of silence, and the effect is not unlike the strike of a bell before a meditation session. Immediately, the listener is transported into another world, one realized on computer but teeming with organic beauty. Boards of Canada has crafted this kind of mysterious, humid, drenched instrumental music in its studio in Scotland for the last few decades, and the result on "Tomorrow's Harvest" (its first full-length release in nearly eight years)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Lonely Island's third studio disc presents an unlikely problem: Nearly eight years after they attained instant comedy-rap stardom with "Lazy Sunday," these "Saturday Night Live" veterans have become better rappers than comedians. On "The Wack Album," Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone rhyme with impressive style and sharp detail over tracks that sound virtually indistinguishable from those on records by Rick Ross, T.I. or any number of other A-list hip-hop acts. Sometimes they're actually rapping alongside A-list hip-hop acts: "YOLO" features a verse by L.A.'s Kendrick Lamar, and the Bay Area trailblazer Too Short shows up in "The Compliments.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Drawing conclusions on the music of Tyler the Creator based on his shocking way with language is like trying to explain the plot of a comic book by noting how much red ink is used. It's not only unfair, but inaccurately draws the Los Angeles-based rapper and founder of the Odd Future crew as one-dimensional, which he most certainly is not. On "Wolf," Tyler's third solo album, the producer, rapper, comedic actor and storyteller revels in his many dimensions, and has released his best album to date - even if it's too long and too sonically flat to confirm his place as a top-rate producer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By August Brown
Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving is named after the avant-garde composer Philip Glass' pre-fame moving company, and that's a pretty good metaphor for the band's sound: high-minded musicians doing some dumb, brawny lifting. The band's self-titled debut comes after a gentler acoustic solo album and what appears to be a long hiatus for Sonic Youth (Moore is separating from his wife and band co-founder Kim Gordon). So it makes sense that his next move is this low-stakes, punky project whose album sounds like it was written in an afternoon - in both good and bad ways.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Long a favorite of fellow soul-music seekers such as the Roots and Erykah Badu, Bilal has never quite established a mainstream presence to match his acclaim. Following his 2001 debut, "1st Born Second," the Philadelphia-born singer couldn't even persuade his major label to release the album he'd intended as its follow-up. Yet the recent success of Frank Ocean, Miguel and the Weeknd suggests that R&B's fringes are moving toward the center, and that shift stands to benefit Bilal's latest studio album.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
From beginning to end of the Mavericks' reunion album "In Time," the genre-busting band embodies the very best of the melting-pot experience that's a fundamental component of the American character. Singer-songwriter Raul Malo and his Nashville-based compatriots draw freely, and joyously, from regional cultures spanning North and South America on a collection that will be hard to top as the year's most scintillating pop music outing. The party begins in the opening track, "Back in Your Arms Again.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
To call bassist Flea's new collaborative effort, Atoms for Peace, a departure for the versatile musician is to underestimate the scope of his talents. Over his 30-year career, he's played punk bass, slap bass, jazz bass, trance bass, arena rock bass and nearly naked tube-sock bass. On "Amok," the five-man supergroup's debut album, the artist known for his work as a nihilist in "The Big Lebowski" - oh, and as a founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers - provides mesmerizing doses of hypnosis bass to create some of the most groove-heavy lines of his career.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2013 | By August Brown
Kelly Clarkson, the "American Idol" winner who was one of few peers to maintain a major pop career, won the award for pop vocal album at the 55th Grammy Awards, besting a diverse roster of artists including Florence and the Machine, Fun., Maroon 5 and Pink. Clarkson won for her album “Stronger,” her fifth studio full-length, which was widely viewed as a return to form for the Texas-raised vocalist. Bolstered by popular singles, including the title track and “Mr. Know It All,” the album went platinum in America and returned her to the upper ranks of American pop stardom.
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