October 15, 2013 |
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.
July 15, 2013 |
For filmmaker, painter, author and, more recently, recording artist David Lynch , there are a lot of common threadsconnecting the art forms through which he expresses himself. The making of an album, which Lynch explores in a new video premiering exclusively on Pop & Hiss, typically doesn't involve the cast-and-crew-of-thousands approach typical of filmmaking, while creating painting is by and large a solitary undertaking. But the execution of each has overlapping facets. “I'm a painter, and I like my paintings to have little stories, and music is sort of the same way,” the 67-year-old writer and director said ahead of the July 16 release of his second album, “The Big Dream.” “It could be just a scene, or a short little story.
July 10, 2013 |
Los Angeles-born producer DJ Nobody is anything but, as a quick run through his resume confirms. One of the resident DJs of the influential weekly beat club the Low End Theory, the producer born Elvin Estela has been dropping essential tracks since the mid-'00s. As DJ Nobody, he's responsible for the foundational, influential 2005 full L.A. beat album “And Everything Else” and countless productions and residencies since. As half of the bass-heavy hip-hop killers Bomb Zombies with the rapper Nocando, he's produced some of truly thick L.A. beats.
April 16, 2013 |
After former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was pilloried following her death last week with a campaign in England to vault the song “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” to the top of the nation's pop chart, an English satirist is using the occasion of Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday, April 17, to reissue a 1979 album skewering the woman also known as “The Iron Lady.” British humorist, music and comedy producer Martin Lewis says he...
March 1, 2013 |
Travis Garland was seated behind the control board at Shortbus Studios in Century City, previewing tracks from his upcoming EP, “Fashionably Late II,” which continues the 23-year-old's reintroduction as a solo artist. He grabbed one of the switches on the sprawling console midway through a lustful R&B jam entitled “Homewrecker” and turned up the volume. As the tempo of the guitar-laden track slowed, the song transformed into a synth-filled futuristic romp that sounded like a formidable pastiche of Drake, Miguel and Justin Timberlake.
February 25, 2013 |
It's a taken a while - even longer than the group expected - but the Mavericks reunion album “In Time” finally arrives on Feb. 26. The genre-defying country-rock-Latin-roots band originally was going to put the album out last fall, then decided to hold off so it would coincide more closely with a full-fledged reunion tour that kicks of Monday, Feb. 25, in New York and hits Southern California for several stops in March. The Los Angeles date is March 26 at the El Rey. "We didn't want to just do a reunion tour - we wanted to make a new record, and make a really good new record," lead singer and chief songwriter Raul Malo told The Times last year when the band formally returned to action with a performance at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio.