June 10, 2012 |
Classical and pop mashups have been going on, like, forever. Way back in 1969, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord wrote a successful Concerto for Group and Orchestra that the Royal Philharmonic premiered in London and the Los Angeles Philharmonic grabbed for the Hollywood Bowl the following summer. Way, way back in the Middle Ages, folk music messed with the church music to help give us what we now call classical music. Something similar probably went on way, way, way back with the ancient Babylonians.
April 18, 2012 |
Since its founding in 2003, Jacaranda has proved itself one of the best and most adventurous chamber music series in the country. Based at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, Jacaranda offers a mix of new and old, with an emphasis on West Coast composers. (This season the group - whose motto is "Music at the Edge" - has put on pieces by Nico Muhly, Philip Glass and Toru Takemitsu, and it will close out its season in May with a minimalist piece by Terry Riley and a Lou Harrison work, arranged from gamelan for string orchestra.)
April 12, 2012
MUSIC Radiohead's "The King of Limbs," which was abruptly made available for download via the band's website, can be heard from several different angles. Fans and critics have already been registering wildly divergent reactions: Some think it's one of the band's best efforts; others find it too low-key or similar to previous work; a few consider it awfully doomy, and a few others wish it were less abstract. The stature and skill of this band allow for so many interpretations that even a decisively unpretentious work like this one sends listeners wide to find its headwaters.
March 4, 2012 |
The first ever Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was held in 1999, the same year rapper Dr. Dre released his last album. Compton's hip-hop pioneer and production ace will close this year's sold-out desert festival, to be held over two consecutive weekends in Indio, Calif. Meanwhile, Dr. Dre's upcoming "Detox," long said to be near release, continues to reside only in the artist's closely guarded possession, but Dr. Dre doesn't need any new music to feel right at home among the Coachella lineup.
October 13, 2011 |
When British alternative rockers Radiohead recorded such landmark albums as "OK Computer" or "Kid A," they might not have had Shakespeare in mind. But with "Radio and Juliet," Romanian-born choreographer Edward Clug has married the band's music to the world's greatest love story. This version of "Romeo and Juliet" definitely invites a new look at the oft-told tale. "You could call this quite a twisted version," says Clug, the artistic director of Slovenia's Ballet Maribor. "My intention was not to retell the story but offer the audience an experience from a different perspective.
September 20, 2011
Stephen Colbert meeting Radiohead is such a special occasion, a regular episode of "The Colbert Report" wasn't sufficient. The Comedy Central show will air its first hour-long episode Monday, when Colbert sits down with the British rock group. They'll perform four songs. Colbert said in a statement: "I look forward to meeting the Radioheads and leveraging their anti-corporate indie cred to raise brand awareness for my sponsors. " —Associated Press Musical split in Philadelphia The Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops have agreed to end their six-year business partnership, according to documents filed Monday in federal bankruptcy court.
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March 8, 2010 |
Mark Linkous, a reclusive singer-songwriter who recorded as the virtual one-man band Sparklehorse, known for an often haunting and dreamy alternative-pop sound, committed suicide Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 47. "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life," his family announced on his website. His publicist, Shelby Meade, confirmed that he had used a gun. Linkous had long struggled with depression and almost died in 1996 in a drug-related incident that briefly left him paralyzed.
February 12, 2010 |
Want to listen to some vintage K-100, with Dr. Feelgood riffing on the British rock invasion? Pining for the days when "Sweet" Dick Whittington of KGIL and friends, in full uniform, "invaded" Catalina Island? Curious about Howard Stern's possible return to terrestrial radio, or Doug McIntyre's firing, and rapid resurrection, at KABC? Then you're likely a LARP. That stands for Los Angeles Radio People -- a species subject to an attention deficit disorder in much of the media but poked, prodded and celebrated like nowhere else at LARadio.