December 28, 1986
Peter Gabriel lacks the force and charisma of Springsteen ("Gabriel Crowns a Breakthrough Year," by Richard Cromelin, Dec. 17)? Has Hilburn's Syndrome claimed another member of the Calendar staff? (Primary symptom: the delusion that Bruce Springsteen is a god, by which all other rock musicians fall short in comparison.) In performance at the Forum, Gabriel's integration of music, lighting and dramatics proved both unique and at times devastating, deserving far better than an apologetic review.
February 7, 1988
How could you possibly print a picture of Joe Strummer in a refrigerator ("Strummer on Man, God, Law--and the Clash," by Richard Cromelin, Jan. 31)? Are you completely unaware of the large number of children each year who lose their lives by suffocating in locked refrigerators. Now you have given any child who sees this article a new game to play: "Lets imitate our favorite rock star!" They don't even have to be old enough to read. All that is necessary is for the paper to be left open on the table.
January 20, 2005 |
"Tell me your name, tell me your story," Diego Garcia sings in his best sweep-you-off-your-feet croon. On Elefant's debut album "Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid," the New York band crafts a sound that's sultry, spare and sexy, to frame the seductions of its charismatic, Argentina- born singer. The vibe might be more fashion runway than rock-club stage, but from Elvis to the Doors to Bowie to the Police, rock has always had a place for hot music behind a cool dude.
April 18, 1993
Regarding "The Solitary Outsider," by Richard Cromelin (April 4): Dwight Yoakam as the James Dean of country music? C'mon. James Dean was honest. I'll buy Yoakam when he takes off that g.d. hat (if he's a byproduct of his dad's pompadour with the Vitalis curl, we'd like to see it) and stops yodeling every second word of a lyric. Rather than Dean, he sounds more like Woody Allen with all that pretentious, pseudo-psychological, self-analysis. Anyone who would wear his hat during a Whoopi Goldberg interview needs more therapy than he can give himself.
February 17, 2008 |
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, is that the actual tambourine that Greenwich Village guitarist Bruce Langhorne owned, the one that inspired the song? And how about the 1961 concert poster advertising Bob Dylan tickets for $2? That lyric from "Walkin' Down the Line" comes to mind: "The money comes and goes and rolls and flows. . . ." Dylan is museum material now, and the Experience Music Project's traveling show "Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966" has come to town for its final stop.
June 9, 2005
The 2006 Grammy Awards will return to Staples Center in Los Angeles for the third straight year, with the ceremonies scheduled for Feb. 8, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday. It will be the seventh time in eight years the music industry's highest honors will be presented in L.A., the only break having come in 2003, when the event was held in New York. The 2006 show, which will be televised on CBS, is being moved back to Wednesday night after three years as a Sunday event.
January 1, 1998
Tickets go on sale Saturday for a second concert at the Palace by NOFX, above, scheduled for Feb. 2. . . . Tickets will also be available Saturday for a bill headed by Toy Dolls and Guttermouth, Feb. 19 at the Glass House in Pomona and Feb. 21 at the Palace. . . . The Sisters of Mercy return with a Hollywood Palladium show on Feb. 7. Tickets are available now. . . . Another reunited band, the Motels, headlines the Ventura Theatre in Ventura on Jan. 23. . . . Patti Smith has postponed her Jan.
April 12, 2006 |
XM Satellite Radio has seven channels for independent and alternative music, and the service has just come up with a way to fill some of that airtime. XM and Knitting Factory Entertainment announced a partnership Tuesday for a regular series of concerts taped at the Knitting Factory rock clubs in Hollywood and New York. "Live From the Knitting Factory" will begin in the fall and feature "influential and emerging independent music artists from a variety of genres," the announcement said.