April 19, 2013 |
Japandroids, the hard-driving garage rock duo from Vancouver, broke a string during their very first song at weekend two of Coachella in the Sahara tent. "It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's pretty sweet," said guitarist/ vocalist Brian King of the immediate dilemma. The packed crowd cheered and thrust sunburned arms into the air, beckoning for more music no matter what the price. Japandroids is a rock 'n' roll anomaly at Coachella, a riveting two-piece extravaganza that threatens every preconceived notion about what it takes to rock a crowd in 2013, when electric dance music reigns supreme.
March 26, 2013 |
Evangeline is back, a bit older but she's still growing and changing. We're referring both to the character and the play of the same name based on the Los Lobos song “Evangeline,” which is from the band's 1984 album “How Will the Wolf Survive?” Last year “Evangeline - The Queen of Make Believe” had a three-week run at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, the outcome of many previous months of workshops and small-scale presentations of the work created by Los Lobos' lyricist and band member Louie Perez with Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo of the About Productions theater troupe.
March 22, 2013 |
At around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sean Bohrman of Burger Records picked up the phone in his label's office and pleaded for mercy. “Can you call me back in a couple hours?” he asked a reporter. “We just drove 20 hours straight from Texas after South by Southwest. We got home like an hour ago and haven't eaten anything, and honestly we're kind of delirious.” Clemency granted. At the annual Texas record industry bacchanal this month, the Fullerton-based garage punk label threw two days of official showcases and nine days of satellite parties before heading back to California in time for this weekend's Burgerama.
March 14, 2013 |
Dave Grohl has been class president of rock 'n' roll since the '90s, and Thursday he gives his "state of the union" for the genre. Grohl gives the centerpiece talk at SXSW Thursday, and it's streaming at NPR Music . The 44-year-old Foo Fighters frontman has most recently been busy with with his "Sound City" documentary and the Sound City Players live project, and prepping work on a new Foo Fighters record. Last year's keynote was a well-received career-spanning talk wth Bruce Springsteen.
March 14, 2013 |
Guests can take a trip down rock music's memory lane with the opening of “ Raiding the Rock Vault ” at the LVH Las Vegas Hotel & Casino , formerly the Las Vegas Hilton. Using narration and video clips, the musical extravaganza weaves together the history of rock 'n' roll from 1948 to 1989. It features classic anthems from AC/DC, the Doors, the Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Queen, the Who and other bands. The music is performed by a cast that brings together many well-known names from the world of rock.
March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- Outspoken rock 'n' roll balladeer Nick Cave traced his beginnings from “rural Australia” to the more comforting confines of his own imagination in a sprawling, hour-long chat at the South by Southwest music conference here. The standing-room-only Tuesday conversation focused largely on Cave's biographical history. The facts of the real world, however, weren't of as much interest to Cave as the more abstract matters of art. Speaking of his relationship with spouse Susie Bick, Cave said, “I feel that I know her better in the songs that I write about her than I do in real life.” Speaking of wanting to leave rural Australia for Melbourne, and then later Melbourne for London and then London for New York, Cave said, “Culturally, life has been a series of disappointments.
March 8, 2013 |
Consider, if you will, the superb song - one that couples melody, rhythm and lyric to create a burst of out-of-nowhere joy and in the process rewires the brain's circuitry. It's in work we know and love, transcending space and time with a resonance unique to popular music. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon has been pondering such glory since he first discovered rock 'n' roll as a youth in Northern Ireland and has published the results of his passion in the new "The Word on the Street," his first book of rock lyrics after dozens of poetry collections.
March 4, 2013 |
Kim Fowley came out of a Hollywood that doesn't exist anymore, the Hollywood of Kenneth Anger and Ed Wood. Best known for cooking up the Runaways, he began to work in the music business in the late 1950s and since then has turned up in more places than Woody Allen's Zelig, producing for Gene Vincent, writing with Warren Zevon and introducing John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band when they performed in Toronto in 1969. Fowley turned 73 in 2012, and by his own admission has been suffering from bladder cancer, so it's no surprise that he might choose this moment to look back.
February 20, 2013 |
Thank you, Lonely Planet, for one of the best musical compilations around: the Top 40 Rock 'n' Roll Travel Sites . Why should any dedicated rock fan go to St. Louis, Zanzibar or the Budokan judo hall in Tokyo? The guidebook company's Robert Reid provides compelling reasons to see all three, but more on that later. The list offers far more than the usual suspects and includes a level of detail that might make rock fans consider taking off on their own round-the-world tour. Reid's travel venues go way back, with the honorable Chuck Berry as the No. 1 chart topper and the reason to go to St. Louis.
February 19, 2013 |
Songwriter, novelist, singer, screenwriter and dramatist Nick Cave's 15th record with his longtime backing band the Bad Seeds, "Push the Sky Away," is not a work to be appreciated casually. Cave delves into a meandering, meditative world that rarely offers the kind of hooks or tethers that dictate toe-tapping singalongs. But Cave fans understand that following such a mercurial and curious artist dictates adjusting expectations, adapting to new scenarios and, most important, listening closely.