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March 16, 2001 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You kids may not believe it, but back in the '80s what we called alternative-rock really was an alternative to the mainstream. The music and attitudes of that era were alive Wednesday as the inspiration for two U.K. acts that made dynamic--though quite distinctive--arrivals at the Knitting Factory Hollywood. Scotland's Idlewild is an earnest quintet owing equally to early R.E.M.
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April 5, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Remember back in the early '80s when Big Country was up there with U2 in the rock idealists derby? A couple of years ago, several new bands from the British Isles seemed poised for similar roles. One was Coldplay, and that's panned out pretty well so far. Another was Idlewild, hailing from Big Country's Scotland. But the young group, though energetic live, came up a little short in its reach. Idlewild's show Thursday at the El Rey, however, found that initial promise still alive.
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April 3, 2003 | Dean Kuipers, Special to The Times
For Roddy Woomble, 26-year-old singer and songwriter for the alt-rock band Idlewild, growing up cool and Scottish is to grow up with a conflict. Not a political conflict so much but a personal and even musical one. On the band's new album, "The Remote Part," Woomble's sublimated, introspective lyrics wrestle with the idea of belonging in a place with such a strong identity as the Scottish Highlands, while real contemporary identity is cobbled together from elsewhere. Woomble should know.
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April 24, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
This weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio offers so many tempting musical choices that it's both glorious and maddening. With more than 75 acts on competing stages over two days (plus art and film components), resign yourself to not being able to see everything. Don't fret. The endless choices are part of the fun. Even if you work out a schedule that allows you to catch most of your favorites, be prepared for last-minute changes of mind.
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