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June 6, 2013
Rufus Wainwright is a virtuoso ironist, and he came right out of the gate with it at a recent Orpheum show. For the a cappella opener "Candles," he sang, "I tried to do all that I can, but the churches have run out of candles," while surrounded by dozens of lighted votives. When the lights kicked on, Wainwright was wearing gold pants and cheap sunglasses befitting a Serbian drug runner. Try as he might, be can't be austere for too long without winking. Wainwright's new Mark Ronson-produced album, "Out of the Game," was welcomed as a warm and spritzy return to form after a long stretch of operatic and quite serious records.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013
Rufus Wainwright is a virtuoso ironist, and he came right out of the gate with it at a recent Orpheum show. For the a cappella opener "Candles," he sang, "I tried to do all that I can, but the churches have run out of candles," while surrounded by dozens of lighted votives. When the lights kicked on, Wainwright was wearing gold pants and cheap sunglasses befitting a Serbian drug runner. Try as he might, be can't be austere for too long without winking. Wainwright's new Mark Ronson-produced album, "Out of the Game," was welcomed as a warm and spritzy return to form after a long stretch of operatic and quite serious records.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2010 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Classical music is often maligned for its apparent insistence that aspiring acolytes display proper credentials before becoming a true follower. Once admitted to the fold, you must bow to the altar of knowledge and denounce uncomplicated pleasure as the ultimate blasphemy. No matter what denomination you choose (chamber music, new music, opera, orchestra), you can be sure the repertoire is studded with landmines, the detonation of which will instantly out you as a Philistine or worse: not serious.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2013
A couple of albums from 2012 we missed . . . Martha Wainwright "Come Home to Mama" (V2/Cooperative Music) Three stars At No. 11 on my (and, I suspect, many others') 10 best albums of 2012 list is "Out of the Game," Rufus Wainwright's funny, funky collaboration with producer Mark Ronson. But if "Out of the Game" got a bit lost in the Frank-and-Fiona shuffle, it at least made a bigger splash than the latest from Wainwright's younger sister Martha, who like Rufus was born to the urbane folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III. McGarrigle died in early 2010, weeks after Martha became a mother herself, and that's the experience she recounts on "Come Home to Mama," a powerful set of songs - including the last one written by McGarrigle - released to minimal fanfare in mid-October.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2003 | Robert Hilburn; Steve Hochman; Soren Baker; Steve Appleford
Rufus Wainwright "Want You" (DreamWorks) **** This New Yorker seemed so obscenely ambitious and endlessly talented in his 1998 debut album that even a listless, undernourished follow-up three years later couldn't shake your belief in him. In that second album, "Poses," Wainwright seemed so enamored with the romantic singer-songwriter lifestyle and so certain of his musical gifts that he forgot that an artist needs the discipline to apply that talent.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2009
SERIES Inside the Actors Studio: Kate Hudson has her turn to chat with host James Lipton (7 p.m. Bravo). The Sing-Off: Boyz II Men and Bobby McFerrin perform before the winning group is revealed in the season finale (8 p.m. NBC). Intervention: This episode profiles a singer-songwriter who once was part of a successful band, until he began dabbling in drugs and alcohol to fuel his creative spark and his band fell apart under the weight of his drug use (9 p.m. A&E)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | By Margaret Wappler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What happens when an indie balladeer with a love for opera sets out to make a true pop album? Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright decided to find out. Much to the relief of Wainwright's fan base, going pop doesn't mean dropping the piano or enlisting Skrillex to refashion his soft touch into crossover club anthems. Instead, the Canadian American artist who debuted in 1998 with vibrato-soaked ballads and later cemented his reputation with playful odes to vices like cigarettes and chocolate milk, called on one of pop's most stylish producers to helm his seventh solo album, "Out of the Game.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1999 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
Rufus Wainwright has been called everything from the Poof Daddy of pop (yes, he's gay) to a near genius (his music is indeed quirky and original) to the best pop arrival of 1998 (Rolling Stone). And the 25-year-old singer-songwriter is comfortable with it all. "Well, there certainly are a lot of elements that one can talk about with me, aren't there? . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2007 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
SITTING in a chair on the rooftop pool deck of his West Hollywood hotel, Rufus Wainwright looks like a prince enthroned above the city where he once caroused and created. Personal landmarks surround his perch. Nearby is the Largo, the closet-size club where he frequently played while recording his 1998 debut album. Down on Melrose is the vintage furniture store owned by his friend Lorca Cohen, Leonard's daughter, like Wainwright the offspring of singer-songwriter royalty.
NEWS
September 25, 2007
Rufus Wainwright: The Calendar's Calendar listings in Saturday's editions said Rufus Wainwright would be performing that night at the Hollywood Bowl. Wainwright appeared at the Bowl on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | By Margaret Wappler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What happens when an indie balladeer with a love for opera sets out to make a true pop album? Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright decided to find out. Much to the relief of Wainwright's fan base, going pop doesn't mean dropping the piano or enlisting Skrillex to refashion his soft touch into crossover club anthems. Instead, the Canadian American artist who debuted in 1998 with vibrato-soaked ballads and later cemented his reputation with playful odes to vices like cigarettes and chocolate milk, called on one of pop's most stylish producers to helm his seventh solo album, "Out of the Game.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2010 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Classical music is often maligned for its apparent insistence that aspiring acolytes display proper credentials before becoming a true follower. Once admitted to the fold, you must bow to the altar of knowledge and denounce uncomplicated pleasure as the ultimate blasphemy. No matter what denomination you choose (chamber music, new music, opera, orchestra), you can be sure the repertoire is studded with landmines, the detonation of which will instantly out you as a Philistine or worse: not serious.
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January 20, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Kate McGarrigle, the Canadian singer and songwriter who, with her sister Anna, recorded a string of critically acclaimed albums of literate and wistfully romantic homespun songs and then became the proud matriarch of an extended folk-rock-pop musical family, died Monday after battling cancer in recent years. She was 63. McGarrigle died at her home in Montreal surrounded by Anna and their older sister, Jane, as well as Kate's children, singer-songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainwright.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2009
SERIES Inside the Actors Studio: Kate Hudson has her turn to chat with host James Lipton (7 p.m. Bravo). The Sing-Off: Boyz II Men and Bobby McFerrin perform before the winning group is revealed in the season finale (8 p.m. NBC). Intervention: This episode profiles a singer-songwriter who once was part of a successful band, until he began dabbling in drugs and alcohol to fuel his creative spark and his band fell apart under the weight of his drug use (9 p.m. A&E)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2009 | Denise Martin
Martin Scorsese once called Rufus Wainwright a "one-man Greek chorus." The hyperliterate singer-songwriter is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, a devoted fan of Judy Garland and recently an opera composer. (His first, the French-language "Prima Donna," premiered this summer.) His next release is a live album, "Milwaukee at Last!!!," which was recorded during a 2007 concert and filmed by documentarian Albert Maysles. Both the CD and DVD are out Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Rufus Wainwright and the Metropolitan Opera have parted ways over the singer-songwriter's new work that the Met had commissioned from him, over both the language and the timing of the piece, his publicist said Thursday. Wainwright, who is French Canadian on his mother's side, insisted on writing his first opera in French, while Met officials wanted this and other new works it commissioned recently to be in English to appeal to the largest possible American audience. In addition, officials at the New York opera company said they wouldn't be able to premiere Wainwright's "Prima Donna" earlier than the 2014 season, while Wainwright has said he wants it to be staged as soon as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 1998 | MARC WEINGARTEN
*** Rufus Wainwright, "Rufus Wainwright," DreamWorks. Although he's the offspring of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, 23-year-old Rufus Wainwright's sensibility leans closer to cabaret and musical theater. Nearly every track on his debut is couched in grandiose orchestrations, and his lyrics convey an abiding, uncynical faith in love that would sound mawkish were it not for his skills as a songwriter and arranger.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Patrons walking out of Walt Disney Concert Hall into the first moments of 2008 early Tuesday morning, some of them bedecked with the gold metallic streamers that had erupted at midnight, could hear the insistent thump of electronic dance music from one of the evening's open-air downtown events. That sound, along with some hip-hop and assorted forms of rock, dominated the L.A.
NEWS
September 25, 2007
Rufus Wainwright: The Calendar's Calendar listings in Saturday's editions said Rufus Wainwright would be performing that night at the Hollywood Bowl. Wainwright appeared at the Bowl on Sunday.
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