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November 19, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
A year ago this English singer-songwriter was largely unknown in the U.S. despite the fact that his self-titled debut had entered the British chart at No. 1. Today Jake Bugg is still largely unknown here, but the folks who do know him are people of influence. Thus "Shangri La," Bugg's second album, titled after the Malibu studio where he recorded with A-list producer Rick Rubin and an all-star band that included Elvis Costello's drummer and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. The result isn't the clean-up job it might've been; Bugg, 19, still sings with a nasal edge that wouldn't last more than a round on "American Idol.
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April 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Keira Knightley is used to early wake-up calls. The actress has a penchant for period films, and it takes a while to get tied into a corset. But on the set of the modern-day romance "Begin Again," the British star's call time was decidedly later than on "Anna Karenina" or "Pride & Prejudice. " "I'm so used to sitting in a chair for two hours getting my hair and makeup done," she said recently via telephone from the U.K., "but this time I turned up half an hour before I needed to start shooting and chucked my hair in a ponytail.
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March 2, 2011
'American Masters: Troubadors: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter' Where: KOCE When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
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April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It was an offhanded comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” (one of the first songs for which he'd gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he'd ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs.
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April 11, 2012
When: Friday and April 20. Where: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio Info : http://www.coachella.com
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January 10, 2013
With a bio that's often read like a tragic country song, the Texas singer-songwriter Steve Earle has pulled his act together in recent years and regained a lot of the footing he'd lost after starting out so promisingly a quarter-century ago as one of the most acclaimed young writers of his era. Earle is back to relying on his own pen in one of his strongest collections of songs, full of sharply etched observations on mortality, faith, the dirty side...
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February 21, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
R&B singer-songwriter Tamar Braxton-Herbert and her husband, music executive Vincent Herbert , have sold their Encino home for $2.65 million. The custom-built house, constructed in 2007, is a cross between a Spanish hacienda and a Tuscan villa. Nearly 8,000 square feet of living space includes a sweeping staircase, projection room, bar, wine cellar, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The more than a third acre of grounds feature a built-in stone barbecue, patios, lawn, a cabana and a pool and spa with two waterfalls.
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January 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Kris Kristofferson has been one of country music's most esteemed songwriters since he hung up his janitor's broom and turned to his guitar full time in the late 1960s, creating a treasure trove of literate and insightful songs including "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "For the Good Times. " But if there's anything constituting a sure bet in 2013, it's that, Kristofferson's legacy or not, mainstream radio programmers won't come within a country mile of his new album, "Feeling Mortal.
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July 26, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
“Searching for Sugar Man” Rodriguez Sony Legacy / Light in the Attic Records 3 stars (out of 4) Singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez was an obscure name on American soil, but he unknowingly became a major pop star in South Africa when his psychedelic soul recordings made their way out of 1970s Detroit and were later adopted as protest anthems by anti-apartheid youths. Now, he and his work are the subject of a hit film-festival documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man,” and the movie's soundtrack.
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December 21, 2012 | By August Brown
On the last night of the S.S. Coachella, Josh Tillman sat before a couple of dozen fiction fans, a rare sight on a ship devoted to irony-soaked hedonism. They'd assembled in Michael's, the manly smoking-jacket-and-Scotch bar aboard the ship, for an event drolly billed as “Father John Misty reads selections from his favorite works of literature.” But Tillman, the singer-songwriter behind FJM, read from the novella printed in nearly illegible font in the liner notes of his album “Fear Fun.”  It's a smart, bitterly amusing story about a guy sent to hell, where Satan  shows him how to get around the place.
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April 12, 2014
Jesse Winchester, 69, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Canada after dodging the Vietnam War and who went on to write songs covered by Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, died of bladder cancer Friday at his home in Charlottesville, Va., according to his agent Keith Case. Winchester's best-known songs include "Yankee Lady," "Biloxi," "Say What" and "Mississippi, You're on My Mind. " Artists as diverse as Reba McEntire, Wilson Pickett, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and the Everly Brothers have performed Winchester's pieces.
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December 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, August Brown, Chris Barton and Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Kelela | Singer-songwriter With its spacey textures and shape-shifting grooves, Beyoncé's self-titled album - released this month on iTunes with no warning - felt like the superstar end point to a year rich in adventurous R&B. Among the underground acts that appear to have inspired her is...
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November 19, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
A year ago this English singer-songwriter was largely unknown in the U.S. despite the fact that his self-titled debut had entered the British chart at No. 1. Today Jake Bugg is still largely unknown here, but the folks who do know him are people of influence. Thus "Shangri La," Bugg's second album, titled after the Malibu studio where he recorded with A-list producer Rick Rubin and an all-star band that included Elvis Costello's drummer and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. The result isn't the clean-up job it might've been; Bugg, 19, still sings with a nasal edge that wouldn't last more than a round on "American Idol.
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November 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Like folk art and fine art, or mezcal and worms, sins and miracles might seem like a very odd couple. But for Demián Flores and Lila Downs, mixing pecados (sins) and milagros (miracles) proved to be a potent combination. Flores is a Oaxacan graphic artist and painter who often creates mash-ups of pop-culture and pre-Columbian imagery. Critics' darling Downs is a Oaxaca-born, Mexican American singer-songwriter. She's known for her theatrical stage persona and a syncretic musical style that cross-stitches elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and ranchera.
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November 12, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Jhené Aiko offered a quick warning before she played her single, “The Worst.” It's best enjoyed alone with a joint (her words). She curled into a plush leather chair, took a long sip from a cocktail and gently swayed as the wrenching production unfolded, her eyes shut as the particularly aching hook filled a North Hollywood recording studio. “I don't need you, I don't need you, but I want you,” she sings. “I don't mean to, I don't mean to, but I love you.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “The Worst” is the lead single for the singer-songwriter's new EP, “Sail Out.” Released on Monday, the EP serves as an appetizer as she completes her debut album, "Souled Out," and is the first release from producer No I.D.'s Artium imprint under Def Jam. In hip-hop Aiko is the new “it girl,” offering sultry, emotive hooks countering rhymes by J. Cole, Wale, Big Sean and Drake.
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November 3, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The show's over. Madonna has sold her mansion in Beverly Hills for $19.5 million. The single MLS listing photo offered only an aerial view, and agents and their clients who toured the home were among the few who have had a look inside. Those expecting the gabled-roofed home to have a gothic air were disappointed. "Tastefully decorated" was the word in real estate circles. During nearly a decade of ownership, the pop icon went on a spending spree, rebuilding and expanding the estate, which was completed in 2010.
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December 8, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Early in her Roxy show Thursday night, Mary-Chapin Carpenter told an odd little story about recently being chased down a backstage hallway by a confused woman inquiring, "Karen? Karen?" This D.C.-bred country-folk-rock singer is more likely to be confused with Rosanne Cash, for whom she's sometimes a ringer, than Karen Carpenter. Her "Shooting Straight in the Dark" LP isn't quite as nakedly confessional as Cash's current "Interiors," but it's not much less vulnerable.
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November 1, 2007 | Vicki Jo Radovsky
"I write about cities the way some gals write about lovers," says Dallas-born Shocked, 45, who wrote perhaps the only love song to Pico Boulevard, her main drag. The Grammy winner's rootsy sound encompasses country, folk, blues and now gospel on her latest album, "ToHeavenURide." She performs tonight at Santa Monica's Temple Bar. -- IT TAKES A VILLAGE My neighborhood is called Mid-City but it's more commonly known as Koreatown.
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October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
Elliott Smith needed a cigarette. The singer-songwriter was onstage at Largo on Fairfax Avenue not long after smoking had been banned in California bars. "He'd played about 10 songs and said, 'I'm going to go take a smoke break, does anyone want to join me?'" remembered Largo's longtime owner Mark Flanagan of the 1998 show. "He put his guitar down and walked out to the street. Then 60 people got up and gathered outside. People who didn't even smoke were smoking outside just to be near him. " Smith died 10 years ago this week in his Echo Park home.
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September 14, 2013 | By James S. Fell, This Q&A has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A recent study published in the journal PLOS One found that people who exercise in natural settings enhance their creativity. No surprise then to learn that Sarah McLachlan writes songs in her head while trail running. But 45-year-old singer also takes part in sports that require more attention to the task at hand. I understand you're a fan of surfing. Surfing is my passion because I love being active on the water. It's my big thing, even though I'm still not that good. A friend of mine in L.A., a famous surfer named Israel Paskowitz, convinced me to come out surfing about 15 years ago, and I fell in love with it. Living in Vancouver, there aren't many opportunities for me to surf, so I am just paddle boarding there, but I regularly head up to Tofino [on the west coast of Canada's Vancouver Island]
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