August 28, 2013 |
The Aloha Festivals, a staple of Oahu's festival calendar since 1946, returns to Honolulu next month in a celebration filled with food, tradition and music. The Aloha Festivals , one of the islands' biggest celebrations, kicks off with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Royal Hawaiian Center . This year's king and queen will be introduced amid plenty of fanfare, including traditional chants and hula. The celebrations continue at various venues for the next three Saturdays.
August 24, 2013 |
Linda Ronstadt has disclosed that she is suffering from Parkinson's disease , and that the neurological disorder has left her unable to sing. The 67-year-old musician made the disclosure in an AARP Magazine interview posted online Friday. Ronstadt, an 11-time Grammy winner, said that she was diagnosed with the neurological ailment about eight months ago and "can't sing a note. " PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times “No one can sing with Parkinson's disease,” Ronstadt said.
August 23, 2013 |
"Amélie," the whimsical 2001 French film starring Audrey Tautou, will become a stage musical with songs by composer Dan Messé, who has revealed the news on the Facebook page of his band, the Brooklyn-based Hem. The musical, which has no dates attached, is being co-written with playwright Craig Lucas and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen. Messé recently wrote on Facebook: "So not the best kept secret, but still I'm happy to announce that I've been commissioned to adapt the film 'Amélie' for Broadway... Can't wait to share it with you!"
August 23, 2013 |
LISBON - One clear blue morning last October, professional opera singer Ana Maria Pinto boarded a bus at 6 a.m. in her hometown in Portugal's north and made her way to an 18th century colonnaded courtyard on this capital city's riverfront. It was Republic Day, a national holiday, but President Anibal Cavaco Silva's annual speech was closed to the public for the first time. Financially beleaguered Portugal is often hit by anti-austerity protests, and Lisbon's beleaguered officials wanted to avoid confrontation.
August 23, 2013 |
Harry Styles has come to terms with the inevitable: Taylor Swift will likely write a breakup song about him. "It would be hypocritical for me to say she couldn't do it because everybody writes songs based on personal experience," the One Direction boy bander said in this week's issue of Us Weekly. "At least she's a great songwriter!" The pair split in January after a few months of dating. In March, Swift, 23, revealed that she had already penned a song about the British heartthrob: "I Knew You Were Trouble" to be exact.
August 21, 2013 |
Katy Perry's “Roar,” is living up to its ferocious title. The lead single from the pop vixen's upcoming album sold 557,000 downloads in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the biggest digital sales week of any song this year. Perry also bested two other singles milestones of her own. The song edged out her hit “Firework” for one-week sales (the 2010 hit moved 509,000 downloads in one week), and topped her previous highest digital debut, “Part Of Me,” which opened with 411,000 downloads when it was released early last year.
August 19, 2013 |
Musical obsessions are some of life's great pleasures, and "Doris," the latest album by Los Angeles rapper and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, 19, has lived in my car at huge volume for a month now. I'll confess to crawling up next to cars blasting "Molasses," a dubby, reggae-rolling jam co-produced by RZA and Christian Rich, sonic humble-bragging my way through L.A. I know the nooks and crannies of this baby - Earl rapping "new patterns, paddy-caking with...
August 17, 2013 |
UCLA Jim Mora wouldn't dare listen to those making predictions now. As a teen in the Seattle area? Well … “Led Zeppelin came to the Kingdome when I was in high school and I had tickets,” Mora said. “Some Nostradamus person predicted that the decibel level on Jimmy Page's guitar would be so high that the roof would crack. So I didn't go. I never got to see them. It is one of the regrets in my life.” Classic rock was a constant during UCLA's training camp at Cal State San Bernardino.
August 17, 2013 |
While working on her well-received 2012 album "Ekstasis," Los Angeles singer-composer Julia Holter crafted a song that was such a departure that she set it aside. The piece, "Maxim's II," was inspired by a famous scene in the 1958 movie musical "Gigi" and is one of the hubs of her striking new album, "Loud City Song. " In the film, as the titular heroine very publicly moves through the fancy Parisian restaurant Maxim's with her scandalous beau, the entire room takes note. "Everyone's staring at her and gossiping about her when she walks in," said Holter while sitting on a park bench near Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.
August 15, 2013 |
Twitter is blowing up today over One Direction's hit “Best Song Ever,” with hundreds of fans posting messages to the hashtag #donttouchbestsongever -- and that's just in the last 10 minutes. The tweets are flooding in since a blogger in England pointed out a similarity between the opening to the 1D hit and the Who's 1971 rock classic “Baba O'Riley” and suggested that somebody in the British government take the group to task for lifting the musical motif. “Someone should call Trading Standards over the song title as 1D sterilise The Who 's 'Baba O'Riley'," the unidentified contributor at ClickMusic.com wrote . PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners "At a certain point we recognised it had the same type of intro where there's a synth and a piano,” One Direction producer Julian Bunetta has said, “but we really tried to make sure that there was no intellectual property stolen or anything like that.