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November 3, 2002 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Calendar's guide to a healthy pop music diet on a monthly budget of $50 is distinguished this time by a Beck album that may end up as the best of the year and an Elvis Presley compilation that is among the half-dozen most notable albums ever. September Beck's "Sea Change" (Geffen). Every decade produces a handful of albums so personal and poignant that they stick with you forever. Here's one -- a story of loss and recovery that reflects the ache of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
September 22, 2003 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
It was a moment that would've done Ol' Blue Eyes himself proud. Wearing his heart on his sleeve as he crooned the line "I fall to my knees," Marc Almond literally fell to his knees. And the crowd went wild. KROQ-FM (106.7), L.A.'
February 1, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Steve Bays is doing his best to maintain his cool, but it's hard. "Everything's been happening really fast," says the singer and keyboardist for the band Hot Hot Heat, sitting in the bar of the Troubadour this week. Bays is gulping down a ham and cheese sandwich so he won't need to eat too close to his group's concert at the West Hollywood club a couple of hours later. He gets worked up on any concert night, he says. But lately there's been a lot to process.
October 13, 2002 | Robert Hilburn;Randy Lewis;Don Heckman;Lina Lecaro;Natalie Nichols;Steve Baltin;Kevin Bronson
Faith Hill "Cry" * 1/2, Warner Bros. Nashville Memo to Warner Bros. Nashville Records: Thanks for the advance of the new Faith Hill album. You must be looking for some feedback before signing off on it, right? I can understand why. Faith's last album sold 8 million copies, but someone needs to talk to her about this record. "Cry" is so filled with vocal histrionics that it borders on the unlistenable. No one should blame Faith for not wanting to be Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.
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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