April 23, 1989 |
Marx is a record company executive's dream. He's young, good-looking, talented and has--to use one of the music industry's favorite phrases-- multiformat appeal . Marx blends pop-conscious melody and craft with rock-oriented texture and attitude to produce a sound that suits a wide range of radio formats--and their listeners. His 1987 debut album generated four Top 5 hits and this follow-up--which rocks a bit harder overall--has several obvious candidates. Like Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry in their prime, Marx has a sturdy, elastic voice and a knack for turning out catchy, radio-ready pop/rock songs.
August 20, 1986 |
A faulty propane boiler seal was blamed Tuesday for the carbon monoxide poisoning of 13 people and the evacuation of 500 other patrons of the Stateline Hotel-Casino, a Nevada health official reported. "It turned out to be not as bad as originally thought," said Larry Matheis, Nevada Division of Health administrator. He said the faulty basement boiler used to heat water was directly under an air-conditioning duct that sucked up the deadly gas and pumped it into the resort's casino area.
May 22, 2003 |
Blame classic-rock radio. FM heroes Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon might have been a dream concert for someone in 1980, or for anyone today who can stand to hear the same old tunes yet again. But that fan fantasy came alive Tuesday at Staples Center, roaring on as if punk rock, hip-hop, techno, garage, etc., etc., etc. never happened.
July 20, 2001 |
For better or worse, it's the singer in rock bands who is the focal point. No matter how hot the guitarist may be, or whether the bassist writes the songs, it's the singer who becomes the literal mouthpiece of the band--and usually its best-known member. What happens when lead singers vacate their vaunted slot? Some bands fold, as Nirvana did. In that case, it was in part to honor the memory of Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide.
May 24, 1998 |
The recent resurgence in swing music has been mainly a club-bound phenomenon, but one ensemble has made the leap from the bandstand to the Billboard charts with the unlikeliest of songs--a breezy account of the infamous Zoot Suit Riots, the 1943 episode in which sharply dressed young Mexican Americans were assaulted by civilians and soldiers on leave in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Nearly a year after its initial release, Eugene, Ore.'
November 19, 1998 |
Back in the mid-1980s, laughing at the "Rambo" movies wasn't just fun; it was a necessity. The three Sylvester Stallone films represented everything that was wrong with Hollywood at the time. It was the dawn of a new era for commercial pictures: mindless scripts, plenty of explosions, phenomenal overseas box-office receipts. Times have changed, though.
August 2, 1999 |
Bopping and spinning amid a kaleidoscope of lights, music, dancers, singers and costume changes, pop star Britney Spears had all the bells and whistles of modern teen pop at her service when she made her local headlining debut on Saturday. But the lack of spontaneity and human warmth made her Universal Amphitheatre show less a concert than an elaborate mechanical music box, with Britney as the teen-queen ballerina on top.
February 10, 1988 |
Let's face it: having a group selected by the Soviet government as the official laureate rock 'n' roll band of Russia is something like having a band chosen by Disneyland to represent American pop. And the truth is the local debut of Avtograf at the Roxy on Monday offered about as much insight into life in Moscow as the Top 40 music played in the Tomorrowland pavilion does into life in the future.