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January 17, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
A new U2 album is rattling (and humming) to life. In an interview with England's Sun newspaper, frontman Bono said the legendary Irish band is at work on the follow-up to 2009's "No Line on the Horizon. " "U2 have been back and they're really in fine fettle," he said, pushing the rock star's royal "we" to a curious extreme. "They're mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. And they don't care if it takes 10 years -- they don't care if it never happens again, they just want to get it right.
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April 18, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After years of releasing his music independently in unconventional ways, Prince has returned to  Warner Bros. Records, the label that issued most of his biggest hit singles and albums from the late 1970s into the '90s, and which is set to put out the artist's new studio album at an unspecified date. "A brand-new studio album is on the way,” Prince said in a statement issued Friday, “and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.
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September 5, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Bob Dylan "Tempest" Columbia 3 stars Not to be morbid, but every time I take a day off or leave for vacation, I say a little prayer for the health of Bob Dylan. So large is his presence on generations of American music fans that when his heart strikes its final beat, encapsulating his body of work will require so much sorting and brainpower that the pressure to produce big thoughts on such a towering figure will no doubt overwhelm the Internet - and my ability to process his enormous influence.
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November 28, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Bruce Springsteen fans may think they know the lyrics of "Born to Run" backward and forward. The title track of Springsteen's 1975 album is not only one of Springsteen's most recognizable songs, but also arguably one of the defining moments of '70s rock.  "At a time when rock 'n' roll had lost much of its heroic lure," the Los Angeles Times once wrote of the album, "Springsteen gave us reason to believe again in the music and ourselves -...
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August 30, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
No Doubt's reunion album, “Push and Shove,” is still four weeks from hitting stores, but the Anaheim band is further teasing fans by announcing an expanded edition of the disc exclusive to Target. The big box retailer will offer a deluxe edition of the disc -- No Doubt's first studio album in 11 years -- that adds an eight-track CD, including five exclusive tracks. The move echoes the 2009 release of Pearl Jam's "Backspacer," which included concert downloads exclusive to Target.
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March 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Almost 40 years ago, David Bowie performed two sold-out concerts in Southern California, at the Long Beach Arena and the Hollywood Palladium. The artist - who will release his breathtaking new album, "The Next Day," next week - was at that time ascending as one of the most magnetic and adventurous rock stars of the era. He was touring in advance of his "Aladdin Sane" after a triumphant run as Ziggy Stardust, and walked onstage to Beethoven's "Ode to...
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June 3, 1995 | Randy Lewis
** 1/2 Jerry Lee Lewis, "Young Blood," Sire/Elektra. The Killer's first studio album in a dozen years isn't the artistic rejuvenation the title suggests. He's bathed in an echo-heavy sound recalling his Sun Records heyday, but few songs require him to stretch. Where you wish for performances that leave you, aaaaahh--breathless, the best you can say is "Oooooh . . . feels good." Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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August 26, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS
That seems to be the intention on the trio's fourth studio album in 21 years. Despite the title track's boom-box mix, the album's occasional rewards are in songs that revive the CSN sound of yore. Nifty hot dogs on the cover art, though, dudes.
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April 16, 1995 | Steve Appleford
*** Faith No More, "King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime," Slash. This San Francisco band, which plays the Hollywood Palladium April 27, has built and undermined its career by regularly confounding expectations, hitting the Top 10 only to abandon it for cultish experimentation. With its fifth studio album, it has polished its eclectic superfunk-punk-pop hybrid, moving gracefully from smooth strings to nattering rock crunch. Fools no more.
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May 18, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
For a sense of the random oddities that dot Daft Punk's strange, funky, cosmic new album, "Random Access Memories," consider a partial discography of the musicians employed by the two Frenchmen in service of its creation. The duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, are best known for their use of robot helmets to mask their physical identities but employed prominent men whose résumé includes work for, among others, Michael Jackson, Jim Henson and Miles Davis. Not a list you'd expect from a pair of Parisian human robots whose sophisticated, tech-savvy onstage performances atop a digital pyramid still sparks twinkles in the eyes of anyone lucky enough to witness it firsthand or whose three previous albums featured hard, fast, strong electronic rhythms crafted mostly on machines and to be consumed by a generation devoted to house and techno.
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March 28, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Smokey Robinson is getting in on the duets album action. Following his appearance Wednesday night on "American Idol," the R&B legend announced Thursday that he's to release a set of all-star duets this fall through the Verve Music Group. The album will join a rash of such collections, including recent efforts from Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie. Paul Anka has one due out next month, while John Fogerty will unveil his in May. But wait! "Unlike any other duet-themed project produced to date," a statement insists, "this unique album will include all hits written by Robinson," and that certainly seems true enough: Pop & Hiss can't recall another duets record filled only with Robinson's songs.
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March 23, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
New music from Daft Punk appears -- finally -- to be coming. After teasing fans earlier this month with a mysterious 15-second television commercial aired during "Saturday Night Live,"the French disco-pop duo evidently made its new studio album available for pre-order Saturday on iTunes. Apparently due out in the United States on May 21 from Columbia Records, the long-awaited disc is to be called "Random Access Memories" and contains 13 tracks, none of whose titles is currently listed on iTunes.
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March 8, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The winter hibernation is nearing its end. Bleary-eyed musicians are crawling out of their windowless studios after months - and in some cases, years - of isolated dream-capturing. The bottomless espresso cup awaits, and a queue next to the stereo is stacked high with new sounds. The spring 2013 pop music season promises grand returns, highly anticipated debuts and assured follow-ups. Early in the season arrive both David Bowie's "The Next Day" and Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience.
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March 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Almost 40 years ago, David Bowie performed two sold-out concerts in Southern California, at the Long Beach Arena and the Hollywood Palladium. The artist - who will release his breathtaking new album, "The Next Day," next week - was at that time ascending as one of the most magnetic and adventurous rock stars of the era. He was touring in advance of his "Aladdin Sane" after a triumphant run as Ziggy Stardust, and walked onstage to Beethoven's "Ode to...
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February 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Long a favorite of fellow soul-music seekers such as the Roots and Erykah Badu, Bilal has never quite established a mainstream presence to match his acclaim. Following his 2001 debut, "1st Born Second," the Philadelphia-born singer couldn't even persuade his major label to release the album he'd intended as its follow-up. Yet the recent success of Frank Ocean, Miguel and the Weeknd suggests that R&B's fringes are moving toward the center, and that shift stands to benefit Bilal's latest studio album.
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April 18, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After years of releasing his music independently in unconventional ways, Prince has returned to  Warner Bros. Records, the label that issued most of his biggest hit singles and albums from the late 1970s into the '90s, and which is set to put out the artist's new studio album at an unspecified date. "A brand-new studio album is on the way,” Prince said in a statement issued Friday, “and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.
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February 23, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Pearl Jam plans to release a new studio album later this year. Speaking to Rolling Stone , guitarist Mike McCready said the Seattle band is "working on demos right now" for the follow-up to 2009's "Backspacer," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for the rock album Grammy Award. Pearl Jam has "seven songs that are relatively completed," McCready said. "But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that [frontman] Eddie [Vedder] brings in, so we'll weed through those.
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February 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Is it time to admit that Rilo Kiley is never, ever getting back together? Sure seems that way. Nearly six years after the release of its last studio album, the L.A. band announced Monday that it's preparing a disc of rarities for release through bassist Pierre de Reeder's label, Little Record Co. "RKives," due April 2, will contain previously unreleased songs along with demos, B-sides and remixes, including a version of "Dejalo" that reportedly features...
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