March 25, 2013 |
It's fitting that the L.A. goth-noise trio VUM named its early single "Laura Palmer" after a "Twin Peaks" reference. The group's sound -- and particularly vocalist Jennifer Pearl's contributions -- evokes the doom and paranoia of David Lynch's soundtracks, while their productions stay minimal and elusive. It's the kind of sound that walks the line between style and substance, but on the group's new single, " I Will Return ," the trio treads it carefully. The tune is built off the synthesizer drones and trashy drum machines of Suicide, and Pearl's vocals brood in the song's corners -- think Nico after she's just seen a ghost.
July 31, 2012 |
Belgium's Tomorrowland festival, touted as the world's largest music festival, came to an end on Sunday night, but not before it had seen what is believed to be one of the last performances of EDM superstars Swedish House Mafia as a trio, debuted a new single from movement hero David Guetta and transformed Flanders' De Schorre National Park for tens of thousands of fans. The festival's last two days saw a world-class lineup of headliners throwing out two-hour sets, including Afrojack, Grammy Award-winning producer Skrillex, Martin Solveig and Guetta.
April 17, 2012 |
Wedged in between appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival backing Odd Future's Frank Ocean, the Canadian piano trio BadBadNotGood comes to the Mint on Tuesday with a small storm of controversy in its wake after a rather mouthy turn in a Toronto magazine recently . Scoffing at, among other things, jazz education, tradition and Robert Glasper (who in the group's view doesn't go far enough in mixing hip-hop and...
July 25, 2013 |
When VH1 announced plans for a biopic on groundbreaking R&B/hip-hop/pop trio TLC, there were plenty of questions. Who would play the pop trio known for its brazen anthems? How much of their fiery interpersonal drama would be documented? Would the band's surviving members play a role? Actress-singer Drew Sidora, rapper Lil Mama and Keke Palmer channel T-Boz, the late Left Eye and Chilli, respectively, to near-perfection for the film that traces their rise to fame -- and of course their struggles.
January 9, 2013 |
“X Factor” fan favorite Emblem3 have inked a deal with Syco Music and Columbia Records, the labels announced on Wednesday. News of the deal shouldn't come as a surprise to viewers. Week after week, the young Huntington Beach trio made up of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg and best friend Drew Chadwick made teenage girls swoon with sunny renditions of other artists' hit songs on the Fox competition series. A fusion of pop, ska and hip-hop - think Sublime, only dreamier with washboard abs and tousled hair - Emblem3 were pegged as early front-runners but came in fourth place after a surprising elimination (country crooner Tate Stevens won the prize)
February 7, 2013
Fresh off an eclectic monthlong residency at the Blue Whale, Grammy-nominated keyboardist John Beasley leads this funk and soul-jazz-oriented trio joined by bassist Daryl Jones and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. The trio, titled 3 Brave Souls, will be joined by a pair of vocalists in Nayanna Holley and Dwight Trible, who reliably can take any song directly into interstellar space. The Jazz Bakery at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Fri., 8 p.m. $25. http://www.jazzbakery.com .
January 10, 2013
Equally adept with classical and jazz, New York-based pianist Uri Caine performs with a trio that includes bassist Drew Gress and drummer Clarence Penn for a night that should be reminiscent of his celebrated Village Vanguard live recordings and his 2011 album "Siren" (which surprisingly marked his first studio recording in a trio). The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Suite 301., L.A. Sat., 9 p.m. $15 http://www.bluewhalemusic.com .
November 13, 1985 |
"I don't want a front-row seat--it might be too loud." One parent, waiting in line at Emerson Junior High School Auditorium recently, with toddlers in tow, had reservations concerning the trio about to perform. She needn't have worried. Here from Canada on a performance and workshop tour, Sharon, Lois and Bram have been entertaining young children for years. Their sound is warm and mellow, a mix of old nursery favorites, playground chants, lullabies and folk music from all over the world.