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February 3, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The new single from U2 is called "Invisible," and it was released for free on iTunes on Super Bowl Sunday. Produced by Danger Mouse and taken from the band's forthcoming album, it's both a pleasant surprise and a fairly typical track by the world's biggest rock band. Relying on the Teutonic "motorik" beat as the propellant, it features the kind of grand, aspirational chorus that Bono and buds were born to birth and flies on the wings of a typically sticky guitar melody courtesy of the Edge.  Which is another way of saying, if you're not down with U2's vibe, don't consider "Beautiful Day" to be among the band's best, have made your mind up about Bono or consider them incapable of cruising down roads no other major rock band dare travel, get off the bus at the next stop.  Me, I think it's a prime U2 jam, a snagged-from-the-ether track so logical as to feel somehow fated to exist.
December 30, 2013 | By Susan King
The members of U2 - Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - are the recipients of the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival's Sonny Bono Visionary Award. The group will be present to accept the honor named after the founder of the film festival at the awards gala Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention Center, a spokesman for the event said. The film festival runs Friday through Jan. 14. "We normally present the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, but for the 25th anniversary we wanted to take the occasion to celebrate U2, a visionary group and the world's premier rock band, for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease and social injustice," said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement.
December 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Bono took a look around the cluttered recording studio, filled with Coke bottles and laptops and vinyl records, and turned to a reporter. 'I'm not sure where we put the crack pipe," he deadpanned, pretending to riffle around a coffee table as he also poked at the band's workaholic image. "We usually leave it out for guests. " A moment later the U2 frontman had cranked up a track from the band's work-in-progress April album, an anthemic number about leaving one's hometown titled "Invisible.
December 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The film academy has released its list of the 75 songs that will be competing for the 2014 original song Oscar. Taylor Swift, U2 and Coldplay are on it. So is "Let It Go," the pop power ballad from Disney's animated "Frozen" that every 12-year-old girl already knows by heart. "The Great Gatsby" has five songs on the list. So does "Kamasutra 3D. " "Austenland" has four, and there's ... Wait. What? There are five songs nominated from "Kamasutra 3D," a movie that, judging from its trailer , looks like a glossy mashup of "Spartacus," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a Zalman King compilation reel (not that there's anything wrong with that ... and, wow, the music must be great!
December 10, 2013 | By Todd Martens
When the 2013 Oscars opened in February, host Seth MacFarlane declared that the show had a theme. The Academy Awards, MacFarlane said, would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Though such a thesis may have been obscured by the ensuing song-and-dance number that commemorated toplessness in cinema, it was, at least, a noble cause. After years of being an also-ran, the Oscar original song category received a full five nominations. Selections ranged from the too big to ignore (Adele's theme from "Skyfall")
November 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
U2 has just released its first new song in four years, “Ordinary Love,” which premiered on the group's Facebook page . The track was composed and recorded for the soundtrack of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” the  biopic about activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela slated to open in limited release on Nov. 29 before expanding to more theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Christmas Day. The video by Oliver Jeffers...
November 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
U2's longtime manager Paul McGuinness has confirmed that he is stepping down and handing over day-to-day management of the band to next-generation power manager Guy Oseary as part of a reported $30-million deal in which Live Nation will purchase McGuinness' and Oseary's management firms. "It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock and roll code of conduct,” McGuinness said in a statement.
August 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Superhumanoids have been booting-up in Los Angeles for the past half-decade, gradually earning a vocal, devoted fan base through gigs at the usual Silver Lake and Echo Park indie hangouts and prepping "Exhibitionists," its debut album. A warm album that draws heavily from the 1980s tones of Human League, the modern-day future disco of the "Drive" soundtrack and synthetic R&B, "Exhibitionists" at its best delivers memorable, singalong dance-pop that feels one placement in "Girls," "True Blood" or an Apple ad away from a breakout.
July 23, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Van Dyke Parks has a story for everything in his life, from the name of his pet schnauzer to the mug in which he served a visitor coffee on a recent morning at his antique-lined home in Pasadena. "You know where I got that cup?" asked Parks, an important figure on the margins of the Los Angeles pop scene since the mid-1960s, when he wrote allusive lyrics for the Beach Boys' ill-fated "Smile" album. The mug was emblazoned with the logo of the New York Flute Club, founded nearly a century ago by Georges Barrère, whose grandson Paul went on to play in the band Little Feat with one of Parks' best friends, the late Lowell George.
July 15, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Putting a dollar amount to Michael Jackson's death for the first time, an accountant testified Monday that the singer stood to make as much as $1.5 billion if he had pulled off his comeback concerts in London and then taken his show around the globe. Despite the controversies in Jackson's life, his earning potential remained staggering, said Arthur L. Erk, a certified public accounting from New York. He said Jackson, who died in 2009, would have easily blown past the money earned by the top-grossing tours that year by U2, Madonna and Paul McCartney.
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