May 13, 2013 |
At some point, every enduring musician has to prove his or her worth and silence the doubters. The Beatles first succeeded with "Revolver," the Beastie Boys with "Paul's Boutique," Wilco on "Summer Teeth. " Talking Heads raised the bar with "Fear of Music," Lauryn Hill with "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. " New York band Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of those records, a brave, surprising third effort that's both challenging and confident, catchy but progressive, expertly imagined and executed.
February 23, 2003 |
Molotov "Dance and Dense Denso" (Surco/Universal) *** 1/2 This provocative, witty, sarcastic and ferocious album brings to mind one question: How do you say "parental advisory" in Spanish? The bad boys of Mexican rock are back with a vengeance, slashing and burning through 11 songs peppered with curses in two languages. The saving grace is that this Mexico City quartet is creative even at its crudest. Of course, shocking society is the whole point.
March 18, 2012 |
It was the week before my 23rd birthday when it hit me. "You know," I said casually to my mom as we drove into town to get pedicures, "I don't think I've hung out with anyone my age in over a month. " It was true. Almost a year out of college and here I was, living at home and socializing decades above my age group. I shopped for groceries and made dinner every night. I watched "The Daily Show"with my mom and went to a Wilco concert with my dad. I took my grandma to movies nominated for best picture and, for the first (and hopefully only)
June 30, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. After 35 days of house arrest, Lindsay Lohan ditches the ankle bracelet and is free. Let the probation begin. ( Los Angeles Times ) Someone won "The Voice" finale. If you read this, you'll know who. ( Los Angeles Times ) The third "Transformers" flick opens strong at the box office, though not as strong as the second film did. ( Los Angeles Times ) Justin Timberlake gets a piece of recently sold Myspace.
February 2, 2003 |
Erasure "Other People's Songs" (Mute) ** 1/2 Singer Andy Bell knows all there is to know about the crying game. At least the vocal half of this veteran British dance-pop duo sure sounds as if he does on the best of Erasure's quirky new collection of covers. From widely disparate sources, the songs are generally about keeping that romantic torch ablaze, a favorite subject for Bell and his music-making partner, Vince Clarke.
April 8, 2004 |
Showing that even freeloaders have a heart, fans of the rock band Wilco have contributed more than $3,500 to the band's favorite charity as a token payment for downloading Wilco's new record off the Internet. The new record, "A Ghost Is Born," won't be released until June 22. But when copies leaked out last month, the band responded in a novel way.
March 1, 2007 |
THERE'S an experimental band tucked away inside Wilco, and during the lull before that acclaimed Chicago-based rock group releases its new album in April, it's out for a ride on its own. Drummer Glenn Kotche released a solo album, "Mobile," last fall, and he's playing some of its surprisingly varied percussion pieces on a tour of small clubs. He's been joined for part of it by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, a mainstay of L.A.'s jazz and avant-garde music worlds.