July 18, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Details at the bottom. Winston Marshall of the band Mumford & Sons has roofing on his mind. Although music often occupies the multi-instrumentalist's thoughts, this day there are more pressing matters: The British folk-rock band is bringing a group of hand-picked artists to the U.S. in August for its four Gentlemen of the Road festivals, and the question is whether each stage should get a roof - or is that...
May 2, 2011 |
The Greek Theatre, which has hosted the likes of Steve Miller, Sheryl Crow and Ringo Starr, has canceled precious few shows in its storied past. So last year, when it crossed off nine engagements, it was nothing short of a catastrophe. "In a normal year we'd have one or maybe two," said Alex Hodges, chief executive of Nederlander Concerts Inc., which operates the Greek Theatre. "We had never had nine. " This year, concert promoters are anxious to avert an encore of last year's disastrous season, when gross receipts fell 7.6% and notable acts such as the Jonas Brothers, Lilith Fair and Christina Aguilera canceled shows because of lackluster ticket sales.
January 30, 2010 |
In this era of award show proliferation, it's hard not to smirk at the "once-in-a-lifetime" advertising campaigns for shows such as the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night. Beyoncé is up for 10 Grammys this year and you have to suspect that back at the home, the trophy room is the most cluttered corner -- well, except for the walk-in shoe closet. Still, there is something about the scale, history and reach of the Grammys stage that stirs undeniable emotion in the artists who step on it for the first time.
July 9, 2012 |
The Zac Brown Band aims mighty hard to please, in its sweat-drenched shows and to a large degree on the group's first two albums. That makes the more relaxed tone of “Uncaged,” the southern rock outfit's third studio outing, modestly refreshing. The opening cut, “Jump Right In,” is a lively Caribbean-soaked call to good times, and “Island Song” likewise mines the Jimmy Buffett-Kenny Chesney school that extolls warm saltwater and cold beer as they antidote to life's ills.
May 24, 2012 |
"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: performance from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Fine Cut Festival of Student Films: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The four string virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music at a concert at Boston's House of Blues. “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell: A museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments; Lorelei Rock; the city of Zell.
April 28, 2013 |
One of the most invigorating facets of Stagecoach is the left-field bookings to complement the big guns who bring the big crowds with their big hits. Exhibit A on Sunday: L.A. indie-pop singer-songwriter Becky Stark. On her own and as a member of Lavender Diamond and the Living Sisters, Stark lives in a musical universe light years removed from the likes of this year's headliners Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band. Her short and intensely sweet set at the outset of Sunday's final day of country music in the desert found only tangential stylistic connections to what most fans here expect of their country music.
July 10, 2012 |
Aesop Rock “Skelethon” Rhymesayers 3 stars Hip-hop has gone feral lately, with MCs transmitting freaky, woozy hip-hop through the Internet's outer orbits. But what to make of the weirdos who have always been with us? Ian Bavitz, the San Francisco MC who performs as Aesop Rock, was a leading light of a late-'90s/early-'00s strain of hip-hop that made a virtue of its flinty independence, sonic experiments and often inscrutable wordplay. “Skelethon” might be the album that takes those core aesthetic traits and spins them into whatever counts for stardom in today's underground rap world.
September 7, 2011
Just weeks after Fox dropped "America's Most Wanted" after more than two decades, its creator-host, John Walsh, has a new home for the show on the Lifetime network. The deal, announced jointly on Tuesday by Walsh and Lifetime, will return to the air Walsh's weekly criminal roundup, which since 1988 has helped bring almost 1,200 fugitives to justice. The series will return for its 25th season later this year. In May, Fox announced it was axing "AMW," citing high production costs.
October 9, 2012 |
Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band will anchor the 2013 edition of the country-focused Stagecoach festival, which once again will be held over three late April days at the Empire Polo Grounds in the desert city of Indio. Now in its seventh year, the Goldenvoice-produced festival takes a wide-open view of roots music, booking contemporary Nashville acts alongside legends and newcomers. The event will take place April 26-28, the weekend directly following next year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
September 10, 2009 |
Brad Paisley led the pack when nominations for the 43rd annual Country Music Assn. Awards were announced Wednesday, with mentions in major categories including male vocalist, album, single and song. He'll also compete in the entertainer of the year race against Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, George Strait and teen sensation Taylor Swift. Swift, Strait and relative newcomers Jamey Johnson and Zac Brown tied with four nominations each, reflecting an influx of new blood into the CMA honors.