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  • Coachella 2011: Remembering the Clash while celebrating Big Audio Dynamite

     
    The crowd for a reformed Big Audio Dynamite set Saturday night wasn't the largest to gather around the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival's second outdoor stage. Yet the audience provided one of the larger cheers of the day. When......
  • Foster the People tackles Neil Young at Lollapalooza

     
    Foster the People, L.A.'s fast-rising electro-pop act, haven't been shy about their genre-hopping ambitions. Still, the the masses awaiting "Pumped Up Kicks" at Lollapalooza in Chicago this past weekend could be forgiven for being surprised when the...
  • Album review: Damon Albarn, 'Dr. Dee'

    Album review: Damon Albarn, 'Dr. Dee'
    1 star (out of 4) Birds chirp, woodwinds trill, Damon Albarn sings ever so gently over pastoral guitar. In the mold of British eccentrics such as Julian Cope and Robyn Hitchcock, Albarn turns the opening tracks on his soundtrack for the English opera...
  • Album review: Bobby Womack, 'The Bravest Man in the Universe'

    Album review: Bobby Womack, 'The Bravest Man in the Universe'
    3 stars (out of 4) At 68, Bobby Womack has a resume steeped in greatness: a gospel singer who worked with Sam Cooke, a gifted session guitarist who played with everyone from Elvis Presley to Sly Stone, a songwriter covered by the Rolling Stones, and...
  • Happy Pills: Exploring 12 shades of heartbreak with Norah Jones and Brian Burton

    Happy Pills: Exploring 12 shades of heartbreak with Norah Jones and Brian Burton
    Everyone, it seems, works with Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), eventually: Damon Albarn (in Gorillaz and the Good, the Bad and the Queen), the Rapture, the Black Keys, Beck, Cee-Lo Green (in Gnarls Barkley), the Shins' James Mercer (as Broken Bells), and...
  • Scott Walker, musical mystery man

    The early scenes of the documentary look like some lost reel from "This Is Spinal Tap," spanning what seems like half of rock history -- complete with hem lengths and haircuts. But the protagonist is not a metalhead but a Zelig-like figure: Here he is as...
  • Subtle but memorable at Coachella

    "I tell you, that's a very loud ice-cream van over there," Damon Albarn told his audience Saturday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival's Outdoor Theater. It wasn't actually an ice-cream van. It was dance-music star Tiƫsto, the only DJ at this...
  • Review: 'Scott Walker: 30 Century Man'

    Review: 'Scott Walker: 30 Century Man'
    " Scott Walker: 30 Century Man" chronicles the career of musician Scott Walker, an enigmatic figure whose influence far outreaches his relative obscurity. Having achieved some success as part of the 1960s baroque orchestral pop group the Walker Brothers...
  • Opera is Rufus Wainwright's 'main squeeze'

    Opera is Rufus Wainwright's 'main squeeze'
    Classical music is often maligned for its apparent insistence that aspiring acolytes display proper credentials before becoming a true follower. Once admitted to the fold, you must bow to the altar of knowledge and denounce uncomplicated pleasure as the...
  • Peter Gabriel brings world together through music

    Peter Gabriel brings world together through music
    OK, so cut Peter Gabriel some slack for taking too long to finish an album: "Big Blue Ball," a long-simmering world music project he launched back in 1991, is finally surfacing today. In the intervening 17 years, he's released four other collections of...
  • Deeply committed to Gnarls Barkley

    Deeply committed to Gnarls Barkley
    MOST pop acts would love to have a hit single, but be careful what you wish for. Topping the chart can be hazardous to an artist's health, especially an out-of-nowhere hit by an unknown. It can make a career, of course, but it can also overexpose the...
  • Ann Powers on Coachella's 2010 lineup: A model for recessionary times

     
    This year's Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival might have a mogul -- rap patriarch Jay-Z -- on the marquee, but the lineup is still a model for recessionary times. Nothing on the roster announced this morning feels like a......