| Apr 17, 2011
| 4:34 PM
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......
| Aug 9, 2011
| 4:36 PM
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...
| May 7, 2012
| 8:28 AM
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...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 1:41 PM
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...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 11:42 AM
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...
| Feb 26, 2009
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...
| Apr 30, 2007
"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 Tiësto, the only DJ at this...
| Feb 27, 2009
" 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...
| Jul 11, 2010
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...
| Jun 24, 2008
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...
| Apr 6, 2008
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...
| Jan 19, 2010
| 4:35 PM
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......