There's good news and bad news if you're interested in, say, seeing Lady Gaga in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
First, the bad news. To secure entry into the concert, which is sponsored by a snack food company and part of the South by Southwest festival and conference, one must complete any number of social media stunts. The good news, however, is one doesn't need to be in Austin to watch the concert at all.
Lady Gaga's Thursday night appearance at the relatively intimate Stubb's BBQ -- if a venue with a capacity of just more than 2,000 can be considered intimate -- is only one of many South by Southwest music events that will be available online. Lady Gaga's concert will be streamed by Fuse at 8 p.m. PDT.
The pop star then will on Friday be delivering the annual South by Southwest keynote, one of many music-focused talks happening this week. Some, such as Neil Young's talk on Tuesday to discuss his PonoMusic system, are available on thefestival's...
Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Jill Scott, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross, Trey Songz and Jennifer Hudson will anchor the 2014 BET Experience.
The Black Entertainment Television network announced the first crop of performers tapped for the second year of its destination festival that transforms its own annual award spectacle into a three-day offering of urban-music concerts, wellness seminars, celebrity panels, exhibits and a fan expo that will unfold over multiple venues at L.A. Live from June 27-29.
Staples Center will once again host three nights of headliners.
R&B crooner Maxwell and songstresses Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius will kick off the festival.
ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross, K. Michele, Ty Dolla Sign and August Alsina will share the bill on night two, alongside a yet-to-be-announced hip-hop reunion, according to the network. (Could this be a reunited OutKast, who have announced they will play more than 40 festivals this summer?)
Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jennifer Hudson and Tamar Braxton...
One of Neil Young’s not-so-whimsical mottoes has long been “Quality — whether you want it or not,” but it appears there’s a population of music fans that does want it, judging by the early response to the Kickstarter campaign supporting his new high-quality PonoMusic system.
The Kickstarter operation went live on March 11 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time, and within the first hour it had logged almost 400 supporters for a total of more than $100,000. At the two-hour mark, more than 750 people had pledged more than $240,000. By 5 p.m., nearly 2,000 supporters had made pledges topping $600,000.
Many of those pledges were earmarked for reserving a first-generation PonoPlayer, the answer to Apple’s iPod that will hold 1,000 to 2,000 high-resolution digital albums.
The early pledgers were able to reserve the player for $200, nearly half the $399 retail price cited in Monday’s announcement of PonoMusic, which comprises an online music store containing...
Ever wonder what Daft Punk and Jay Z would sound like together on one track?
Well, you’re in luck. Maybe.
“Computerized,” a supposedly unreleased collaboration between the robotic French duo and Beyoncé’s husband, mysteriously hit the Web on Monday. But everything we’ve been able to dig up about the track so far appears suspect.
The song first popped up on a Kanye West fan forum with the uploader commenting that West co-produced the track, which would make sense considering that his Daft Punk-sampling 2007 smash “Stronger” turned hip-hop lovers onto the electronic savants. Could the rapper/self-proclaimed genius have persuaded his pal to get some cool kid cred by working with the duo? It's possible.
The bigger question, though, is the origins of “Computerized.” A quick listen instantly proves it predates both artists' last releases.
West had zero involvement in Jay’s last album,...
And then, out of the blue, a new Skrillex album arrives.
America's king of bass-heavy, dubstep-inspired electronic dance music released his new album, "Recess," for streaming to iTunes on Monday evening after a tease on a smartphone app started unlocking and delivering tracks every half-hour.
The result: Eleven songs that will be available for purchase on March 18 and are currently ready to wake your eardrums with distorted beats. Featuring guests including Chance the Rapper, Niki
"Keith Richards" and "children’s book" may sound like the starting point for a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, but in fact the Rolling Stones songwriter and lead guitarist, who delivered a bestselling memoir in 2011 with “Life,” is now set to write a children’s book slated to publish in September.
“Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar” will be a collaboration between Richards and his daughter, Theodora Richards, who is supplying the illustrations for the picture book that relates the story of Keith’s introduction to music by his grandfather, Theodore Augusts Dupree, who had played in a jazz big band.
In delving into the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, Richards said in a statement, “I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about. The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of...
Frank Ocean’s response to a lawsuit brought by burrito giant Chipotle? It’s unprintable in a family newspaper.
The avant-R&B singer was slammed by the Mexican-food eatery, accused of backing out of $425,000 deal to sing a remake of “Pure Imagination” for an animated ad about factory farming.
In the recently filed suit, Chipotle claimed that Ocean never recorded the track because he was peeved that the company’s logo appeared at the end of the animated spot.
Chipotle went on to charge that the singer’s camp emailed the company saying he was promised final say over the recording and all subsequent promotional materials tied to the campaign, and believed that Chipotle was in breach when it refused to remove its logo.
Fiona Apple finally ended up lending her voice to the haunting spot (watch it here, if so inclined). The company is suing to get back the $215,500 advance paid to Ocean.
Ocean took to his...
The biggest act scheduled to perform this week at the annual South by Southwest music festival is also one of the biggest acts in the world.
On March 13, Lady Gaga will take to the outdoor stage behind Stubb's for a concert sponsored by Doritos, which is temporarily renaming the barbecue joint #BoldStage (after its line of flavored tortilla chips) and requiring would-be showgoers to complete one of several so-called bold missions to get inside.
Yet Lady Gaga won't be the only A-list artist — nor Doritos the only blue-chip brand — at SXSW, set to run March 11 through March 16 in Austin, Texas.
Schoolboy Q, the L.A. rapper whose album currently sits atop the Billboard 200, is to perform several times, as is Damon Albarn, whose band Blur headlined Coachella last year.
And two of the most successful groups in rock — Coldplay and Imagine Dragons — are on a bill March 11 assembled by Apple's iTunes, the most powerful music retailer on...
When trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire released his Blue Note debut three years ago, “When the Heart Emerges Glistening,” it felt as if his talents could take him anywhere. So, it makes sense that in crafting his follow-up, Akinmusire very nearly goes everywhere.
Engrossing, elusive and packed to its literal limits with ideas at 79 minutes, “The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint” beautifully takes Akinmusire’s distinctive tone to new realms, including slow-burning orchestral swells and convention-defying vocal collaborations that attempt to translate his vision into words.
Carried by Becca Stevens, the yearning “Our Basement (ed)” balances Akinmusire’s trumpet flares with an elliptical structure reminiscent of that of Kate Bush, and the plaintive “Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child (cyntonia brown)” features U.K-based singer-songwriter Cold Specks, who soars against a spare rhythm. In the prayer-like “Asiam,” a piece...
Many cities boast about their scenes, and rightly so. Few if any, though, have such a range of sounds as Los Angeles. It's overwhelming, as evidenced by the volume of artists trekking eastbound along Interstate 10 toward Austin, Texas. For those headed to the annual South by Southwest music festival, or for those looking to explore offerings from the Los Angeles music scene, below are 10 area artists and labels showcasing their sounds in Austin over the coming five days.
Kelela: Last year, the Washington, D.C.-born, L.A.-based singer Kelela Mizanekristos released a strange, rhythmically varied modern R&B mixtape called "Cut 4 Me," which landed on many year-end lists. It featured futuristic beats and a spirited sense of adventure, and the singer pushed slow-burning tension through truly exciting tracks. Her sound continues to blossom and suggests a way forward for a genre in the middle of an identity crisis.
Samo Sound Boy: This producer first popped as part of the so-called moombahton...
Black Flag was one of the most combative bands in L.A. hardcore, and that antagonism has certainly carried over into their recent reunion.
After founder Greg Ginn sued a bevy of former members and apologized for a rotten 2013, former singer Ron Reyes gave his first interview about his acrimonious departure from the band. In a talk with beatroute.ca (via Pitchfork), the vocalist airs all sorts of grievances with Ginn, the Black Flag/Flag lawsuit, and his exit from the band.
The interview comes as a response to a recent Rolling Stone story in which Black Flag's new singer/manager Mike Vallely tried to tie up some of the loose ends of the band's less-than-stellar 2013 reunion. Reyes was fired from the band midway through an Australian show.
Reyes told the site that at the onset of the band's reunion, "I was probably the only singer willing to work with [Ginn]," and that the shows quickly turned dark: "On a nightly basis there were a lot of people having a great time and there were a lot...
Taylor Swift has added another award to her pile, one that doesn’t come with a statuette, but signifies her broad appeal to music fans. She was announced as the winner of Billboard magazine’s annual Money Makers ranking of musicians who reaped the biggest paydays during 2013.
Swift’s take is tallied at $39.7 million in Billboard’s combining of her revenue from music sales, artists’ publishing and streaming royalties, and concert tickets. Swift, Billboard noted, “crushed it on pretty much every level. ... With merchandising, branding and sponsorships (not factored into her total haul) only upping her stature as a mainstream go-to, Swift has hit that sweet-spot demo that captures revenue from every angle.”
She came in solidly ahead of No. 2 finisher Kenny Chesney, another country act, whose earnings for the year were estimated at just shy of $33 million.
The Money Makers list...
U2 is still on track to issue a new album this year, despite claims that the band has pushed the project and subsequent tour back to 2015.
In December, band members indicated to The Times that they were targeting a new album for an April release. However, last week, Billboard reported that the album the Irish quartet was crafting alongside producer Danger Mouse wouldn’t be ready until next year.
The band also reportedly booked additional recording sessions with hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, though Danger Mouse remains the core producer of the project.
"It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts," Billboard quoted a source close to the project as saying. "That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."
However, a rep for U2 told The Times on Monday that contrary to...
Don’t ask Justin Bieber about Usher, Selena Gomez, where he’s traveled, who works for him -- or pretty much anything.
The 20-year-old pop star sat through a 4½-hour deposition last Thursday where he was grilled by a lawyer representing a paparazzo who claimed one of Bieber’s bodyguards attacked him last year.
Apparently, it didn’t go so well.
In video clips of the lengthy legal proceeding that surfaced online early Monday, Bieber appears annoyed and even bored by the line of questioning posed by the pap's attorney.
TMZ, naturally, pieced together highlights of the ordeal, and it’s a cringe-worthy montage of this cutest bad boy's worst behavior.
He hems and haws at some of the questions, offers a smug smile or wink at other queries and even pretends to fall asleep on the lawyer.
At his "best," he curses a soft-spoken court reporter, claims he has no idea whether he's ever been to Australia (he has, FYI) and spirals into an...
What do you get when you combine Frank Ocean, Diplo and two former members of the Clash?
A nifty new song -- and some Internet hype for a youth-attuned shoemaker.
Released Monday as a free download, "Hero" is the latest installment in Converse's "Three Artists. One Song" promotion, which previously teamed Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams and Santigold, as well as Best Coast, Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, among others. (Evidently this time the company is counting Mick Jones and Paul Simonon -- each of whom has built his own career since his days in the Clash -- as one artist.)
"Working with Mick and Paul was a dream come true," Diplo said in a statement, adding that "it got even better" with the inclusion of Ocean. "The experience was just totally awesome."
"Hero" is perhaps slightly less awesome than that, but with a stuttering soul-rock groove, Ocean's laidback delivery and some cute group vocals by the West Los...
Neil Young has long groused about the way music he and other artists make ends up sounding in the digital age. Now he is introducing his solution: PonoMusic, a combination online music store and playback system that gives listeners access to audiophile quality recordings.
“It’s about the music, real music,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member said in a statement released Monday, a day before he formally introduces PonoMusic at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin. “We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that.”
The complaint about that way most music is experienced by consumers today is that highly compressed MP3 files that make it convenient to store on phones and share over the Internet compromise the quality of sound, since MP3 files typically contain 5% or less of the sonic information in the original master recordings.
“Apple has made music into wallpaper,...
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Rank amateurs and charlatans.
That’s how 99% of today’s pop and R&B musicians come off compared to the masterful-
on-multiple-fronts performance Prince and his New Power Generation band delivered Saturday during his surprise show at the Hollywood Palladium.
Although fans who scrambled to get tickets (at $100 a pop) for the show announced over Twitter and Facebook late Saturday afternoon had to wait 2½ hours past the announced start time of 8 p.m. for the Purple One’s arrival, as soon as he and NPG exploded into “Big City,” any grousing fell by the wayside.
Prince, who recently got rave reviews for his performances with his new 3rdeyegirl band in Europe, appears to have fully absorbed elements of popular music stretching back nearly a century. His show with NPG encompassed, but was not limited to, the joyous and artistically expansive efforts of Cab...
Veteran New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Dr. John will be the honoree at a star-studded tribute concert during the city’s 2014 Jazz & Heritage Festival, with friends and admirers paying tribute on May 3.
Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and at least a dozen others will take part in the concert, dubbed “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music,” to be held at the Saenger Theatre in the French Quarter. The program’s title refers to Dr. John’s given name, Malcolm (Mac) Rebennack. The guest of honor will also perform at the show.
An announcement of the concert said surprise guests would be added to the lineup. The gathering will be led by musician and label executive Don Was, who said in a statement, “Dr. John transcends genres with a truly distinctive sound that embodies the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and has tremendously influenced the course of music history.&...
When singer and Gibson hollow-body strummer Nick Waterhouse introduced one of his songs as "the B-side to a 45" during his record release party, you'd have been forgiven for briefly thinking the entrance to the American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood may have opened into another decade. Well, at least at first glance.
Wearing horn-rimmed glasses, a smart suit and well-trimmed short hair that got mussed when he soloed, the young Los Angeles artist and his eight-piece band looked ripped from history as they pushed through a dozen-plus songs, many from his new album "Holly." A few perfectly picked cover songs further emphasized his points.
And what points were those? That one doesn't require a distortion pedal, an oblong haircut and/or a beard to rock. In addition, that one need not pump the volume to the extremes of, say, My Bloody Valentine, Deafheaven or Motorhead to deliver an intense wall-of-sound experience.
Barry Manilow is accustomed to working in rarefied settings: the glittering showrooms of Las Vegas, for instance, or the high-end recording studios in which he made such inescapable soft-rock standards as "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It" and "Can't Smile Without You."
And then, of course, there is the colorful Cuban nightclub — "the hottest spot north of Havana" — he describes in "Copacabana," the Grammy-winning 1978 smash that's come to signify an idea of campy razzle-dazzle.
On a recent afternoon, though, Manilow was soaking up the grungier atmosphere at a rehearsal space in downtown Los Angeles. Standing behind a table littered with soda cans and a half-empty bag of trail mix, the ceiling above him checkered by water stains, the 70-year-old singer and songwriter nodded intently as he conferred with a choreographer.
"I can't believe I'm saying this after all these years, but this is my favorite part," Manilow said. "The nuts...
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You might have thought everything was building toward a new U2 album and tour this year after the group’s performances at the Academy Awards and on the first episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” its Super Bowl commercial and other recent high-profile appearances.
But now Billboard reports that the new album with which U2 has been working with producer Danger Mouse won’t be ready until 2015, and therefore touring plans are also being pushed back.
"It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts," Billboard quotes a source close to the project. "That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."
The group reportedly also has scheduled more recording sessions with producers Ryan...
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future.
The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon.
"I was really depressed," Carter said. "I'd spent my 20s not knowing who I was, and 30 was a turning point. There was so much that I'd given up to be here."
But one night in 2010, Carter walked into the bathroom of Echo Park's El Prado bar. He locked the door and took a long look in the mirror. For the first time in a long time, he liked what he saw. That night he decided to start his new band NO.
"There's a lyric in our song...
The rapper Future is known for his liberal use of Auto-Tune, but now he's got another charmingly low-rent bit of technology to share.
The Atlanta rapper-singer has a great new single in "Move That Dope," which features guest turns from Pharrell Williams, Pusha T and Cameo. To accompany it, he posted an addictive new video game that's a slightly more menacing version of vintage Nintendo titles.
"Move That Doh" (a more family-friendly version of the title) sports 8-bit graphics straight out of the '80s heyday of cocaine trafficking.
No actual drugs appear in the game -- one moves "doh" around to "Collect. Distribute. Earn Respect" -- but it's an endearingly retro take on "Grand Theft Auto" nihilism.
There's not much to it -- you drive around hauling your cargo while trying not to hit walls and fall into the ocean. But as Internet timesucks go, at least this one comes with a killer soundtrack.
The game comes after a similarly winning Ronald...
There aren’t a lot of university radio stations that that can claim a Beatle among their fans, but Cal State Northridge-based public station KCSN-FM (88.5) just became one.
“Paul McCartney called today to express his appreciation of KCSN and to thank us for our support of his new record,” station program director Sky Daniels tells Pop & Hiss. “He told us he was having dinner in L.A. last night and all of his 'friends were raving about KCSN, telling me how you were playing multiple tracks from the album.' "
The impromptu phone call turned into an hourlong discussion about the recent 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” McCartney’s latest project (composing music for an animated film) and other topics. The full interview has been posted on the station's website.
“Paul’s call was so thoughtful, I found myself fighting back tears,”...
Last summer Timbaland revealed he had been tapped to produce a new posthumous Michael Jackson album.
The Grammy award-winning producer and rapper didn’t offer many details, except the project was being helmed by Epic Records head L.A. Reid and that he had “a lot of unreleased” material to work with.
As part of his Timbaland Thursday series of free tunes, the producer unleashed a snippet of a remixed version of “Slave to the Rhythm.”
A version of the previously unreleased track surfaced last year featuring Justin Bieber trading verses with the late King of Pop over a pulsating, and generic, Europop beat. It was mostly scrubbed from the Internet.
The snippet leaked by Timbaland is questionable. It opens with a jarring and clunky percussion arrangement and his hallmark futuristic effects before Jackson drops in with the hook.
Though somewhat unfair to judge the track based off of a minute-long...
Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" is the most important pop album of the last 40 years, though it may not be obvious.
The first high-art electronic pop record, "Trans Europe Express" set the tone for the coming revolution, became one of the central texts of hip-hop, pop and electronic dance music. Recorded in the same few months of mid-1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporated Apple Computers in Cupertino, "Trans Europe Express" and its predecessors, "Radio-Activity" and "Autobahn," sparked a similarly massive upheaval with sound.
That it was built by a couple of Germans searching for new ideas in a postwar land longing for a modern reboot makes it even more astonishing and its span of influence more notable.
On March 18 the group arrives at Walt Disney Concert Hall for four nights of eight sold-out performances to play in their entirety the eight albums that helped define the electronic music era. The shows open the Los Angeles...
Give Rick Ross credit for playing to his strengths.
Though the Miami rapper's new album "Mastermind" is largely a disappointment -- a stale rehash of ideas he's served up far more convincingly elsewhere -- Ross wisely focused on the record's best song for his performance Thursday night on "The Arsenio Hall Show."
And he didn't do "Sanctified" by himself, either, but brought out two of his A-list pals to the delight of Hall's audience: Kanye West and Big Sean, both of whom appear on the track on "Mastermind." (West also coproduced "Sanctified" with DJ Mustard.)
The result provided the kind of electricity that Ross once delivered with ease. So perhaps there's hope for his followup?
Have a look at the performance below.
It's been five years since Morrissey's last solo album, but that hasn't mellowed his acerbic wit by any means.
The famously cantankerous singer has announced a title and release date for his new album. It's called "World Peace Is None of Your Business," according to Pitchfork and the authoritative Moz fansite True to You.
The site reports that the album is expected out sometime early this summer, on Harvest Records, the recently revived Capitol imprint that signed Morrissey in January.
The album will have 12 tracks, and was produced by longtime collaborator Joe Chiccarelli, noted for his work with Beck and the White Stripes. It's been half a decade since his last solo effort, 2009's "Years of Refusal."
Morrissey's been far from idle, however. His memoir "Autobiography" arrived to great acclaim (and some ribbing) on the Penguin Classics imprint in the U.K. in October. It came out in America in December.
The LP is expected to arrive after a long run of...
These days it gets so crowded at the Low End Theory in Lincoln Heights that by 11 p.m. the door guys stop letting people in. The long-running weekly beat music club, which helped propel the careers of Flying Lotus, DJ Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Tokimonsta, Gaslamp Killer and others, draws fans from around the world who line up each Wednesday. The goal: to gain entry to the second-floor room with a capacity of a few hundred, featuring gut-vibrating bass cabinets, sweat on the walls and nonstop rhythms.
It's gotten to the point, says club founder Kevin "Daddy Kev" Moo, that some weeks it's in their best interest not to provide too many details.
"The fact that we can't announce half the acts that perform at our weekly has forced the issue," says Moo. "We need to have a larger forum for this -- the demand clearly illustrates this."
Such volume is why Moo and his compadres in L.A.'s beat scene have launched the Low End Theory Festival, with the...
In the first season to come together after last year’s closing of the long-running Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, the similarly sized Greek Theatre in Griffith Park is unveiling a noticeably busier 2014 season, with shows by many of the acts that had played the Gibson in years past.
David Byrne will headline a May 8 show built around the music of Nigerian electro-pop musician William Onyeabor also featuring members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem and others; Los Lobos will host the band’s third Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 3 with Ozomatli and Mariachi El Bronx; New Order will perform on July 13; Dierks Bentley tops a multi-artist country bill on Aug. 8; and Tejano band Intocable arrives on Oct. 24.
In fact, the Greek has a substantial slate of Latino and Hispanic acts confirmed, also including Argentine jazz pianist Raúl di Blasio (May 31), Lila Downs (Aug. 22), Mexican rocker Alejandra Guzman (Aug. 23), nouveau flamenco group Gipsy Kings (Aug. 30) and...
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city’s bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall, and the venerable venue’s namesake jazz band.
The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
At that time in 1961, traditional New Orleans jazz had largely fallen out of favor among jazz musicians in the wake of bebop players such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
One significant aspect of Preservation Hall early on was that, “This was the only place in New Orleans where blacks and whites were congregating openly and where there were mixed...
An ultra-meta, avant-garde piece of corporate branding performance art? Or the final death knell of SXSW as a proving ground for unknown young bands - and Lady Gaga's career?
Whatever the stakes, Lady Gaga is headlining a Doritos-sponsored bill at this year's SXSW festival, one of the week's biggest sets and marketing gambits.
The pop singer, whose relevance and commercial performance has been on a years-long slip since her smash debut album "The Fame," was initially denied a permit to perform on the actual Doritos Stage, the widely mocked inflatable venue meant to resemble a giant spicy-corn-snack vending machine (and/or metaphor for the contemporary music business).
So the company moved her showcase inside Stubb's BBQ on March 13. It will be her first set at the annual music, film and interactive festival and glad-handing event. To get tickets, fans will have to go through a whole social-media rigmarole of uploading free advertising...
Don't trust Randy Newman's rumpled-grandfather look.
That's a needless warning, of course, for fans of the great L.A.-based singer-songwriter who came to a strange brand of stardom in the 1970s with such barbed pop tunes as "Political Science" and "Short People."
But those unfamiliar with Newman's work probably weren't expecting the jolt he provided Monday night on "The Tonight Show," where he turned up for a chat with Jimmy Fallon wearing a jacket over an untucked shirt.
A self-professed superfan, Fallon had evidently invited Newman on the show to plug a one-night-only revival of his musical "Faust" at New York City Center.
Yet that performance doesn't take place until July, and the album of Newman's that Fallon held up for the camera (at the moment when a late-night host typically holds up a musical act's new record) was "Live in London," which came out in 2011.
In other words, Fallon appeared simply to be in the mood for a Randy Newman concert, a...
A year ago, Candice Glover would have dreaded having to perform during “American Idol’s” results show, a night where dreams of victory are shattered for the contestant with the fewest votes.
But the days of singing for anyone's vote are behind Glover now. She’s on the "Idol" stage rehearsing a medley of “Cried” and “Same Kinda Man,” taken from her debut album, “Music Speaks.” A group of decoys, filling in for this year’s finalists, clap after each take as a substitute for host Ryan Seacrest assists her off a raised platform.
“When I turned into [the studio], I felt like I was a competitor,” said Glover, 24, seated in her dressing room. “It was like graduating from high school and going back. All of those emotions come back.”
Even returning to the “Idol” competition as a champion, the stakes are just as high for Glover. “Music Speaks” was released last month to mixed...
A rundown of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows coming to L.A. in the coming days.
Anthony Wilson's Seasons Quartet at the Broad Stage
Consider an all-guitar jazz quartet and it's easy to conjure images of fingers burning up and down fretboards with the kind of mind-scrambling fireworks that've made heroes out of Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin.
Anthony Wilson offers something more understated with his Seasons quartet. Assembled after being commissioned by guitar maker John Monteleone (whose wares will be featured here), the quartet of Wilson, Julian Lage, John Storie and Larry Koonse conjures a project that debuted with a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that became a split CD/DVD release in 2011. The lush results rest between thoughtful chamber-jazz and the sort of instrumental cross-pollination reminiscent of the records by McLaughlin with Paco de Lucía and Al Di Meola from the '70s. (Wilson also performs at the Blue Whale on Saturday night in a group with Petra Haden and onetime...
The Grammys are conflicted about electronic dance music, and Beatport sees an opening.
In 2012, the Recording Academy nominated dubstep producer Skrillex for new artist, but its Grammy "Tribute to EDM" was a strange melange of DJs performing mash-ups with rap and rock stars.
In 2013, the academy was roundly mocked after a dance recording nomination went to Al Walser, a keytar-toting unknown (the Grammys later tweaked rules to prevent such flukes). Dance music legends Daft Punk won album of the year in 2014, but for an album that sounds more like classic disco than today's EDM.
In contrast, Beatport — the pacesetting EDM download site for DJs and dance-music fans — will announce the winners of its sixth annual Beatport Awards on Friday.
A mix of fan-voted favorites, staff accolades and sales-data victories, the Beatport Awards are an attempt to come to some kind of consensus about the year in dance music from within the genre.
The man who turned the National Anthem inside out with his performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock will become the latest musician to be honored by the U.S. Postal Service. A Jimi Hendrix Forever stamp will be introduced March 13 as part of the post office’s Music Icon series.
The unveiling of the stamp will take place at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, with a free outdoor performance by such rock musicians as Slash, the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters, Rusty Anderson of Paul McCartney’s touring band and others.
The 2014 Music Icons series also is slated to include a Janis Joplin stamp later this year; next year, James Brown is on tap to get his own stamp.
The Postal Service launched the Music Icons series in 2013 with stamps recognizing Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Tejano singer Lydia Mendoza.
In 1993, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly,...
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A "Game of Thrones" mixtape. Let that sink in for a second.
Now. What would that sound like? War drums and pastoral lutes? Maybe some gutteral Gregorian chants? Music that sounds like Marcus Mumford’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather? Lots of Iron Maiden? Deep tracks from Jethro Tull?
No. When you think of “Game of Thrones,” you think hip-hop and reggaeton -- of course -- and if you don’t, the series is hoping its new mix will set you on the proper course. In anticipation of the fourth season of the popular show about a mystical realm at war, HBO is offering “Catch the Throne: The Mixtape,” aimed at turning rap fans into viewers.
Featuring exclusive tracks from Big Boi, Common, Daddy Yankee and others, “Catch the Throne” is inspired by series themes and storylines, and samples from the musical score, and hopefully dialogue, adapting it to...
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On Oct. 16, 1992, many of rock music’s biggest names gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York for a 30th anniversary concert salute to the greatest songwriter of the rock era, Bob Dylan. Now, PBS stations will televise highlights from that star-studded show as part of the “Great Performances” series.
Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Kris Kristofferson, Lou Reed, Eddie Vedder, the Band, John Mellencamp and several other artists, including Dylan himself, performed at the show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of Dylan’s 1962 debut album.
The two-hour telecast, which premiered locally on Saturday on KOCE/PBS SoCal, will be shown March 7 at 9 p.m. on Southern California PBS station KPBS, coinciding with Columbia Records’ reissue of the remastered two-CD audio set.
For the first time, Columbia...
A Turkish prison isn't the first place you'd think to throw a dance party. But that's the name of the production outfit that got hold of Cut Copy's big-tent electro-house single "We Are Explorers" for a new remix (and a Pop & Hiss exclusive premiere).
The Australian quartet Cut Copy has long been a festival favorite for its romantic, upbeat floor-fillers. The band has taken an interesting turn into brain-frying psychedelic imagery on its newest album, "Free Your Mind," and this remix underscores those moods.
It starts full of bendy Detroit house chords and Balearic sunshine, before taking a hard turn into eerie, minor-key "Midnight Express" soundtrack terrain (a film whose jail setting is, we suspect, where the moniker might have come from).
Turkish Prison -- a spinoff of Cut Copy's countrymen Midnight Juggernauts -- proves very capable at putting the band's melodies into new contexts, preserving the song but tweaking the vibe. If your...
A Top Dawg is on top of the Billboard 200.
Schoolboy Q, part of the Black Hippy rap crew signed to L.A.'s Top Dawg Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on Wednesday with "Oxymoron," the first of his three albums to be released by TDE in partnership with Interscope Records.
The disc sold 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough to score Top Dawg its first No. 1 album. In 2012, Schoolboy Q's Black Hippy bandmate Kendrick Lamar debuted at No. 2 with "good kid, m.A.A.d city," which went on to sell 1.2 million copies and earned a Grammy nomination for album of the year.
In a detailed post, Billboard's Keith Caulfield notes that "Oxymoron" also scored the biggest debut for a rap album since Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" started at No. 1 in November. (Eminem got there with a somewhat more impressive number: 792,000.)
Behind Schoolboy Q, the hit soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" came in at No. 2, down one...
“I didn’t record one word I didn’t feel – whether or not I wrote it,” Lea Michele says during a recent listening session for her debut album. "These are words that are parts of me."
"Louder," released on Tuesday, shows the Broadway veteran and star of Fox’s hit musical, “Glee,” making a solid bid for pop stardom.
While “Louder” is packed with club-ready dance anthems and sweeping ballads, some beautifully crafted by pop expert Sia Furler, the album doesn’t sidestep the personal tragedy that changed the singer’s life.
In July, her longtime boyfriend and “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith died from a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol, sending shock waves across the legion of the cheery show's loyal "gleeks" who watched the pair fall in love both on and off screen.
With the highly anticipated album finished in June, Michele opted to head back into the studio after she...
There's no question she was playing to a bigger audience Sunday night at the Academy Awards.
But Idina Menzel appeared to be having way more fun Monday when she dropped by "The Tonight Show" to jam with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots.
As she did on the Oscars (where John Travolta notoriously mangled her name in his introduction), the singer performed "Let It Go," the sweeping power ballad from Disney's "Frozen" that was named best original song Sunday.
Backed by Fallon and his house band on a variety of kid-friendly instruments, though — a setup the host used in his "Late Night" days for appearances by Carly Rae Jepsen and Robin Thicke — Menzel seemed far more relaxed than she did at the Dolby Theatre.
Idina Menzel: 1. Adele Dazeem: 0.
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Fox has tapped Grammy award-winning producer and rapper Timbaland to produce and write music for the new pilot "Empire," the network announced Tuesday.
“Empire” is a family drama anchored in the hip-hop world and will feature both original and current music. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will star.
Howard will play Lucious Lyon, the charismatic, savvy head of a record label. Henson will portray Cookie, Lucious' ex-wife, who spent 17 years behind bars for dealing drugs and upon her release for good behavior returns to reclaim what she feels is hers after she funneled all that drug money into her husband’s fledgling music business. The former couple will also be at odds over their musical prodigy son, who happens to be gay (Dad isn’t so supportive).
This isn’t the first time Howard and Henson have explored the world of hip-hop. The pair starred in 2005’s critcally acclaimed indie “Hustle & Flow,&...
Last year, the tribalist-techno festival Lightning in a Bottle made some major strides with a revamped lineup of crossover electronica stars like Purity Ring and Nicolas Jaar. It was a successful move -- the fest had its largest and best-received installment yet.
This year, organizers have taken that path again with even more gusto. Moby, Little Dragon and Phantogram are among the headliners at the festival, which also features a strong undercard of acts like Gold Panda, Simian Mobile Disco, Claude VonStroke and Damian Lazarus. The week will also feature the usual, charmingly crunchy slate of spirituality workshops, lectures and Burning Man-inspired installation art.
The only downside? It'll be hard to call LiB an L.A.-area festival anymore. The show has moved from last year's location at Lake Skinner County Park to the San Antonio Recreation Area in Monterey County.
The fest takes place May 22-26, and tickets...
By now, Drive-By Truckers have gotten used to losing songwriters. While the core of the neo-Southern-rockers has always been frontman Patterson Hood and guitarist-singer Mike Cooley, over the years the band has seen gifted colleagues Jason Isbell and Shonna Tucker come and leave the fold.
"English Oceans," the band's 12th LP, is the first to present Hood and Cooley as equal vocal and songwriting partners, and the results are muscular and more experimental than you might expect. The two are excellent foils for each other, with their styles providing deft contrasts. The album starts with a Cooley ripper, "… Shots Count," that instantly proves the vitality of this new lineup. "Pauline Hawkins" lets their Tom Petty flag fly, with sweetly sour harmonies over a tale of domestic revenge — and a dramatic left-turn into a piano ballad.
The LP closes with Hood's "Grand Canyon," a raspy and panoramic rocker that turns Crazy Horse...
Perhaps Rick Ross simply took his drug-lord act as far as it could go with 2012's "God Forgives, I Don't," in which the portly Miami rapper somehow made a seizure he'd suffered on a private jet sound like the mark of a true player. But for the first time in a career that's gotten only more interesting since his background as a corrections officer was revealed, Ross has run out of imaginative ways to describe his power on his latest.
"Before the crib you gotta clear the guard's gate," he brags of his home in "Rich Is Gangsta," "Elevators like Frank's on 'Scarface.'" Snooze.
He's helped by collaborators such as the Weeknd, who gives "In Vein" a queasy menace, and Jay Z, who boosts the swagger in "The Devil Is a Lie." And Kanye West's trippy, gospel-fied production in "Sanctified" is its own reward. (Ditto West's guest verse, in which he tries out a wonderful new pronunciation of "handkerchief.") As "Mastermind's" mastermind, though, Ross...
On one level, it was no surprise that veteran record company executive Gil Friesen was drawn to the theme of "20 Feet From Stardom," the film about backup singers that won the Oscar for documentary feature Sunday night.
Friesen, longtime president of A&M Records, was at a performance by Leonard Cohen in Las Vegas several years ago when he got the idea to explore the question of why support singers who, although tremendously talented, never became stars in their own right.
There was a parallel in his own life: Friesen himself was a different breed than high-profile record label heads like Clive Davis, Berry Gordy and Ahmet Ertegun. Sometimes referred to as "the ampersand in A&M," the label started in the early 1960s by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Friesen had a considerably lower profile, preferring to keep attention focused on the musicians and filmmakers he was working with.
"He knew that a lot of these people were some of the best...
Kanye West and Jay Z’s collaborative relationship has already yielded plenty of hits, a critically heralded joint album and a blockbuster tour.
Now the two hip-hop heavyweights are aligning their business endeavors.
West’s design and content house Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay’s Roc Nation, the companies announced in a joint statement on Monday. The partnership will focus on West’s international recording brand and his touring ventures.
Donda, named after West’s late mother, was launched in 2009 when he collaborated with Louis Vuitton for a footwear collection.
West officially branded the company in 2011 with the packaging and tour design for his joint collaboration with Jay Z, “Watch the Throne.”
The creative house designed two versions of West's Nike Air Yeezy sneakers, which were instant hot-sellers, and crafted two capsule lines with Parisian brand A.P.C. Donda will also work...
Angel Olsen walked onto the Echoplex stage, grabbed her guitar and stood before a microphone. A few miles away, the Academy Awards had just finished. But as the sparkle along Hollywood Boulevard poured into limousines and cruised to parties across the city, the singer in Echo Park may as well have been gigging in the Ozarks.
Nonetheless, she delivered one of the best performances of Sunday evening, one whose resonant voice and way with phrasing deserved a trophy, if not a pizza and a shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres.
“I quit my dreaming the moment I found you/ I started dancing just to be around you,” she sang, her hand strumming out a few sparse chords while her voice echoed with reverb. The first song (with an unprintable title) from her assured new album, “Burn Your Fire for No Witness,” it introduced Olsen as a singer with a voice capable of delivering whispered intimacies loaded with drama.
Before beginning a...
For experimental bands looking to broaden their horizons, there's no place like Joshua Tree. Turns out even English dance acts can find some magic in them hills.
Simian Mobile Disco, the longtime London electronica duo, has announced an intriguing new project that's half installation-art, half live album.
On April 26, the duo will commandeer Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, Calif., for a one-off performance that will be recorded for an upcoming new album, "Whorl." The show will nix all laptops, software, samples and vocals -- each member will get only one synthesizer and one sequencer to perform the record.
The catch? The pair is going to do this set only once, and whatever happens that night will become the grist for the new album.
It isn't exactly a proper live album -- the band plans to later mix, edit and add to the individual tracks for a more sonically coherent LP. But when Simian Mobile Disco walks off Pappy & Harriet's stage that night, it...
First, there was "Midnight"; now there's "Magic."
After surprise-releasing a so-so new song last week that suggested frontman Chris Martin had been bro-ing down with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Coldplay dropped another fresh tune on the Internet late Sunday, one that has Pop
Pharrell Williams' hat contains inexhaustible depths of pop-culture amusement.
The producer-singer's original idiosyncratic headwear -- a brown Vivienne Westwood number made famous at this year's Grammys -- was recently bought by the fast-food chain Arby's, whose logo bears a striking resemblance to it.
But it resurfaced at this year's Academy Awards, where Williams performed his Oscar-nominated song "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2."
While he first turned heads on the red carpet for wearing a contrarian Lanvin tuxedo-and-shorts combo, it wouldn't be a pop-culture event without keeping the prior meme alive. While he had a new, darker edition of the towering ranger cap for his performance (which comes on the heels of his new album, "G I R L"), the old one earned another clandestine photo op.
Host Ellen DeGeneres got hold of the hulking headwear and passed it around the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood during the Oscars show Sunday night to collect money for her...
Book U2 frontman Bono for the Grammy Awards and perhaps only a Beatle or a Rolling Stone could upstage him. At the Oscars, however, the rock 'n' roll humanitarian had nothing on a Disney princess.
Idina Menzel stole the Dolby Theatre stage Sunday with "Let It Go," the diva belter from Disney's smash "Frozen," which would go on to win the Oscar a few minutes later for original song.
"To our fellow nominees, you are all rock stars — literally," said Kristen Anderson-Lopez as she accepted the Oscar with her husband, Robert Lopez.
Indeed, the "Let It Go" competition included U2, hitmaker Pharrell Williams and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O.
The winners dedicated the honor to their two daughters and "the hope," Anderson-Lopez said, "that you never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are."
But it was the film academy that kept the audience from celebrating all of "Let It Go." Three...
As per its title, Pharrell Williams' first album in eight years is singularly focused on girls. No women or ladies appear through the 10 songs that make up the album, let alone any other men. (There is one queen, but she's from outer space.)
Best known these days for his falsetto voice heard on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," singer-producer Pharrell doubles down on his pursuit of mainstream superstardom on "Girl," but in the process reveals his weaknesses as well.
A voracious listener able to write rock, rap, pop and R&B songs with equal skill, Pharrell on "Girl" seems to be gunning for solo pop ubiquity, and to that end it's an extra-large success. Beat-wise, pop doesn't get any more modern than this. In addition to the No. 1 hit "Happy," there's a queue of at least four other would-be chart-toppers within: "Brand New," "Gust of Wind," "I Know Who You Are" and "Come Get It Bae," each more banging than the next. At its catchy best, the release suggests an...
It looks (and sounds) like something conceived by the jokers at Funny or Die.
But evidently Bruce Springsteen wasn't kidding when he performed a rather growly cover of Lorde's "Royals" during his concert Saturday in that young pop star's hometown of Auckland, New Zealand.
Strumming an acoustic guitar in the mournful-folky manner to which his fans are accustomed, Springsteen chews through Lorde's lyrics about never having seen a diamond in the flesh in a video clip posted on YouTube (and brought to the attention of Pop & Hiss by the devoted Springsteen enthusiasts at Rolling Stone).
Later in the video, the Boss makes a small adjustment to Lorde's words, telling the crowd, "Let me be your ruler / You can call me king bee." It's pretty, uh, classic?
"Royals" is just one of several songs Springsteen has been covering on his current tour of Australia and New Zealand. According to Rolling Stone, he's also done AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and the Bee Gees'...
A business executive who stole nearly $400,000 from the rock band Pearl Jam was sentenced Friday in Washington state to 14 months in prison.
Rickey Goodrich, former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam's management company, pleaded guilty in December to six counts of first-degree theft "for using company accounts to pay personal debts and fund lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines," according to the Seattle Times, which cited documents from the King County prosecuting attorney's office.
Goodrich, 55, began working for Pearl Jam's touring organization in 2005, the Times reported, then moved the following year to Curtis Inc., the company owned by the Seattle band's manager, Kelly Curtis.
"Over the next few years," the newspaper wrote, "Goodrich used funds from Curtis Inc. to repeatedly make payments on his wife's American Express account and to pay for credit card charges he racked up at wineries, hotels and spas,...
The sideshow at Dodger Stadium is about to begin as Paul Stanley emerges from his backstage trailer, shirtless and in full kabuki drag: bright red lips, his face painted harlequin white, a black star over his right eye. The singer-guitarist is here to perform with his band KISS but hears his name and walks over to a crowd gathered at the fence.
"Arriba!" yells one fan, and Stanley reaches over to shake hands, as dozens of cellphones take snapshots. "Let me see your shoes!" shouts another, and Stanley half-climbs the fence to swing a tasseled silver-and-black platform boot over the top. "Thanks, Paul!"
In less than an hour, Stanley and his musical partner of four decades, Gene Simmons, will lead KISS through two short sets of hooks and hard rock riffs as halftime entertainment for an ice hockey game between the Kings and the Ducks. It's another strange gig in the ongoing saga of KISS, which long ago evolved from band to lucrative brand, ready for high-profile special events, reality TV...
Back in 2010, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig gave a lecture on copyright law. Speaking at a conference for the organization Creative Commons, he used YouTube clips of fans dancing to Phoenix's song "Lisztomania" as an example of proper "fair use" principles. He later uploaded the full lecture, which included the clips, to YouTube.
Liberation Music, the firm that licenses the Phoenix song in Australia and New Zealand, disagreed with Lessig's take. The firm issued a YouTube takedown order, asking that the lecture video be removed, and later threatened their own lawsuit against Lessig.
As perhaps was to be expected when one sues a law professor, Lessig and the Electronic Frontier Foundation countersued for "misusing copyright law."
The flurry of suits finally came to an end this week, according to Billboard, after Liberation admitted being in the wrong and would pay compensation associated with the cases.
"We regret that...
Kanye West’s elaborate Yeezus tour is coming to theaters.
After wrapping the North American leg of the tour earlier this week, West quietly debuted a trailer for the film on his official website.
The clip featured a quick flurry of shots from the production, dramatic scenes such as horses running in snow and West in his many masks.
A recent interview with Vice author Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero," “American Physco”) revealed he was collaborating with West on a film project after the rapper enlisted him to reimagine a scene from "American Psycho" for a promotional clip for "Yeezus."
Ellis said he had penned a script that was in "Kanye land."
"He came and asked me to write the film. I didn't want to at first. Then I listened to 'Yeezus,' " Ellis said. "It was early summer last year, and I was driving in my car. He'd given me an advance copy, and I thought, regardless of whether I'm right for this project, I want to work...
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” video has been reedited to remove a quick scene that has generated outcry among some in the Muslim community.
The scene in dispute showed a suitor being disintegrated, along with a pendant he was wearing that spelled out “Allah” (the Arabic word for “God”).
A Change.org petition posted by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, England, lobbied for YouTube to remove the video. But it was reedited to digitally remove the Allah medallion, and that version is now posted on YouTube and Vevo.
“The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy,” the petition stated.
In making the video, whose location is identified as Memphis, Egypt, “a crazy long time ago ... ,” Perry said in a statement that she was “just trying to give a beautiful performance about a place I have so much love for ... with no other...
The Dixie Chicks made a rare U.S. concert appearance Thursday night as the headlining act at a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation.
Held in a ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the evening doubled as a salute to the record producer Rick Rubin, who oversaw the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy-winning 2006 album “Taking the Long Way” and Thursday received the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the foundation that promotes Transcendental Meditation.
When offers to perform arrive, “usually the answer is no,” said the Dixie Chicks frontwoman, Natalie Maines, during the group’s 30-minute set. But this time they accepted after learning that Rubin – “the man who never allows himself to be honored,” as Maines described him -- would be in attendance.
Once one of country’s biggest live acts, the Dixie Chicks have played only intermittently in the United States since 2006, three years...
It's no secret that the music industry loves its anniversaries. From commemorating a certain Liverpool band's first appearance on U.S. television to the release of Eric Dolphy's squirrelly, spacious masterpiece "Out to Lunch," this year has already seen a few big ones.
Near the top of that list has to be the 75th anniversary of storied jazz label Blue Note Records. In addition to a recent New York City concert featuring label stars Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, the label will also be celebrated with an exhibition opening March 25 at the Grammy Museum, "Blue Note Records: The Finest in Jazz," which will feature artwork, photographs and more music artifacts. A Q
The ante is upped measurably for the latest all-star benefit show staged by the Wild Honey Foundation: a varied assemblage of singers and musicians, mostly Los Angeles-based, who will perform two of the Beatles’ most highly regarded albums, “Revolver” and “Abbey Road,” on Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, a venue nearly quadruple the size of the site of last year’s show.
“This is the biggest show we’ve ever done,” said organizer Paul Rock. “The Wilshire Ebell holds about 1,200, which is giant for us. Last year’s show was at the El Portal [in North Hollywood], which has a capacity of about 375. But it sold out about three weeks in advance, so I felt like there was more demand. And when you’re doing the Beatles, those Beatles people will do anything.”
At last year’s performance, the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” albums were...
The make-out session during "Adore You." The dreamy cover of OutKast's "Hey Ya!" And, of course, the pot-leaf leotard.
Miley Cyrus provided so much fodder for discussion at the Honda Center stop on her Bangerz tour last week that I didn't have room in my review to address Cyrus' two openers: Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop.
No great loss in the case of the latter. Though its performance of "I Love It" was characteristically exuberant, the Swedish duo made even less of an impact on the Honda's gigantic stage than it did in December at the far cozier Fonda Theatre.
Ferreira, though, was something to see: a black-leather goth-punk belting out her serrated electro-pop songs from inside a cloud of machine-made fog.
The L.A. native, whose gig on the Bangerz tour follows last year's release of the terrific "Night Time, My Time," evidently threw herself into her Anaheim performance to such a degree that she ended up injuring her leg. On Instagram later she...
There's a lot of damage in the shadows when Angel Olsen says six simple words.
Those words -- "I am the only one now" -- are sung at the conclusion of the first song on her new album, and they're repeated seven times. Her voice goes higher, then lower, alternately crestfallen and then revelatory. Scarred? A little. Heartbroken? That's harder to gauge.
If a love song is inherently egocentric -- I feel something or other because you did something -- then Olsen's new album "Burn Your Fire for No Witness" is about grappling with romance in an era besotted with narcissistic status updates. Self-branding may be the norm, but learning to be truly selfish is something else entirely.
Recorded with a mini-rock combo for whom rough-around-the-edges emotion takes precedence over perfection, Olsen's narrators wonder what has been sacrificed for stability -- another relatively quaint idea these days. A daughter ponders whether her mother wishes her back into the womb, couples lie together in...
Musically speaking, one of the best parts of the breakout success of “True Detective” is the window it opens into the world of the Handsome Family. The husband-wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks composed “Far From Any Road,” used each week in the HBO mystery’s opening credits, but that tells only a tiny part of their story.
For the last two decades the pair has been using the blueprints of old-time country and western balladry to create dark but often lovely narratives set in the present.
Featuring songs in which worms “circle like sharks” waiting for death to come, their best work offers songcraft with the narrative drive of short stories. With lyrics on death and the afterlife, drunken heartache, twin sisters, benders in hotel bars and dogs chained to trees, the woes of the world's tallest man and the last few moments of Amelia Earhart’s life (“… she remembered picking lemons with William Randolph Hearst,” for your...
Other than die-hard fans and music journalists, few people would have recognized the name of Franny Beecher before stories surfaced Monday about his death at age 92. Beecher was the longtime lead guitarist of seminal rocker Bill Haley’s band, the Comets.
That’s one reason that in 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally got around to formally acknowledging several of the bands without whom Haley and many other rock, pop and R&B stars previously inducted individually would have been solo acts stranded singing a cappella.
To complete the story on the early inductions of James Brown, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Hank Ballard and Smokey Robinson, the hall welcomed the musicians who were crucial to the music they brought to the world: the Famous Flames, the Comets, the Crickets, the Blue Caps, the Midnighters and the Miracles. Coming up in April, the next group to be honored with the Rock hall’s “award for musical excellence” will be Bruce...
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is getting into the awards business. The radio conglomerate announced Wednesday that it is teaming with NBC to air its first iHeartRadio Music Awards in May.
The three-hour, fan-voted show will set up at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Clear Channel said.
No performers or a host have been revealed, but Clear Channel’s telecast will “showcase this year's biggest artists and songs and feature live performances, never-before-done duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations,” according to a news release announcing the awards.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards will also broadcast and stream the audio from the telecast across the many Clear Channel radio stations across the nation and their websites, and on iHeartRadio.
But with a slew of telecasts already handing out trophies to music stars based off sales, fan votes, radio data and peer recognition,...
Today’s spur-sharp crop of young female country singers owes a lot to Lucinda Williams. Without Williams, who in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s set the template for bourbon-slugging, disenchanted women in what came to be alt-country, there might not be a Kacey Musgraves, Caitlin Rose or Hurray for the Riff Raff as we know them today.
As with most great country, the original article has gotten only better with time. On Tuesday night at the Echoplex, Williams continued her drolly titled “World Tour of Los Angeles” (which has included stops at the Troubadour, Glasshouse and other Southland venues). It was a long trip through her catalog of witty, pleading, harrowing songs that feel like distress calls from the coolest young woman in every blighted Southern town.
She’s ostensibly touring behind a re-release of her long-out-of-print 1988 self-titled album for Rough Trade (whose brutal breakup single “Changed the Locks” was covered by Tom...
Rihanna will not only star in DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film “Home” but will also provide the film's music.
The pop star is working on a concept album inspired by the upcoming film, according to Variety.
The 3D film is based on Adam Rex’s 2007 children’s book, "The True Meaning of Smekday." Rihanna voices the teenage protagonist Gratuity "Tip" Tucci.
Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin also star.
"Home” is directed by Tim Johnson, who also helmed “Antz,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Over the Hedge.”
The film will arrive in theaters on Nov. 26.
A release date for the album has yet to be announced, but interestingly, the singer's last four albums have all had November release dates.
Rihanna's last album was 2012's "Unapologetic."
"Frozen" just won't let it go.
The soundtrack to Disney's hit animated feature returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, marking its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the album chart. Driven in part by the success of the single "Let It Go" -- which is up for an Oscar on Sunday for original song -- "Frozen" sold 89,000 copies in the week that ended Feb. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Those five weeks are the most for any soundtrack since 1998, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield reports. That's the year "Titanic," with Celine Dion's smash "My Heart Will Go On," occupied the top spot for 16 straight weeks.
Three other soundtracks have spent at least five weeks at No. 1 since Billboard began tracking sales with SoundScan in 1991: "Waiting to Exhale," "The Lion King" and "The Bodyguard," which racked up 20 weeks atop the chart in 1992 and 1993.
Behind "Frozen," Eric Church's "The Outsiders" came in at No. 2 with sales of 74,000 copies --...
Offering just a few hours' notice, Kid Cudi surprised fans by issuing a new album at midnight.
Late Monday, the alt-rapper began dropping hints via Twitter that his latest, “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon,” would soon arrive.
Keeping with his trippy, outer-space motifs, Cudi told his followers (or “fellow galaxy travelers”) that “Tickets to Copernicus Landing will be available for purchase via iTunes in the next 2 hours.” “Copernicus Landing,” is one of the 10 tracks featured on the new album.
“Time to make the world stand still,” the rapper tweeted before issuing a one-hour warning and finally calling his travelers to “board” with a link to purchase the album on iTunes.
Sound familiar? Cudi joins a growing list of artists tightening the gap between pre-album hype and release.
Jay Z used a commercial during the NBA finals last year to give fans a two-week...
Few fans have been more vocal about their favorite group’s long absence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than those in the KISS Army, but now that the long-running hard rock outfit is being inducted, members have decided to opt out of performing at this year’s ceremony.
The problem? Deciding which incarnation of KISS would perform. In a statement released Sunday, members of the current version of the band said they wanted “to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members” who have played with the group over the years.
Founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss recently stated that they had not been invited to perform with fellow original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, an assertion challenged by the current group.
“Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter,” the statement posted on KISS' official website said.
The temporary closure of Los Angeles State Historic Park for renovations has thrown the L.A. festival season for a bit of a loop. Now we're starting to see where displaced local shows are setting up for the year.
Hard Summer, the annual EDM blowout that usually takes over the park north of Chinatown for a weekend, will move this year to the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, about 15 freeway minutes east of downtown L.A.
The 100-acre park will sport five stages and 75 acts, with all the usual future-psychedelic Hard installation art.
Hard has not announced its lineup yet -- last year's headliners included Knife Party, Duck Sauce, Dog Blood and Zedd -- but it has set dates for this year's summer festival -- Aug. 2-3. Last year's edition drew 70,000 fans over two days.
Advance tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. Rave fans will miss the urban-pastoral vibes of dancing within feet of the passing Gold Line trains, but a spruced up Chinatown park next...
Coldplay is heating up.
A week after Apple announced that the English band would headline the opening night of its upcoming iTunes Festival, Coldplay on Tuesday released a new song, "Midnight."
It's a woozy, low-key ballad with heavily processed vocals by frontman Chris Martin that strongly recall the work of Bon Iver; indeed, that band probably could've snuck "Midnight" onto its self-titled 2011 album without anyone noticing.
The track hasn't been officially described as a taster from a new Coldplay record, the group's follow-up to 2011's "Mylo Xyloto."
But its appearance mere weeks before the group's March 11 performance at the iTunes Festival -- scheduled for a five-night run in Austin, Texas, during the annual South by Southwest music conference -- certainly suggests that something is coming.
Listen to "Midnight" below.
Wondering what Haim might look like at Coachella following the band's whirlwind year? You can see one possibility in the music video for "If I Could Change Your Mind."
Posted Monday on YouTube, the new clip (for the latest single from Haim's killer "Days Are Gone" album) finds the L.A. sister act juicing its once-scrappy stage show with the kind of coordinated dance routine not often seen in the grungy rock clubs Haim came up playing.
Indeed, as the group writes on Facebook, the choreography is by Fatima Robinson, the music-video veteran known for her work on iconic clips by Michael Jackson, Aaliyah and the Black Eyed Peas. Robinson designed some fierce finger-snap moves for the Haims, who pull them off with unexpected verve.
Currently on the road in Europe, Haim is expected to return stateside next month ahead of yet another tour that will include appearances at both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (April 11-13 and 18-...
Beck made his name as a recycler, a smart, savvy searcher known for finding new value in old things. So it makes sense that the artist responsible for "Mellow Gold" and "Odelay," both high points of mid-'90s cut-and-paste pop, would eventually get around to recycling himself.
That's more or less what Beck does on his latest album, "Morning Phase." With the same downbeat acoustic vibe and many of the same players, the new record serves as a kind of spiritual sequel — a "companion piece," his camp calls it — to 2002's "Sea Change," on which the singer broke from his established collage aesthetic to offer up a dozen slow-and-low folk songs about the pain of heartache.
True to his transformer's nature, the sequel is better than the original.
For all that connects "Morning Phase" to "Sea Change," the two records come out of very different circumstances. On the earlier album, Beck was pondering the end of his relationship with a longtime...
"Good things come to those who wait," Neneh Cherry sings over stormy electronics and a skittering rhythm on her first solo album in 16 years.
If there's a lingering take-away from "Blank Project," that's it. Cherry, whose breakout hit "Buffalo Stance" was practically inescapable in the late '80s, left music for years before reemerging with "The Cherry Thing" in 2012. A brash stab of skronky jazz-punk that paired Cherry's soulful vocals with a blustery Scandinavian saxophone trio, the record was one of the year's best. Here Cherry proves that comeback was no fluke.
Produced by electronic artist Four Tet and backed by the percussive U.K. space-jazz duo RocketNumberNine, Cherry's "Blank Project" dips into gruff soul, icy hip-hop and avant-garde invention. Said to be inspired by some dark times in Cherry's life, the album is shadowed by menace but can move like a dance record. The skittering "Everything" and "Out of the Black" are girded with sticky hooks, with the latter finding Cherry...
It's a powerful album with big beats and lyrics that focus on hard truths through a fog of synthetic opiates, crime, cough syrup, chronic and paranoia. "If God won't help me this gun will, I swear I'm gonna...
U2 is a band that is used to big statements, political activism and rallying behind a cause. This past weekend, however, the band's larger-than-life frontman Bono was talking about the band's late-career efforts to simplify. Well, that and also his desire to get his hands on the "little gold" that is an Academy Awards statuette.
Speaking by phone early Saturday from Washington, D.C., Bono described the band's 2009 effort "No Line on the Horizon" as "esoteric," and talked up the more human aspects of the group's Oscar-nominated song, "Ordinary Love." The latter, of course, was the occasion for the call, as with Oscar voting ending on Tuesday at 5 p.m. PST, the singer was in full campaign mode.
"Pharrell is an exceptional talent, then you have a Disney phenom and Karen O is just mesmerizing," said Bono as he surveyed his Academy Awards competition.
"Ordinary Love," featured in The Weinstein Co.'s biopic "...
Amid all the talk of HBO’s drama "True Detective," little has been written about the music, and the way it paints the Louisiana mystery a certain color of brown. From the opening theme, the Handsome Family’s “Far From Any Road,” to the end of each episode, the selections dot the hour with melodic comments, augmenting the drama with new layers of grit. It shouldn’t be surprising that the man behind the choices is T Bone Burnett, whose tastes are as deep as they are ubiquitous.
Given that the show, which stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as detectives searching for a ritualistic murderer, occurs in the south, it stands to reason that music from Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakum might find purchase within the grim tale. Ditto the raw folk music from John Lee Hooker, Blind Uncle Gaspard and C.J. Johnson. Like “Far From Any Road,” they suggest a world filled with darkness that only reluctantly gives way to light.
Southern California musicians will gain a new avenue for exposure with the arrival of “Studio A,” a weekly television series spotlighting bands and performers from the region that is set to premiere March 4 at 10 p.m. on independent public TV station KCET and simulcast on KCSN-FM (88.5).
Chelsea Wolfe will be profiled in the premiere episode, and Best Coast, Chicano Batman, Aloe Blacc, Run River North, Noah and the Megafauna, the Internet and Deap Valley are due in coming weeks of the series, which aims to showcase the diversity of the Southern California music scene.
The show will consist of taped live performances and interview segments, and KCSN will simulcast the music at 10 p.m. on Friday nights when KCET replays each week’s new show.
“Our collaboration with KCSN was a natural fit, as their commitment to independent and emerging artists was in sync with the programming goals for the series,” series executive...
James Murphy's post-LCD Soundsystem life has been more befitting a Victorian renaissance man than a former rock star.
He's dabbled in outside productions, yes, but he's also perfected his own coffee blend, lobbied for MMA fighting and is now looking to reform one of New York's least sonorous spaces -- the subway turnstiles.
"I started noticing that the subway sounds quite brutal," Murphy told the Wall Street Journal in a video clip discussing the potential project. "Given that all that information is already at the turnstile, why don't we just make it a nice sound? Just make it pleasant."
His goal is create a specific ambient tone that rings when you swipe your subway pass, one that would have pleasant harmonic effect as traffic through the turnstiles increased.
But Murphy might have yet another reason to claim that New York is bringing him down. MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the current, clangy turnstile sound is a "natural technical...
Justin Bieber will turn 20 on Saturday, but the troubled pop star had a different number on his mind early Monday: 1 billion.
That's the number of times Vevo says Bieber's "Baby" video has been streamed, "making it the most watched clip ever" on the music-video site, according to a press release.
An uptempo love song with a harmless guest rap by Ludacris, "Baby" was the biggest hit from Bieber's debut full-length "My World 2.0," which came out in 2010 but now feels like a relic from a much earlier age.
Indeed, the singer last week released his first song since being arrested in January in Miami Beach, Fla., a springy electro-funk track called "Broken" in which Bieber seems to address the uproar over his recent run-ins with the law (and the tabloid press).
"I guess they want a reaction, but I ain't gonna give it to 'em," he sings in his supple man-child croon. "They trying to get at me, I ain't gonna feed into it.""Broken" appears on a new...
For heavy metal singer Randy Blythe, there are mixed emotions attached to the release of a new documentary about his band, Lamb of God.
"As the Palaces Burn" tells the story of a young fan who died after falling from the band's stage during a 2010 concert in Prague, Czech Republic, and Blythe's unexpected arrest and trial in the Czech Republic for manslaughter more than a year later.
"It's a hard movie for me to watch," says Blythe of the film, which opens at select theaters nationwide on Thursday.
At a recent stop in Los Angeles, Blythe is backstage at the Hollywood Palladium, another night on the road and business as usual for a working heavy metal band.
Crew and band members wander in and out until Blythe locks the door to any more interruptions. He speaks with gravity not just of his own ordeal but about the death of a young fan. "It's not a movie to me," he says. "It's my life."
Directed by Don Argott, "As the Palaces Burn" joins a long tradition...
Vanilla Ice has made a career out of being embarrassing in a wholly self-aware way. The rapper’s latest foray into cringe-inducing territory? Shucking and jiving for Kraft macaroni and cheese.
Ice lends his “Ninja Rap” to a new commercial for pasta shaped like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The song appeared on the soundtrack to 1991’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” and the branded mac likely coincides with a reboot of the live action film set to hit theaters later this year.
In the commercial, the rapper is working as a grocery store clerk (too easy). As he’s stocking shelves and rapping the tune, a smitten mom arrives and starts popping and locking. Ice jumps in on the awkward dancing as the woman's son looks on in pure horror.
The clip is hilarious, and embarrassing. But it got us thinking. Vanilla Ice isn’t the first emcee to drop their self-respect for a quick buck....
Pop star-turned-actor Pink will be making an appearance at March 2's Academy Awards. Described by Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement as "one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation," Pink joins a pop-focused telecast that already features U2, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel and Karen O.
Pink is booked for what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is describing as a "highly anticipated moment." In nonpress-release speak, that's generally just referred to as a "performance."
Or maybe the academy is simply planning a surprise tribute to the greatest circus films of all time? As she has shown multiple times, no artist can as effortlessly pull off a song, dance and high-wire act as Pink, who at this year's Grammys dangled above the crowd to perform her song "Try."
Silliness aside, this is shaping up to be one of the most tuneful Oscar...
Justin Bieber’s crowd was loud. One Direction’s too. And though they seem like somebody’s uncles now, the Jonas Brothers once inspired the kind of shrieks that could knock down a lesser heartthrob.
But in my life as a concertgoer, I can’t recall an audience operating at a higher volume -- and for as sustained a period of time -- as the one that Miley Cyrus thrilled Thursday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Disney Channel child star turned hip-hop provocateur was kicking off the first of two Southland dates on her recently launched North American tour.
This wasn’t an arena full of guys catcalling the 21-year-old singer, either. The capacity crowd had a female proportion large enough that some of the venue’s men’s rooms had been temporarily reassigned for women -- an indication that the outsize reaction Cyrus is looking for (and gets) is about more than titillation.
In advance of the weekend, below are a five new songs worthy of your precious time.
St. Vincent, "Prince Johnny."
Annie Clark's new album arrives Tuesday, and, as usual under her St. Vincent guise, she delivers smart pop as inventive as it is catchy. "Prince Johnny," which Clark recently debuted during a guest DJ set on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program, fit in with the other songs on her playlist. Among others, she played Loretta Lynn, Swans, Stevie Wonder -- "Master Blaster (Jammin')" -- and King Krule. "Prince Johnny" sounds like none of them -- and nothing else.
Michael Kiwanuka, "You've Got Nothing to Lose"
This week saw a few surprise Nashville collaboration announcements. Pop chanteuse Lana Del Rey confirmed that Grammy-winning producer/Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach would be working on her forthcoming album. More important for now, the excellent British singer and songwriter Michael Kiwanuka released a new song, "You've Got Nothing to Lose," produced by Jack White....
Lily Allen has always had a knack for ribbing guys in her lyrics. Now she's using her new album to do a bit of the same.
In an interview on the BBC's "The Graham Norton Show," Allen said her new album -- her first since 2009 -- would bear the exquisite title of "Sheezus," a riff on Kanye West's latest LP.
"It's a confident title choice," she said. "And a little nod to Kanye West."
The album, her third, is the follow-up to "It's Not Me, It's You," which topped charts in Britain and hit No. 5 on the U.S. album chart.
Allen's long-awaited comeback was marred by criticism that her video for "Hard Out Here" traded in some demeaning racial stereotypes, which she vehemently denied.
"Sheezus" will include that song as well as other recent singles including "Air Balloon," which recently got a delightfully cheetah-centric video treatment, and "L8 CMMR." The latter was a featured cut on the "Girls Vol. 2" soundtrack. Watch the video for "Air...
By the time that Beck Hansen finished his lush, melancholy new record, "Morning Phase," he had become so consumed by the process that he says he'd caused brain damage.
"I've heard each song about six or seven thousand times, to the point where it's burned a hole, neurologically, in my auditory system," the 43-year-old songwriter, whose work over the last two decades has helped define modern Los Angeles with his expansive, all-consuming eardrums, said over dinner recently in Los Feliz.
Recorded in Nashville, Paris, London and Los Angeles over seven intense months, "Morning Phase" is the artist's 12th album and first studio album since he hit 40, and it sounds it.
Pensive, smooth, filled with rich Southern California harmonies by way of the Beach Boys, Tim Buckley and various ladies and men of the canyon and nary an abrasive note, it's a record that a successful adult man with a wife and two kids, like Beck, would make. It's also one in a line of...
Pharrell Williams says it cost him about $200, and for much of the last month it has become the center of attention. It's been compared to the Arby's logo. It has room for secret compartments, perhaps even a leprechaun. It took on a social media life of its own. It somehow appears capable of staying on Williams' head when he performs.
We're talking, of course, about Williams' hat. The tan monster of a headgear accessory can now be yours, but you're going to need more than a little disposable income. Williams has made the topper available for bidding on EBay.
Bidding for the Vivienne Westwood Mountain Hat, which retails for 95 pounds (about $158), has now crossed the $10,000 mark. All proceeds from the sale of the 8-inch tall majesty will go to Williams' education-focused From One Hand to Another charity.
"Hey Arbys, you want my hat," Williams tweeted. "Now's your chance."
This week Columbia Records announced that it will release Williams' solo...
Got discerning taste? Interested in digging in the digital crates for the best music available in the cloud? Then you've no doubt been targeted by Beats Music in the past few months.
The much-hyped streaming service is the latest entry in an increasingly crowded field that includes Spotify and iTunes. It offers access to millions of songs and hundreds of hand-selected playlists for $9.99 a month (or, for ATT customers, $14.99 for a family plan).
It was unveiled last month during a big budget rollout by longtime music business executives and hitmakers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine through their company, Beats Electronics. Considering their Beats by Dre brand upended the headphone market after launching in 2008, other streaming services have to be nervous.
At first blush, the app is crush-worthy, featuring playlists galore from artists including Usher, Miranda Lambert, Vampire Weekend and dozens of others, taste-making outlets and organizations including...
When the world-at-large last saw Katy Perry performing her "Dark Horse," she was emerging from a crystal ball and strutting around the Grammy Awards stage as if she were "Sleeping Beauty's" evil queen Maleficent. Now, she's remixing Egyptian history so it includes some hot-pink palaces and some even hotter puffed cheesy snacks.
The Egyptian soundstage setting of "Dark Horse's" official video is Candyland-inspired fantasy, as Perry sports neon-blue hair streaks and commands an army of "Avatar"-influenced Na'vi-like creatures. Suitors attempt to woo, people in creepy animal masks act creepy and Perry wields magical powers that turn men to dust.
There are cartoon-ish jewels, a light-up temple deity straight out of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure thrill ride and a half-man, half-pup. Directed by Mathew Cullen, who worked with Perry on her "California Gurls" video, "Dark Horse" bears a similar crayon-bright aesthetic.
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