| 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...
| Jan 16, 2011
January has always been slump month when it comes to new pop music. Musicians tend to turn bearlike around this time, hibernating until conditions seem friendlier. Yet the resourceful pop lover will be anything but bored right now, with so much to reap...
| Jun 26, 2011
The time slot was an unforgiving one and the venue even worse. When Foster the People ambled onstage at noon on the final full day of the nearly weeklong South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March, it was exhaustion rather than...
| Aug 7, 2011
The first day of rehearsals was another momentous occasion for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was fall 2009, more than three years since the band last toured, and the rockers were beginning the hard work of rebirth with a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer....
| Apr 28, 2009
| 2:18 PM
TÊTE-à-TÊTE: JASON SCHWARTZMAN
Jason Schwartzman started young. At 14, he was a cofounder and drummer with the L.A. rock band Phantom Planet. At 17, he jumped into acting with an impressive debut in Wes Anderson's 1998 art-house favorite Rushmore. He...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 12:10 PM
There's already a handy narrative available to guide you through the schizophrenic Moms, the fifth album by Portland, Ore.’s Menomena.
Shortly after the 2010 release of Mines, the group parted ways with co-founder Brent Knopf in January of 2011....
| 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...