| Jul 8, 2008
Beck "Modern Guilt" (DGC Records)
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There are many probable reasons Beck made "Modern Guilt," his concise yet deliberately cosmic collaboration with fellow shaggy pop auteur Danger Mouse. He's finishing up a long contract with his record label; he...
| Aug 4, 2008
Near the end of Dengue Fever's show Saturday at the El Rey, guitarist Zac Holtzman dedicated a song to his pal Ricky, who Holtzman said was celebrating his birthday in the audience. For most groups, that kind of shout-out doesn't signify much, but for...
| Feb 23, 2009
A.R. Rahman (music) and Gulzar (lyrics)
"Jai Ho" was one of two songs composed by Rahman that was nominated for original song from "Slumdog Millionaire." It beat out the other song, "O Saya," which was punctuated with stylish vocals from M.I....
| Mar 22, 2009
There are certain inevitabilities to any figure skating competition. Plastic-wrapped flowers and stuffed animals will be thrown onto the ice. The audience will gasp at a botched triple Lutz, then break into mild applause for encouragement's sake. A gangly...