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Pop & HissI can't recall a more unexpected reaction to a performance than the one that I witnessed Friday night at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn., around midnight on the first night of this classy college town's annual Big Ears Festival.......
Special To The TimesBY train, the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn is five stops from the suits and ties of Lower Manhattan and 14 stops from the tourists of Times Square. Some of the streets are lined with trees and brownstones, others with abandoned buildings and...
Tags: Politics, Lil' Kim , Death, Missing in Action, Homes
NEW YORK (AP) -- It seems like forever since Britney Spears had six-pack abs and a hit song on the charts. But the fallen pop princess -- tarnished by a tumultuous divorce, late-night partying and erratic behavior -- is trying to get her music career back...
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Björk "Volta"(One Little Indian/Atlantic) * * * ½ Björk opens with all cylinders firing in this return to a conventional (well, everything's relative), song-based album after the bracingly austere experiments of "Medúlla." The jubilant "Earth Intruders,"...
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Times Pop Music CriticLOOKING classic-casual in a summer blazer, gray fedora and matching silk scarf, Ne-Yo leaned over his laptop in a West Hollywood recording studio one mid- August afternoon, playing selections from "Year of the Gentleman," his third solo album, out Sept....
Special to The TimesSolange Knowles has a background in overcoming unexpected obstacles. In 2004, the soul chanteuse -- familiar to most who've heard her name as the younger sister of Beyoncé Knowles -- married football player Daniel Smith when she was only 17. Later that...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWE all know the music industry is a mess. The album format may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, possibly taking the major labels with it. Concert tickets cost too much, and with the Web encouraging a million little niche markets, no one...
Kanye West blames MTV for Britney Spears' less than stellar performance at the Video Music Awards. "Man, they were just trying to get ratings, and they knew she wasn't ready and they exploited her," the 29-year-old rapper said Tuesday on Sirius Satellite...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOn Sunday, as television's family hour gave way to raunchy prime time, a strange thing happened in living rooms across America. Britney Spears appeared on the annual MTV Video Music Awards in a sparkly black bikini, but the real disturbance developed...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTALK about a tour manager's worst nightmare. Chad Hugo had missed his flight from Virginia, skipped rehearsal and wasn't picking up the phone. Worse still, with less than an hour until show time it appeared the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe same week that Britney Spears' downward spiral garnered more ink than the latest Indonesian natural disaster, her former paramour, Justin Timberlake, further cemented his position as one of the decade's most respected pop stars. Not only did he clean...
Weezer "Weezer" (DGC/Interscope) * * * 1/2 THE PAIRING of Weezer and producer Rick Rubin seemed like a no-brainer, but their first issue, 2005's "Make Believe," lacked the hoped-for chemistry between L.A.'s nerd-rock kings and a studio guru who has...
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