Previewing Coachella 2013
The first round of Coachella starts up this weekend, with this year’s entry in one of the nation’s premier music and arts festivals featuring performances ranging from Blur and the Stone Roses, to Grimes and El-P.
For those going this year, check out some of our resources:
- Music critic Randall Roberts’ guide to the must-see acts of this year’s lineup.
- The full lineup of performers
- A guide on what to do if you’re of a particular musical inclination, like if you’re still sad about the lack of a Smiths reunion, or if you prefer your songs in the two-minute range.
For the record, we’re still holding out for another holo-Tupac appearance.
Photos: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times, Steven Dewall / Redferns, Christopher Polk, Michael Buckner / Getty Images,
As it turns out, Frank Ocean spent some time hanging out at our building, being photographed as part of the Band of Outsiders’ Polaroid series.
Check out the rest of the shots on the Band of Outsiders’ Tumblr.
Photo: Band of Outsiders
From jamming to jingles
Wonder where those catchy little song snippets in commercials come from? With the high cost of licensing songs from famous artists scaring of advertisers, many companies are looking to create their own songs. And in a music industry grasping for new revenue streams, many artists are willing to play ball.
As musician Casey Gibson told Times reporter Colin Stutz:
"It used to be that you got called a sellout. But times have changed," said Gibson, who has been paid to write jingles for Purina dog food and Columbia Sportswear commercials. “I’m actually proud of the fact that I’m able to make a living being a creative person.”
Read more on Gibson, and other commercially-inclined musicians, here.
Photos: Christina House / For The Times
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has voted in Bob Dylan as an honorary member. (He’ll be the first rock musician to be inducted by the group; most of its musical members are classical musicians.)
The academy also voted to induct writer Ward Just, artist Richard Tuttle and painter and printmaker Terry Winters as full members. Writer Damon Galgut, architect Rafael Moneo and artist Luc Tuymans were voted in as honorary members alongside Dylan.
Photo: Dylan in 1963. Credit: Associated Press
THE UNITED KINGDOM: Musically Gifted.
I’m all about maps lately. Here’s one of a selection of bands from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Solo artists: Where they were born/grew up.
Bands/Groups: Where they met/formed.
If you missed the last one AMERICA: The Home of Television (113 tv show locations)
Both of these are for sale in my shop! High quality prints, super classy.
(If there are any inaccuracies, let me know! That way I can update them before I print and ship ‘em)
For those music lovers looking to start the day off with some visual pizzazz.
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And Valentine’s Day playlists are to be shared with all of you:
Send over some songs that you think should be added in, and we’ll build out the playlist even further!
The White House is dropping more than the State of the Union on the American people tonight, it’s also dropping the bass. The official White House YouTube account on Tuesday afternoon published a short trailer for the President’s big speech and the soundtrack contains the unmistakable sounds of dubstep, the popular electronic dance music subgenre that includes Skrillex among its most famous practitioners.
So much for dubstep.
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New Postal Service delivery: Sometimes it pays not to give up. The Postal Service released their first new song in a decade earlier today, titled “A Tattered Line of String.”
It remains to be seen if bedroom beeps and boops canvased over plaintive yearning hold as much water as they did 10 years ago, but with a reissue of “Give Up” and a Coachella performance ahead, who knows?
Check out music critic Randall Roberts’ thoughts, including his comparison of the Postal Service’s new song to the Pet Shop Boys. Listen below to see if you think Roberts is on the right track!
One year after Whitney’s passing: Today marks the one-year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s sudden death at the age of 48.
Houston’s death in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite was a result of complications caused by heart disease and cocaine, which led to her drowning.
(Photos via Kevork Djansezian, George Rose, Paul Zimmerman and Valerie Macon / Getty Images)
Grammys 2013: The 55th Grammy Awards were held last night, in spite of the now-infamous dress code memo, with fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and others taking home Grammy gold to accompany their live performances.
Take a look at some of the best (and worst) dressed from the red carpet, the top winners and see if you agree with entertainment writer Mikael Wood’s review of the ceremonies.
Or just watch Justin Timberlake return to the stage seven years after FutureSex/LoveSounds (seven years!!!)
(Photos via Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times, gif via Vulture)
Happy birthday, Bob Marley: He was born 68 years ago today, on Feb. 6, 1945, and died when he was just 36, on May 11, 1981.
Photo: Marley in 1976. Credit: Los Angeles Times