Author: Mikael Wood

What Sam Hunt had to say about cultural integration at the Greek Theatre

Sam Hunt started out in one place Tuesday night but ended up in quite another. The singer of the year’s biggest country hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” was about halfway through the first of two concerts at the Greek Theatre when he sat down on a stool for a “little chat,” as he put […]

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Ed Sheeran aimed to please fans at Staples Center — but what about himself?

Ed Sheeran was about halfway through his briskly paced concert Thursday night at Staples Center — the first of three this week for the British singer and songwriter behind the biggest album of 2017 — when he took a moment to let the capacity crowd in on his creative process. The next song he wanted… […]

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Don't sleep on Benjamin Gibbard's song-by-song re-creation of Teenage Fanclub's 'Bandwagonesque'

Did the universe need this? Probably not. But fans of Death Cab for Cutie and Teenage Fanclub — and jangly, guitar-based indie pop in general — will be pleased to have it. Willed into being by the proudly fussy music-and-food website Turntable Kitchen, “Bandwagonesque” is Death Cab frontman Benjamin… Source: Entertainment

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On 'Everything Now,' Arcade Fire critiques — and embraces — the too-much-ness of the Internet

The Internet gave life to Arcade Fire. In the mid-2000s this indie-rock band from Montreal broke out as one of the earliest beneficiaries of an online music culture engineered for hype. Websites such as Pitchfork and Stereogum wrote rapturously about the group, while fans in the thousands downloaded… Source: Entertainment

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Nine Inch Nails closes FYF Fest with a show of fresh rage

FYF Fest ended with a new beginning. Headlining the main stage Sunday night, Nine Inch Nails played its first “real show,” as frontman Trent Reznor put it, in nearly three years to close out the annual music festival in Exposition Park. But as he brought his influential industrial-rock outfit back… Source: Entertainment

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Why Niia took a slow route to soul-music success

Niia’s music keeps attracting stylish admirers. A few years ago, Tony Kaye — the Hollywood maverick responsible for “American History X” — directed a video for her song “Made for You.” And Kylie Jenner recently used the Los Angeles-based soul singer’s “Last Night in Los Feliz” to soundtrack a steamy… Source: Entertainment

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How Prince's Revolution reformed — and why his legacy might be in trouble

In the years since they played with Prince in the early 1980s, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman have become two of Hollywood’s most prolific television composers, creating music for such shows as “Heroes,” “Prime Suspect” and “Shades of Blue.” So it makes sense that when recalling three gigs they… Source: Entertainment

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Roger Waters' high-tech Us + Them spectacle soothes and galvanizes at Staples Center

The responsibility to engage met the temptation to zone out when Roger Waters brought his Us + Them tour to Staples Center on Tuesday night for the first of three concerts at the downtown arena. The tour comes behind “Is This the Life We Really Want?,” a strong new solo album from the Pink Floyd… […]

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie on their duets album: 'We kind of blew our own minds'

It was an only-in-Hollywood moment: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, two members of perhaps the most famously fractious rock band of all time, rehearsing inside a Sony Pictures soundstage where “The Goldbergs,” ABC’s sitcom about a dysfunctional family, is filmed. But this wasn’t Fleetwood… Source: Entertainment

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Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull capture a charged moment at Staples Center

Enrique Iglesias saw the makings of a teachable moment. Standing onstage Saturday night before a capacity crowd at Staples Center, the Madrid-born singer asked, “How many people here speak Spanish?” The response was robust but not quite unanimous — an indication that some in the audience might… Source: Entertainment

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