February 11, 2013 |
Some artists — with and without trophies — outshined others at the 55h Grammy Awards Sunday. Chris Richards writes about the unofficial winners and losers at the awards ceremony: J.T. wasn't up for any awards, but he probably knows that at the Grammys, hardware isn't always paramount. There are still millions of hearts and minds to win from behind the microphone. The Grammys telecast reinforced that idea, with more than 30 performers but only 11 trophy presentations.
February 10, 2013 |
Well, that was kinda fun. And that was definitely fun. — the Gotham pop-rock troupe — up on stage Sunday night at the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, snatching some of the evening's most coveted prizes, including awards for best new artist and song of the year. But for the first time in too long, the Grammys telecast was a good time in and of itself — a refreshingly coherent celebration of our increasingly incoherent popscape. There were A-game performances,...
February 8, 2013 |
Five winters this has been going on, a story that has infuriated, sickened, exhausted, a story that can't seem to wrap itself up in any kind of bow, no happy ending, no ending at all because it keeps finding new ways to disappoint us. It starts with a pop star repeatedly punching, then choking, then biting another pop star. She was unlucky enough to be sitting in his car on a Saturday night in February 2009, unlucky enough to be in love with him. The sun rose over Los Angeles the next morning, and...
December 10, 2012 |
The cover photo of a gorilla locked in a tender embrace with a jukebox, looking as if he wants nothing more than to buy it a glass of pinot and take it to an early showing of "Les Miz," should be a dead giveaway: "Unorthodox Jukebox," his impeccably made and compulsively listenable sophomore release, is not your mother's Bruno Mars album. For one thing, there's the song "Gorilla," on which the formerly mild-to-the-point-of-possibly-being-dead Mars maps out a night of romance. It begins with "a body full of...
May 14, 2012 |
In the almost three years since "American Idol" Season Eight runner-up Adam Lambert released his debut, " For Your Entertainment, " he has sold more albums than his season's actual winner, Kris Allen, briefly joined Queen (a natural fit, what other group could contain him?) and, at least until now, avoided the "Idol" curse, which basically involves making flavorless albums that nobody buys. Most ex-contestants sound better with the more albums they put between themselves and their "Idol" handlers — Carrie...
April 30, 2012 |
"The Adventures of Bobby Ray," the 2010 major label debut of Georgia rapper B.o.B, was immediately embraced by pop fans won over by the sweet R&B rap hit "Nothin' on You," featuring Bruno Mars. But it did not receive the same reception from die-hard hip-hop fans, many of whom heard the dizzyingly eclectic, guest-filled project and wondered, "What are Hayley Williams and Rivers Cuomo doing on this album, and what have they done with B.o.B?" On "Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)" a track from "Strange Clouds ,"...