May 13, 2013 |
** (out of four) We gravitate toward pop stars for many reasons: They provide unmistakable glamor, a worldview so unique it offers an escape and, sometimes, large-scale public drama. Perhaps most fundamentally, pop music gives us the illusion that its creator has tapped into some great cosmic secret only expressible in song. Former child star and current grown-up star Demi Lovato offers none of these things. She doesn't provide a concrete idea we can all latch onto, nor does she even give us a blank slate onto which we can project.
December 3, 2012 |
Album review: Ke$ha, 'Warrior' ***1/2 (out of 4) A few years ago, Ke$ha introduced herself to the world as a glitter enthusiast who uses whiskey for mouthwash. She has no particular image to maintain. So rather than turning to someone like mastermind producer Dr. Luke (the guy responsible for probably a third of your favorite pop songs/the reason you know who Katy Perry and Ke$ha are) for a disingenuous, guilty-pleasure single, Ke$ha can throw her lot in with Dr. Luke entirely.
May 9, 2012 |
Annie Clark is, as a person, more polite than punk. “I tend to be kind of cerebral, I guess,” she explains. But the music she makes as St. Vincent - precise, ambitious rock full of airy vocal melodies and frenetic guitar parts - can be jarring, disruptive and often absolutely beautiful. As a result, her third album, “Strange Mercy,” contained some of last year's most forward-thinking rock. To figure out Clark's secret formula, RedEye called her up for a chat about moshing, music production and, um, “The Hunger Games.” Your music is getting more abrasive, louder.
November 10, 2011 |
Real talk: I've been lame lately. The decision to defy my worsening health and party until I lost my voice for a solid three days in honor of my 25th combined with my annual “it's cold outside and I should start saving for the holidays anyway” attitude has led to more frequent BYOB trips, followed by bedtimes my grandmother would laugh at. The same cannot be said for my upstairs neighbors. While I've been busy spending quality time with Netflix Instant, they've been having quite a time of it. And they have no issues sharing.
November 10, 2011 |
Patrick Stump doesn't claim to be cool. “I don't believe in guilty pleasures,” Stump says, when the subject of pop music comes up. The Fall Out Boy singer's solo album, “Soul Punk,” which dropped Oct. 18, is the cool kind of pop music, though: the kind that draws on Timbaland as much as any punk band and ends up sounding a little like a Prince record. Stump, who caps his tour Friday at Metro, called in during a recent stop in Buffalo to talk with RedEye about Hollywood parties, socialism and what hip-hop fans think of his...
April 11, 2012 |
Sure, we all have classics that we're proud to claim as favorites -- who's ever ashamed to admit they've read Shakespeare? -- but if we're being honest, we've also got our guilty pleasures, whether it's pop music or silly comedies or a childhood fascination with comics we've never quite outgrown. This spring, local theater companies bring you five original shows which embrace and elevate your guilty (or not-so-guilty) pleasures, with inspirations ranging from the excellent adventures of Bill and Ted to the "Pulp Fiction" misadventures of Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace, from your...