Posts by Laura Ferreiro
Coachella ’14 Sunday’s Breakout Artists: Jhene Aiko, Chance the Rapper, Daughter, the Naked and FamousLaura Ferreiro at The New Now2 days ago
The third and final day of the first weekend of the Coachella Festival was not nearly as jam-packed with must-see artists as the first two days, but it certainly boasted its fair share of break-out acts. Instead of performing in the day's earliest time slots, several of Sunday's rising artists had late-evening set times and drew sizable crowds, even against the day's big-ticket headliners including Beck and Arcade Fire.
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper kicked things off with plenty of swagger and attitude in the midday sun, not to mention a surprise guest appearance by a certain tween heartthrob. The 20-year-old MC (born Chancellor Bennett) has been receiving a lot of attention lately and has collaborated with several high-profile artists including Justin Bieber, who turned up to lend his pal a hand, looking inconspicuous in a bucket hat and sunglasses. It took a minute for the crowd to register that it was Biebs himself, but as soon as they recognized him, several young girls let out high-pitched screams and ran toward the stage.
Coachella ’14 Saturday’s Breakout Artists: Future Islands, Chvrches, Warpaint, Washed Out, Banks, The Head and the HeartLaura Ferreiro at The New Now3 days ago
Temperatures dropped and the dry desert winds kicked up on the second day of Southern California's Coachella Festival. Capacity crowds clogged entrances, sucked up cell-phone reception, and made it nearly impossible to get close to the stages on Saturday, but the music is what really mattered, and it didn't disappoint.
Long before the Saturday night headlining sets by Muse, Pharrell, and Skrillex, a whole host of exciting up-and-comers made some incredible noise all across the festival grounds.
L.A. native Banks drew a sizable crowd to the Gobi tent in the mid-afternoon. Dressed in black bohemian garb, the singer, born Jillian Banks, trotted out several tunes from her recent EP, "London," backed by a two-piece band. Although she seemed timid when speaking to the crowd, Banks strutted across the stage with attitude while belting out her several intimate numbers. Some songs were noticeably better than others; final song "Waiting Game," with its synth swells and Moby-esque production, was a standout. Banks is still developing as an artist and occasionally hit a false note, but the crowd ate it up and didn't seem to mind.
- Laura Ferreiro at The New Now4 days ago
Thousands of people descended on Southern California's desert music festival, Coachella, on Friday, and while headliner Outkast's reunion was on everyone's lips, many were ambitious enough to brave 100-degree temperatures to catch several exciting rising artists who performed sweltering sets long before the sun had set.
Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls proved that they can be incredibly dark and Goth, even in the middle of a blazing hot day on an outdoor stage in the scorching desert. The four-piece band (led by frontwoman Dee Dee Penny, whose stage attire consisted of little more than black pasties and short-shorts) maintained their cool, detached demeanor, playing several songs from their recent album, "Too True," hardly cracking a smile or interacting with the crowd. Truth be told, they seemed more concerned with their stylized image than engaging with the audience. When they repeated the chorus "I feel nothing," in the song "I Got Nothing," it appeared that several audience members felt the same way.
James Iha on Scoring Hulu Show ‘Deadbeat,’ New Solo Material, and Maynard James Keenan’s 50th Birthday ConcertsLaura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music6 days ago
Best known as a founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha has come a long way since he left the iconic alternative rock band nearly 15 years ago. In addition to releasing two solo albums, founding an indie record label (Scratchie Records) and playing with renowned bands including A Perfect Circle, the guitarist has been honing his film and television scoring chops.
Iha's most recent project, "Deadbeat," is a supernatural comedy from co-creators/executive producers Cody Heller and Brett Konner (“Wilfred,” “The Inbetweeners”), which premiered on Hulu April 9. Iha says that although scoring for television and film is very different from writing music for a record, the two creative endeavors share certain fundamental similarities.
"It's exciting to do a whole season of music," Iha says. "It's a very different feeling than making a record or going on tour, but it's all kind of the same thing. You're trying to make music for something – so I guess it's the same in a cosmic way."
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music6 days ago
Monday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Yahoo Screen, Frankly Chat and Clear Channel will co-host iHeartRadio Live With Demi Lovato at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif. Watch the live concert and download the Yahoo Screen app here.
It's no secret that Demi Lovato has been through some tough times. The chart-topping pop singer has made no bones about it, sharing stories of her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and bulimia with her fans and the media. In fact, the reason the singer was chosen to sing "Let It Go" – the emotive, Oscar-winning song from Disney's animated film, "Frozen," about overcoming adversity – is because she transcended her tumultuous past.
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- Laura Ferreiro at The New Now9 days ago
Although the big acts at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival usually get the most attention (this year's headliners include Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Muse, and Beck), the annual California desert shindig, which takes place April 11-13 and April 18-20 in Indio, Calif., features a plethora of rising acts more than worthy of your time and attention. So be sure to read the small print on the Coachella lineup poster, slather on some sunscreen, and arrive early to catch these exciting rising artists.
Jagwar Ma Jagwar Ma have come a long way — literally. The Australian psychedelic dance band traveled to Austin for an unforgettable performance at SXSW in March, where they drew massive crowds and nearly tore the roof off the place. The band has been touring the U.S. ever since. Although their 2013 debut album, "Howlin," is intimate and laid-back, their live shows pack a serious wallop.
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music9 days ago
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin must have learned a trick or two from his soon-to-be-ex, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The video for the band's new tune "Magic" — the first official single from their forthcoming sixth album, "Ghost Stories" — is more of a short film than a traditional music video, and features Martin playing two roles: Claude, a mustachioed, drunken magician, and Cristoph, the assistant of Cecile, a "beautiful young 'magicienne'" who is married to Claude.
Actress Zhang Ziyi ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") plays Cecile in the five-minute, black-and-white clip, which was directed by Jonas Akerlund (Prodigy's "Smack My B---- Up," Madonna's "Ray of Light," Lady Gaga's "Telephone") and shot to look like an early 20th century silent film.
Martin is nearly unrecognizable as Claude, wearing false teeth, a wig, and a mustache to portray the villainous magician who abuses his wife. The singer looks much more like himself portraying the quietly heroic Cristoph, who pines away for Cecile while working on perfecting his own magic tricks.
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music13 days ago
Unlike Guns N' Roses' notorious album, "Chinese Democracy," which took more than a decade to finish, Jack White has announced that he will release the fastest record ever made – completing it in less than a day.
The former White Stripes frontman plans to enter the studio at his record label, Third Man Records in Nashville, on the morning of April 19 – Record Store Day – and record a live, direct-to-acetate version of the title track from his forthcoming album, "Lazaretto."
The masters of the limited-edition single will immediately be sent to a nearby record pressing company, United Record Pressing, which will begin pressing the 45s right away, using photos of White's performance as the record sleeve design.
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music15 days ago
Kylie Minogue is a woman of many contradictions. She effortlessly switches from a pop diva in gold hot pants one day to a warm and nurturing judge on "The Voice U.K." and "The Voice Australia" the next. She's also someone who appears poised and completely pulled together, but will openly admit that she has bad days just like the rest of us; times when she doubts herself and ends up in tears.
Of course, in Minogue 's version of a bad day, she ends up crying on Pharrell Williams's shoulder. She had just met the famed singer/producer and was supposed to be recording a track for her new album, "Kiss Me Once," when she broke down.
"Pharrell was great – I had two days with him," she recalls. "One of those days was a bad day and I was trying to stay cool. I had a meltdown, lots of tears. I don’t even know what I said to him. But he talked me through it. He was very warm and he wrote that amazing single."
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music19 days ago
In many ways, Kim Deal is an anti-hero. As the bassist and backing vocalist for influential alternative rock band the Pixies and the frontwoman of the Breeders, her talent and authenticity are undeniable. Eschewing fashion and make-up trends, she became a role model for many girls in the '80s and '90s who wanted to be taken seriously as musicians.
Now in her 50s, Deal announced her departure from the Pixies last year, just before they released their first new body of work since 1991's "Trompe le Monde." She has remained tight-lipped about the reasons for the split, instead focusing on her solo work and future projects. To that end, Deal just announced details of the fourth installment of her 7" solo series, with two new tunes "The Root" and "Range on Castle" to be released on April 1.
"The whole thing with the solo series started in Portland," Deal says from her home in Dayton, Ohio, where she moved to care for her ailing parents. "I recorded in a couple of studios out there and then went down to Los Angeles and I was there for half of 2011 and half of 2012 and did some recording down there.