Posts by Laura Ferreiro
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
Blur's landmark third album, "Parklife," turns 20 this week. Credited with ushering in a new era of British music known as Britpop that paid homage to iconic pop bands such as the Kinks while intelligently satirizing British culture, "Parklife" cemented Blur's status as post-grunge heroes, spawned four hit singles (including the bouncy "Girls & Boys," for which they're best known in the U.S.), and went triple-platinum in Blur's native U.K. It also stoked the flames of the band's legendary rivalry with Oasis.
Twenty years later, lead singer Damon Albarn has gone on to front Gorillaz and the Good the Bad & the Queen, wrote an opera, and is about to release a solo album; while bassist Alex James became a gourmet cheese maker ( seriously! ), guitarist Graham Coxon released several solo albums, and drummer Dave Rowntree ran for political office. Blur is still sporadically active, headlining the Coachella Festival in 2013 and touring Japan earlier this year, but it's 1994's "Parklife" that put them on the map. To celebrate the album's 20th anniversary, here are 10 fascinating facts about "Parklife":
- Laura Ferreiro at Our Country6 days ago
The premiere of Glen Campbell's farewell concert documentary at the Nashville Film Festival on Friday will be a bittersweet affair. The 77-year-old country crooner will not be able to attend the screening because he was recently moved into an Alzheimer's care facility.
The film, "Glen Campbell… I'll Be Me," chronicles the emotional twists and turns of the country singer's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease two years ago, when he was told by doctors to hang up his guitar. Instead, he and his wife, Kim, publicly announced the diagnosis and embarked on the highly successful Goodbye Tour, which saw Campbell and his family band playing sold-out shows across the country.
During his concerts, the multiple-Grammy-winning performer would occasionally forget the words to his songs or lose his place, but his band would gently remind him. Campbell handled things with grace and humor, joking with the audience, "I forget a lot lately, y'all ever get that?"
Coachella ’14 Sunday’s Breakout Artists: Jhene Aiko, Chance the Rapper, Daughter, the Naked and FamousLaura Ferreiro at The New Now10 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 Now11 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 Now12 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 Music13 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 Music14 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 Now17 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 Music17 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 Music21 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.