Hayley Williams — the next twang-friendly Taylor Swift?
It could have happened, says the frontvixen for pop-punkers Paramore, whose self-titled fourth album just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Read More
British synth-pop perfectionist Little Boots had a specific mood in mind for her new sophomore effort, “Nocturnes,” and its New Order-ish percolators such as “Motorway,” “Broken Record” and “Beat Beat” with its telltale line “Every night that you’re sleeping/I stay awake until dawn.”
“It’s got a real nocturnal feel,” says the keyboardist, born Victoria Hesketh. “But even though it’s dark, there are still fun songs like ‘Beat Beat,’ where you’re getting ready to go out. So it’s really more of a full-spectrum experience of the night.” Read More
Local writer Dan Harder’s modern noir mystery, “A Killer Story,” onstage at the Marsh in Berkeley, starts at the end. All three characters — hard-boiled gumshoe Rick (Ryan O’Donnell), sexy blonde Laura (Madeline H.D. Brown) and obsessive scientist Jerry (Robert Parsons) — are behind bars.
Reverting to the beginning, Rick tells us how they got here. His only mistake, he claims, was in his timing.
At play’s end, awaiting trial, he says he told “too good a story.”
It’s a clever conceit. Read More
Mariah Carey shut down the entire Disneyland park so she could renew her wedding vows with Nick Cannon in the low-key, understated style she is known for. “Entertainment Tonight” reports that 250 guests watched the Cinderella-themed couple clop up in a carriage to Main Street where they then headed over to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle for the ceremony. Read More
Vanity Fair magazine is running a June cover story on Brad Pitt and his disastrous moviemaking experience creating “World War Z.”
The zombie apocalypse film was “plagued with on-set drama, budget issues, and a weak ending that had to be entirely reshot,” says the New York Post. At one point, the story alleges, Pitt stopped speaking to the film’s director, Marc Forster, over issues like more violence (Pitt wanted it, Forster did not). Read More
Fox.com’s Pop Tarts column asks a great question: How can Britney Spears be placed under a conservatorship but not Amanda Bynes? Read More
Program 3 features Beethoven’s late masterpiece "Missa Solemnis" — with Fabiano, soprano Laura Claycomb, mezzo Sasha Cooke and bass Shenyang — and excerpts from Palestrina’s 1562 "Mass for Pope Marcellus II."
Why are two dozen of his works in the current San Francisco Symphony schedule? Read More
Lovable English eccentric Robyn Hitchcock often finds himself in remarkable situations, from 2008’s expedition to Greenland to study climate change to co-starring in Jonathan Demme films "The Manchurian Candidate," "Rachel Getting Married" and the concert documentary "Storefront Hitchcock." A few months ago, while visiting his daughter Maisie in Berlin, he unexpectedly went with her and Michael Stipe to Yoko Ono’s birthday party, where he and Stipe ended up singing "Give Peace a Chance" onstage. Read More
“Queen of Versailles” documentary star David Siegel is of course suing the filmmaker for making him look bad by actually filming him and then releasing it. His lawyers are trying every tack, but the latest strategy seems to be attacking his own son Richard. Read More
Things appear to have further gone down hill for Clint Eastwood after his failed attempt to get Mitt Romney elected. There are rumors about his marriage being on the rocks, and this week he had to go to court to get an order of protection against a man who claims to be his son. Read More