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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Last month, the video gaming company Activision released its fifth Guitar Hero title. Controversy soon followed, as players discovered that a character modeled on deceased Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain could be made to move and sing in ways the real Cobain would never have done. Today, we hear from entertainment ...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, composer Steve Reich and indie hero Sufjan Stevens have all explored God in their music. We hear how these efforts and others fared with fans and critics. Guests include Ann Powers
, chief pop critic for the Los Angeles Times, and Felicia Miyakawa
, professor of musicology at Middle ...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Artifice in pop music has a long history - from Ziggy Stardust and his Spiders from Mars to Lady Gaga. Today, we look at the new wave of theatricality in music and why sometimes fake is what feels most real. Guests are Ann Powers
, chief pop music critic at the ...
Friday, June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson was one of the most successful and influential entertainers of the 20th Century. He won 13 Grammys and sold 50 million copies of his 1982 masterpiece, Thriller. But his fame and reputation declined starting in the 1990s. When he died yesterday at age 50, Jackson was attempting a ...
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
He is a 27-year-old goth-vampire rocker who wears black nail polish and eyeliner. She is a dowdy 48-year-old Scot who says she has never been kissed. Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle overcame their unlikely personas to become the two most popular figures on television and YouTube – as products of ...
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Forty years ago, The Who set the tone for rock operas with the album "Tommy." Everyone from Queensrÿche to The Decemberists have attempted this rite of passage, with varying levels of success. Now, Green Day is topping the charts with 21st Century Breakdown, an album about two characters and their ...
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Like Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston, Madonna will spend 2008 attempting to reclaim the diva crown she once held. Her new album out today, "Hard Candy," is either the Material Girl's return to dance-pop form, or an aging star's sad trip down memory lane. (Either way, collaborators Justin Timberlake, Timbaland ...
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
, chief pop critic with the LA Times, and Colin Fisher
, who researchs improvisation and creativity at Harvard University, discuss the role of muses in popular music why muses are so indispensable to artists.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Rap and country tunes top the list of songs that reference drugs and alcohol, according to a new study. We talk to the leader of the study, Brian Primack
, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Los Angeles Times chief pop music critic Ann Powers
as we debate ...
Monday, December 17, 2007
Jay-Z rode the coattails of an "American Gangster." Sanjaya overstayed his welcome on "American Idol." And the industry's high anxiety over the future of music got, well, higher. Soundcheck kicks off "Critics Week" with a recap of pop music in 2007. We talk with Ann Powers, chief pop music critic ...
Friday, October 05, 2007
A new generation of producers is stepping out of the recording studio and into the limelight. Ann Powers
, chief pop music critic of the Los Angeles Times, explains how the role of the producer is changing -- and why the new skill set recalls a different era.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
"Open adoption" is where birth parents stay in regular contact with the adoptive parents. Dawn Smith-Pliner
, the founder and director of Friends in Adoption, looks at how this changes things for the child, and music critic Ann Powers
talks about her experience.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A growing number of retro-soul singers from the UK are taking over the album charts. Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" scored the highest ever debut for a British woman (number seven), and Joss Stone's "Introducing Joss Stone" followed a week later, debuting at number two. On today's show, LA Times ...