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  • James Blake plays it both ways at the Roxy

    James Blake plays it both ways at the Roxy
    James Blake could’ve become Sam Smith. The two singers, both British men in their 20s, approach soul music as a kind of endlessly adaptable text, similar to the way Amy Winehouse and Adele did several years before them. Both have strong voices...
  • British Pop Crooner David Gray Explores Quiet Side

    British Pop Crooner David Gray Explores Quiet Side
    U.K. singer-songwriter David Gray first invaded mainstream American airspace in 2000, when "White Ladder," an album he'd recorded two years earlier, suddenly exploded, buoyed by acoustic-rock anthems-in-waiting like "Babylon" and "Sail Away" (and backed...
  • Moby chats with Los Angeles Academy of Music students

    Moby chats with Los Angeles Academy of Music students
    For a man who’s sold some 20 million records, collaborated with the likes of Michael Jackson, Bono, Public Enemy, Lou Reed, Daft Punk and Britney Spears and revolutionized electronic dance music, Moby admits he “doesn’t have a lot to...
  • Grammys 2014: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis named best new artist

    Grammys 2014: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis named best new artist
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the Seattle hip-hop duo, was named best new artist at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday, punctuating a whirlwind year in which two of the group's singles went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. The new artist nomination was one...
  • Grammys 2014: Checking rock 'n' roll's vital signs

    Grammys 2014: Checking rock 'n' roll's vital signs
    Those looking for evidence that commercial rock 'n' roll music as we have known it — the kind featuring an electric guitarist — is in a coma need only examine a few recent incidents for proof. Most prominently, the major nominations for...
  • Grammys 2014: Top contenders and long shots in five races

    Grammys 2014: Top contenders and long shots in five races
    Betting on the outcome of the Grammys is always a losing game. And the nominations for the 56th annual ceremony prove the voting members of the Recording Academy are as broad as ever with their musical tastes. But history has shown that unpredictability...
  • In Rotation: 'Avalanche' by Quadron, 'Kenny Dennis LP' by Serengeti

    Quadron "Avalanche" (Vested In Culture/Epic) It's impossible not to relish Coco O's sultry vocals on "Avalanche," the sophomore effort from Danish electro-soul duo Quadron. Her sweet voice tangles with a mix of indie pop, electronica, soul and...
  • James Blake returns with new single 'Retrograde'; album out April 9

    James Blake returns with new single 'Retrograde'; album out April 9
    One of the more welcome (if lower-key) acts on the recently announced bill for this spring's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is James Blake, the young English fellow whose self-titled 2011 debut laid out a convincing vision of post-dubstep soul...
  • Frank Ocean vocal injury cancels Drake's OVO Fest opening night

    Frank Ocean vocal injury cancels Drake's OVO Fest opening night
    The opening night of Drake’s annual OVO Fest in Toronto has been canceled due to Frank Ocean’s recent vocal injury, Live Nation announced on Tuesday. The R&B crooner was slated to headline the first night of the two-day festival alongside...
  • David Bowie, Disclosure among nominees for U.K.'s Mercury Prize

    David Bowie, Disclosure among nominees for U.K.'s Mercury Prize
    Nominees for the 2013 Mercury Prize were announced Wednesday in London, and though Pop & Hiss was totally prepared to moan about the award's tragically blinkered view of British pop, the short list of a dozen titles turns out to be -- dare we say it? --...
  • Album review: James Blake, 'Overgrown'

    Album review: James Blake, 'Overgrown'
    **1/2 (out of four) In his self-titled 2011 debut album, James Blake was already beginning to pivot away from the purely electronic production that first got him noticed. A show-stopping cover of Joni Mitchell's “A Case Of You” and a...