A-grade B-side albums

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It's a miracle enough when a regular album flows cohesively and tells a story. But when a collection of rarities and b-sides from an artist's entire career gels like the "real" thing, it's utterly divine. Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is the latest bard to pull off this feat with Former Lives (Barsuk). Though compiled from scraps of unfinished works not suitable for his main gig or his lauded side project,... READ MORE

Rock takes the (Broadway) stage

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Image courtesy SongLyrics.com As a birthday gift to myself tomorrow, I'm seeing Green Day's American Idiot at the Ahmanson Theatre. This live-action stage play based on the NorCal punk trio's essential album of the same name (with a little 21st Century Breakdown for good measure) seemed a natural fit for the bombast of that record. Each song was like a little rock operetta. And now, a movie version is on the way. Popular music... READ MORE