Thursday, December 25, 2014

Music/Nightlife

If Mark Wahlberg's new pic, The Gambler, feels like a stale rehash of existential tropes, that's because it is. A disappointing thriller from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, The Gambler is a remake of the 1974 James Caan gem of the same name, which itself was loosely based on a 1867 novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the grandpapas of existentialism.
Helena Bonham Carter, 48, is back on the market. The Shakespearean marvel and her partner, fantasy auteur Tim Burton, 56, have split up after 13 years.
Rapper/producer Tyler, the Creator, who played Monday night to a sold-out crowd at the TLA, is a goofball.
Joe Cocker, the British singer who had numerous hits in the 1970s and '80s including a barrel-throated rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends," has died, according to BBC News. He was 70.
Allie Volpe, Colin Kerrigan and Gab Bonghi skim through their most listened-to tracks of 2014 and narrowed it down to their top faves (in playlist form).
In a year that brought us incredible debuts, powerful returns from vets, countless miles toured and strange altercations, 2014 was surely a 12 months worth remembering for local bands. These are just a few who killed it this year.
Nicki Minaj's third proper solo album is an overabundant mess, an occasionally wildly entertaining collection that can't make up its mind what it wants to be. Opening tracks "All Things Go," "I Lied," and "The Crying Game" pr
Sam Smith has been given new reason to celebrate after U.S. sales of his debut album In The Lonely Hour passed the one million mark.
The 14-year wait for D'Angelo's album Black Messiah (RCA ****) ended the night of Dec. 14, with a Beyoncé-esque surprise release. In light of this album's political vibe, it seems Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was prescient earlier this month, when he called "for musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in."
After three transfixing selections of Scandinavian art-metal before a rapt Electric Factory crowd on Wednesday, Mikael Åkerfeldt, the mustached singer-guitarist-composer for the Swedish band Opeth, delivered some spot-on if understated banter: "As usual, we don't have much to offer other than five middle-aged guys playing rock, dazzling displays of lights, and a good sound."
NEW YORK (AP) - In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services.