If synthpop star Thomas Dolby's assumed stage name is a testament to his appreciation of sound, his new film, "The Invisible Lighthouse" honors his love of light, specifically a twinkling light from his favorite lighthouse on the East Coast of England, which lulled him to sleep, in childhood. But as satellite navigation now renders it obsolete and global warming and beach erosion threaten its very existence, the lighthouse is in danger of closure. In an attempt to stem the tide and save his cherished landmark, Dolby has produced the awareness-raising film "The Invisible Lighthouse" and … Read more
As guitarist for The Yardbirds, where he riffed with Jimmy Page, and later in The Jeff Beck Group, where he rocked out with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck has been no stranger to superstar collaborations over the last five decades. Today "Rolling Stone"'s pick for the no. five guitarist of all time joins forces with one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century on The Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour. The shows find the seven-time GRAMMY-winning and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, playing on Wilson's Beach Boys … Read more
When fans of established bands discover that their favorite front man has gone solo, it's generally a moment of extreme trepidation. Many would agree that The Stones, Genesis, and The Police were far greater than Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, and Sting on their own. But then you have artists like Neil Young, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, who really matured as artists once they struck out on their own. As much as I adore 311, I also love Nick Hexum's new project, Nick Hexum Quintet, which finds the singer, backed by a stellar group of musicians, including his … Read more
An exponent of artists like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Ladytron, Little Boots has some pretty big dancing shoes to fill. But the 29-year-old British synthpop singer (born Victoria Hesketh) is definitely on her way. Her sophomore album "Nocturnes," following on the heels of her UK Top 5, Gold-selling debut "Hands," finds Boots working with DFA Records co-founder and production visionary, Tim Goldsworthy, Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler, and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, on nine tracks so danceable they'll wear out your boogie shoes.
Using "Nocturnes" as our North Star, … Read more
According to Travis guitarist, Andy Dunlop, making an album is akin to building a bonfire. You can pile on and arrange the kindling wood as artfully as you like, but you still need a spark to ignite it; and with a little luck, you'll get it. Multimillion-selling Scottish quartet Travis has already had a lot of luck in the U.K., scoring three Brit awards and 18 Top 40 hits. But in the U.S., it's been a tougher road to stardom with only two alternative hits: 1999's "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" … Read more
Actress and singer Laura Marano was born in 1995, when I was a senior in high school -- and AOL (and the Internet, in general) was exploding in popularity. Now Marano, who's appeared in major films "The Jacket" and "Superbad" and TV shows "Without a Trace," "Dexter," "Back to You," "Sarah Silverman Program," and "Heroes" is a senior in high school and is exploding in popularity, herself, as Ally Dawson of hit Disney series "Austin & Ally."
Download.com caught up with the … Read more
As the house band for author and counter-culture icon Ken Kesey's notorious acid tests, the Grateful Dead made music perfectly suited for mind-bending exploration. With the Mickey Hart Band, the Dead's longtime drummer and Grammy-winning percussionist Mickey Hart continues this fantastic voyage of discovery with his new album, "Superorganism," on which he transforms actual brain waves into music, with the aim of better understanding our brains, ourselves, and the world around us.
Download.com chatted with Hart, between tour dates, about turning brain waves into music therapy on "Superorganism," file sharing, whether spirituality and … Read more
Parental relationships can be quite complicated. For some of us, the same can be said about our relationship to software. Emmy & Grammy-nominated comedian and actress, Margaret Cho tackles the former (along with sex, politics, drugs, guns, ethnicity, and insanity) in her new aptly-titled show "Mother" -- and the latter in her day-to-day life.
As the comedian, best known for her TV work on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva," NBC's "30 Rock," and VH1's "The Cho Show" and stand-up films "I'm the One That I Want," "… Read more
On Thursday, Cyberlink announced updates for their production software line, including the 12th release of their flagship video editor, PowerDirector. The latest release includes support for editing cuts with multiple camera footage and boasts performance improvements in rendering videos.
The Ultimate Suite combines ColorDirector and AudioDirector to create a more seamlessly functional editing studio that lets you switch in between each editor. This in turn makes things like color grading and audio edits much more convenient since post-production flows will now be centered around one suite. However, users are also given the option to purchase each Director program, separately.
PhotoDirector … Read more
When you think of the 1980s, certain catchphrases come to mind: "Where's the beef?" "I'll be back!" and "Everybody have fun tonight/Everybody Wang Chung tonight." Even if you're too young to get the final reference, you've probably heard it on a host of CBS shows like "Two and a Half Men," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Big Bang Theory," and many more programs and films. Wang Chung, whose most memorable singles include "Dance Hall Days," "To Live and Die … Read more