If you have a TV you have heard, or heard of, vuvuzelas. They're the cheap plastic horns played by tens of thousands of spectators in World Cup soccer stadiums in South Africa and buzzing like so many unswattable mosquitoes in the ear of an irate camper.
The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a quaint storefront nestled in a hipster block of Los Angeles called Sunset Junction. Just before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, kids stream through the front door toting drumsticks, violins and guitar cases, the latter taller than they are.
LOS ANGELES -- As Brad Lidge finished his warmup pitches before the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday night, an interesting tune began pulsing through the Dodger Stadium loudspeakers: Metallica's Enter Sandman. It was a curious choice, and not just because it is best known in baseball circles as the personal anthem of the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, and its foreboding sound has been a staple of Octobers past, usually serving as last rites for the opposition.
Not every classically trained musician has the gumption to interpret Michael Jackson on the violin. But German-born virtuoso David Garrett re-imagines "Smooth Criminal" with such fervor that you'd think Jackson had intended the song to be played by the instrument all along.
Quite the stink over Michael Phelps' dalliance with the wacky tobaccy. With The Fuzz in South Carolina all fired up to press charges, we have the usual role model hand-wringing and clacking of calculators in damage assessment mode as a pungent cloud drifts over Phelps' endorsement future.
Be it rock, rap, country, hip-hop, pop, music is the soundtrack to sports every bit as much as boos, cheers, the crack of the bat, or the toot of the ref's whistle. It's standard on game broadcasts. It blares from stadium speakers. A batter or closer who appears unaccompanied (Metallica's Enter Sandman, anyone?) by music is an odd duck indeed.
Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund is known for his hard-hitting, frenetic and often violent takes on the darker side of humanity. The world's most controversial music video director, he has worked with the biggest names in the industry.
Fortune: IPO Bluesupdated: Mon May 30 2005 00:01:00
The talent hasn't been happy at Warner Music. From Cher to Kid Rock, Madonna to Metallica, they want more money and better deals. And as Warner CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. got ready to take the compan...