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Marc Weingarten

Marc Weingarten

Marc Weingarten is a freelance writer in Los Angeles who writes for the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Observer and Slate. A contributing writer for San Francisco Magazine, Weingarten's first book STATION TO STATION: THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL ON TELEVISION was an LA Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2000 Ralph J. Gleason award for best music book of the year. 

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4 Hero, Talvin Singh: Talvin Singh: O.K. (Talking Loud/Mercury); 4 Hero: Two Pages (Island)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Vibe, November 1998

Is electronic music turning into the underground equivalent of New Age music? ...

Backstreet Boys: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 16 October 1999

There's a Backstreet Boy for Every Teenage Girl ...

Afrika Bambaataa, Slum Village: Afrika Bambaataa/Slum Village: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2002

HIP-HOP'S PAST and present converged at the El Rey Theatre on Thursday, and the results were predictably erratic. The first act, Slum Village, is a ...

Beck: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, January 1998

BECK MAY be Modern Rock's master ironist, but he takes his roots music very seriously. They're just very gnarled roots, is all. ...

Ben Folds Five: MOJO Rising: Ben Folds Five

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, June 1996

THERE ARE ROUGHLY two kinds of pop musician: two-bit hacks who try to squeeze everything they can out of hokey harmonies and three threadbare chords ...

Björk, Todd Rundgren: Déjà Entendu: Björk

Comment by Marc Weingarten, Slate, 14 September 2004

BJÖRK HAS A KNACK for making records that don't sound like anyone else's. With each new offering—from 1993's Debut, an album that roamed freely through ...

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Krayzie Bone: Krayzie Bone: Bone Thug, Not Boneheaded

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Vibe, May 1999

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Krayzie Bone isn't all that bananas. Especially when it's time to make moves that make serious dollars and much sense. ...

Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, James Brown: Bootsy Collins on Bootsy Collins

Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, April 1998

‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine’James Brown (King single, 1970) ...

Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Bubba Sparxx: Busta Rhymes/Bubba Sparxxx/Ludacris: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 2 March 2002

ANYONE WHO attended the rap triple bill at the Universal Amphitheater on Thursday looking for a complex worldview or an evolved take on the usual ...

Jerry Cantrell Unchained

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Guitar World, June 1998

JERRY CANTRELL is sitting in the breakfast room of New York City's Rhiga Royal Hotel, inspecting the cover art for the vinyl version of his ...

Mary Chapin Carpenter/Anne Lamott: Royce Hall, UCLA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 28 January 2002

THE PAIRING OF author and singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter at UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday could have gone any number of ways. ...

Leonard Cohen's Troubles May Be a Theme Come True

Report by Marc Weingarten, New York Times, The, 6 October 2005

Betrayal and bitterness have been running themes in Leonard Cohen's work ever since Songs of Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter's debut album, appeared in 1968. ...

The Coup: Working Through His Anger

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2002

Boots Riley of the rap group the Coup lashes out against the war in Afghanistan and the corporate co-opting of hip-hop music. ...

DC Talk: At a Crossroads, dc Talk Keeps the Faith

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 25 February 1999

Christian rock's most successful band remains true to its spiritual roots as its popularity grows. ...

DC Talk, Jars of Clay: Christian Rock is on a mission

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 14 April 2005

It's about new audiences and a stronger genre, the promoter of Fishfest says. ...

Dido, Kendall Payne: the Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 27 August 1999

Dido's Electronic-Folk Goes in Search of Depth ...

The Dixie Chicks: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 8 October 1998

Dixie Chicks Display Slick, High-Energy Showmanship ...

DJ Spooky, UNKLE: UNKLE: Psyence Fiction (Mo'Wax/London); DJ Spooky: Riddim Warfare (Outpost)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Vibe, October 1998

IF HOP HOP has (traditionally) functioned as a vehicle for moving butts, then DJ Spooky and DJ Shadow are two wigged-out wallflowers out on its ...

DMX, Jermaine Dupri, Missy Elliott, Goodie Mob, Master P, Puff Daddy, Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Rap: Large and In Charge

Report by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 1998

Rap hasn't merely survived the shocking deaths of hip-hop leaders Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. It's thriving now, thanks to a fresh infusion from today's ...

Bob Dylan: Love and Theft

Review by Marc Weingarten, Slate, 25 October 2001

TO READ THE reviews of Bob Dylan's new album, Love and Theft, you would think the rock legend had returned to the salad days of ...

Missy Elliott: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: Da Real World (Gold Mind/EastWest)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 1999

JUST TWO albums into her solo career, Missy Elliott understands all too well that trying to keep one step ahead of the Zeitgeist isn't easy. ...

Everlast: House of Blues

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Vibe, April 1999

Having survived the end of his group, a coronary attack, and open-heart surgery, Eric "Everlast" Schrody scores big with a honky-tonk rock 'n' rap record. ...

Grateful Dead: A Long, Staid Trip: How Deadheads ruined the Grateful Dead

Book Review by Marc Weingarten, Slate, 30 August 2002

"THERE IS nothing like a Grateful Dead Concert," the old bumper stickers read. After attending my first 10 Dead shows, I soon realized this wasn't ...

Charlie Haden: Home Bass

Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, September 1995

CHARLIE HADEN — bassist in Ornette Coleman's epochal late '50s quartet and former leader of the politically charged Liberation Orchestra — has spawned some mighty ...

Husker Du, The Jayhawks, The Replacements, Soul Asylum: The Minneapolis Scene: Left Of The Dial

Overview by Marc Weingarten, Guitar World, August 1995

In the early Eighties, Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and a handful of other scruffy Minneapolis bands forged what is now known as indie rock. This ...

Incubus: Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 20 April 2002

ALL THE PARENTS who dropped off their kids at the Incubus concert Thursday at the Forum, and all those middle-aged chaperons with earplugs conspicuously shutting ...

Jane's Addiction: Strays

Review by Marc Weingarten, Entertainment Weekly, 25 July 2003

A DECADE AGO, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell was one of rock's beloved oddballs. With his bodices and feather boas, his neo-pagan notions of earth ...

Wyclef Jean: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 18 October 1999

Wyclef Jeans Moves Keep 'em Guessing ...

Wynonna Judd: A Winding Country Road

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 March 1999

Though she has hit a few bumps, Wynonna Judd just keeps driving ahead. ...

Kasabian: Dreams of Brit-rock Empire

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2005

The four mates of Kasabian would like a shot at the crown before the sun sets on the new UK scene. ...

Kendrick Lamar: Sorry, rock fans. Hip hop is the only genre that matters right now.

Comment by Marc Weingarten, Washington Post, The, 17 April 2018

NO ONE WHO has heard Kendrick Lamar's stunning album Damn could be at all surprised that it is the first nonclassical or jazz recording to ...

The Kinks: BBC Sessions 1964-1977

Review by Marc Weingarten, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2001

GOD BLESS THE BBC for dustingoff its rock archives and releasing them all on CD. This latest batch of goodies is a collection of performances ...

Avril Lavigne: Just where is the next stop on this tour?

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 11 August 2005

HO-HUM. Another city, another sold-out concert date for Avril Lavigne. Not that the punky pop star could tell you exactly where the next arena full ...

Limp Bizkit: Anything but Stale

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 18 April 1999

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst combines charisma with marketing instincts that have spelled success for the rap-metal band. Up next: movies and more. ...

Madlib: Grooving on Artistic Freedom

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 20 January 2002

Madlib's funhouse creations have won a notable following. But rap stardom isn't his goal. ...

Nas: House of Blues, West Hollywood

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 29 March 2002

THE CYCLES OF pop music history are as hard to fathom as the mysteries of the cosmos, or at least the logic behind choosing Grammy ...

Nelly: Nellyville

Review by Marc Weingarten, Slate, 25 June 2002

Nelly's Confusion: Is the rapper a preacher or a party animal? Don't ask him. ...

Nelly: There's Joy in Nellyville

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2002

A potential big-league baseball player, the St. Louis rapper keeps his eye on the ball when it comes to music. ...

N*E*R*D: Producers Who Shape-Shift

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 February 2002

After years of helping others create hip-hop hits, N*E*R*D makes its own album and turns the genre inside-out. ...

N*E*R*D: N.E.R.D.: In Search Of... (Virgin)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 March 2002

AS THE IN-DEMAND production team the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo have tended to build hip-hop hits around hard, in-your-face hooks that aren't easily ...

No Doubt: House of Blues, L.A.

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 8 October 1999

No Doubt, Stefani Leave Fans in High Spirits ...

The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music by the Olivia Tremor Control (Flydaddy)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Spin, April 1999

IF APPLES in Stereo are the Elephant 6 movement's white-gloved archivists, and Neutral Milk Hotel are the resident primitive surrealists, then the Olivia Tremor Control ...

The Olivia Tremor Control, Stereolab: Stereolab, Olivia Tremor Control: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 23 November 1999

Stereolab Piles On Sounds to Create an Eclectic Tempest ...

Porcupine Tree, Radiohead: Old and New Wave

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 7 November 2002

Underground movement nurtures new progressive rock bands and supports existing ones. ...

Elvis Presley: The Great Late Elvis: Taking Vegas-era Elvis seriously

Comment by Marc Weingarten, Slate, 16 August 2001

WHEN IT COMES TO the late-period Elvis — you know, the one that played the best rooms in Las Vegas and ate far too many ...

Prince, Wendy And Lisa: Prince: The Purple Gang

Retrospective and Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, February 1997

Outside the studio he was reticent. Inside he became the most ambitious, audacious auteur of the '80s. Marc Weingarten talks to his key collaborators to ...

The Promise Ring: Breaking Out of the Emo Ghetto

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2002

Faced with health problems and a genre that felt confining, the Promise Ring chose a radical-and lush-new direction. ...

Rocket from the Crypt: Rocket From The Crypt

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Rolling Stone, 22 February 1996

ALTHOUGH SAN DIEGO's Ocean Beach is just a five-minute car ride from Sea World, it's highly unlikely that any of the amusement park's Shamu-ogling tourists ...

The Roots: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 March 1999

A Stripped-Down Hip-Hop Beat ...

RuPaul: Billboard Live, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 19 December 1997

RuPaul's Act Could Use Dressing Up ...

Raphael Saadiq: Instant Vintage

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2002

SAADIQ WOULD rather lay back than throw down. He's got a touch of Smokey Robinson's liquid satin in his phrasing and a complete absence of ...

Screaming Trees: Stranger Than Fiction

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Request, August 1996

The members of Screaming Trees get very little enjoyment but plenty of good music out of being in a band together. ...

Semisonic: Feeling Strangely Successful – At Last

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, February 1999

DAN WILSON received a hostile email late last year. "It was from a fan in Minneapolis who was basically writing to tell me it's all ...

Sonic Youth: All Tomorrow's Parties: A Festival That Pops With Edge

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 13 March 2002

UCLA's ambitious All Tomorrow's Parties fest, curated by avant-rockers Sonic Youth, embraces the underground. ...

Sparta: Recharged and Ready

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 8 August 2002

Last year, Jim Ward and his cohorts in At the Drive-In did the unthinkable: They broke up a successful band. After seven years and on ...

The Vines: Troubadour, West Hollywood

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2002

JOINING THE growing parade of raw, stripped-down rock bands (the Strokes, the White Stripes, the Hives, etc.), the Vines played the requisite big-buzz show at ...

Scott Weiland: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Request, April 1998

AFTER A SIX-YEAR battle with heroin addiction and two stints in rehab, Scott Weiland, frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and would-be solo artist, is in ...

Chuck E. Weiss: When the Gig Ended, His New Career Began

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 27 January 2002

Story line: Los Angeles club legend records first album in his late 40s, and now follows it with a stellar effort that includes a 32-year-old ...

Kelly Willis: Well Traveled but Hopeful

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 4 April 1999

Singer Kelly Willis has stayed true to herself despite a turbulent country career. Now, things are looking up. ...

Wu-Tang Clan Take L.A. On New Album

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Rolling Stone, 4 August 2000

In the studio with the Wu-Tang Clan ...

Neil Young: Bio Warfare: Why did Neil Young try to squelch Shakey?

Comment by Marc Weingarten, salon.com, 24 May 2002

SHAKEY, A 786-PAGE biography of Neil Young that's just been published, almost wasn't. For that reason, it serves as an apt metaphor for the way ...

Neil Young: Journey Through The Past

Retrospective by Marc Weingarten, Guitar World, September 1995

Neil Young is the ageless chameleon of rock. In this history of his long and distinguished career, Guitar World traces his evolution from hippie icon ...

Neil Young: Bio Warfare

Report by Marc Weingarten, Slate, 24 May 2002

Why did Neil Young try to squelch Shakey? ...

Warren Zevon: A Literary Answer to Lyricist's Block

Report and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2002

Musician/bookworm Warren Zevon recruits famous authors for lyrics on a new album. ...

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Morning Becomes Harcourt

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Rock's Backpages, 23 December 2000

How a Brummie came to host the most respected public radio show in L.A. ...

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