January 28, 2013 |
Dwight Yoakam is a neo-classicist who's been so good for so long neither the prefix nor suffix are applicable any longer. Sure, the Pikeville, Ky.-born, Los Angeles-based country singer in skinny jeans and hat sloped low over his brow dotted his 100-minute set at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City on Saturday with hits originally recorded by his forebears, from Lefty Frizzell's "Always Late With Your Kisses" to Buck Owens' "Streets of Bakersfield....
January 25, 2013
Dwight Yoakam From Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. , his 1984 debut EP, through to 2005's Blame the Vain , Dwight Yoakam remained remarkably consistent and prolific, positioning his clean, well-crafted postmodern honky-tonk outside the lines of rigid Nashville music-making strictures. The Los Angeles-based singer and actor took some time off before returning with last year's Three Pears (Warner Bros.), however, and the album benefits greatly from a renewed sense of purpose, with contributions from Beck and Kid Rock, among others.
October 10, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actress Salma Hayek; actor Nick Offerman; Kiss performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Comic Chelsea Handler; Placido Domingo. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Will Arnett; Chris Elliott; Dwight Yoakam performs. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10) - Tina Fey; Terry O'Quinn; Ellie Goulding performs.
September 2, 2006 |
You snooze, you lose. That's the problem facing Chelios (Euro action star Jason Statham) in Crank. A hit man for a West Coast crime syndicate, Chelios has been injected with a "Beijing cocktail" by rival hood Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo). It's a poison with a fatal effect that can be delayed only with a steady flow of adrenaline. In other words, Chelios has to keep his heart beating in his ears or he dies. From this implausible concept, a visceral variation on Speed, emerges a startlingly entertaining and original film.
March 29, 2002 |
Panic Room begins with a coolly designed title sequence, an aerial camera glide up the isle of Manhattan, from way downtown to the Upper West Side, from thrumming skyscraper industry to the tree-lined blocks of brownstones sitting in pricey, peaceful proximity to Central Park. It is on one such block, in one rather grand townhouse ("townstone," the Realtor loftily proclaims), that David Fincher's adeptly orchestrated thriller takes place. Essentially a Home Alone for grown-ups - burglars lay siege to a house and its seemingly powerless occupants - the picture stars Jodie Foster as a just-divorced mom who moves into new digs with her moody tomboy daughter (a terrific Kristen Stewart, who really does look like a junior Jodie)
September 13, 2000 |
Dwight Yoakam sure knows how to care of business. The backdrop for the Hollywood hillbilly's Monday night show at the Washington Township Center for the Performing Arts was three floor-to-ceiling banners that proclaimed the title of his next CD, Tomorrow's Sounds Today, still a good seven weeks from release. Given their huge scale, the words carried the weight of a pronouncement tinged by either arrogance or irony. Yoakam has never been a trendsetter, but give him his due: He's a country traditionalist who knows better than to focus entirely on the past, as he showed during a performance that, for all its musical thrills, proceeded with brisk efficiency.
July 15, 1999 |
We've all heard the dirt on Comedy Central's The Man Show, USA Network's Happy Hour, and The X Show on FX, the current spate of dirt-cheap variety-show- style cable programs that glory in booze, babes, third-tier celebrities, and jokes about bodily emissions. Critics hold their noses. Fans - or at least the rowdies recruited for the live studio audiences - seem to revel in the shows' in- your-face political incorrectness, and the bevy of gyrating, rump- shaking, bikini-wearing dancers.
July 22, 1997 |
Under the Covers Dwight Yoakam (Reprise) 1/2 In the bygone eras of pop, there were singers and there were songwriters, and rarely did the twain meet. But in this age of the complete pop artist, the musician who devotes a full album to "cover" versions is quite the curio. Dwight Yoakam's new spin down this course proves one of the more entertaining I've heard, because of the success that he and producer Pete Anderson have had in transforming foreign material to the artist's down-home country oeuvre.
July 23, 1996 |
Dwight Yoakam is the most cinematic of country music stars. The Pikeville, Ky.-born, Los Angeles-based hillbilly classicist casts himself in cowboy noir songs as a wounded but self-reliant romantic who walks the lonely streets and empty hallways. On Sunday at Atlantic City's Mark G. Etess Arena, Yoakam never lost his cool. From 1986's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. to last year's masterfully diverse Gone, his lean, country-rooted songs have been perennially blue. But for all of his fixation on loss, Yoakam isn't one to get wracked with emotion.
October 30, 1993 |
Dwight Yoakam, who lost his home to this week's fires in Southern California, vows to rebuild in the rugged hills 40 miles west of downtown L.A. "He loves it there," said a spokesman. The country singer's four horses were saved at the property. Famous neighbors' houses spared included those belonging to Tom Selleck, Jack Nicholson, Sophia Loren and Dick Clark. Flames consumed about 50 acres of ranch land surrounding Selleck's place but stopped short of his house when they came up against a line of fire-resistant bushes.