Monday, July 13 2009
Koko Taylor imitator Ladykat drives the city bus that I occasionally ride – at least that, I hope, gives her health insurance.
Sunday, July 5 2009
With her honorary doctorate in hand, here's hoping she'll next broker peace in the Middle East, repair the economy, and explain the twisted plotlines of 'Lost' -- Lord knows, the woman is capable.
Thursday, June 25 2009
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy may have left country behind, but in 1992, he helped redefine the sound of alt-country.
Sunday, June 21 2009
Six spectacular world beat albums that will have you dancing through those sweet summer nights.
Monday, June 15 2009
One listen to Sammy Duet's masterful riffing is enough to send the most fussy metal aficionado into paroxysms of headbanging ecstasy.
Thursday, June 11 2009
Boasting a plethora of bands whose creative imaginations have invariably left legacies of influence, pound-for-pound Manchester is the world’s greatest rock city.
Wednesday, June 10 2009
Our jazz critic talks to Gary Burton about his reunion with Pat Metheny, about starting a "gentle" jazz-rock group, and that no one seems to know what a "vibraphone" really is.
Tuesday, June 9 2009
Ben bursts open the bubble mailers and announces this round of … winners (honoring the best and brightest of the many unsolicited CDs sent to him).
Monday, June 8 2009
Minneapolis, Minnesota was the center of Prince's musical kingdom, but there were a lot of musicians associated with his purple music. Here's a short list, with a few ground rules.
Sunday, June 7 2009
Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian has been called unfilmable, but that doesn't stop Ben Nichols from getting ahead of the game and crafting a worthy soundtrack.
Wednesday, June 3 2009
Even in railing against the influence of another, the musician must admit that influence and its inescapability. Like Br’er Rabbit and the tar baby, every blow struck just brings the two closer together.
Thursday, May 21 2009
On the eve of the release of her tenth album, Amos chatted about collaborating with rock Gods and Goddesses, how bootlegs could potentially cause divorce, and why a gal sometimes just needs a good wig to add an extra element of surprise to both her marriage and her live show.
Tuesday, May 19 2009
“I always felt close to Baudelaire's poetry,” says Neige, “at the same time extremely romantic, sour and decadent. A meeting between horror and sublime.”
Monday, May 18 2009
What better way to soothe modern worries than by taking in classic country music with a side of hillbilly humor?
Thursday, May 14 2009
With spring comes a rush of jazz vocalists and some of them can actually sing. Others ... not so much.
Sunday, May 10 2009
With the musical world filled with young "divas", there's little room for Miss Janet, an innovator who popularized the Sexy Diva With Choreography paradigm in the first place.
Wednesday, May 6 2009
I miss your impulse to play your music LOUD, to draw me in, to irritate and offend me – and I miss my impulse to do the same to you.
Tuesday, May 5 2009
Metallica’s got identity and projection issues -- James Hetfield repeatedly directs a string of insights or even accusations at some mysterious "you", only to concede by song's end that he is talking to himself.
Tuesday, April 28 2009
It began as a simple message board for bedroom DJs. Partnerships were formed, skills were developed, and in some cases, careers were launched.
Sunday, April 26 2009
Violence in music begets violence in music: female artists reclaim the murder ballad.