| Dec 1, 2012
Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 11:34 AM
“Sophisticated Ladies,” the celebration of composer Duke Ellington’s music now at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, sounds as good as it looks.
And that is really saying something about the music, because thanks to Peter...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 11:23 AM
It's common to see legendary artists sleepwalk through their concerts. After all, what do they have to prove? They earned their reputations decades ago. Now, all that's necessary is to show up, sing a few hits, smile and get out of town.
| Nov 12, 2013
| 1:34 PM
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles started fifth-anniversary celebration activities Monday with a gala concert, dinner and auction that added more than $500,000 to the museum’s coffers to continue supporting educational and other programs. The efforts...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 11:13 AM
In 2011, Nick Bilton of The New York Times asked Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, an interesting question: "Did he try to control what you wrote in the book?"
"I anticipated that," Isaacson replied. "But he didn't. He kept surprising me by...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 6:35 AM
TUCSON —Sitting on a swivel bar stool near the kitchen of her home outside Tucson, Suzy Horton Ronstadt listened to the familiar words of songwriter Jimmy Webb's pop-rock classic "MacArthur Park." Ronstadt smiled at first, then had to blink as her...
| Nov 29, 2012
It would be difficult to say anything about the 2012 remake of the 1976 film Sparkle without mentioning the truth for which it’s probably best known and for which it will be remembered — as Whitney Houston’s final screen performance. The...
| Dec 23, 2012
Let’s say this up front: Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes is what it is: a glorified Jersey bar band – actually, a hell of a bar band. But front man Johnny Lyon’s singing voice is that of an everyman......
| Aug 31, 2013
The song starts with a thumping hook of a baseline, soon joined by funky percussion, then fiery horns and a full chorus that fills in behind the singer pouring out his heart about getting the girl back. Hanson brothers (from......
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| Mar 12, 2011
Frank Remesch's mission was clear, if daunting. Somehow, he had to convince people that the hulking, cavernous 1st Mariner Arena, a 1960s relic that civic leaders had been talking about razing for years, was still a player — could still attract big-...