| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:44 PM
When I started working out, I had a personal music player the size of a dachshund for exercise motivation. I filled it with Rush and Joe Satriani mix tapes to enhance my workouts. Technology has come a long way since then.
Now I use an iPod Shuffle,...
| Aug 18, 2012
We know it's noisy out there in the restaurant world. Customers' complaints are growing, critics are including noise commentary in their reviews, and restaurateurs, to some extent, are trying to figure out ways to modify the acoustic mayhem. But just...
| Oct 31, 2012
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Kids these days. They spend so much time on that Internet, digesting overwhelming amounts of information, destroying their attention spans. It’s a wonder they can ever synthesize it into anything useful, am I right?
| Jun 12, 2012
| 12:32 PM
Here are two separate chunks of local concert news. Eighties dance-rock kings Duran Duran will play Portsmouth on Aug. 22. Meanwhile, country rocker Jason Aldean is headed for the Virginia Beach on Aug. 24. Tickets to both shows go on sale 10 a.m. Friday,...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 5:48 AM
Blame it on Lawrence Welk.
If you're unfamiliar with that name, members of the American Accordionists' Association will give you an extra-warm welcome to their festival in Baltimore this week.
Accordionists in this country have long struggled with the...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:23 AM
Choose whether each song is on (A) Barack Obama’s campaign Spotify playist, (B) Mitt Romney’s campaign Spotify playlist or (C) Neither.
1. “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” The Soggy Bottom Boys
2. “I Won’t Back Down,&...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 9:27 AM
Kids These Days open their self-released debut album, “Traphouse Rock,” with the sound of several radio stations cutting in and out between static.
It comes off as a brief tongue-in-cheek commentary on the Chicago septet’s style-...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 5:03 PM
Indie-rock trio Fun. and R&B/hip-hop star Frank Ocean scored big in Grammy Award nominations, scoring six nods apiece mostly in the top Grammy categories. The Recording Academy announced the nominations Wednesday during a show in Nashville. The 55th...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 7:25 AM
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- It was Bruce Springsteen day Thursday at the South by Southwest Music Conference, but the singer instead turned the spotlight on his fellow artists.
His keynote address was essentially a long, heart-felt thank you to his musical...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 2:58 PM
There's a question that someone paying close attention to contemporary pop music would not be considered crazy for asking:
What's with all the shouting?
Seemingly all of a sudden, bands have been having success punctuating their tunes with "hos" and...
| Mar 4, 2013
On NBC’s fantastic “Parks and Recreation,” Nick Offerman has turned Ron Swanson into such a spectacular, hilarious symbol of contained emotion and old-fashioned, meat-and-potatoes masculinity that it feels necessary to establish that...