| Feb 21, 2014
In 2011, Adam Nevill published a very creepy horror novel called "The Ritual." Its first sentence, a negative echo of Genesis, is "And on the second day things did not get better." A group of Scandinavian hikers gets lost in the woods after coming upon...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Mere days after police detained them in Sochi, Russia, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot were attacked by whip-wielding Cossacks in the same city on Wednesday, according to reports.
According to the Guardian and...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Baltimore electro-maestro Dan Deacon will open for Arcade Fire, the Grammy-winning indie rock act from Montreal, on select dates of the band's Reflektor Tour, according to a press release and Deacon's Twitter account.
The dates are in March, and the...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Is the Academy's music branch growing up? This year's crop of original-score nominees embraces not only traditional orchestral scores by veteran composers but also a hybrid score that stretches the definition of "music" into sound-design territory and...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' official United States debut, when they first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show — the country's most watched television program — and lit a generation on fire. By the end of 1964, John Lennon,...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:00 AM
You find yourself doubting the relevance of live music to your workaday life. You'd rather stay home and update your LinkedIn profile than hit up a noisy club or arena. Fair enough.
In the past, I sympathized. But not in 2014.
This is your year to get...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The Grammy Awards will never be perfect, and maybe they shouldn't be. But that doesn't mean they don't matter.
After enduring years of dinosaur jokes and slumping ratings, the Recording Academy has successfully recast its showcase event as must-see-TV...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:56 AM
Public Enemy's Chuck D once rapped a pointed critique of the Grammy awards. Loose translation: They're not worth a hoot. I'm inclined to agree, but that doesn't mean they should be ignored. Grammys do reflect a certain kind of consensus. It's just that...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Those looking for evidence that commercial rock 'n' roll music as we have known it — the kind featuring an electric guitarist — is in a coma need only examine a few recent incidents for proof.
Most prominently, the major nominations for...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
Daft Punk, "RAM" = Robotic French duo channel vibe of Studio 54, "Thriller" & Giorgio Moroder. Perfect clone for new...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 10:09 AM
It turns out Coachella is only the beginning.
Days after revealing that it will be among the headlining acts at this year's festival in Indio in April, OutKast announced Monday that it's to spend the spring and summer "as the marquee act at over 40...