| 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 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...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 5:02 AM
Not all great ideas are fueled by bourbon, but the creation of Baltimore's NOVO Instrumental Festival was.
Five years ago, Mobtown Studios' producer and co-owner Mat Leffler-Schulman shared a few drinks at the Windup Space with bar owner Russell de...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 11:05 AM
The ’70s was the era of the Big Family Band. Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen toured with more than 30 musicians. The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends (with Eric Clapton), Santana, the Mothers of...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 2:32 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
Abel Tesfaye, a k a the Weeknd, has been busy the past few months. He self-released three mix tapes of moodily skewed R&B that have earned him a nomination for Canada’s top musical honor, the Polaris Prize (he lost out to...
| 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...
| Oct 23, 2011
| 12:39 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
In a recent interview, Tom Waits mentioned that while recording music, “You have to work with people that know when to trick you.”
Coldplay pays lip service to the element of surprise on its fifth studio album, “Mylo...
| Jul 2, 2011
| 10:41 AM
With the sixth annual Pitchfork Music Festival just around the corner July 15-17 in Union Park, the Chicago-based music Web site has announced it’s expanding the franchise to Europe.
Pitchfork Music Festival Paris will debut Oct. 28-...
| Feb 15, 2011
Lots of upsets, life-size Jim Henson Co. puppets and a giant egg carrying Lady Gaga were enough to drive the Grammy Awards to its largest audience in more than a decade. Sunday night's biggest winner, however, might be an act that didn't even take home...
| Apr 14, 2011
The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is not one that would seem in need of a tune-up. After all, the 2011 edition, which opens Friday and will be headlined by the likes of rap star Kanye West and indie-rock heavyweights the Arcade Fire,...
| May 4, 2011
The following statements may or may not be true about nomadic singer-songwriter Cass McCombs: He was born a Scorpio in 1977. Los Angeles is his current, but no doubt temporary, home. Furthermore, on his birth: if the lyrics to "Lion Killer" from his...