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  • Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys & Girls' ✭✭✭

    Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys & Girls' ✭✭✭
    3 stars (out of 4) This still-green quartet was just a small-town northern Alabama bar band a year ago. Now Alabama Shakes is one of the most talked-about new rock acts thanks in part to some good fortune (an early anointing by Drive By Truckers’...
  • Top weekend show: 'Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace'

    “Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace”: That’s the title of a new book by Downbeat associate editor (and Tribune contributor) Aaron Cohen. Focusing on Franklin’s landmark 1972 gospel album, the book is a jumping off point for...
  • Bobby Womack interview: 'I wonder why I'm still here'

    Bobby Womack interview: 'I wonder why I'm still here'
    Bobby Womack picks up the phone, and speaks what’s on his mind in a voice made of gravel. “I know a lot of people who are not here anymore,” the R&B great says, “and I wonder why I’m still here. … Not a day goes by...
  • Prince at the United Center more fizzle than sizzle

    Prince at the United Center more fizzle than sizzle
    Prince’s concert Monday at the United Center didn’t really finish, it fizzled. The singer spent two hours working his band and the nearly full house, including an encore, and then walked off stage with a smile and a wave. The lights stayed...
  • 'Sweet Sisters of Zion' doc celebrates the Barrett Sisters

    'Sweet Sisters of Zion' doc celebrates the Barrett Sisters
    Five years ago, the greatest trio in the history of gospel music – the Barrett Sisters – told me they had one last wish: That someone would make a documentary film about their lives and careers. That film, a moving evocation of their...
  • Aretha Franklin, America and the origin of the 'spirit feel'

    Aretha Franklin, America and the origin of the 'spirit feel'
    The gospel-truth, if you believe most of the history books: Aretha Franklin didn’t really find her true voice until she began working with producer Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1967. "My idea was to make good tracks, use the best players,...
  • The Impressions keep on pushing

    The Impressions keep on pushing
    Fred Cash remembers the day he joined the Impressions in 1958, a mere teenager starting what would be a five-decade ride in one of the great vocal groups of all time. He had been singing on street-corners in Chattanooga, Tenn., and in church with his...
  • New poll finds Americans not buying Obama's light-at-the-end-of-the-recession talk (Updated)

     
    Also a Facebook thief plus a wrestling exec goes for a Senate seat....
  • Art review: Josh Kun at Steve Turner Contemporary

     
    Josh Kun???s smart exhibition in a small upstairs gallery at Steve Turner Contemporary focuses on two types of popular music made in Mexico and the United States in the 1960s. With great clarity, ???Last Exit USA??? demonstrates that culture is......
  • Wanna serve McDonald's takeout to Guantanamo inmates?

     
    Cuba's lone McDonald's is looking for an assistant manager willing to, uh, relocate....
  • L.A. Auto Show: Porsche Boxster Spyder

     
    Hey, James Dean's ghost, thanks for meeting me here at Porsche's exhibit at the L.A. Auto Show. There's something here I think you'll really like. Yes, this really is the Porsche exhibit; why? Oh, that? That's their Panamera. No, that......