| Apr 6, 2012
| 11:24 AM
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’...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 2:30 PM
Picture me placing a flashlight under my chin because it’s time to tell a scary story, camp-fire style. This one goes out to my sister Chelsey.
Once upon a time, I got my wisdom teeth extracted. After I woke up from my operation, I was convinced...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 2:39 PM
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,...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 8:58 AM
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...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:41 PM
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...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 10:02 AM
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...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 5:28 AM
Political candidates would feel jumpy backstage at Universal Studios this time of year. It's a dream come true for potential glitter bombers — gallons and gallons of multiple colors of glitter, just waiting to be dumped on unsuspecting speakers.
| Feb 17, 2012
The White House could use a little help from Aretha Franklin to boost its new education initiative.
The $5 billion plan aims to elevate the status of America's teachers, and is dubbed RESPECT -- although inspiring that particular sentiment may be wishful...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 7:19 AM
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...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:22 AM
Singing legend Aretha Franklin will perform the annual Corporate Night concert with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. May 20 in Symphony Center. Known around the world as the Queen of Soul, Franklin will join with musical director...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Sitting at the top level of the gymnasium bleachers, Harvey Mason Jr. leaves no doubt about his joy as a father watching his son, Trey, play basketball for Los Angeles Loyola.
Yes, he has been nominated for Grammy Awards, is recognized as one of the...