| 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’...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:26 PM
“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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 18, 2009
Also a Facebook thief plus a wrestling exec goes for a Senate seat....
| Oct 23, 2009
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......
| Nov 10, 2009
Cuba's lone McDonald's is looking for an assistant manager willing to, uh, relocate....
| Dec 2, 2009
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......