| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:53 AM
Expanding Sound Check's focus away from Hampton Roads, I see excitement building over the Interlocken Music Festival which will bring Neil Young, Zac Brown and Widespread Panic to an historic farm south of Charlottesville.
The festival will take place...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Dating back to the '50s when NBC's "The Tonight Show," hosted by Steve Allen, featured an ensemble led by pianist Lyle "Skitch" Henderson, house bands have become a latenight talk show staple.
Allen was known to tinkle the ivories now and then (his jazzy...
| Jan 13, 2014
We could take the easy route and look ahead to the year in music with the basics: Yes, Justin Timberlake appears Feb. 16-17 at United Center and there may just be a new Adele album. But what would be the fun in that?
So without the need for "confirmed...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 3:27 PM
I had the good fortune of moderating a fascinating panel called, "On the Road: Traveling for Music and Festivals" at the L.A. Time Travel Show on Saturday. My panelists (who will be joining me again at noon Sunday) were Betto Arcos, host of KPFK's "Global...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Traditional, neo-traditional, progressive, newgrass, cybergrass... whew. Bluegrass has gotten pretty complicated.
Greensky Bluegrass, a five-man acoustic outfit from Kalamazoo, Mich., stumbled onto a simple, winning formula: 1) play tons of live shows,...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:30 AM
On a recent afternoon Thebe Kgositsile, 19, wandered around his sparse central Hollywood apartment lugging a gallon of orange juice and thinking about the logo to his fledgling music imprint Tan Cressida.
A piano melody looped from a computer plugged...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 7:23 AM
Country-music renovator Dwight Yoakam has canceled his Wednesday performance at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, due to “circumstances beyond Dwight’s control,” his team says on Twitter.
Shows at Harrah’s in Cherokee, N.C., on Friday...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 5:05 AM
Grizzly Bear is a band we love to love, both for its rumpled Brooklyn pedigree and the spare, delicate and cerebral poetry of songs such as “Two Weeks” (the relative hit from 2009’s “Veckatimest”) or “Speaking in...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 6:53 AM
What was it, like 17 degrees when you went out this morning? Perfect time for a little news from SunFest. The annual five-day boogie-down on the lakefront in West Palm Beach is May 1-5 this year, and the lineup announced Thursday morning will warm you...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 4:14 AM
Grace Potter is well aware of the evanescence of fame and the kind of physical beauty that gets you noticed. So as the decade-in-the-making overnight success story of her band, the Nocturnals, has finally reached pop-culture critical mass, Potter is...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 1:55 PM
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Earl Sweatshirt, the Los Angeles-born rapper whose major label debut “Doris” is due this summer, has been forced to cancel all upcoming concert dates after a bout of pneumonia landed him...