| Dec 13, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Mary J. Blige, "The London Sessions" (Capitol).
The most explosive R&B singer of the last two decades crossed the Atlantic for "The London Sessions." In doing so, Mary J. Blige also gracefully leaped out of her comfort zone, and the result is a...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Nenad Bach is a rock star in his native Croatia, and is well-known in the United States both for his music and his peace activism, which stems from the 1990s Croatian war.
A documentary about Bach, who has collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti, Bono,...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 7:08 AM
To open, an analogy: Margaret Anderson and The Little Review are to independent publishing what Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground are to music.
In a 1982 interview with Musician magazine, Brian Eno observed that while the first Velvet Underground...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 10:20 AM
VARIOUS ARTISTS, The Art of McCartney (Capitol 2 and 1/2 stars)
Sure, he's written a lot of great songs, but it's still hard to figure out why this double-disc tribute album needs to exist. Here's the concept: Producer Ralph Saul takes the cute Beatle'...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The main attraction at a sold-out gig, TV on the Radio wasn't scheduled to perform until after 10 p.m.
But at Pappy & Harriet's, the dusty little roadhouse off Route 62 near Joshua Tree, sound check is far from a private affair. So on a recent Friday...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Amid the thousands of new pop, hip-hop, EDM, rock, country and R&B songs that have been uploaded and eclipsed since Taylor Swift released "1989" last week, below are a recent five for a weekday that offer a glimpse of the (non-Swiftian) here-and-now....
| Oct 13, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Mark Bell, a seminal figure in the birth of British electronic dance music and beat culture, frequent collaborator with Icelandic innovator Björk and producer of Depeche Mode's "Exciter" album, has died, according to Bell's longtime label, Warp Records....
| Oct 10, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Pardon me while I feign outrage for a fake institution.
The annual conundrum known as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees list was announced Thursday, and it's as baffling as ever. In fact, so shaky is its philosophical foundation that arguing seems...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:06 PM
You've probably already heard about David Bowie's cocaine spoon.
It's one of the hundreds of artifacts from the rock star's career that help make up the open-armed, headphone-insistent, steadily applauding show, "David Bowie Is," newly mounted at the...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Javier Bardem has now joined Penelope Cruz in attempting to clarify his position on the crisis in Gaza and Israel. Several entertainment figures including Bardem, Cruz and Pedro Almodovar had released a letter earlier this week describing Israel's actions...