| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 3:20 PM
A historical account of a battle in the Chinese civil war, Qu Bo's 1957 novel "Tracks in the Snowy Forest" spawned the Peking opera "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy." A film adaptation by Xie Tieli ensued in 1970, followed by a Brian Eno recording in...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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....
| 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 29, 2014
| 10:18 AM
When Jon Hopkins made his only previous visit to South Florida, he was left off the bill for a November, 2008 show with tourmates Coldplay at the BankAtlantic Center. Not that anyone would have noticed.
To that point the London composer and synth...
| 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...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 8:19 PM
Reports from Sunday, day three at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, from Greg Kot (GK) and Bob Gendron (BG):
1:09 p.m.: College rock, circa 1990, lives on in the form of Speedy Ortiz. Unfortunately, the co-ed Massachusetts quartet is...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 10:45 PM
"I wanna be a real, full woman," Sinéad O'Connor sings to begin her strong new studio record, "and live like a real, full woman every day."
For anyone in this age of tweet-sized self-presentation, that's a goal more easily stated than accomplished....