| 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 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...
| 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...
| May 19, 2014
| 8:40 AM
Give Coldplay this: After its biggest-selling album and most successful tour, a $110 million jaunt across the world’s arenas and stadiums with big anthems to match, the quiet, insular “Ghost Stories” (Atlantic) was hardly expected....
| May 12, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Pepsi is getting ready for next month's World Cup with "Beats of the Beautiful Game," its first "visual soundtrack" that will include 11 songs and films from an eclectic group of artists and filmmakers including Janelle Monae, Timbaland, Spike Lee and...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 1:21 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
"Everyday Robots" (Warner Bros.) is Damon Albarn's first solo album and also his most personal. It's a soundtrack to a future memoir, with day-in-the-life details coursing through the songs: the...
| 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...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 8:16 AM
Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde had themselves a time in the studio recently, emerging with not one but two albums released in quick succession the last two months.
The first of these, "Someday World" (Warp), consisted of relatively concise tunes...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 6:45 PM
In the same way that there's no such thing as a terrible Pablo Picasso painting, it's hard to imagine Brian Eno releasing a record worthy of dismissal, let alone contempt.
Some of his 50-odd solo and collaborative albums may be more difficult than...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 8:00 AM
What is known as a cover in pop music -- a composer and/or performer making a song his or her own -- is ancient history in classical music. In medieval and Renaissance times, the chant tune on which masses were built was commonly a cover of a standard...