| Aug 5, 2011
| 1:18 PM
The first time Reggie Watts performed in Chicago, about five years ago, he sold 20 tickets. Chris Ritter, owner of the now-defunct Lakeshore Theater on Broadway, booked him on a tip from comedian Paul Provenza.
But faced with a nearly empty house,...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 1:23 PM
Check out these great getaways for the fall, including a mouthwatering weekend at the NYC Food Film Festival and a "Dirty Dancing" themed stay at Mountain Lake Hotel.
If you can't afford the trip to Munich to toss...
| Oct 16, 2011
The cristal baschet is one of the most beautiful musical instruments you will ever see, made of vibrating, tuned steel, fiberglass amplification cones and wire "whiskers" that shimmy when fingers rub the glass-rod keyboard. Film composer Cliff Martinez'...
| Oct 23, 2011
| 12:39 PM
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In a recent interview, Tom Waits mentioned that while recording music, “You have to work with people that know when to trick you.”
Coldplay pays lip service to the element of surprise on its fifth studio album, “Mylo...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Oct 29, 2011
U2, the Irish pop band, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary, "From the Sky Down," premiering Saturday on Showtime. Like most modern rockumentaries, it was commissioned by the people it is about, and it will be included in some of the...
| Nov 1, 2011
"The Velvet Underground's first album only sold 10,000 copies," Brian Eno's famous quote posits, "but everyone who bought it formed a band."
The Beach Boys were never remotely in the same universe of rock hipsterdom that the Velvets have long occupied,...
| Nov 6, 2011
| 10:56 AM
A list of everything you need to know about the week ahead.
MOVIES OPENING (Friday; subject to change)
Jack and Jill
The Bad Girls Club Reunion, Part 1 (special; 9 p.m.; Oxygen)
The Witch Doctor Will...
| Sep 2, 2012
John Cage's ideas have long inspired artists inside and outside the experimental music subculture. Besides new-music figures considered disciples or associates — Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman and David Tudor, for example — he...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 3:21 PM
David Byrne's lyrics, especially in his early days with Talking Heads, put even the most mundane human behavior underneath a magnifying glass to reveal all its wonder and strangeness.
He was the "anthropologist from Mars," instantly staking out a place...
| May 17, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Donna Summer was typecast as the disco-era “bad girl,” the diva who was too salty and sexual for some radio stations to play in the ‘70s. But she was also a musical revolutionary, a versatile singer who created a radical new template for...