| Aug 4, 2014
| 6:38 PM
With 10 songs that clock in at just under 40 minutes, Spoon's eighth studio release, "They Want My Soul," is a rock record to admire, and not just for the way its melodies and textures wheedle their way into the head.
One of the most acclaimed rock...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Billy Joel has moved from "Allentown" to Madison Avenue.
The piano-playing hitmaker was once regarded by advertisers as one of music's "untouchables" - artists like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Tom Petty and R.E.M. who shun the idea of aligning one...
| Jul 19, 2014
Elaine Stritch's death on July 17 at age 89 sparked tribute tweets from fellow actors, Facebook posts of video clips of her performances and, surely somewhere, the lifting high of a vodka stinger — a knowing reference to a line in her signature...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 1:52 PM
In a poor neighborhood along the banks of the Saigon River, Tran Ngoc Tam and his wife sat inside a one-room dwelling so tiny it could barely fit a bed. Tam spoke intermittently between frequent bouts of coughing and grimacing, products of his painful...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Gay males have crowned talkshow personality Ellen DeGeneres their most admired celebrity, and have singled out her recent pitch work with Maybelline as the advertising campaign they liked most in the past year.
DeGeneres closely aligns with the celebrity...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 8:54 PM
So much of life is plain ugly (cell towers made to look like trees) or vaporous (Masahiro Tanaka's elbow, or that little Italian village I just purchased on eBay).
But then you run across something genuine and serene. Yes, it's the ESPYs I'm talking...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 1:30 PM
In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyoncé went crazy in love. That's two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same thing.
But think of all that...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Two Boca Raton teenagers induced Howard Stern to jump from his seat, and enticed more than 900,000 YouTube viewers to click play — by rocking out on their cellos.
After finding instant fame with an animated, electric cover of Jimi Hendrix's...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Jewelry designer Loree Rodkin has just picked a cookie off a plate in the cafe at Ikram, the high-end women's clothing boutique in Chicago, when she sees a smiling face approaching. It's Sting's manager, Kathy Schenker, who's in town with him for his...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Several months ago at his parents' Naperville home, Randy Stine stumbled on an issue of his high school newspaper in which seniors talk about their future plans.
He doesn't remember writing that he wanted to be a successful singer in an a cappella...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Elton John lamented in song that "sorry seems to be the hardest word."
With all due respect to Sir Elton, he has it all wrong. "Sorry" doesn't seem to be very hard to say at all. In fact, it's often way too easy.
It's frequently observed that an...