| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:49 AM
On the second page of William Gaddis’ “The Recognitions,” one of those unplumbed novels that accuse me from my shelves, the following sentences unspool themselves:
The ship's surgeon was a spotty unshaven little man whose clothes,...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The Grammys have the unrivaled prestige. The MTV Video Music Awards go for unpredictable, deliciously viral irreverence. And the BET, Billboard Music and American Music awards are better known for A-list performers than who wins which trophies.
| Nov 3, 2013
| 3:01 PM
Does turning one’s limitations into shtick amount to moving past them?
Janelle Monáe seemed to think so Saturday night at Club Nokia, where she brought her tour behind this year’s “The Electric Lady” for a sold-out concert as...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:40 PM
By now we've come to expect interactive Web videos from Arcade Fire, and the woozy user-controlled effects on the Vincent Morisset-directed "Reflektor" don't disappoint. Go watch it at the band's new dedicated site, if you like.
What's new is that...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:49 PM
When news broke in August that Eminem had completed a new album, it arrived in a fashion nearly identical to the way Jay Z had announced his own record just two months earlier: in a tech-related TV commercial (Samsung for Jay Z, Beats headphones for...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Kerry Washington's quest for global domination continues apace: The "Scandal" star will host "Saturday Night Live" Nov. 2, NBC announced Wednesday.
It will be the Emmy-nominated actress' first time hosting the long-running sketch show. Given the...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 7:52 AM
After a holiday hiatus, “Saturday Night Live” returned slightly refurbished, with Sasheer Zamata as one of the most high-profile cast additions in recent memory as well as new writers LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who joined the team after...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Probably the least important thing worth saying about Hilton Als' "White Girls" is that it's the best book of the year. I think it is, but these essays — hostile, intimate, whip-smart — brush aside such accolades. They refuse tidy conclusions,...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:38 AM
"You two, together? Big trouble." -- Papa Legba
We open with Marie and Fiona discussing their new alliance. Marie is glad to have found an equal in Fiona. Fiona offers to cast a spell to help Marie sleep, and tells her that they will strategize for their...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:35 AM
The folks at the BB&T Center are hosting a “major concert announcement” at 11 a.m. Thursday, with an extra tight seal on lips that are sometimes loose with these kinds of things.
“A big name who has not played here in a long time,&...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop...