| Feb 2, 2014
| 6:49 PM
Call it the incredible shrinking Super Bowl halftime.
In recent years, Beyonce, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince and Bruce Springsteen headlined the year’s biggest nationally televised mini-concert. But Sunday we got a one-man wedding band.
| Dec 26, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Amazon.com sold almost 37 million items on Cyber Monday, a pace of 426 a second to be exact.
The sales tally for Dec. 2 was one of a number of statistics the Seattle online retailer announced on Thursday.
It did not reveal how sales compared to...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Not a creature was stirring in terms of big new music titles last week, but several albums managed to rack up sizeable sales in the run-up to Christmas this year, including the holiday set from the "Duck Dynasty" clan.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, for...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Valeriano Gomez was standing on a festival stage cradling his black guitar as fans spread out before him, waiting for the count-off, the downstroke, the next electric blast.
Gomez and his group wore matching woolen ponchos, dyed jet black, that made...
| 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,...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 10:19 AM
Justin Timberlake scored the top-selling album of 2013 with his “The 20/20 Experience” and Robin Thicke ruled the singles chart with the runaway hit “Blurred Lines,” according to year-end sales figures released by Nielsen...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The record-industry score-keepers at Nielsen SoundScan recently confirmed something many music fans had probably already assumed: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" — the cheeky disco-funk jam with the controversial, nudity-enhanced video — was...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:06 PM
Beyonce, "Beyonce" (Columbia)
Though she certainly doesn't need the press, Beyonce's self-titled new album is a daring, and notable, pop album. Through 14 tracks and 17 accompanying music videos, the Houston-raised singer proves that she still rules not...
| 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...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 12:06 PM
One of my recent favorite jokes that I first heard at a show at ComedySportz a couple weeks ago, is a bit that standup Joe Kilgallon does about celebrities with deadbeat dads. The joke is that the fathers of superstars like Eminem and LeBron James must...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:50 AM
FX’s new animated series “Chozen” should have broken new ground.
The show about a gay white rapper hoping to break into the industry could have helped shift a genre that’s decades behind in embracing equality.