| Mar 21, 2013
| 3:34 AM
Jane Monheit knows firsthand the life-changing influence that music can have on a young life. As a schoolgirl growing up in the late 1980s on the south shore of Long Island, where the right jeans and the right sneakers were required, Monheit was all...
| Mar 26, 2011
| 3:10 PM
While we are the betting kind, we generally shy away from making predictions. We also tend to avoid people who pride themselves on their powers of prognostication, which explains the absence of psychics, tarot-card readers, fortunetellers and...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 4:00 AM
It's been revealed that the Obama administration named its war against Libya -- Operation Odyssey Dawn -- after a little-known album by English progressive rock band Yes.
But what hasn't been revealed are the names of other album titles seriously...
| Jun 27, 2011
| 8:41 PM
Buddy Holly transcended the ‘50s because he was not only a dynamic singer and performer, he was a great songwriter whose explosive growth presaged the rise of do-it-all groups like the Beatles, Beach Boys and Rolling Stones. By the time he died in a...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 8:55 AM
Until this spring, Chicago's Theatre Y focused exclusively on Romanian playwright Andras Visky, with productions of "Juliet: A Dialogue About Love" and "I Killed My Mother," both of which have toured internationally. But the company...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 1:47 PM
Amid rumors that Kristen Wiig is leaving “SNL” at the end of this season, the show’s team has been auditioning female comedians, including The Second City e.t.c. cast member Jessica Joy, who’s been making a name for herself in...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 12:26 PM
Fiona Apple played a short series of promotional shows earlier this year to support her upcoming album. Now, she's launching a full tour for "The Idler Wheel is Wiser" that includes stops in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Apple's mini-tour, her first...
| Jan 27, 2012
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For months, buzz for Lana Del Rey suggested that she’s the greatest thing since (fill in the blank). Now that the nostalgic singer-songwriter’s debut “Born to Die” has arrived, we can finally...
| Feb 5, 2012
Somewhere deep in the catacombs of Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Bethany Cosentino has found a little place of her own. It's squeezed into a tight corner in the control room of Studio B, where she sits behind an ancient synthesizer to relax or think or...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 8:12 PM
Phew! Two hours of “The Voice” is a lot to process. The NBC show was heavy on the tug-at-your-heartstrings contestant backstories tonight, which can make for some intense emotional weight-lifting. But we all survived, and slowly but surely,...
| Oct 14, 2011
Rock 'n' roll is to the Kibitz Room at Canter's what onions are to chopped liver. The two have been closely aligned since the little bar opened just off the beloved Fairfax Avenue deli's annex dining room in 1961. Only now, instead of a bunch of hippies...