| Oct 1, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Don't fret if you missed Fiona Apple's show Sunday at the Fillmore. There are plenty of musicians around this week who can tell you how the inside of a tour bus smells.
Pretty Lights at Fillmore Miami Beach
9 p.m. Tuesday, $44.50, LiveNation.com...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 9:29 AM
"Political theater" as a rubric covers a range of narrative tropes, but two current productions provide very different lenses for looking at the corrosive effects of achieving — and hanging onto — power at any cost.
"Leaves, Trees, Forest"...
| Feb 4, 2013
Annual grumble: The Grammys refuse to nominate anything that’s not already widely popular. Why? Why?!!
OK, now that that’s out of my system, I still have plenty of favorites and artists I root against, aside from the built-in interest of...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:27 AM
Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s work takes many shapes. One of them is a Sunday night performance by Young Jeezy at Pompano's Club Cinema. Jeezy's "Its tha World" mixtape dropped this past December, adding to the ranks of trap hip-hop records...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 7:54 AM
Frank Ocean can add another award to the pile.
The Village Voice late Tuesday released the results of its annual Pazz & Jop critics poll, which asked approximately 500 music writers for their favorite albums and singles of 2012. Ocean's "Channel Orange"...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
| 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...
| Mar 11, 2012
| 7:45 PM
Fiona Apple: The mercurial singer resurfaces for a brief club tour, presumably as a teaser for a forthcoming album (her first since 2005) with another tongue-twister title, “The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 8:05 AM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
Fiona Apple specializes in overwrought album titles and emotionally transparent art-pop songs. “The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do” (Epic)...
| May 14, 2012
| 3:04 PM
3 stars (out of 4)
On Best Coast’s 2010 debut, “Crazy for You,” Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno made perfectly fizzy California guitar-pop, catchy as all get-out. Even when Cosentino pined for an elusive boyfriend, it felt almost...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 7:43 AM
“Every single night’s a fight with my brain,” Fiona Apple roared, as if 27 voices were competing for space inside her head. And then she dropped to a near whisper. “I just want to feel everything.”
The singer did all she...