| Aug 22, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Close your eyes. Erase your mind. Forget about Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and the various extracurricular activities that have hobbled singer-guitarist-romantic John Mayer’s reputation off the playing field. Breathe, and think about the guitar while...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Chris Brown's hit-and-run case stemming from a May fender bender has been dismissed.
Superior Court Judge Christine Ewell said Thursday that a "civil compromise" had been reached, L.A. Now reported.
The Grammy-winning R&B singer originally faced...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:00 PM
John Mayer is as well known for his expansive collection of famous ex-girlfriends as for his music. It's a list of dalliances that reportedly includes — but doesn't appear limited to — Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 3:07 PM
In the past week Justin Timberlake launched his Legends of Summer stadium tour with Jay Z (they play the Rose Bowl on July 28) and premiered a new single, “Take Back the Night,” the lead track from Part 2 of his uber-successful comeback album,...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 1:01 PM
Sylvester was out-and-fierce long before Boy George warbled his way to the top of the charts.
Sylvester crossed racial and sexuality barriers before Frank Ocean was even born.
Sylvester did gender-bending glam before Adam Lambert knew a bugle bead...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
It's possible to pare down the gist of "Magna Carta Holy Grail," the 12th solo studio album from New York rapper/businessman/new dad Jay-Z, to three simple words uttered in a track called "Tom Ford."
"I'm so special," declares the rapper, 43, and anyone...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Jay-Z is one of pop music's greatest mythmakers, and his most jealously guarded myth is the notion that what he does is effortless. You see this in his insistence on composing rhymes without pen and paper, his omnipresent yet offhand allusions to his...
| Jul 8, 2013
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Jay-Z has been rapping about having a lot of money for a long time: "Without rap, I was crazy straight/partner, I'm still spending money from '88" he spat on "Dead Presidents II" in 1996. Back then, though, there was a populist tilt...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Even though the coverage seems to have gone on for years, a mere five days have passed since users of a particular brand of smartphone (and anybody willing to illegally download music) first heard “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the 12th solo...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 10:18 AM
In Saturday's Times, I published an account of my recent wedding, and the struggles and successes of choosing the perfect music for the occasion -- especially as a music critic. The essay mentioned any number of songs that my wife Jenny and I included,...
| May 6, 2013
| 8:28 AM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
Music obsessives could play spot the post-punk reference all day while listening to Savages’ first album, “Silence Yourself” (Matador/Pop Noire). But there is nothing particularly derivative or nostalgic about...