| 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...
| May 28, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The most decorated space in The-Dream's Newport Beach pied-à-terre is the master bedroom — no surprise, perhaps, for the R&B star behind such sex-obsessed slow jams as "Love King" and "Sweat It Out," the latter of which finds him helpfully...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday and charged with felony assault after an altercation in Washington, D.C., police said.
The R&B singer and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were involved in a fight with another man outside the W Hotel just before...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 4:41 PM
Chris Brown had a felony assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor in a Washington, D.C., court on Monday before being released on his own recognizance.
The singer did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge at D.C. Superior Court following a...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Following an arrest and facing a charge for misdemeanor assault, Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility, a rep for the singer told The Times late Tuesday.
"His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:57 PM
In the wake of his latest run-in with the law, it might be time to ask if TV needs to take a vacation from Chris Brown. A permanent vacation.
The volatile singer was arrested and charged with felony assault on Sunday after allegedly punching a man --...
| 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,...
| 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 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...
| 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...