| Aug 14, 2014
| 3:48 PM
"What would James Brown do?"
Anyone who knows the groundbreaking soul singer's biography understands that's not a question that inoculates against trouble. But in certain circumstances, such as when America is paying witness to the Ferguson, Mo., racial...
| Aug 9, 2014
The world knew singer James Brown as The Godfather of Soul — the singer who essentially invented funk and who from the mid-1950s through the 1990s put more than 100 songs on the R&B charts and influenced generations of performers......
| Aug 2, 2014
| 9:30 PM
Reports from Saturday, day two at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, from Greg Kot (GK), Bob Gendron (BG) and Kevin Williams (KW):
11:31 a.m.: Blood Orange's Dev Hynes posted several tweets after his Lollapalooza set Friday saying that he and his girlfriend...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
"Finding Fela!" is a hall-of-mirrors documentary that dissects the complex public persona of the late Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti though the lens of the 2009 Broadway musical biography "Fela!"
Directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, whose...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 7:46 AM
Everything about "Get on Up," a provocatively structured and unusually rich musical biopic, is a little better, a little less formula-bound, a little sharper than the average specimen in this genre.
I'm surprised it's this good, given that director Tate...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 9:14 AM
About halfway through Sinead O'Connor's latest album, "I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss" (Nettwerk), the listener could be forgiven for thinking the title and the glam-rocker-in-latex cover photo are some kind of ironic joke. Yes, she may look like the boss,...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Mecca of R&B music, aka Harlem's Apollo Theater, played host to Monday's world premiere of Universal's James Brown biopic "Get On Up."
"I first saw James Brown at the Apollo," said Mick Jagger, who produced the film through his shingle Jagged Films....
| Jul 19, 2014
| 2:19 PM
It was proclaimed more than once over the evening at California Plaza that history was being made in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night as part of the Grand Performances series. For the first time, a choice selection of the iconic Nigerian bandleader...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Funky drummers, ravers, Detroit rockers, Wu-Tang, Busta Rhymes and his bad decision, a new Stevie Nicks song. Below, the week that happened.
-- Looking for an ace weekend soundtrack? Find it on SoundCloud, where the great DJ and producer Pete Rock...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:58 PM
Imagine revisiting the classic intergalactic bar scene from "Star Wars." Bizarre humanoids from many planets share their mutual suspicion of each other while sipping strange drinks. Now throw a flash-bang grenade into the bar. The chaos that follows could...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
When it comes to recreating the world of iconic '60/'70s chart toppers, Sharen Davis has become the go-to guru of sartorial splendor, especially when it comes to outfits that pop on stage.
For "Dreamgirls," the musical inspired by the mercurial rise of...