| Mar 26, 2014
| 11:04 AM
Beyond its musical attributes, the exhilarating performance delivered by soul singer Sharon Jones and her band the Dap-Kings on Tuesday testified to the restorative power of music.
Other than her ultra-short hair, there was no outward evidence of the...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 9:26 AM
The gritty, intense and sometimes rousingly profane music and performance style of the late James Brown left an indelible mark on American pop culture -- an achievement honored but only occasionally Brown-worthy in "James Brown: Get On the Good Foot, a...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 11:44 AM
The little town of Dixon, Ill., has two claims to fame. First, it’s the self-proclaimed Petunia Capital of Illinois. And second, it’s the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States.
Presidents (and petunias) are no...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 7:27 AM
Can 15 years have gone by since Chicago blues master Billy Branch released a studio album as bandleader?
Apparently so, but he surely sounds as if he's trying to make up for lost time with "Blues Shock" (Blind Pig Records), a remarkably strong release...
| Jan 31, 2014
In December, in the thick of tributes that poured in following the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir chose to eulogize their leader with an abrupt, but no less affecting, flash-mob-style performance in a grocery store. Posing...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 12:30 PM
If we were now reaching the end of 1993 instead of 2013, the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson would look much different.
By then Prince had already changed his name to the title of his latest album — a symbol nobody could pronounce — and...
| Jul 18, 2013
“I couldn’t wait for the summer and The Warped Tour,” blink-182 sang in 2001’s “The Rock Show,” the first single off its No. 1 “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.” A dozen years later, it’s still true....
| Aug 4, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Dorothy E. Brunson, who became the first African-American woman in the nation to own a radio station when she bought WEBB-AM in Baltimore, died Sunday of complications from ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center.
The Northwest Baltimore resident was 72....
| Aug 22, 2011
| 3:25 PM
Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theatre will stage a new musical about Marvin Gaye in February, as written by the late singer’s family members, along with their manager Barbara Cole. Entitled "The Prophet: A Marvin Gaye Tribute," the new show (not...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 8:12 AM
When Charles Bradley appears onstage this Saturday at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, there's a good chance he'll have already forgotten the name of the venue, if he's bothered to learn it at all. Nothing against the club, but Bradley will be so...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 11:48 AM
THE SKINNY: Have we been had? "The X-Factor" followed up a seriously stellar debut with a two-hour mess of talentless singers and worse. The supporters of the first episode should be worried. Was Thursday night the real "X-Factor" or just a momentary bump...