| 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...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:52 AM
Born on a battlefield in France during World War I and rescued by a U.S. soldier named Lee Duncan, a terrified German shepherd puppy would become the most famous dog in the world.
Named Rin Tin Tin, after a popular French doll of the time, the dog...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 1:17 PM
In need of online-shopping accompaniment that doesn't feature sleigh bells or mistletoe? Consider the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's upcoming "Django Unchained," which you can stream below.
As with most of Tarantino's soundtracks, the album...
| Jun 27, 2012
My mom nearly started a revolt at her assisted living facility.
She called me at work recently, upset that a water cooler had disappeared from the dining room. Having been led to believe that it was not coming back, she and another resident conspired...
| Jun 29, 2012
The idea was simple enough. Take four South Florida songwriters, chosen for their talent and their disparate styles, get them together, ask them to write a song centered on a certain theme, and then give them a limited time in which to accomplish the...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:23 AM
Choose whether each song is on (A) Barack Obama’s campaign Spotify playist, (B) Mitt Romney’s campaign Spotify playlist or (C) Neither.
1. “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” The Soggy Bottom Boys
2. “I Won’t Back Down,&...
| Nov 24, 2012
Saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr. modeled his first band in high school, the Melt-Jess Jazz Quintet, after the muscular jazz of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet: Jones, of course, channeled Cannonball, the revered alto saxophonist and onetime Dillard High School...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 3:26 PM
In accordance with established Quentin Tarantino tradition, the upcoming soundtrack to the director's "Django Unchained" is to feature no shortage of crate-digger's delights, including Jim Croce's "I Got a Name" and vintage film music by Ennio Morricone....
| Dec 5, 2012
| 2:53 PM
When Alicia Keys talked to The Times about her latest album, "Girl on Fire," the singer was candid about the newfound confidence she showcases on the disc.
A decade into a career that boasts 14 Grammys and more than 35 million albums sold, Keys says she...