| Jul 24, 2014
| 1:07 PM
Before James Brown became the Godfather of Soul, before he donned the cape, before he even cut a record, he was an impoverished kid from rural Georgia.
In the new biopic "Get on Up," the singer's hardscrabble childhood sets the stage for a tumultuous...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:18 PM
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, thereby making "nonstop" one of the most fetching words in travel today. Luckily for us, BWI-Marshall Airport seems to be piling up flights that will get you to your destination without...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Today it's rare to see a piece of celebrity-worn apparel — on screen or off — that can't be identified and even purchased with a few mouse clicks. From politician Sarah Palin's eyeglass frames (Kawasaki 704s) to film protagonist Jay Gatsby's...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 1:19 PM
When singer and Gibson hollow-body strummer Nick Waterhouse introduced one of his songs as "the B-side to a 45" during his record release party, you'd have been forgiven for briefly thinking the entrance to the American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood may...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 11:56 AM
Record collectors are a special breed, willing to sift through rubbish on the hunt for a rare sonic gem. They are the keepers of arcane knowledge and obscure taxonomies about genres and labels and recording dates. But even among those driven characters,...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Music opened my life to an array of experiences. I remember New York's Washington Square Park in the 1960s as a laboratory alive with musicians playing folk, old-time country, jazz and everything in between. The creativity in that one small space was...
| Feb 13, 2014
Letters to the editor from Aurora, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Brookfield, Naperville, Forest Park, Addison and Oak Park.
With the celebration of the Beatles' 50th anniversary of "storming" the U.S. shores, it brought...
| Feb 11, 2014
Re "Cute? Hardly. They subverted the American way of life," Opinion, Feb. 9
Although Michael Tomasky did a god job reminding us just how much the Beatles shook up the musical world, he could have continued that vein further.
Yes, by 1964, the genre we...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time.
"I'd only ever seen Spanish-style or jazz guitars, and then I saw a Stratocaster," said Beck, 69, of his schoolboy crush. "I was fascinated by the shape, the double cutaways; it...
| May 13, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Dressed in skinny jeans, flats, a white shirt and still wearing her stage makeup, the petite Ashley Blair Fitzgerald sits cross-legged in a small conference room after her matinee performance in "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at Arena Stage in Washington.
| Apr 25, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Michael Nesmith's name is far more often associated with the Monkees than the birth of Southern California country rock. Yet the former rock sitcom star played a key part in a 1960s scene when long hair and cowboy boots all a sudden made sense together....