| Sep 25, 2014
| 5:30 AM
For a film that received two documentary prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, "20,000 Days on Earth" is very honest about how fake it is. Or rather, the film acknowledges that through a series of constructed scenarios and encounters it is able to...
| 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...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 11:37 AM
A quarter-century has passed since Chris Isaak first released “Wicked Game,” the haunting ballad of unrequited love that drew comparisons to Roy Orbison for Isaak’s brooding vocal.
The song turned out to be his only Top 40 hit, but...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 7:21 PM
When blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, his longtime friend B.B. King, considered one of the most successful and influential blues singers of the 20th century, praised Bland not just for the blues...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 12:23 PM
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, maybe the most important figure in country music that most fans don’t know, died Thursday at his home in Nashville after battling liver cancer. He was 82.
Clement was one of the most revered musicians, producers,...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:42 PM
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, an influential producer, songwriter and engineer who had been revered in country music since the 1950s and was later sought out by rock acts for his creative input, has died. He was 82.
Clement died Thursday of liver cancer at his...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 3:16 PM
Sometimes, it’s OK to throw the same festival twice.
Dance-music fans scanning the lineup at Saturday’s Hard Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park north of downtown might be forgiven for thinking they’d raved themselves...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:44 AM
It's not Chicago's longest running yet, but it's on its way. The Chicago production of "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) will play its 2000th performance Thursday.
The rock 'n' roll jukebox musical (now selling...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Anyone who remembers Troy Walker from his incendiary 1960s stint on the Sunset Strip club circuit or his infamous 1970s run at North Hollywood’s World Famous Palomino is likely beyond surprised to learn that not only did the ultra-flamboyant...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:04 PM
The place to be tonight, Jan. 9, for hot country guitar picking -- and singing -- is the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, where British guitar ace Albert Lee is celebrating his 70th birthday with help from a lot of his friends.
As one of the most expressive...