| Aug 29, 2011
| 7:21 AM
Sunday's Video Music Awards on MTV brought ups and downs for Tappahannock native Chris Brown. He gave a head-turning performance but was denied awards in the two categories for which he was nominated.
Stepping on stage dressed in dazzling white, Brown...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 9:08 PM
Like the Velvet Underground and Big Star, the Raincoats were one of those bands who were better at inspiring future generations of bands than selling records.
Every decade or so, the Raincoats enjoy a little surge in popularity, their music enduring...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Sep 18, 2011
| 5:28 PM
Nirvana: “Nevermind: Super Deluxe Edition” (Geffen)
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 4)
Pearl Jam: “Pearl Jam Twenty” (Columbia)
Rating: 3 stars (out of 4)
World domination – so difficult to predict, so impossible to maintain....
| Nov 27, 2011
| 1:47 PM
“Gish” Deluxe Edition (EMI); 3.5 stars (out of 4)
“Siamese Dream” Deluxe Edition (EMI): 4 stars (out of 4)
Smashing Pumpkins’ debut, “Gish,” wasn’t the cool, everybody-has-to-hear-it album of 1991. It...
| Oct 12, 2011
Dave Grohl saw the news online: The famously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church planned a protest outside a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, Mo. The band was another target of the tiny church, which has heckled the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers,...
| Nov 5, 2011
| 9:22 AM
Andy Rooney, whose CBS career spans the entire post-war history of network news, died Friday as a result of complications following minor surgery, the network announced.
A mainstay of Sunday night viewing for millions of Americans, the 92-year-old Rooney...
| Nov 12, 2011
| 9:15 AM
Foo Fighters performed at the Verizon Center Friday November 11 in support of "Wasting Light." Contributor Jay Trucker reviews the show.
From the opening riffs of “Bridge Burning,” Foo Fighters were locked in, often transitioning from song...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 1:52 PM
"Burning Bluebeard": Just a few days after Christmas in 1903, the newly built Iroquois Theater on Randolph Street — an elaborate venue where the Oriental stands today— caught fire during a matinee performance of "Mr. Bluebeard," a spectacle...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 8:44 AM
Happy 12/12/12! Enjoy the quirky numerical day while it lasts because it won't happen again for another hundred years. (Or never if the Mayan Apocalypse actually happens) Possibly fueled by this unique bit of numerology, the Internet is buzzing with...
| Dec 12, 2012
Of all the eyebrow-raising entertainment-related headlines I've read, this one is up there:
"Paul McCartney to replace Kurt Cobain in Nirvana reunion"
What? Huh? This can't be true. With all due respect to Sir Beatle, even at his peak his voice and...