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  • Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor

    Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
  • Film helps African-Americans remember a lively Carr's Beach

    Film helps African-Americans remember a lively Carr's Beach
    Decades ago, a trip to segregated Ocean City presented far too many challenges for African-American families. Instead they went to a sandy peninsula near Annapolis, known as "the beach," for a day's outing. Carr's Beach — its proper name —...
  • Our picks: Romantic music for a special Valentine's Day

    Our picks: Romantic music for a special Valentine's Day
    A couple of years ago, the Daily Press' own music buffs Sam McDonald and Mike Holtzclaw shared some favorite tunes for setting that very romantic mood on Valentine's Day. Here are the songs they chose - as well as a few clunkers to avoid: Great songs,...
  • Dawes plays it old school

    Dawes plays it old school
    It's a hot, bone-dry, blue-skied day in the hills above Los Angeles — the kind of crystalline morning one might expect to see Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and the Byrds' Gene Clark relaxing on a redwood deck strumming acoustic guitars. But the guys...
  • Sprit of 1960s still alive with Stone Soul

    Sprit of 1960s still alive with Stone Soul
    The 1960s are half a century old now, and as far as Matt Phairas is concerned, they haven't aged a day. Phairas' band, Stone Soul, will play its latest monthly summer concert Friday at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. The eight-piece...
  • Jay-Z, Kanye West single 'Otis' a letdown

    Jay-Z, Kanye West single 'Otis' a letdown
    The combination seems unbeatable: Jay-Z and Kanye West teaming up over a blazing Otis Redding sample. But “Otis,” a new digital single (streaming HERE) from the forthcoming West/Jay-Z album, “Watch the Throne,” is a bit of a...
  • Album review: 'Watch the Throne' a royal waste

    Album review: 'Watch the Throne' a royal waste
    2 stars (out of 4) When two of the biggest names in hip-hop – Jay-Z and Kanye West -- collaborate on an album, is there any way it can live up to the hype? Likely not, and that’s the burden “Watch the Throne” (Roc-A-Fella...
  • 'Posing Beauty in African American Culture' show at USC

    'Posing Beauty in African American Culture' show at USC
    A fashion show in Harlem in 1963, a portrait of a contemplative Michael Jackson in 1981 and a picture of friends celebrating their prom night in 2006 are among images on view in the exhibition "Posing Beauty in African American Culture" at USC's Fisher...
  • This fall, a Black Ensemble Theater transformed

     This fall, a Black Ensemble Theater transformed
    Jackie Taylor, the founder and artistic director of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, is staring at an utterly transformative fall. On Nov. 18, the $19 million new Black Ensemble Theater will open at the hitherto moribund 4450 North Clark St.,...
  • Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys and Girls'

    Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys and Girls'
    (***) out of four Much like the rising desperation in the chorus of this Alabama bar band's single "Hold On," buzz for Alabama Shakes was steadily building in the months before SXSW this year, marking them as a band you just had to see in Austin, Texas--...
  • Album review: The Alabama Shakes' 'Boys & Girls'

    Album review: The Alabama Shakes' 'Boys & Girls'
    The Alabama Shakes’ first album, "Boys & Girls," is an electric jolt that anyone who loves blues-based rock music should track down immediately. Consisting of three men and one young explosion named Brittany Howard on vocals and guitar, the group,...