| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
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...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 6:23 PM
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 —...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 2:43 AM
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:
| Jul 8, 2011
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...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:47 PM
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...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 12:04 PM
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...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 2:59 PM
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...
| Sep 25, 2011
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...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 11:00 AM
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.,...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 9:17 AM
(***) 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--...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 12:51 PM
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,...