| May 22, 2012
| 7:38 AM
Brian Wilson broke character Monday at the Chicago Theatre in the first of two 50th anniversary concerts by his longtime band.
The most fragile of the Beach Boys plunged into the turmoil of “Sail On, Sailor,” a song rarely performed by the...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 12:29 PM
You've probably seen Del Casher, sporting a yachtsman's cap as he cruises around town in his fire-engine-red sedan, and never given him a second look. But the 73-year-old musician, who operates a sound studio on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, is one of...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 8:40 AM
When Amy Winehouse's album "Back to Black" first appeared on American charts, I was teaching the History of Rock at Johns Hopkins. Given my focus on the history of musical genres, I was immediately struck by her innovative use of the past. Ms. Winehouse...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 11:57 PM
Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2011 is in the books, as the first of 130 bands played on eight stages Friday in Grant Park. Attendance was maxed out – with 90,000 people expected each of three days at the festival. Here’s how Friday went down, with...
| Aug 7, 2011
| 4:31 AM
Day 2 of Lollapalooza in Grant Park has crossed the finish line. Here’s an hour-by-hour account with reporting from yours truly (GK) and the ever-vigilant Bob Gendron (BG):
11:44 a.m.: Want to go to Lollapalooza without having to buy tickets?...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 12:13 PM
The songwriting world lost two titans Monday when Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber died within hours of each other.
Ashford, 70, cowrote a string of hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson, that helped define soul, R&B and funk in the ‘60s, ‘70s and...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 4:24 PM
Upon first hearing that Alan Jackson would be speaking at Flintridge Preparatory School, the students were a bit skeptical. We have had our share of monotonous speakers that we feel waste two hours of our lives while the adults next to us are riveted by...
| Feb 24, 2012
Guitarist Billy Strange once took the kind of phone call that thousands of musicians receive only in their best and wildest dreams.
"I was staying at a hotel in Nashville in 1965 when my telephone rang and this unmistakable voice said, 'Billy, this is...
| Oct 5, 2011
"George Harrison: Living in the Material World," which premieres Wednesday and Thursday on HBO, is a long, lovely meditation on the Beatle sometimes called the Quiet One and the quiet one sometimes called a Beatle. Directed by Martin Scorsese at the...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 8:11 AM
I don't have time for a full review, but I do want to alert viewers to the premiere tonight on HBO of director Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World." This is one of the most ambitious and daring biographical films that I have...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 2:05 PM
Bessie Smith to Lady Gaga is a wide swath in modern music, and "Women Who Rock" includes them and many in between Friday, Nov. 18, on PBS (check local listings).
"Rock and roll is a very wide river," says filmmaker Carol Stein. She and Susan Wittenberg...