| 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...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 4:42 PM
As much as I adore The Beatles, the idea of going to a Paul McCartney tribute concert, even one with a symphony, didn't exactly fill me with excitement.
After all, the gems of the John Lennon/McCartney catalog have been covered countless times and...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Jay-Z, Sonic Youth, Guns N' Roses, Ghostface Killah, Slayer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Britney Spears, The New Pornographers, Mobb Deep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Prefab Sprout, Pink, The Beatles, Van Halen, Big Star, Bob Dylan,...
| 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...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Al Pacino gets his freak on in HBO Film's biopic about legendary record producer Phil Spector, who definitely had a case of the crazies.
Written and directed by Chicago native David Mamet, "Phil Spector" (8 p.m. CT March 24, HBO; 3.5 stars) fictionalizes...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Executive producer Barry Levinson urges viewers to think of his HBO film "Phil Spector" as a two-person play —not a docudrama about the first murder trial of the rock producer.
"It really is a two-person piece," Levinson said in a telephone...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 4:49 AM
This morning, Baltimore young'uns with their eyes all aglow are hoping for a snow day. Republican Senator Rand Paul, meanwhile is charitably hoping that if the glow happens to come from the burning of an illicit substance, the kids' lives won't be...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Critic's Notebook: The dramatist who used to regularly scorch the stage with complex stories has let his anti-P.C. rage blunt his work.
What in the world has happened to David Mamet? The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Glengarry Glen Ross," a modern...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 10:54 AM
When he decided to put together a home movie about highlights of his dad’s life and career, Denny Tedesco did what a lot of children do at some point in their lives.
What distinguished the product of his efforts from the thousands or millions of...
| Jun 12, 2012
| 1:15 PM
Considering beer is Ben Savage's favorite drink, working at Frederick-based Flying Dog Brewery could be considered a dream come true.
Not only is Savage surrounded by suds and innovation every day, but also with "laughter, high fives, pranks, and hugs."...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 7:03 AM
Over the years, many Hampton Roads radio stations have been content to follow more often than lead. For example, once rock hits were broken in major markets, local outlets would jump on and ride the wave.
That's started to change recently as stations...