| Jun 18, 2012
As a jazz fan, you really have to savor the select moments of the Playboy Jazz Festival, which began its 34th installment Saturday at its longtime home, the Hollywood Bowl.
Because as a stand-alone, multi-day barometer of the state of the music, the...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 1:32 PM
Class LL: Xavier-Middletown 42, Staples-Westport 7
Class L: Hand-Madison 34, New Canaan 10
Class M: Ansonia 38, Ledyard 0
Class S: Holy Cross-Waterbury 34, Cromwell 27
Class LL: Pomperaug-Southbury 2, Trumbull 1...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 9:35 AM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
In the days leading up to the release of his major-label debut album, “Channel Orange” (Def Jam), R&B singer Frank Ocean announced that five years ago, when he was 19, he fell deeply in love with a man.
| Nov 10, 2012
| 3:20 PM
The two Baptist pastors didn't know a soul at Gov. Martin O'Malley's big breakfast for supporters of his same-sex marriage bill back in January.
Neither had ever been in a room with so many openly gay people.
"It was a different moment," said the Rev....
| Nov 28, 2012
| 1:34 PM
The Library of Congress is full of wonderful treasures, and today it released a new chestful: a collection of interviews on topics such as sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Included is Paul McCartney relating how pot and other drugs boosted the Beatles'...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:21 PM
While playing polo on the fields of Southern California in the late 1930s, Mel Shaw met Walt Disney and was soon playing on his team, the Donald Ducks, that took on the president of Mexico's personal team in 1938 — and won.
"He called me a wild...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 12:38 PM
Is Alex Clare a singer or a song?
In October this bearded Brit reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 with “Too Close,” a dubstep-inflected power ballad originally released on YouTube in early 2011. Co-produced by the cool-hunting hitmaker Diplo,...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 6:02 AM
Royals! Redskins! And a really really bad breakup! Today's online trends have it all. First up, royal wife Kate Middleton is again under the media microscope -- fortunately for her she has all her clothes on this time. The royal baby (or babies!) received...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Meshell Ndegeocello's place in pop culture has shrunk since her mid-'90s days on MTV. But her talent has only grown. In October the New York-based singer-bassist released the stunningly beautiful "Pour Une Âme Souveraine," a collection of songs written or...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 8:10 AM
The word "brilliant" is too often abused by hyperbole, unless you're describing Terius Nash, better known as the prolific 34-year-old songwriter and R&B singer The-Dream.
Several of radio's most indelible hits of the past five years — including...
| Mar 18, 2012
| 2:26 PM
Band name: BJ the Chicago Kid
Sound: BJ, born Bryan Sledge, does Chicago's rich soul tradition proud on his latest album, "Pineapple Now-Laters," veering between socially conscious head-nodders (a cover of War's 1972 anthem "The World Is a Ghetto") and...