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  • Made some noise: The year in popular music

    Made some noise: The year in popular music
    As always with my top 10s, this one includes only studio albums of new recorded music. That means no compilations, no live albums, no archival records, no reissues, and so on. This year, those rules meant the exclusion of some great recordings: reissues...
  • Lake Worthy

    Lake Worthy
    It's been called swamp rock, folk punk, streetgrass, steampunk rock and a dozen other names as writers and sundry other music enthusiasts have sought to describe the sound emanating from Lake Worth. In an article a couple of weeks ago, I called it “...
  • Pop Culture 101: Final Exam 2011

    Pop Culture 101: Final Exam 2011
    Were you paying attention to the pop culture in 2011? It was certainly an eventful year, with pop stars and talk show hosts grabbing headlines and a colorful cast of Republican presidential hopefuls jockeying for position. Here's a little test to make...
  • Album review: Tom Waits, 'Bad as Me'

    3.5 stars (out of 4)   “All aboard,” Tom Waits hollers at the outset of his 17th studio album, “Bad as Me” (Anti).   It’s an invitation to a typically wild ride through the nether regions of Waits’ subconscious, a...
  • For Chicago cabbie, backseat is a trove of art

    For Chicago cabbie, backseat is a trove of art
    Dmitry Samarov, like Travis Bickle, is God's lonely man, cruising the streets of Chicago, watching for your arm to shoot out and beckon him, taking note of the odd, offhanded things you say after you climb into his cab. He is a taxi driver, and with...
  • Album review: Bjork, 'Biophilia'

    Album review: Bjork, 'Biophilia'
    2 stars (out of 4) What’s Bjork going on about now? The Icelandic singer transforms herself into the world’s wiggiest science teacher amid the ultra-ambitious, sometimes lovely, more often ponderous or precious “Biophilia”...
  • Robert Boochever dies at 94; U.S. appellate judge

    Robert Boochever dies at 94; U.S. appellate judge
    Robert Boochever, a judge who honed his legal skills in the wilds of pre-statehood Alaska before his elevation to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 94. Boochever died of natural causes at his home in Pasadena on Sunday, the court...
  • Critic's Notebook: The lowdown with Tom Waits

    Critic's Notebook: The lowdown with Tom Waits
    Over the course of three hours of conversation at a roadside diner here called Pete's Henny Penny, Tom Waits, the singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, actor and note taker, will offer the following similes and metaphors, seemingly at random though...
  • Album review: Coldplay, 'Mylo Xyloto'

    Album review: Coldplay, 'Mylo Xyloto'
    2 stars (out of 4) In a recent interview, Tom Waits mentioned that while recording music, “You have to work with people that know when to trick you.” Coldplay pays lip service to the element of surprise on its fifth studio album, “Mylo...
  • Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, movies and more

    Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, movies and more
    No reason to stay indoors. Here's a look on what's going on this week MOVIES OPENING (Friday; subject to change) Anonymous In Time Puss in Boots The Rum Diary Take Shelter NOTABLE TV MONDAY Hoarders (mid-season premiere; 9 p.m.; A&E) Possessing Piper...
  • Fall album preview

    Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...