| Dec 25, 2012
| 6:14 PM
Literary fisticuffs abound at Write Club, where opponents duke it out with lightning-fast essays on pre-assigned, opposing topics. But is it really literature as blood sport?
"The stakes are real," says founder and self-proclaimed overlord Ian Belknap....
| Feb 11, 2013
| 6:35 AM
Resilient youth was served at the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday, with relative newcomers such as Mumford & Sons, fun. and Gotye sweeping the major awards.
The Black Keys also enjoyed a banner night. The Nashville-via-Ohio rock duo won three Grammys,...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 7:13 PM
This was one of those "bridge" episodes.
Nothing really happened, but it set up a bunch of stuff.
Listen people: it's not my favorite thing either, but it's a thing.
So I don't need to give a spoiler alert here, because there isn't really anything...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Growing up, Dallas-born, Nashville-raised singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose initially rebelled against her country roots. Well, maybe "rebellion" is too strong a term.
"As a teenager I'd tell my parents, 'I'm going to play in a punk club and y'all stay...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:59 AM
Given the rate at which left-field super-groups have proliferated over the last few years -- Atoms for Peace! Them Crooked Vultures! Monsters of Folk! -- it was probably inevitable that we'd eventually end up with one as wacky as Maximum Hedrum, the new...
| Dec 23, 2012
Let’s say this up front: Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes is what it is: a glorified Jersey bar band – actually, a hell of a bar band. But front man Johnny Lyon’s singing voice is that of an everyman......
| Dec 20, 2011
| 6:49 AM
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...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 8:25 AM
People often assume Raffa Jo Harris and Rainer Davies are romantically involved. Maybe it’s the harmony of their first names, Raffa and Rainer. Maybe it’s how comfortable they seem with one another onstage. Or maybe it’s the way they...
| Mar 26, 2011
| 4:20 PM
Jimi Hendrix sang about lying back and grooving in “Rainy Day Dream Away,” and in “Rains On Me,” Tom Waits growls about how it rains on him everywhere he goes. Rain, an apparently irresistible metaphor for love, sadness, hard times...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 6:48 AM
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 “...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 1:40 AM
“Jane Eyre” star Mia Wasikowska is very excited about being in Chicago for the first time and has something somewhat surprising she’d want to do if she had time.
“I would totally do a drive-by [of] Kevin’s house from ‘...