| Dec 29, 2013
If you managed to get through 2013 without "twerking," "vaping," "taking a selfie" or "mining a bitcoin," rest easy. I think your life may be the richer for it.
But if you didn't even hear any of those words, maybe you should get out more. According...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 7:30 AM
The Grammy Awards may be "music's biggest night," to quote the Recording Academy's dogged branding effort, but they no longer represent its center.
You got a firm sense of how haphazard the awards can seem, particularly as the record industry...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:06 AM
The Grammy Awards will end this year's ceremony with a bang.
A rock supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stage is to close Sunday night's telecast from Staples Center, organizers announced Tuesday....
| Jan 19, 2014
| 3:21 PM
"Klondike," "Broad City," "Rake," "Black Sails" and "Walhburgers" are among the diverse new TV series premiering Jan. 20-26. Retuning shows include "Workaholics," "King of the Nerds" and "Ghost Hunters" return, and the Grammy Awards rock Sunday night....
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:28 AM
The Grammys have added fuel to its planned weekend of celebrating Beatlemania by booking a performance from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
McCartney and Starr are slated to receive the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award the day before...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:00 AM
You find yourself doubting the relevance of live music to your workaday life. You'd rather stay home and update your LinkedIn profile than hit up a noisy club or arena. Fair enough.
In the past, I sympathized. But not in 2014.
This is your year to get...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 10:13 AM
The latest performers for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast include Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, John Legend, and Keith Urban.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – who as members of the Beatles will receive the 2014...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 3:14 PM
When the first-ever Alewife Awards were presented to mark 1996's most dubious cultural happenings and incidents, many Chicagoans were familiar with that stinky fish washing up on Lake Michigan's beaches. Dead alewife sightings have since grown rare, yet...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Before they became caked in the lip-glossy sheen of the MTV ‘80s, Blondie was a pasty-skinned Lower East Side garage-rock band that reeked of velvety, undergound authenticity. But at the dawn of the visual-uber-alles age of pop music, the...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for "12...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
In a world where fame is valued currency and celebrities are worshipped as deities, some people have received more than their fair share of the limelight. Anywhere you turn, they're there. Always there.
These overexposed folks remind me of a Spanish...