| Aug 15, 2013
| 11:26 AM
You've got to hand it to him. Jon Bibbs is an ambitious guy. The gifted singer and former Hampton University student is launching a tour that salutes greats of soul music: Sam Cooke, James Brown, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye.
“These men are larger...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 11:08 AM
In the spring of 1963, when I was a student at the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General Corps School in Charlottesville, Va., the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came to town to speak to the student body of the University of Virginia.
At the time, my brother,...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
There's one second of sound on John Legend's new album, "Love in the Future," that sums up his current artistic mission. It's on the delicate, gloomy track "Asylum," and the sound is a snare drum. Or rather a blast of raw, percussive white noise that...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 10:53 AM
There are at least two remarkable things to note in Colin Blunstone’s voice.
First, of course, is its sound, that light, airy quality – is it breathy, or breathless? – that gave the great Zombies tracks of the mid-1960s an immediate,...
| May 22, 2013
| 2:09 PM
In a way, Steven Van Zandt wishes he could be in two places.
Of course, the rock guitarist and actor (“The Sopranos”) would like to stay on the Wrecking Ball Tour in Europe with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. But he also wishes...
| Jan 2, 2011
It had been a long night — a concert, a reunion with an old friend, a midnight meal — but as the clock ticked past 2 a.m. Quincy Jones sat in a rare state of silence in his estate at the very top of Bel-Air. The man they call Q nodded at the...
| Oct 10, 2010
Few people can get away with telling an anecdote about being on safari in Africa and make it sound like a trip to the supermarket.
But for Elton John, that's precisely how and where he became inspired to call his keyboard-playing pal Leon Russell after...
| May 1, 2011
The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special.
On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 9:34 PM
HBOâs âTremeâ series has accomplished the none-too-easy task of capturing the musical pulse of New Orleans, a pulse that continues despite the devastation wreaked on the Crescent City in recent years by hurricanes, broken levees and governmental...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 4:36 PM
R. Kelly, the self-proclaimed king of R&B, is set to hit the road this summer in support of his acclaimed 11th album, “Love Letter,” he announced Tuesday. The three-time Grammy winner kicks off the month-long trek June 2 in Southaven,......
| Jun 13, 2011
| 4:35 AM
R. Kelly put a remarkable amount of effort into the organization of a show Saturday night that ultimately lacked a center. Playing the first of two concerts at the Nokia Theatre in support of last year’s excellent “Love Letter” album,......