| Dec 20, 2012
| 10:05 PM
Here are my favorite concerts from 2012:
1. Neutral Milk Hotel at Athenaeum Theatre, Feb. 6: After releasing two acclaimed albums in the ‘90s, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum drifted away for more than a decade. His return stacked up as...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:41 PM
Bobby Womack picks up the phone, and speaks what’s on his mind in a voice made of gravel.
“I know a lot of people who are not here anymore,” the R&B great says, “and I wonder why I’m still here. … Not a day goes by...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 9:52 PM
Bobby Womack doesn’t like to be rushed. “Can I do it right for you tonight? he asked Sunday on the closing night of the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements fall showcase at the Riverfront Theatre. “I like to do it right and take my...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 6:30 AM
In 2010, the English National Opera in London generated some debate over its modern staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" that featured a couple of scenes of sexual assault, including one of a gang rape of a woman.
This season, the company is once again...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 12:10 PM
There's already a handy narrative available to guide you through the schizophrenic Moms, the fifth album by Portland, Ore.’s Menomena.
Shortly after the 2010 release of Mines, the group parted ways with co-founder Brent Knopf in January of 2011....
| May 7, 2012
| 8:28 AM
1 star (out of 4)
Birds chirp, woodwinds trill, Damon Albarn sings ever so gently over pastoral guitar. In the mold of British eccentrics such as Julian Cope and Robyn Hitchcock, Albarn turns the opening tracks on his soundtrack for the English opera...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 1:41 PM
3 stars (out of 4)
At 68, Bobby Womack has a resume steeped in greatness: a gospel singer who worked with Sam Cooke, a gifted session guitarist who played with everyone from Elvis Presley to Sly Stone, a songwriter covered by the Rolling Stones, and...
| Jan 16, 2011
January has always been slump month when it comes to new pop music. Musicians tend to turn bearlike around this time, hibernating until conditions seem friendlier. Yet the resourceful pop lover will be anything but bored right now, with so much to reap...
| Oct 27, 2010
When the sprawling British ensemble Gorillaz reunited to close out the final night of Coachella in April, anyone familiar with the band might have been shocked at what they saw.
Gorillaz, co-founded a decade ago by Blur frontman and U.K. rock macher...
| Apr 9, 2011
"The wonderful thing about making records is something comes out you never expected," explains Ray Davies, who knows of what he speaks. In nearly five decades as leader of one of rock's great bands, the Kinks, and as a solo artist, Davies has been...
| Jun 26, 2011
The time slot was an unforgiving one and the venue even worse. When Foster the People ambled onstage at noon on the final full day of the nearly weeklong South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March, it was exhaustion rather than...
| Aug 7, 2011
The first day of rehearsals was another momentous occasion for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was fall 2009, more than three years since the band last toured, and the rockers were beginning the hard work of rebirth with a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer....