| Oct 27, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Originally published on January 12, 1992.
Lou Reed's brilliant new album, "Magic and Loss" (Sire), which arrives in stores on Tuesday, confirms that he is one of the few rock survivors of the '60s who is still getting better at what he does. ...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 12:20 PM
It’s one of the enduring mysteries of pop music. How something so slight and disposable, a three-minute tune — songs written about fleeting and often trivial teenage emotions — can still somehow be so long-lasting and deep. Doc Pomus,...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Lou Reed, the singer-songwriter whose darkly poetic recordings as frontman for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist provided indispensable blueprints for punk, glam, noise rock and nearly every identifiable strain of indie rock, died on October 27....
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:29 AM
If an actor is doing extraordinary work for an 89-year-old — and I don't use that adjective lightly — is it condescending to point that out?
The direct cause of that rumination is Chicago actor Mike Nussbaum, appearing at the heart of Noah...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:30 AM
As the title of his enchanting autobiography, "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead," suggests, producer-manager-entrepreneur Jerry Weintraub has a lot to say about a lot of things.
Most of his observations are worth a listen, if only for the pure...
| Oct 24, 2013
Orlando singer-songwriter Emily Kopp often performs alone, with only harmonica and acoustic guitar to embellish her catchy, if introspective, mix of ballads and pop songs.
Even when she is joined by her band, anchored by bassist and backing vocalist...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Following the Southland preem of "Kill Your Darlings" at the Writer's Guild Theater on Oct. 3, Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall and others gathered at the Thompson Hotel, where it proved to be a night for celebrating firsts.
| Sep 29, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Backing a movie on crowdsourcing platforms like Indiegogo or Kickstarter is a fairly simple process: You give your money and walk away, providing little to no creative input on how the project gets made.
Tongal is taking a different approach over the...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:45 PM
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As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work.
But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:49 AM
Jesse Dee didn't have any other choice: It was soul music or bust when he was in grade school. Now the childhood fan is making soul-fueled records that he hopes will draw listeners back to the music that first inspired him.
"I grew up in a religious...
| Sep 24, 2013
At Sunday afternoon's opening of "It's All-Right to Have a Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield" at Black Ensemble Theater, two of the 10 sons of the great Chicago-born singer and songwriter were in the audience, along with Altheida Mayfield, his...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Whatever your views about the legality of the Obama administration’s requirement that employee health plans cover contraception, you have to hope that the Supreme Court will take the case of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. et al. After all, how...