| Mar 10, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Neil Young announced the new PonoMusic service -- aimed at audophiles who want ultra high-quality digital listening experience -- will launch this week along with a custom-built $399 music device.
PonoMusic will sell songs online for playback on a...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:49 AM
On the second page of William Gaddis’ “The Recognitions,” one of those unplumbed novels that accuse me from my shelves, the following sentences unspool themselves:
The ship's surgeon was a spotty unshaven little man whose clothes,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Probably the least important thing worth saying about Hilton Als' "White Girls" is that it's the best book of the year. I think it is, but these essays — hostile, intimate, whip-smart — brush aside such accolades. They refuse tidy conclusions,...
| Nov 24, 2013
Living in Chicago means having a complimentary lifetime pass to complain about winter all you like. But true Chicagoans know when to bury that pass deep in their parka pockets and embrace the season.
Here are some ideas for making the most of winter and...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:30 PM
As the torch is extinguished on another Winter Olympics, it's time for organizers to sit back, sip an expensive vodka and reflect on their accomplishments:
Athletes and journalists from around the world can now fluently say, "Why does my room contain...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 7:40 AM
And to think, it took Wrigley Field 91 years to host its first concert.
Rolling Stone ranked the top 10 rock stadiums and arenas in the U.S. – based on a poll it took among 26 music insiders, including country singer Miranda Lambert, rapper...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 7:13 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
On his multimillion-selling 2011 album, “Take Care,” Drake sank deeper into his role as one of hip-hop’s most conflicted stars. Eminem and Kanye West also go to war with their contradictions, but their tone has...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 3:19 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
The sequel to one of Eminem’s most revered albums, “The Marshall Mathers LP2” (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope) is the hip-hop version of a classic-rock album. It encapsulates all that was good, bad and just plain...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:46 PM
YouTube is poised to launch a subscription music service as soon as December, positioning it to compete with Spotify, Rdio and other digital offerings, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Internet's dominant online video already is the...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:30 AM
NEW YORK — As the first YouTube Music Awards came to a close Sunday night, creative director Spike Jonze thanked the powers that be at the video-sharing website for "letting us make this mess."
He couldn't have chosen a more apt word.
| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:12 PM
When he was tapped to run CNN a year ago, Jeff Zucker was supposed to help lift ratings at the 24-hour cable news network.
CNN last week plunged to its worst numbers since August 2012, months before Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:58 PM
Nothing summed up the tumult and chaos of the inaugural YouTube Music Awards like webcast director Spike Jonze's final words to host Jason Schwartzman after 88 minutes of unscripted freakiness.
"I think we're done," said an exhausted-looking Jonze,...