| Aug 29, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Snoop Dogg, Drake and B.o.B take top honors at BMI urban awards...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:47 PM
Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax: These three titans are part of something called the “Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival,” which includes eight metal bands. The headliner is Slipknot, but Slayer (even with guitarist Jeff Hanneman sidelined,...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 11:40 PM
The experience of SXSW is about information almost as much as music - the peerless Pocket Guide presents in ActualPaper the who, where, when, but not listed is the realtime hype, whether you should take that recommendation from the guy in your taxi,...
| May 3, 2012
Charles 'Skip' Pitts, member of Isaac Hayes's band and creator of the iconic guitar riff in "Theme from Shaft," died of lung cancer in Memphis, May 1. He was 65 years old.
Pitts is resonsible for the unique "wah-wah" pedal sound featured in the 1970s...
| May 21, 2012
| 10:23 AM
It’s not even June. But already this calendar year we’ve lost a gut-wrenching list of people who’ve impacted the music world: impresarios Don Cornelius and Dick Clark, R&B legends Johnny Otis and Etta James, the incomparable Band...
| May 25, 2012
| 5:58 AM
For a third straight year, DJ Chris Cowles will be on the airwaves, playing seven straight hours of some of the best music ever recorded.
Cowles’ show, which he co-hosts with fellow radio personality Tom Shaker, is called the “Soulsville...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 12:29 PM
You've probably seen Del Casher, sporting a yachtsman's cap as he cruises around town in his fire-engine-red sedan, and never given him a second look. But the 73-year-old musician, who operates a sound studio on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, is one of...
| Apr 11, 2010
Disco and the Remaking
of American Culture
W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95
Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky...
| Aug 13, 2008
Nabokov's last work to be printed
Vladimir Nabokov's son says he will publish the Russian author's last manuscript despite the writer's dying request that it be burned.
Dimitri Nabokov says in an interview with the German edition of Vanity Fair that his...
| Aug 10, 2008
| 1:34 PM
| Apr 20, 2010
| 12:43 PM
Guru, the influential rapper known for his conscious and intellectual themes, his monotone delivery, and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats, has died after battling cancer, collaborators said. He was 43.
The world has lost "one of the best...
| Jun 3, 2009
| 8:52 AM
The song was called "A Great Big Buncha Happy!" but none of the authors of "Sister Act: The Musical" seemed terribly cheerful.
For a year and a half, the new musical's composer, lyricist, director and two writers had toiled to transform the 1992 Whoopi...