| Dec 1, 2012
| 3:26 PM
In accordance with established Quentin Tarantino tradition, the upcoming soundtrack to the director's "Django Unchained" is to feature no shortage of crate-digger's delights, including Jim Croce's "I Got a Name" and vintage film music by Ennio Morricone....
| Dec 5, 2012
| 2:53 PM
When Alicia Keys talked to The Times about her latest album, "Girl on Fire," the singer was candid about the newfound confidence she showcases on the disc.
A decade into a career that boasts 14 Grammys and more than 35 million albums sold, Keys says she...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 7:19 PM
The breakout success of the Chicago rap scene last year—headlined by the buzz and controversy of Chief Keef--;exposed America to new faces creating sounds unfamiliar to the current rap landscape. Played-out narratives of cars, women, and money...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The new 2013-14 season of Dance at the Music Center will feature works by choreographers Matthew Bourne, Ethan Stiefel and Alexei Ratmansky. The season, which the Music Center announced this week, will also include return appearances by Ballet Preljocaj...
| Nov 24, 2012
Saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr. modeled his first band in high school, the Melt-Jess Jazz Quintet, after the muscular jazz of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet: Jones, of course, channeled Cannonball, the revered alto saxophonist and onetime Dillard High School...
| May 14, 2012
| 8:38 AM
Donald “Duck” Dunn, who died Sunday at age 70 in Tokyo only hours after playing his final show with longtime friend Steve Cropper, was part of one of soul music’s greatest rhythm sections.
Dunn was a self-taught bass player who had been...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:52 AM
Born on a battlefield in France during World War I and rescued by a U.S. soldier named Lee Duncan, a terrified German shepherd puppy would become the most famous dog in the world.
Named Rin Tin Tin, after a popular French doll of the time, the dog...
| Jun 27, 2012
My mom nearly started a revolt at her assisted living facility.
She called me at work recently, upset that a water cooler had disappeared from the dining room. Having been led to believe that it was not coming back, she and another resident conspired...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 3:25 PM
Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theatre will stage a new musical about Marvin Gaye in February, as written by the late singer’s family members, along with their manager Barbara Cole. Entitled "The Prophet: A Marvin Gaye Tribute," the new show (not...
| Nov 25, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Los Angeles being a car town, driving soundtracks are important and help calm the nerves and lift the spirits while navigating the oft-living hell that is the daily commute. Thank goodness, then, for "Dark Sunrise," the exquisite new reissue of......
| Jan 14, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Friday: The Budos Band at the El Rey Staten Islandâs Budos Band arenât in the music game to mess around. Theyâve got no clever album titles, no social media strategy, no synthesizers and no reverb pedals. The Budos Band are here to do one...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 4:37 PM
Itâs probably safe to say that Thursday nightâs âAmerican Idol,â in which the showâs audition wagon rolled into Los Angeles, did little to burnish this cityâs reputation, as far as talent and sanity are concerned. On t...