| Mar 16, 2013
| 9:28 PM
"Make me wanna holler, way they do my life." — Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues"
Karen Houppert has written a book of nightmares.
Houppert, a veteran reporter for, among others, The Washington Post and The New York Times, is the author of...
| Mar 4, 2013
Bobby Rogers, an original member of the Motown group the Miracles, who collaborated with lead vocalist and songwriter Smokey Robinson and kept the musical franchise going after its biggest name left, died Sunday at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73....
| Mar 4, 2013
| 2:11 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
For the last year, Rhye made music under a cloak of anonymity. Who exactly was making this intoxicating sound? The airy, androgynous vocals led many listeners (and more than a few reviewers) to conclude that the lead singer was a...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 3:11 PM
Frank Ocean is that rare artist whom polar opposites — skeptical tastemakers in it for the art and music-industry insiders obsessed with chart position — can agree on. Ocean's major-label debut, "Channel Orange," recently found itself...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 4:45 PM
DETROIT — For such a little house on West Grand Boulevard, a lot of big things came out of Hitsville U.S.A.
That's often a challenge for the Motown Museum, situated in the cozy confines of the label's original headquarters, as it seeks to convey...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 10:54 PM
Aside from marching bands, movie scores and classical charts, sheet music is an unknown quantity to most popular and modern music fans, an anachronism of a bygone era.
It seems like somewhere around the late 1950s and early ’60s, the era of Sun...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 6:40 AM
Beyonce looked like she stepped off from the recent air-brushed perfection of her GQ magazine cover, danced like a junior Tina Turner and generally owned her 12 minutes on a worldwide stage Sunday like few Super Bowl performers ever have.
But there were...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 8:45 AM
DETROIT - For such a little house on West Grand Boulevard, a lot of big things came out of Hitsville, U.S.A.
That's often a challenge for the Motown Museum, situated in the cozy confines of the label's original headquarters, as it seeks to convey both...
| Jan 20, 2013
The $50 billion Sandy relief package to aid people and communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut devastated by the super storm finally passed the House last week.
All told, 179 Republicans voted against it. The only Democrat to vote no was...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 4:11 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — At a chiseled 6-foot-5 with an All-America label from high school, Kyle Prater remains the Northwestern player a defensive coordinator would stare at and think: How on earth can we cover him?
“Just look at the guy,&...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 10:29 AM
"Where do babies come from?" is a complicated question, terrifying and inevitable for parents. They must simplify for the sake of their children's psyches, but that answer obscures the many layers of such a question, for there is much to consider in the...
| May 23, 2012
| 10:27 AM
A new biographical stage production about the late rapper Tupac Shakur is expected to premiere in January at the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago. The show, written by Lyle Miller, is titled "Amaru (The History of Tupac Amaru Shakur)."
A spokeswoman for...