| Dec 20, 2012
| 10:05 PM
Here are my favorite concerts from 2012:
1. Neutral Milk Hotel at Athenaeum Theatre, Feb. 6: After releasing two acclaimed albums in the ‘90s, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum drifted away for more than a decade. His return stacked up as...
| Dec 9, 2012
Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan.
The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn...
| 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...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 8:19 AM
Ask Miguel about the prevailing emotion he felt in the weeks before the release of his second studio album, “Kaleidoscope Dream” (RCA), and he’ll tell you straight up: “Nervous. I was nervous as hell, man. To tell you the truth,...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 11:57 AM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
On his second album, “Kaleidoscope Dream” (RCA), Miguel Pimental drops enough references to his heroes and inspirations that he could be considered a bit of a name-dropper, a clever mimic rather than an innovator. But his...
| Oct 29, 2012
The increasingly bland, widely accessible pop-rock of the Brits in Coldplay have made them international stars. Relatively close by in Wales, Future of the Left has delivered three fantastic records—including this year’s “The Plot...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Soul-fired vocalists Terri Walker and Nicole Wray both sound vindicated when they talk about their new collaborative project, Lady, and self-titled debut album on the respected Brooklyn-based indie label Truth & Soul.
Both singers had success early in...
| 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...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 10:53 AM
It was one nation under a groove at Barack Obama's victory celebration Tuesday night in Chicago.
Classic soul, R&B, funk, disco and Motown provided the soundtrack for the president's post-reelection bash, as throngs of Democratic Party faithful swayed to...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 10:46 PM
You know how you sometimes watch an amazing movie that puts your emotions on a rollercoaster ride? That happened with me in this documentary, but not in the way I would’ve preferred.
I had moments of being angry at the record industry. They...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 9:52 PM
Bobby Womack doesn’t like to be rushed. “Can I do it right for you tonight? he asked Sunday on the closing night of the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements fall showcase at the Riverfront Theatre. “I like to do it right and take my...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 5:16 PM
Rodriguez. Its a name recognized by many things in today’s society. From athletes to movie stars, the name associates with many things. Never has it been associated with the Detroit and the music Detroit it produced. Until now.