| Sep 17, 2012
***1/2 (out of 4)
You’re going to see a lot of flowery reviews for the first “crew” album from Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music collective that mention things like “brash delivery.” I’m not going to do that. In order to...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 6:02 PM
Truckdriver Manuel Velasco describes himself as a nice guy. "It's just my nature to just help people," he said on the front steps of his brick and wood bungalow with a white picket fence in Elmont, Long Island.
It was to this same home that Velasco...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 9:19 AM
Kanye West wasn’t the only artist with Chicago connections to receive plenty of attention Wednesday at the 54th annual Grammy Award nominations.
West, who grew up in Chicago and is in the midst of a two-night stand at the United Center with Jay-Z,...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 12:25 PM
3 stars (out of 4)
On his 2010 album, "Love Letter,"R. Kellybegan strolling through his late mother’s record collection, the soul ballads and stepping songs that soundtracked his young life while growing up on Chicago’s South Side. They...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 11:18 AM
The Grammys cast aside their celebratory vibe Sunday to pay tribute to singer Whitney Houston, whose death over the weekend hung heavy over the 54th annual awards show.
Until Saturday, the pre-show drama had focused on Adele and how the six-time-...
| Apr 28, 2012
Stepping off the elevator in stiletto boots and a black skirt, Jennifer Hudson draws a few sideways glances as she walks with her entourage to a Cook County courtroom where her former brother-in-law is standing trial in the killings of her mother, brother...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 7:30 AM
What do I think of Common’s new in-your-face music video for “Sweet”? I’m being 100 percent honest when I say that, for a second there, I thought it was a Funny or Die video.
That’s not intended to be a knock on the song or...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 6:15 AM
There’s a reason you no longer see a real disco ball hanging over the stage at Poison concerts. Lead singer Bret Michaels said he was nearly crushed by a 320 lb. disco ball while playing “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” at a show at the...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Whitney Houston funeral: Who's performing and speaking? The program for Whitney Houston's home going or funeral is expected to run about three hours, with singers including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Bebe and CeCe Winans and more....
| Feb 17, 2012
| 9:42 PM
Whitney Houston's closest family and friends gathered Friday evening in Newark, N.J., for a private viewing of the body of the singer, who died Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. Whtiney Houston's mother Cissy Houston, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Whitney Houston was remembered at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark on Saturday with a "home going" celebration that featured send-offs from, among others, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Bebe and CeCe Winans, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis and others. Times pop...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 4:37 PM
R. Kelly's sprawling, multi-part "Trapped in the Closet" will return with new chapters on IFC later this year. In addition to "Trapped in the Closet," comedian Marc Maron will translate his successful WTF podcast into a comedy series, tentatively titled...