| Dec 18, 2007
U2's "The Joshua Tree," one of the most acclaimed albums of the rock era, was released 20 years ago this year, but it just got better.
To celebrate the collection's anniversary, the Universal Music Group has reissued the album in an ambitious new three-...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 11:59 AM
The Beatles' Chicago debut must have been a blur for John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr; on their first major North American tour, the quartet would travel 22,000 miles in 29 grueling days. But for their fans in that first summer...
| Jul 14, 2008
THERE ARE "once-in-a-lifetime" tribute and trophy shows most every weekend in Los Angeles, but Saturday night had been circled on the calendar for weeks by fans of the British Invasion as an evening of amazing confluence. Crosstown events promised to...
| Jul 15, 2008
REGIONALISM IS dead: That's one of many extreme ideas floating around pop music circles during these tumultuous times. The theory goes that, as the Internet turns music thoroughly ethereal and links in people from Athens, Ga., to Australia, the need to...
| Jul 16, 2008
| 5:57 PM
The razing of Shea Stadium later this year marks the end of an era for baseball fans, but it's also closing the door on a chapter of pop music history that began in 1965 when the Beatles became the first pop group to play a concert at a U.S. sports...
| Jun 23, 2008
Somewhere between arousal and a prayer, between raw blues and high opera: Pete Townshend's insistent, accelerating intro to "Pinball Wizard" is seven bars of the most exhilarating rock ever made.
That ecstatic sense of liberation drives "The Who's Tommy,...
| May 29, 2008
When you take your kids to a rock concert, it's a good idea to bring cookies. Because kids don't understand about opening acts. So while you are grooving to, say, the aged-in-wood tones of Elvis Costello and the Imposters and remembering that British...
| Jun 2, 2008
| 9:25 PM
Bo Diddley, who died Monday at age 79 in Florida, was as essential to the creation of rock 'n' roll as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Little Richard, though he seldom got the credit or the accolades that were showered on his better-known peers.
| Jun 11, 2007
"SPRING Awakening," the musical lauded for giving Broadway fresh impetus by using rock songs to intensify its tale of teenagers wrestling with their libidos in 19th century Germany, racked up eight Tony Awards on Sunday night.
Its haul during the Tonys'...
| May 14, 2009
| 1:54 PM
The punk trio takes a dazzling musical journey in their latest concept album.
One of the many very sticky songs from Green Day's new opus, "21st Century Breakdown," got stuck in my head the other day. It was "The Static Age," a bouncy little number named...
| Oct 7, 2008
Oasis has long worn its psychedelic influences on its sleeve, and on its latest album, "Dig Out Your Soul," the band often sounds as though it wishes it were 1969 all over again. There's a forward motion to the backward glances, but the spiritual-...
| Mar 7, 2010
Part 2 in a series of occasional articles.
In the music video for Lady Gaga's hit single "Bad Romance,” the pop diva vamps across several nightmarish tableaux wearing a variety of barely there lingerie get-ups. The flashy clip caused a sensation...