| Sep 14, 2012
| 8:44 AM
Baltimore's music scene is undeniably one of the country's best, and a good deal of credit for that goes to Thrill Jockey, a Chicago-based indie record label.
In the past several years, Thrill Jockey has signed a dozen current or former Baltimore bands,...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 5:04 PM
About six years ago, the Baltimore rock band Arbouretum played at a club in Chicago for an audience of almost no one.
You could count the members of the crowd on one hand, singer/guitarist David Heumann recalled, but one of them happened to be Bettina...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 7:11 AM
Jazz musicians move into and out of Chicago all the time, but the exit last November of guitarist Jeff Parker carried quite a sting.
Parker had lived and worked here for more than two decades, essentially launching his career in Chicago and becoming one...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
| May 8, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Vanessa Bell Calloway delivers "Letters from Zola" at Pasadena Playhouse. And South Coast Rep revisits its inaugural production, Moliere's "Tartuffe," to close out its 50th anniversary season.
Letters From Zora Vanessa Bell Calloway portrays African...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 11:23 AM
A selection of shows coming up this week in and around L.A.:
Brian Charette Trio: Maybe it's the burden of the equipment, but Hammond B-3 players can seem in short supply lately. Fortunately there's New York City keyboardist Charette, whose 2013 solo...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:35 AM
Chicago's The Sea and Cake (made up of members of Tortoise and other Chi-town bands) play mellow, ambling music, backed up with serious jazz chops and prepared electronics. The band (pictured) swings by the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford during their fall...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Though Bonzie just turned 18, the singer-songwriter has already established herself as a force to reckon with on the local scene.
Earlier this year she landed a coveted slot opening for Iron & Wine, and she has spent recent weeks embroiled in recording...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Not long ago, going to a Chicago street festival usually meant settling for '80s cover bands, greasy food and ordinary beverages. That was then. Paralleling the grass-roots evolution of the city's dining and brewing scenes, summer get-togethers have...
| May 14, 2013
| 8:40 PM
Los Angeles can be tough on newcomers, particularly among musicians. A key figure in the fertile Chicago jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking indie band Tortoise, guitarist Jeff Parker is midway through a relocation to L.A. that has found him...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Imagine what might happen if some of Chicago's most inventive jazz musicians embarked on a multi-year collaboration with their counterparts in France.
Just think of the music that might result, the insights that could be shared, the audiences that would...