| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Mass marriage. Odd musical pairings. Pharrell's hat. The 56th Grammy Awards telecast Sunday left us with many indelible images -- and questions.
Why have rap categories if Macklemore is just going to win them?
Because the arc of justice is long, but...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:39 AM
A simmering, claustrophobic aggression dots Nine Inch Nails' eighth studio album, "Hesitation Marks.' It's within the lyrics of the opening track, "Copy of A," in which Trent Reznor's narrator in typical breathy monotone describes himself as "just a...
| Sep 5, 2013
Headlines for Thursday, September 5, 2013
ROGER WATERS: One Wall He Does Not Want to Tear Down
Roger Waters took his production of Pink Floyd's The Wall to Berlin, Germany last night, and on Tuesday he joined a protest to protect one of the last...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 1:11 PM
A great rock band requires a source of tension. It can be almost anything: the relationship between melody and noise in Nirvana, for instance, or the competing interests of creative co-captains like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones....
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:21 AM
Courtney Love has a memoir coming out. Probably. From William Morrow in the U.S. and Macmillan in the U.K., if things go as planned. Something she was working on a with a co-writer -- that much is sure.
Love has many identities: As the lead singer of...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:28 PM
On Saturday, photographer-writer and music-journalism fixture Andrew Youssef died after a long, heartbreakingly documented struggle with colon cancer. He was 38.
Since 2006, he had written and shot for his own blog, Amateur Chemist, and publications...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 2:30 PM
More cell phone users are turning their handsets into radios, with half of all smartphone users streaming music on the devices.
Around 52% of smartphone owners used their devices to access apps like Pandora in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 41%...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 1:51 PM
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and English musician Atticus Ross will put their knack for chilly, moody soundscapes to use once again in director David Fincher's upcoming thriller "Gone Girl," an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel about a man...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 4:30 PM
In 1991, the Grammy Awards introduced a category -- then-titled Alternative Music Performance -- with the intention of acknowledging lesser-known artists for their work on the fringes of pop. In the years that followed, many of the artists who received...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
How long until it's free?
I haven't tried the new Beats Music service. I'd be stunned if it's not well-designed and utilitarian. I applaud its focus on mobile, but isn't this really just Pressplay 10 years later?
I know we want people to pay for music....
| Jan 25, 2014
| 7:00 AM
There may be 82 Grammy categories, but don't expect to see more than 10 of them on Sunday's telecast of the Grammy Awards. Instead, the three-plus-hour awards show is more of a televised concert, and this year, Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, Katy Perry and...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 12:30 AM
Some of the biggest names rock closed out the 56th annual Grammy Awards, including Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, Queens of the Stoned Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, but producers of the show began to roll the credits...