| Mar 23, 2010
| 9:33 PM
Hubris. Whomever remains to sing and, eventually, go on the summer tour after Wednesday's elimination round on "American Idol" should spend some time pondering that very old but suddenly relevant term. Though this season's remaining bunch is hardly...
| Mar 24, 2010
| 9:33 PM
I won't kid you. Last night's "Idol" was dull. The judges looked bored, the contestants chose (mostly) boring, played-out songs, and the 7-year-old girl to my right couldn't even sit still for more than a minute as she desperately tried to claw her way...
| Mar 18, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Alex Chilton, the mercurial leader of the Box Tops and Big Star who burst from the Memphis music scene in 1967 singing "The Letter" in the smoke-gravel voice of a grizzled soul man even though he was just 16 at the time, has died. He was 59.
| Apr 9, 2011
"The wonderful thing about making records is something comes out you never expected," explains Ray Davies, who knows of what he speaks. In nearly five decades as leader of one of rock's great bands, the Kinks, and as a solo artist, Davies has been...
| Feb 4, 2009
| 9:39 PM
Lux Interior, the singer, songwriter and founding member of the pioneering New York City horror-punk band the Cramps, died Wednesday. He was 60.
FOR THE RECORD:
Lux Interior obituary: The obituary in Thursday's California section...
| Aug 18, 2009
| 6:45 PM
Jim Dickinson, a piano player and producer who helped shape the Memphis sound in a career that spanned more than four decades, died Saturday. He was 67.
His wife, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, said he died in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital after three months of...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 11:46 AM
[This review originally ran on our pop culture blog, Below the Fold, on 7/9/13. We are reposting it here with information about the newly-announced Stamford screening.]
There is a template for the rock documentary about great underappreciated...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 11:37 PM
After a two-hour tribute to Big Star’s lost-then-found classic album “Third,” drummer Jody Stephens provided an instant review for the audience Friday at Park West.
The concert “reminds me of recording the third album,”...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:39 PM
Jody Stephens is the last man standing in Big Star, one of the ‘70s most influential bands. His fellow bandmates in the Memphis quartet are gone -- Chris Bell died in 1978, Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel in 2010. But Stephens, 60, is still in great...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:05 AM
The dB's -- one of the greatest, most-overlooked rock bands of the 1980s -- is back together with its original lineup and a new album of fresh material.
For me, this is more exciting than the Beach Boys mending fences with Brian Wilson.
The new dB's...
| Dec 15, 2010
| 4:32 AM
As 2010 winds down, weâve still got a bunch of potentially terrific shows to look forward to, including Ludacris at the Allstate Arena (Sunday), Elvis Costello at the Chicago Theatre (Monday) and the Hold Steady at Lincoln Hall (Dec. 30),......