| Mar 31, 2012
| 8:00 PM
As you news media consumers know, an earth-shaking event took place last week; big enough to blow the presidential campaign, the pope's travels, the Supreme Court and health care, and even Kate Middleton's latest frock off the magazine covers.
| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Willis Earl Beal wandered through most of his 28 years on the planet without a steady job or much direction until his loneliness become so consuming that he began to sing. Now he finds himself as a labelmate of Radiohead, M.I.A. and Adele. His debut album...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 11:25 AM
“Slipstream” (Redwing) marks Bonnie Raitt’s first album since 2005 and her first independent release in a career that stretches back to the early ‘70s. The album is a composite of two recording sessions, one a self-produced...
| Oct 31, 2011
| 11:49 AM
If you want to make Stephen Sondheim mad enough to swat you over the head with a rolled-up musical score, try this:
Call him a poet.
As Sondheim insists in interviews, essays and in the introduction to his book "Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 4:04 PM
In late 1968, I donned a fake leopard-skin pillbox hat and white gloves to visit a Richmond, Va., department store, where I hoped to impress folks with my sophistication and gain my first credit card.
Bob Dylan wrote about that kind of hat. "Well, you...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 9:03 AM
3 stars (out of 4)
The Indiana-born singer-songwriter has been releasing albums since the mid-‘70s, and has become even more prolific in the last decade. “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns” is his seventh studio release since 2000, and...
| Oct 1, 2011
Suddenly, I have a hankering to hoist a beer at Capt. Tony's, on that barstool with Bob Dylan's name painted on it, looking out the door at the free-spirited lifestyle of Key West.
Yeah, the scene on Duval Street isn't the anarchistic scene that it was...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 11:03 PM
For Bryan Ferry on Tuesday, it was a tale of two sets.
Part One at the Civic Opera House found the past and still occasional Roxy Music vocalist imitating the skipper of the good ship Yacht Rock, a smooth but disinterested navigator in an expensively...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 11:04 AM
Here are my favorite concerts from 2011:
1. Le Butcherettes at Lollapalooza, Aug. 5: Teri Gender Bender, aka Teresa Suarez, wears a red-stained butcher's smock and flings her high-heels into the crowd, the better to stomp, twirl, somersault and stage-...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 1:05 PM
Bob Dylan, America’s rock ’n’ roll poet laureate of doom and gloom, once whined in an early song that “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
He was probably talking about politics and...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 1:36 AM
COSTA MESA — My friend the late Jiggs Thompson was a South Carolina gentleman and one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. The only cross words we ever had were over Bob Dylan.
“Bob Dylan is terrible,” Jiggs said.